Story of Seasons (牧場物語つながる新天地, Bokujō Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi, lit. Ranch Story: Chained New World) is the second title of Bokujō Monogatari series on Nintendo 3DS, and also the first entry to the re-branded Story of Seasons series for international market.
As the protagonist of the game, you are bored with your regular life. You receive a flyer announcing the need for farmers in Oak Tree Town, and decide to risk it all to move to the small village. There are other farmers living in Oak Tree Town, who will teach you how to run your new farm. Together you will help each other become successful.
- You can change your character's hairstyle and color, eye color, skin color, face, the hat, your glasses (if wearing), outfit, and up to three accessories (rings, earrings, necklaces).
- The object placement system is also in this version, both for your farm and for the town itself, managing the layout and aesthetic feel of Oak Tree Town. You can craft objects with the work table in the house. Crafting materials can be bought, found on the ground, or in the mining area of the safari. You can also decorate and customize the interior of your house not only with wallpaper and flooring, but object design and placement such as cabinets, beds, decorations, etc.
- There is a wildlife safari housing a variety of exotic animals such as monkeys and parrots. The safari can be toured by the other villagers, and the amount of G earned per person will be received after the tour is over; a minimum 400 G fee plus 10 G for every type of animal you have unlocked. There are items that can only be found within the safari, and the mine is also located here. Animals can be unlocked after earning a certain amount of Customer Points with the other country vendors.
- The game is centered around the other lands in the game. The countries have specialty trades that you can buy from, and they will buy preferred items from you such as animals and clothing accessories There is a Trade Depot set up in the game where all of the in-game countries will visit and set up store. Interacting with the other in-game countries will unlock new things. The Trade Depot will also have requests from countries (similar to the message boards in Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns).
- Later in the game, you can get your very own shop to own, in which you can set different themes and get put in items to sell to potential customers, it is all an automatic process you only need to go to collect your money, you can sell items at full or half price. The themes are: Ranch Store, General Store, Restaurant, Bakery, Candy Store, Juice Stand, Tailor's Shop, Fish Store, Floral Shop, Vegetable Shop, Home Decor Shop, Antique Shop, and Tchotchke Shop. Each theme changes the look of the shop to suit the theme.
- Besides the wildlife safari, the new animals are the Angora Rabbit you can care for on your farm, the Zebu cow, a camel (produces hair), goat, and the new brown Araucana chicken that lays high quality eggs. Normal sheep, white chickens, silkie chickens, hair toupe cows from A New Beginning, white alpaca, suffolk sheep, jersey cow, and llama have returned.
- Dogs, cats, and horses as pets are now available. You can ride the horse, the dog herds your livestock animals, and a cat will find items for you.
- Crops are planted in a 3x3 square. Sowing, watering, and harvesting can now be done to the entire 3x3 field instead of one at a time, which allows you to care for more fields in less time.
- MAQL collaborated with Nintendo to put Super Mario-themed crops into the game. You can grow the Super Mushroom, the Fire Flower, and the Super Star on your farm. These crops have special benefits. The fire flower clears your fields of dead crops and increases the star rank, and the super star increases the amount of time a crop stays fresh. The super mushroom makes crops and trees grow by two growth stages. They are randomly sold by Wheat Country as Mystery Seeds for 1000 G.
- The game has WiFi/internet connectivity and 3DS StreetPass with other players. With the StreetPass, the people you SP data with will become characters in your game, and you can see their data profile information (character name, farm name, year, portrait, shipping profit, etc). You can also WiFi connect with other players to visit their farms and tend to their crops and animals. You also can trade items.
- You can go fishing with a fishing pole, or you can go swimming off of the river docks to catch fish and other items in the water.
- This game is unique from others where it gives the option of "difficulties," Seedling and Original mode. Seedling mode allows new players (or veteran players who want an easier experience) to unlock certain things quicker. In seedling mode things will be cheaper, countries have fewer requirements to unlock, etc. Alternately, Original mode, steps up the difficulty, with more expensive items, and harder requirements to unlock countries.
If you want to check your friendship level with someone who does not bear a flower, press the L button when next to them:
- Scribbles - Lowest
- Dot Bubble
- Curved Orange Line
- Yellow Lines
- Rainbow Musical Notes
- Hearts - Highest
The marriage system in Story of Seasons is similar to Harvest Moon 3DS: A New Beginning.
You must first give the bachelor/ette gifts to increase their affection. By raising their heart meter, you're able to see their heart events. When they reach a blue heart, you can confess your love for them and give them a ring, which will officially make you and the bachelor/ette a couple.
Continue raising their hearts until you're able to propose to them using the blue feather (This will be sold at the general store.) This is your marriage proposal, and if they are at a high enough affection level, they will accept and you will become engaged.
Alternatively, you can also have a reverse proposal done by the bachelor/ette once certain requirements are satisfied.
There are a total of three different wedding options:
- The Simple Plan is a Western wedding that costs 100,000 G. Only you, your fiance, and Veronica will attend. There are no wedding gifts.
- The Deluxe Plan can either be an Eastern or Western wedding that costs 500,000 G. Four villagers will attend. As a wedding gift, 5 Marguerite Pots and 5 Red Rose Pots will be added to the constructed objects inventory.
- The Luxury Plan can either be an Eastern or Western wedding that costs 1,000,000 G. Most of the villagers will attend. As a wedding gift, 5 Marguerite Pots, 5 Red Rose Pots, and 5 Sunflower Flowerbeds.
- Note these prices are the same if you are playing in Seedling Mode or Original mode.
After marriage, you and your spouse will have twins, provided the Two-Story House is built. However, the amount of time for the pregnancy event depends on which wedding plan was chosen. The pregnancy lasts 40 days regardless of the plan chosen (unless you choose the luxury plan, in which case the pregnancy might last only 30 days).
- Simple Plan - 30 days
- Deluxe Plan - 20 days
- Luxury Plan - 15 days