Harvest Moon GBC3 was the third Harvest Moon game to be released on the Game Boy Color.
Harvest Moon GBC3 has two parallel plots, based on which gender the player picks to play.
Pete: The boy from Harvest Moon GBC2 in Flower Bud Village has made a success of his farm. Mr. Heinz, the mayor, tells the player about a friend of his that lives on a far away island. He says that this friend has died and now his daughter is going to take care of the farm. The girl doesn't know the first thing about farming so Mr. Heinz asks you to help her get the farm started.
Sara: When playing as a girl, you start as someone who used to live on an island with her father, Harry. A while after leaving the island, you receive news that your father has died, so you return to look after the farm. Mr. Heinz enlists someone from another place to help you work on the farm.
Harvest Moon GBC 3 has a partner system that sets it apart from other titles. There are almost two games depending the player's chosen gender. Girls take care of animals, and boys manage crops. At the beginning, the player may need to fulfill both roles, but as the partner grows fond of the player, they become more efficient at their work and will require no help. You get to choose Blood type, which is another unique feature.
The gender-based roles on the farm define the tools the player can use. Male players have farming tools that level with use, but no access to tools related to the care of animals like the brush or milker. They must rely on their female partners to gather milk and wool. While female players' tools will never level up, they have full control over the animals and have the ability to buy Shampoo to care for sheep. Male players cannot buy Shampoo and their partners will not have it either. Female players must also buy machinery to make butter, cheese, yarn and sweaters, while the male player can teach his partner the ability to make these items by hand from books at the mall. However, he has no control over what the female partner will make (or when).
Finally, marriage, which is the end of the game for players on the girl's path. The boy can continue after marriage and have children. Though the farm life is defined by gender, the game has two maps for different areas - the Island map, and the Mainland map. Both have a few different activities and events to experience.
In this game, players can:
- Get married
- Have part-time jobs
- Own eight of each animal
- Use a boat for ocean fishing
- Sell items at a market stall
- Play a snowboarding minigame
In this game, the farm is fully constructed; the player's task is to fill the buildings and fields with life.
The house is full sized but bare of many furnishings, which can be bought from the Mall. There is no television at the beginning, but a telephone is provided to call the Farmer's Union to ship crops and complete part-time jobs. Male farmers can buy a Child's Bed and have children after marriage, who will then wander the house.
Each type of animal has its own building, with two rooms each and a small pasture behind every one. The rooms have everything ready for animals, but the pasture needs to be cleared. The player must sow grass seeds in an animals' pasture before the animal can be purchased, though female players are provided one cow at the start of the game. Four animals can be put out into each pasture at a time. If the player is male, the female partner will take care of the animals, but she will not put them out on the pasture or take care of it in any way.
Crops and produce are held in a storage shed for the player to decide their use. The player will have to phone in shipments with specified amounts, as the items will not be shipped automatically. Items left too long in the storage shed will rot, although there are options in the game enabling the player to use rotted crops as fertilizer or make the storage shed refrigerated.
The player also has the ability to create a hot spring in the empty building beside the storage shed. The player digs the middle area of the room, exposing the spring water, and the next day the partner will say the spring was mysteriously completed.
- There are 5 other places to go on the island:
- Farmer's Union
- Shopping Mall
|Harvest Moon GBC 3 Characters|
Villagers: Bigbee • Billy • Chet • Cozy • Chloe • Choco • Daisy • Elder • Elza • Gen • Joe • Kate • Kirk • Lucus • Lukia • Lyla • Mary