Harvest Moon: Mad Dash is a spin-off entry in the franchise that will be available on Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch platforms. I was able to check out the game while at E3 2019 and get some hands-on time with it.
It’s definitely a different sort of experience, and one that won’t feel like the rest of the franchise. This isn’t about living the farming life, or finding that special someone while doing it.
This is a party type game that has players battling it out semi-cooperatively to grow crops or tend to the farm in general. The segment I played with the tour guide had us grouping together some tomatoes while also milking cows. There were variations on this as we continued, and the action was actually somewhat frantic.
You’d group the crops to create bigger and more rewarding ones, an interesting somewhat puzzle mechanic of the experience. There were also situations where things would jet across the farms and other hazards to mix it up. It keeps elements from the main franchise while acting as a separate entity of sorts. I didn’t mind playing it, something new. Just don’t expect main line Harvest Moon from this one.
I also think this is more focused on the younger audience, being very accessible in terms of learning and playing it. The cooperative elements add to that as well. That’s all for Harvest Moon: Mad Dash, at least for now. Check out our E3 2019 hub for additional coverage from the event.
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