Doraemon Story of Seasons is the latest farming sim to grace the Nintendo Switch and PC. Is it worth checking out, or should you stick to Stardew Valley? Check out our review and find out.
Doraemon Story Of Seasons
For full disclosure, players do not need to be familiar with Doraemon to play this game, and we went in without any previous knowledge of the series.
Doraemon Story of Seasons follows a young boy named Noby and his friends. While trying to figure out what to do for his school project, Noby finds a spiral seed and plants it. The seed quickly grows into a massive tree that the kids use for cover in a storm. The storm gets so intense that the tree and the kids are lifted up and taken through a portal of some sort. When they wake up, they are in a new land that they don’t recognize. Luckily for them, they ended up right outside of the town of Natura.
Natura is a quaint little village of farmers and workers who welcome the kids with open arms. With no apparent way back home, Noby and crew go out to help out around the village. Everyone gets a job except Noby, who is handed a run-down farm to run instead. The main objective is always to find a way back home, but it often takes a back seat to farming and other side activities. I do want to say that this game has the longest intro ever, as it felt like it took over an hour to get to the actual farming part of the game.
Doraemon Story of Seasons is a traditional farming sim. You start with essential tools, a few seeds, and a field full of rocks, twigs, and weeds. You till the land, plant and water seeds, and reap the rewards later. Early on, farming will only take up a small portion of your time. Most of your time will be spent in the mine, catching bugs, chatting with your neighbors, and fishing. As you upgrade your farm with new buildings, animals, and crops, the time spent in the field increases. I overextended myself once, and had to take naps in between watering sessions to avoid passing out and being sent to the hospital.
You will also have to balance your farm life and social life properly. Without any real clue how to get home, the villagers will be able to help you out by telling you about Doraemon’s gadgets that got lost on the way here. Giving a villager a gift will raise their relationship with you. Give them enough gifts, and they will open up to you and become more friendly as well. I don’t think there is any gift they won’t accept, outside of your tools or essential items. I was going around handing people wood, rocks, bugs, and they always took them. You are encouraged to try different items on people, because some will give more points than others.
Something I really liked about the game was how straightforward the upgrade system was. I always knew what I needed and for the most part, how to get it. The upgrades all felt meaningful, as well. Upgrading the watering can …