I just recently discovered that there was a free, online version of Harvest Moon available to play at the Marvelous Entertainment’s Bokumono site. The site and game are of course in Japanese and you will need to register through Moog in order to play, but it is quite easy to do so if you know your Japanese. If you do not know any Japanese, then things will be a little more difficult. ^^; However you can always cut and paste the registration pages’ text into an online translator to help you out.
Once you register, you can start playing right away. In Minna de Bokujou Monogatari, you are basically going to be taking quests and doing farming using the harvest sprites. This game is really very much like Zynga’s Frontierville in game mechanics, but it has that decided Harvest Moon flair. I really hate to say it, but currently it’s looking like just another social farming sim. Of course for the Harvest Moon lover it’s always nice to get you fix with new games and material. Right now I’ve just been completing what appears to be some newbie quests. The game is really not a difficult read if you have a couple years of Japanese language knowledge under your belt. If you don’t know any Japanese, you may find things a little more difficult, as you really need to be able to read your quest requirements. There is a decent amount of kanji in this game as well, so for the non-speaker you are probably going to have to have a good dictionary like denshi jisho at the ready if you want to make it through.
Here is the link to the main site:
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