Harvest Moon: Mad Dash is perhaps the most “fun” I have had with a video game in 2019. This sort of came out of nowhere and is a very interesting take on the Harvest Moon series. If you go into this expecting the slow-paced, relaxing experience that the series is known for you will be shocked!
How to Download Harvest Moon: Mad Dash
The game can be downloaded from the PlayStation Store or from the Nintendo Store. Click on the Download button below the review and make your choice. If you like multiplayer farm games, check out also our review of Farm Together.
The Game Review
This is a very interesting mix up of game styles. I would say that Harvest Moon: Mad Dash is best described as part Overcooked, part Tetris, Part Puyo-Puyo and covered with a Harvest Moon coating. There is a story here about having to collect some seeds or something like that to bring the farm back, but the story is not important here, it is all about the gameplay.
Each level has a time limit and, in this time, limit you need to harvest as much food, catch as many fish and milk as many cows as you can. You do this by moving let’s say a small patch of tomatoes, next to more of the same and then they grow, you can keep moving them together to make them bigger or you can harvest them at their smallest size.
Each item has its own color so you never get mixed up. Most of the time the items you need to harvest are more than just one block, forcing you to Tetris them in. You can rotate blocks of food via the shoulder buttons. You want to make the stuff as big as possible before you harvest it as this makes you power meter grow which then lets you go hyper and harvest like a maniac.
Each level has three stars you can earn. There are blocks in the world map that require a certain number of stars to progress so you may have to play certain levels again. As you progress things get more complex via cattle that will trample, obstacles in the growing patch and your crops rotting if you do not harvest them quick enough. Harvest Moon: Mad Dash is a game that constantly keeps you on your toes.
The Graphics in Harvest Moon: Mad Dash
The presentation is very charming. It certainly has the Harvest Moon style and I love it when your power meter fills and everything goes crazy! There is a nice variety to the levels starting with a basic farm and going to places like the sky world. You get special orders (like Overcooked) and doing these will get you bonus points.
It is a very fun game to play in single-player, but up to four players can get in on this. I played this with my son and we intend just to play for five minutes to check it out, an hour later and we were still playing and we declared that we loved this game. It is great no matter if you are in single-player or playing with friends or family.
While Harvest Moon: Mad Dash is not your typical Harvest Moon game, it is a very, very fun game. You will be amazed at how fast-paced this game is and just how addictive it is also. No matter if you are playing on PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch, you are in for a great time with this one.
- It eases you in before ramping up the difficulty
- The presentation could not be any more charming
- Lots of levels to play
- I loved filling up the power meter
- Great in multi and single player
- May shock hardcore Harvest Moon fans
- The overworld looks like a mobile game