Plenty of companies feel the relationship
between themselves and the gaming media is one sided. We spend all the
money covering their products, make them all kinds of money, and get
nothing in return. Not even a reviewable copy of a game. Natsume has
moved into that kind of a relationship with Family Friendly Gaming. We
do all the work, they get all the benefit, and they are not capable of
replying to emails.
There was massive, insane amounts of coverage of HomeTown Story by Family Friendly Gaming. Yet after spending all the money covering this game, we also had to spend money to purchase it as well. I saved up for months to be able to buy this Nintendo 3DS hand held video game. Ultimately it turned into a major disappointment.
HomeTown Story has very little training. They teach us how to open the shop, put down tables, put merchandise on tables, adjust prices, and to save. From there you have to figure out what to do. Making matters worse is NPC characters walk around the confusing town layout at different times of day. This makes finding their shops and homes very difficult.
At its core HomeTown Story is a supply and demand game. You have to figure out what sells. You have to find the right prices for things to sell. You need to have enough merchandise on hand, and to buy more at the right times. This is difficult because you never know what a supplier will bring to you at 2pm every day.
The most annoying thing about HomeTown Story is you have to leave the store to go explore. You are losing money doing that. So you don’t want to do it. Clients will stand in line waiting for you while you are gone. There is always a chance for a loss of revenue while you are exploring.
There is a lame witch character in HomeTown Story. Couldn’t that have been left to the bad Harvest Moon games? Nice music, store expansions, and stable game play. Some items are asked for and are hard to sell. This is a hard game to get into.
Family Friendly Factor: 60%
System: Nintendo 3DS
Developer: Toybox Inc
Rating: ‘E10+’ - Everyone TEN and OLDER ONLY
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