John Deere – Harvest in the Heartland Review


Get Yer Farm On

You are a punk kid who is given a patch of land to make your own. As a farming noob, you have to learn to plant, raise, and harvest crops as well as rear animals and win prizes for your livestock and produce at the local fair. When you become proficient, you will be given money to buy authentic John Deere equipment, including tractors and variable attachments. What more could you want in life?

Itching for a Harvest Moon to come out? John Deere could most likely pass the time. For those of us that are addicted to farming simulators, John Deere hits the spot long enough for our withdrawal symptoms to pass.

This is what Destineer has to say about John Deere: Harvest in the Heartland:

Adding to its popular lifestyle lineup of John Deere games that have already sold more than a half a million units, Destineer today announced it has shipped John Deere: Harvest in the Heartland, a “hands-on” real-time farming game for the Nintendo DS. From soil to sustenance, John Deere: Harvest in the Heartland challenges players to create and maintain a fully functioning farm.

Through an intuitive Touch Screen interface, players use the Nintendo DS stylus to work the land, raise livestock, pick crops, milk cows, and more to earn cash and improve the farm by purchasing land, livestock, and authentic John Deere equipment. However, there is no such thing as a successful “lazy farmer’ and players who neglect their farm will reap what they sow as they watch their farm and crops turn to dust.

Design & Detail: use the touch screen and stylus to layout the locations of fields and buildings. Use the top screen to monitor the farm via the mini-map and check on the status of crops and livestock with the Query Tool.

Hands-On Farming: clear land, plant and harvest crops, and drive authentic John Deere equipment. Paint buildings and create a unique logo for the farm which identifies players at the Commodities Market. Feed, care for, and harvest products from the animals through a variety of fun and intuitive stylus actions.

The Commodities Market and County Fair: raise crops and livestock for sale at the daily Commodities Market. Reinvest money earned from the sale of crops and animal products to upgrade John Deere equipment and make the farm more efficient and profitable. Or, enter your products and livestock in “Best of” contests at the County Fair for prizes and fame.

Read on for what I think of John Deere: Harvest in the Heartland (mwa haha):