Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Kai secretly visits Mineral Town in early Spring???

One of the joys of Harvest Moon is the way one can follow characters and the threads of a tale from game to game. Harvest Moon Boy & Girl may be very similar to 'Friends of Mineral Town' and 'More Friends of Mineral Town' in its characters, events and even much of its dialogue but there are some surprising differences and startling new events that delight the true Harvest Moon fan.

In the first week of gameplay, as a girl in HM Boy & Girl, I triggered an event with Cliff at the Church. Carter declared his intention to go to the Supermarket for supplies and asked me if I would watch the Church in his absence. Cliff, half-hidden in one of the pews, overheard and became extremely agitated at the thought of being left alone anywhere with a GIRL. He told Carter he would accompany him to the Supermarket. Both of them went out the door and I was left alone in the Church.

What possessed me to investigate the Confessional rather than simply walking out the door I never will know but I am very pleased that I did.

I was not terribly happy to be in the tiny dark room alone.

'Ugh, this is no fun...' I thought.

I had been there only a moment or two when Kai entered the Church.

Looking for Carter, he thought perhaps that the priest might be in the Confessional. Kai entered and began his own Confession!

I now had a choice either to tell him that I wasn't Carter or simply to go ahead and hear his confession. As dearly as I wished to hear his Confession, I knew that declaring myself was the right thing to do, so I told him that I wasn't Carter.

Outside the Confessional, he introduced himself. Carter and Cliff duly returned, putting an end to this intriguing encounter. Kai said he would look forward to renewing our acquaintance in Summer...


KalypsoCry said...

Well, Cliff is kinda shy - provided they didn't change his personality!

The Church looks very pretty, though I'd like to know what Kai wanted to confess though. The Church looks beautiful in the PSP version, though I don't have one with me at all.

Mountain Gnome said...

Hi Freyashawk

I didn't play as a girl, so I didn't experience this particular event with Kai.... Its great to now read about your adventures in Boy and Girl.

My previous comments seemed to have gone astray, but what i mentioned there, was that I presume that what I have read in various web fora, is that the game does end after you get married. Pity about that, it seems that the sexes are still not quite equal in HM.

keep well

Freyashawk said...

I apologise to both of you but I now have to 'moderate' comments because of a multitude of unethical advertisers who attempt to place links on this site! So it may take awhile for your comments to appear.

Meanwhile, it is a mistake to think that all HM games discriminate against girls in this fashion. In MFoMT, you can marry and have a child while continuing your life indefinitely. The same holds true for Cute. I do not know why HM Boy and Girl did not include the option for the Girl version, apart from the fact that no English version of the Japanese female equivalent of 'Back to Nature' ever was produced.

Kalypsocry, because of the fact that one can save the game only at night before one leaps into bed, I can't play through events again and again to experience all options quite as easily. I will have to reload an older file and go back to the Church to experience the event to find out what Kai wished to confess! I fully am determined to do so.
Meanwhile, though, I have a lot on my plate, trying to play HM B and G simultaneously both as a girl and as a boy... and still continuing with Cute as well!

Mountain Gnome said...

WOW Freyashawk

I certainly do admire your determination! That certainly is a lot on your plate!

Good Luck