Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon for Nintendo DS Revealed

Rising Star Games announces that Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon for Nintendo DS will be available in September 2008.

...You awaken to find yourself in an unfamiliar village known as Kardia. Wearing nothing more than the tattered clothes on your back, you have no memory of who you are or how you arrived.

A strange but beautiful young woman by the name of Mist comes to your aid and offers you food and water in return for helping her on her land by planting crops and clearing her fields. As you tend the land and plough the fields, you grow stronger and your skills improve. However, for some reason, you do recall a time when you felt more comfortable with a sword in your hand.

You have a natural gift for combat and your talent soon comes to the attention of the local mayor. With nearby caves and ruins overrun by monsters, Mayor Godwin has decreed that no adventurer can set foot into the dark spaces without a special permit.

Battling against these fierce beasts is very important to your survival (and to the gameplay) but making friends with them is essential to your farm life. You will also upgrade your skills as you master swords, spears and farm tools.

It will take you many, many hours of hard work to earn Mayor Godwin's approval but the secrets inside the caves beckon and perhaps the deepest one of them holds the key to unlocking your past.

Key Features:
Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon is a Nintendo DS exclusive title which takes the world of Harvest Moon and turns it upside down in a unique fantasy world;
Includes fundamental Harvest Moon gameplay: growing crops, tending livestock, making friends and getting married;
In this game, the developers have created a fantasy world in which the player exists rather than the RPG standard where you merely play the role of a hero and work your way through the storyline;
RPG aspects include collecting materials to create new items, equipment & furniture;
The player must battle and capture monsters, attend to them in the village and harness their energy in order to bring peace to the land;
Contains a real-time Action Battle system for equipping yourself with skills & equipment, fighting monsters & casting magic spells;
Gameplay makes heavy use of the Nintendo DS stylus allowing players to fleece their sheep and pet animals directly;
Communication with other characters plays a massive part in this game. You can go to local festivals & go out on dates;
The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection allows you to send e-mails, screenshots and messages to other players.

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