Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is ranked in the 66th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

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68 / 100
Jul 10, 2020

A faithful recreation, but why go back when Stardew has since perfected the genre?

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GameSpot
James Carr
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5 / 10
Jul 8, 2020

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town's cutesy aesthetic is plagued with shallow and tedious gameplay.

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7 / 10.0
Jul 8, 2020

Despite its age, simplicity, and lack of embellishments, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town proves the Bokujō Monogatari franchise has been on the money since the very beginning. Its content may feel a little sparse compared to its successors and competitors, but I can see myself returning to these lands long after the next harvest moon.

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7 / 10.0
Jul 8, 2020

‎We return to Mineral Town with a great facelift that bets on the simplicity of mechanics and simplicity in its menus and staging. We will find a very classic adventure in the style of Harvest Moon, where we get lost for days harvesting and improving our farm, but it is somewhat decaffeinated and empty in these times, being a very brief option in terms of ambition.‎

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86 / 100
Jul 8, 2020

Story of Seasons Friends of Mineral Town is a wonderful return to the past that gives a good facelift to the original Game Boy Advance game. Despite not taking risks, its formula is very successful and delighted to all lovers of farm simulators, management and RPGs.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 8, 2020

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town takes a while to reveal its charms. The pace may put players not familiar with the rhythm of farming and relationship sims off, but for those invested they will be treated to a lovely, relaxing slice of idyllic rural life.

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Jul 8, 2020

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a must-play for both fans of the franchise, and gamers in love with farming oriented life-sims. It doesn't opt to break new ground, but instead play to its strengths, leaning on what made the experience great 17 years ago.

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GamingTrend
A Kay Purcell
Top Critic
90 / 100
Jul 8, 2020

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is simple and charming, but beneath the rather basic gameplay loop hides some surprisingly deep secrets. It brings back elements of farming games past, including marriage rivals and transient characters, while providing some major quality of life updates as well as a more freedom, such as limited character customization and a truly bizarre variety of farmyard pets. It's a cozy, welcoming little village, sure to charm any farming fan.

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Guardian
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Jul 8, 2020

In a now-crowded field, this reboot of the noughties farm game retains the original's gentle dramas and nuanced characterisation

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50 / 100
Oct 21, 2021

I feel like I will get some backlash for this, but I did not enjoy my time with Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town. I am not usually a fan of the farm sim genre, but I can tell other non-fans that this is not the game that will get them into it. It is a remake of a 22-year-old game, and for that, it gets credit for helping build this niche genre and for having little to build upon. But there are other options out there. Stardew Valley has trampled the Story of Seasons series under its hoof, and the Persona series has made the day-to-day grind exciting and meaningful. But if you love farm sims and you’re looking for a simpler, more relaxing alternative to Stardew Valley, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town will undoubtedly provide you with hours upon hours of content.

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8.8 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2020

Who says you can never go home again? Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral town takes an already great game in the storied franchise and throws it into HD, with a hefty bushel of new content along for the ride. Whether you're a nostalgic veteran like me or a greenhorn just starting out, Mineral Town is a worthy addition to your Switch library.

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PC Invasion
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8 / 10
Jul 8, 2020

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town brings a classic back to life with 3D visuals and all of what people loved about it intact. But the comparative simplicity of the game's systems plus the high cost compared to similar games will possibly scare off players who don't already have a soft spot in their heart for the game.

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70 / 100
Jul 8, 2020

Its laid-back gameplay and overall simplicity is extremely peaceful and addicting, but I would advise that new players manage their expectations.

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PCMag
Top Critic
Jul 21, 2020

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town puts a contemporary spin on a charming farm-sim that sees you plant crops, raise livestock, and start a family. The controls and character models could use additional work, but this leisurely game is incredibly addicting.

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6.8 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2021

‎Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a farm life and management simulator, aimed at a specific audience or looking for something relaxing to do in their spare time. With its shadows and lights that make something so characteristic this remake of its original released on the Game Boy Advance and that maintains all its essence by improving certain sections such as its menu system.‎

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Jul 17, 2020

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is perfectly shaped to fill that post-New Horizons void in your soul. If you were a fan of the original Harvest Moon game, you’ll find a lot of nostalgia in this retelling of the Mineral Town story, but those looking for complex characters or a compelling story to follow may well be left disappointed.

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8 / 10
Jul 9, 2020

If you’re looking for something to fill that post-Animal Crossing hole in your life, or are just simply a fan of the farm sim genre in general, don’t miss out on this one.

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4 / 5.0
Jul 8, 2020

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town takes one of the better-remembered entries in this storied franchise and gives it a fresh coat of adorable paint. While feeling more casual, and a bit held back by its roots, this is the perfect return for anyone fond of the original release.

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9 / 10.0
Jul 8, 2020

For someone who generally shies away from more casual games such as Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, it really did a lot to win me over.

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RPG Site
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8 / 10
Jul 8, 2020

A classic farming sim with room for improvements.

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