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Monster Harvest

Merge Games, Maple Powered Games
Jul 20, 2021 - PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Weak

OpenCritic Rating

63

Top Critic Average

8%

Critics Recommend

COGconnected
75 / 100
Gaming Nexus
7.4 / 10
Nintendo Life
5 / 10
PlayStation LifeStyle
6.5 / 10
Checkpoint Gaming
4 / 10
KeenGamer
7 / 10
GameSkinny
6 / 10
PSX Brasil
80 / 100
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Critic Reviews for Monster Harvest

There’s a lot to enjoy here, and if you’re a fan of Stardew Valley or Pokemon, you owe it to yourself to check this one out.

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Monster Harvest is retro in how it looks, which is great, but also in how it plays, which isn't as great. The gameplay doesn't feel addictive enough for a farming simulator, and the monster battle portion feels tacked on. I had fun with the game, but I never felt drawn into the world.

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Monster Harvest is a good example of why great ideas also need to be followed up with great execution. There's nothing wrong with the idea of a farm sim with monster-catching elements, but Monster Harvest does a rough job of convincing you of that. The monster RPG content is so poorly done that it might as well have not been implemented at all, as it clearly took focus away from the decent farm sim portion of the gameplay. Amazingly, the farm sim gameplay still redeems this enough that it's not a complete dumpster fire, but we'd only give this the barest of recommendations to anybody looking for another entry in the genre. Take our word for it, you're much better off just starting over with a new farm in Stardew Valley, or picking up Rune Factory 4.

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Perhaps the biggest downside is that, as of right now, Monster Harvest isn't particularly long for a farming sim game. I think I finished it in just over twenty hours or so. To be fair, I was grinding so I could write this review, but by the time I finished the first year in-game, I had already reached my maximum XP cap and unlocked the bunker. In the first week of Year Two I had fully upgraded all of my tools and had enough materials (just short on cash) to finish upgrading all of my farm buildings. In week two I beat the SlimeCo boss. If the developer doesn't have plans to make events a real part of the game or expand the story and dungeons, this unique experience just isn't worth a full price investment.

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There’s a lot of potential to Monster Harvest, but it falls short on delivering a farming sim game that comes close to rivalling others in the genre. Hopefully, with time, Monster Harvest continues to grow, but until then it feels like it’s missing what makes the hard work worthwhile. Honestly, this feels like an Early Access title that still needs more time before it’s ready for full release. It seems the phrase ‘third time’s the charm’ does not apply to game delays.

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The premise of Monster Harvest sounds almost too good to be true: a farming action RPG combined with monster catching mechanics, what could be better? Unfortunately, playing this on the Nintendo Switch might not be the best for your eyes.

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While Monster Harvest offers a unique perspective on the farming sim, it follows along with the genre norms too closely to really set itself apart.

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Monster Harvest is a welcome mix between farming games and turn-based little monster battles, using an artistic style consistent with the project and with a traditional and very well executed gameplay model. It's fun, addictive and challenging without seeming punitive or overly complicated.

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