Story of Seasons was such a big surprise when it came out on 3DS. Publisher Natsume had always brought us Harvest Moon games and everyone loved them. At some point, however, Nastume lost the original Bokujou Monogatari (the Japanese name for Harvest Moon) franchise to XSEED Games. At that point, true fans knew that Story of Seasons was effectively the new Harvest Moon. Those that missed the memo ended up with a really sad game in the form of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. Now that we know where the “real” farming simulator is available, we can better appreciate Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns.
A Story of Seasons game would not be complete without a few things: Farming, relationships and livestock. Each of these elements is still alive and well in Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns. There are some changes and enhancements to the formula which make this new game interesting. The biggest change is that there are three towns, or a “trio”, to explore between. West Town looks like a typical country setting, Lulukoko is almost like a tropical island, and Tsuyukusa appears to be a traditional Japanese setting. The towns are not warring or anything of the sort. You can freely go between them and trade goods. The main thing is that you eventually are supposed to settle down in your favorite town.
Each location has different goodies and townsfolk to make them worth visiting regularly. At some point between farming and selling your wares, you will also want to mingle with the single bachelors or bachelorettes depending on the player gender. Unfortunately, there is still no same-sex option. Some bachelors and bachelorettes were shown in the demo and they are as cute and handsome as they always are.
One new change for Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns is how gift giving works. In the past you always had to find the character and present your gift in person. Now that is not the case. Just like Animal Crossing, you can now send gifts and letters in the mail. Of course, gifts are needed to get the character to fall for you. This makes things a lot easier on players, especially if you are like me and wish to woo multiple people at once. The option to give gifts was probably designed due to the fact that Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns is larger. It is much easier to give gifts in the mail rather than traveling two towns over.
The graphics in Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns look even better than the first game: Chibi characters are back with their cute farming outfits and animations. New animals such as turtles are super adorable as well. Basically, this is the game that Harvest Moon fans want next even though it no longer bears the official Harvest Moon name. Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns will be the next must-play 3DS game when it comes out next year.