- System: Nintendo 3DS
- Publisher: Marvelous, Marvelous USA
- Developer: Marvelous
- Release Date: February 28, 2017
- Rating: Pending
- Genre: Simulation, Role-playing.
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://www.marvelous-usa.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns promises new festivals particular to each one of the towns, new livestock, special Furmiliars, many different pets of your choosing, Farm Circles, and so much more. You will find that Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns will keep you busy for a very long time.
The first town unlocked is Westown which looks like a mining town (it even has mines) and everyone is dressed in western clothing dating back to the era of the gold rush. Your job is to build up your farm and do part time jobs to increase the Town Rank for each village. As the days go, the other towns will unlock and with them, new characters to interact with and new lands. Each town has a different setting altogether from the Eastern Asian town to the town that is closely modeled with Hawaii in mind (Come on; they say Mahalo!).
There are new characters that you get to interact with from three different towns, which will unlock as you play the game. New characters also mean new bachelors and bachelorettes that you will have to charm with your gift giving prowess and smart dialogue selection. Then there is the guardian deity that you will get to know as the game goes by. Each looks over a specific town.
Unlike The Tale of Two Towns, you don’t have two towns feuding in Trio of Towns. Here, everyone seems to work side by side to get things to work well. You will get to partake in part-time jobs that will increase your Town Rank, which usually involves delivering items to people all over the place. You will have to transverse town boundaries into other towns to deliver items to the right person! Also, each town sells different seeds and items so you are going to have to interact with all the towns to really get into the game. No favorites here!
An interesting new feature in the gameplay that changes up the farming aspect is the different qualities that crops possess. Star Rank is based on color, scent, juiciness, and size. How interesting is that? There are new fertilizers that are created to help with those ratings as well. However, farming is a bit more difficult as it seems that space isn’t as plentiful as other games. You only have a certain amount of land available, but each patch of land that you work yields a good amount of crops.
One fun feature that I’ve found is that characters actually go and sit down for lunch at lunch time. If your friendship with that person is high enough, you can even dine with them and raise your friendship! This is handy if you have someone you are pursuing as a love interest, although some characters seem to be trickier than others.
Another fun new feature is the ability to have a Furmiliar who allows you to converse with other pets and wild animals that are always running about. Who else wants to talk to the tiny in-game shiba inu?! Of course, you have to build a relationship with your pet to do this, something that I can’t seem to do well considering, like real life, my in game cats ignore me. Still, it’s a fun concept that I wish I could partake in.
Oh right, we were talking about the part time jobs earlier. Part-time jobs are available in each town which allows you to increase your Town Rank by taking on different jobs. The more jobs you take on, the more your rank rises and the more things that are unlocked. However, as you go up in rank, you also have to unlock the next rank by accomplishing specific tasks that may require a bit of effort on your part. It adds a bit of challenge to the game as you struggle to complete your daily tasks as well as all of the part time jobs! Let’s not forget the courting!
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- New Characters (Is it wrong that I like that the bachelors and bachelorettes are stereotypical bishounen and bishoujo for their towns? Lol)
- Early access to upgrading tools to make the game a bit easier
- Differing weather patterns in each town, including your farm
- Friendship levels seem to be easier to develop in this game
- Varying qualities to consider for Star Rank gives farming a bit of a challenge
- The ability to buy recipes makes it easier to attain more recipes
- Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns also includes a variety of different outfits for your character to wear based on which town you make the outfit in
- You are able to buy different types of livestock and pets so your farm can be very diverse
- Very good casual game
- Beautiful graphics and artwork
- I dislike having to figure out the layout of my farm myself, even if I can make it easier for myself because it makes it difficult to try to fit things like a barn in with all the crops
- Sometimes it feels like there are just too many people to greet and interact with which can make it difficult to learn names
- Gameplay is repetitive and routine
- No outright plot so it’s up to you to set up your own goals