Editor: Diane Hutchinson Editor@girlgamersuk.com

Crown Trick

Oct-23-2020
Comments Off on Crown Trick

Xuan-Yuan Sword VII Gets New gameplay trailer

Jun-11-2020
Comments Off on Xuan-Yuan Sword VII Gets New gameplay trailer

Nintendo European Download Highlights: Buy 2, Get 1 Free on Street Fighter Games

Aug-19-2013
Comments Off on Nintendo European Download Highlights: Buy 2, Get 1 Free on Street Fighter Games

One Punch Man Launch Trailer

Feb-25-2020
Comments Off on One Punch Man Launch Trailer

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town

Posted by GG Goblin On March - 24 - 2021

Move over Friends of Mineral Town, I’m heading to Olive Town.

 
The joy of spending time out in the fresh air, being around animals and plants in the beautiful sunshine, or even a mild Simmer rainfall, is food for the soul. Of course, for gamers this will all take place on a screen, with a flurry of button presses or stick twiddles to make sure they get home before they pass out from exertion. Casual farming sims are easy to come across and while they may not be the go to game for all gamers, they are certainly popular enough that a new entry in an ongoing series will be enough to raise a smile on any welly-wearing video game player. The Story of Seasons series has been around for a while, far longer than many gamers may realise as it started life as Harvest Moon, and the latest entry has finally arrived. Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town follows a recognisable formula as players once again inherit a derelict farm and decide to make a go of it rather than selling it to a real estate developer.

 


 
It is a well used premise that the player inherits a farm from a relative, but this is the route that Pioneers of Olive Town has taken. There is a bit more to the narrative though with family links to the local town and more to discover, but the story doesn’t really go much further. Not that it has to though, as players who have picked the game up will likely be looking to start fixing up their farm and making money. That’s what it is all about, after all.

 
Anyone who knows their way around a farming sim will feel quite at home here. The farm starts out being overrun and once the player has created their character, for which there are a nice selection of options, the first few days at least will be spent following what is essentially a simple guided tutorial, which is nice as there is nothing heavy pushed on the player here. In fact, this is the case for the game as a whole, leaving the player to approach things at their own pace. There is even an easy mode that will make make things earn more, cost less and unlock quicker, which can be turned on or off at will.

 


 
This type of game tends to be more about time management than anything else, and although the player has the freedom to spend their in game time as they choose, those looking to progress at a reasonable pace will find themselves making use of every minute of every day. Or at least until they run out of energy. From a farming point of view, this will mean clearing the ground before tilling, planting, watering and then waiting. There are an impressive number of different crops to grow in the game, all of which can then be sold or used otherwise. Then there is also a great selection of livestock to care for in exchange for produce. With a heavy crafting focus, Pioneers of Olive Town will give the player plenty to unlock and use to customise or otherwise improve their little farm.

 
The farm can also be expanded, which is handy due to the heavy machinery taking up so much space. Again, the game gives the player a choice as to how they play the game, but before long they will need to invest in some machinery known as Makers. There are a variety of different Makers for the player to use, with each different type taking one resource and processing it into another. Whether turning logs into lumber or ores into ingots, these machines are essential for progress and acquiring many of the materials needed further into the game. They are also big and quite slow, so players will often need multiple machines of the same type, taking up substantial space and giving the farm a more industrial feel.

 


 
Of course, spending time on the farm is not everything the player can do in Olive Town. There are plenty of other places to explore and things to do, from heading down the mines to collect some of those ores, to perhaps spending some time fishing. Any game that includes fishing is okay in my mind. There is a museum that the player can donate stuff to, and magical sprites that can help the player out.

 
Then there is the main town and the inhabitants to interact with. A variety of stores in the town will give the player ample opportunity for some shopping, and more stores can be unlocked through completing quests. There are loads of NPCs to interact with and the chance to romance and even find a partner through the giving of gifts is something else the player can spend time doing. Regular festivals will keep the player heading back to town much more than the gripping conversations with the NPCs, who all seem a little underdeveloped and not that interesting to talk to.

 
Aside from the slightly boring NPCs and the massive machinery, Pioneers of Olive Town does have a few other issues. Framerate issues can pop up when things get too busy on screen, both docked and in handheld mode, and there are so many loading screens. These loading times have been improved upon with a recent patch, but they are still too much. With DLC planned, the developers seem keen to extend the life of the game, and so hopefully that will include further fixes.

 


 
While there is certainly no shortage of farming games available on the Switch, from long running or serious series to the more quirky games where turnips are not on the menu, Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town has a solid charm that will appeal to anyone who has ever inherited a farm. There are a few issues, but the relaxed pace and large amount of content will keep players entertained for many hours. An improvement over the previous game in the series, Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town is a fun farm life sim that is more than welcome on the Switch.

 

 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 



 

Add your comment

Cozy Grove Due This Spring

Posted by GG Goblin
  • title_ad2
  • title_ad2
  • title_ad2
  • title_ad2
  • title_ad2
  • Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

    Posted by GG Goblin
    Apr-14-2021

    Black Legend

    Posted by GG Goblin
    Apr-14-2021

    Balan Wonderworld

    Posted by GG Goblin
    Apr-12-2021

    Evil Genius 2: World Domination

    Posted by GG Goblin
    Apr-9-2021

    Littlewood

    Posted by GG Goblin
    Apr-8-2021

    Spacebase Startopia

    Posted by GG Goblin
    Apr-7-2021

    Endzone – A World Apart

    Posted by GG Goblin
    Mar-30-2021

    Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town

    Posted by GG Goblin
    Mar-24-2021