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Review by  Andy Xie
Reviewed on 2014-05-24
This game is very good, except for the size. It could probably be compiled into an application, which would make it better.


Review by  Brandon Bridges
Reviewed on 2007-10-04
Harvest Moon is a great game. It's one of those games that need to be on anyone and everyone's calculator if you really like to play the best that a TI-83+ has to offer.

Controls: 9/10

After the controls are learned, it is fairly easy to use them. It is easy to forget which item your are currently holding though, resulting in sometimes planting seeds where you wouldn't want to plant them.

Gameplay: 10/10

The controls are fairly easy to use, the gameplay is good. Most people complain about how short and repetitive the game is, but how much more can you pack into the RAM of a TI-83+? Most people write reviews overlooking the miniscule amount of RAM these guys have to work with when creating a game on this level.

Graphics: 10/10

I don't care what anyone says, these graphics are THE best for the 83+ series of calculators. Period. Previously, no one had completed an RPG boasting graphics which push the graphical output of the TI-83+ to it's limit. Everyone rants and raves about the raycasting games which are great if you that's what you like, but the playability and the ability to recognize elements in a raycasting game can't touch those of Harvest Moon.


The screen sometimes splits in half, but I have come to expect this from many games. Even Super Mario does this sometimes, probably because the processor is being pushed pretty hard to do so many things at one time. Contrary to popular belief, this game can, and will, play on an 83+SE and the 84+ calculators by running a little known program by James Montelongo that changes the display driver to be compatible with 83+ games.

I also encountered a bug pertaining to the memory usage of this game. Instead of using an AppVar, it stores the savegame file as part of the program. When playing the game, I was stockpiling corn to feed to a chicken I planned to buy. A little over 80 ears of corn in the feed bin, and my calculator locked up with a memory error, and my saved game rolled back to a much earlier state of the game. This is the only notable problem with Harvest Moon that I could identify that isn't some petty cosmetic error.

Overall: 9.5/10

You needed to download this game two days ago! It would have gotten a ten if not for the memory error. I ordered a USB adapter cable and plan to store all my games on a flash drive then, so we'll see how many ears of corn I can stockpile with more RAM free ;)

Review by  Gabriel Rath
Reviewed on 2006-12-22
"Harvest Moon" would have been a great, bugfree game for me, had I not been playing it on a Silver Edition. This resulted in many bugs which I don't think a standard TI-83+ user would have experienced. I did get through the whole game, however. Here is the score (for a silver):

Controls: 10/10 Piece of cake.

Gameplay: 9/10 Nice implementing of crops growing and TV, but I did find some bugs concerning the the watering can watering the well, and the screen suddenly splitting in half, squashing the game screen to the left.

Graphics: 9/10 Super, though I did see some messed up parts in the map.

Bugfreeness (maybe I should call it "compatibility with Silver Edition"): 7/10 Some bugs are stated in the gameplay section.

Overall: 8.8/10 Had it not been for the issues I had with this game on my Silver, it would have received a better score.

Review by  Philis Poggy
Reviewed on 2005-09-07
“Harvest Moon”'s graphics are nice, for an 83 Plus. This game, though, is only worth playing once. It can get repetitive sometimes; just planting crops, taking care of the chicken and buying stuff at the store isn't much fun. There just aren't alot of interesting features in this game. The file is pretty big, so you have to archive a lot of things, or play it through “MirageOS”. Nevertheless, this is a pretty good game and it is worth your while, despite the massive memory it takes up.

Overall: 7.5/10
Concept: It's pretty much the farming part of the “Harvest Moon” for the Game Cube and GBA.
Graphics: Really good for a TI-83 Plus.
Playability: Easy controls to use, a monkey could do it.
Entertainment: Will keep you going for about an hour or so, depending how much you like labor.
Replay Value: Moderately low

Review by  Eric Leong
Reviewed on 2005-06-06
Rating - 9/10

“Harvest Moon” is really fun, but it can get really boring after a while. It takes up a lot of memory, so you have to archive or delete some files in order to run it. It can become very repetitive after the “first year”, since you know exactly what to do. Also, the “super watering” can mess up sometimes.

Fun, but it will get boring once you beat it.

Review by  Lyndon Zhang
Reviewed on 2004-10-10
“Harvest Moon” is one of the best action/adventure games for the TI-83+ ever! While I have not yet played the original “Harvest Moon,” I soon will when my friends bring their “GameBoys” to school. So far, when my friends play this game on my calculator, they say that it's shockingly the same to the real “Harvest Moon.” While this version is not compatible with the TI-83+ SE or either of the TI-84+s, you should definitely try it out on VTI to play “Harvest Moonn.”

Stability: 10/10
Graphics: 10/10
Speed: 10/10
Difficulty: 11/10
Storyline: 10/10

Review by  Allan Peng
Reviewed on 2004-09-17
“Harvest Moon” is a game where you raise a farm. It's based on the SNES game created by “Nintendo.” The graphics are great and is fun since you don't have to do only one thing to get your task done. The game is almost perfect. My only complaints are that it freezes and clears your RAM, and it takes a lot of RAM to run, forcing you to delete some programs in the RAM and archive “Harvest Moon” so that you can run it.

Graphics: 9.5/10
Load Times: 9.5/10 (It only takes awhile to load into the game, but other than that, the load times are great!).
Speed: 10/10

Fun: 9/10
Nuances: It seems to freeze after you have played it about three times.
Replayability: Once you beat the game, you probably won't want to play it for awhile. It'll probably last you a good month if you don't get any freezing problems.

Overall: An almost perfect 9.8/10

Review by  Patrick Sidney
Reviewed on 2004-09-15
Note! This review was written for a previous version of this file!

"Wow." That's what I thought when I saw the screenshot for “Harvest Moon.” I decided to waste my time, and procrastinate from doing my German homework, and see what this game was about. And "WOW." The screenshot sums it up. The game is beautiful; all the tiles are drawn exactly likes those in the old SNES game. I was shocked and amazed! At first though, I was confused how to control the game. "How do I exit the house?" was one question I faced. I pondered. I read the readme, and realized that I must press [2nd].

In “Harvest Moon,” you can sow, plant, water, and wait for crops to grow, and harvest. I did notice a few problems, however. First, if you go to the shop, and pick up a seed bag, and wait a day, your game may become messed up. I was unable to even drop the seeds I had bought. I also noticed that the game is a little too big. It requires that it is archived, and that your RAM on your calculator be cleared.

Score: 9/10
Graphics: 10/10
Size: 8/10
Gameplay: 9.5/10

Review by  legin uoh
Reviewed on 2004-09-15
Note! This review was written for a previous version of this file!

Before playing this game, I had never played “Harvest Moon” before and I thought of it as being kind of silly to grow corn, potatoes, tomatoes, turnips,etc. Well anyway, I started playing this game, and to my surprise the gameplay was incredibly smooth and it had nice graphics. It sort of reminded me of “Zelda.” The only downside I see to it is that there isn’t enough documentation on how to play. I had to figure out most of it on my own. Also, quitting the game can lead to some glitches, which causes the ram to clear. But, I give “Harvest Moon” two thumbs up for the great amount of effort put into this game.

Rating: 9/10.

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