After searching for a game to play on my Nintendo DS to play whilst on a lengthy airplane trip, my eyes lit upon Rune Factory with a nostalgic gleam. Harvest Moon, as a series, has delighted me for nigh upon a decade, and to see a new release in this noble chain did much to fill my heart with warmth.
This addition to the family of titles, which centers around simulated farming, combines tried and true agricultural economics with simple role-playing game elements and combat, allowing you to trade in your watering can and hoe for a trusty sword in shield. I found this to be an amusing diversion, but the heart of the game remains in farming, and other wholsome activities such as fishing or cooking.
There are quite dungeons and areas in town to explore, each illustrated neatly in 2D, upon which 3D models representing you, townsfolk, and enemies are placed. It is an appealing effect.
The music is a bit repetitive, but not annoyingly so.
There are many fun things to do, even after completing the game's main storyline, so you can expect to get a lot of enjoyment from this game.
I would recommend it to anyone who wants a game that is quick to learn and quick to play.