Monster Harvest

Merge Games, Maple Powered Games

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
65
Top Critic Average
11%
Critics Recommend
Based on 18 critic reviews
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Monster Harvest

Rating Summary

Based on 18 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

65

Top Critic Average

11%

Critics Recommend

Based on 18 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PCJul 20, 2021
Xbox OneJul 20, 2021
PlayStation 4Jul 20, 2021
Nintendo SwitchJul 20, 2021

Developer: Maple Powered Games

Publisher: Merge Games

Genres: Adventure, RPG

A farming adventure with a twist! Get ready to set out on an adventure of a lifetime as you start a new life in Planimal Point. Develop your own farm, build, and customise your own house, craft your own furniture, make some delicious jams and mutate your crops to create loyal and fierce companions you can take into battle! Discover and Battle Planimals During your journey through Planimal Point you’ll discover strange Slimes which can mutate your crops in ways you would never have imagined! Depending on the season, the Slime or the crop you mutate, you’ll be able to create up to 72 different mutations! Planimals are loyal mutated crops that stay by your side through thick and thin. They’ll be a key companion to you as you adventure across Planimal Point, taking part in thrilling turn-based battles and exploring dungeons as you try to bring down the evil SlimeCo. Whatever the Weather! Planimal Point has three unique seasons which will affect the way you play, with strange weather and seasons shifting what you can grow – watch out for the strange mutations as they change by season! There are multiple different ways to build and customise the best farm in Monster Harvest! Craft and place dozens of items and take your farm to the next level by crafting artisanal items! Unlock the irrigation pipes, the pickler, and more to turn your freshly harvested crops into products ready for market. Features Farm with mutants! Use magical slimes to mutate the crops you grow on your farm. Collectible Planimal companions! Some slimes mutate your crops into Planimals!  Take your loyal companions into battle as you look to save Planimal Point from the Evil SlimeCo.   Three unique seasons: Dry, Wet, and Dark - Strange weather and seasons shift what the player can grow. Venture into the town of Planimal Point - Discover the people and creatures that live there, build relationships to gain discounts in stores. Craft dozens of items for your farm and your house.

Monster Harvest Critic Reviews

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I do think that Maple Powered Games is on to something here with Monster Harvest. Its mishmash of systems accomplishes, for the most part, what they were trying to do – this is undeniable. Just be forewarned that under nearly every rock, and within the leaves of all those trees, there will sit a bug waiting to suck the entertainment out of it. And what you get out of Monster Harvest will vary depending on how willing you are to put up with that. Still, 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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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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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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