Square Enix has been experimenting with different RPG genres through new upcoming games like The DioField Chronicles and Various Daylife. One of the most intriguing games of this new wave is Harvestella, a brand-new life simulation RPG.

Essentially a mix between Harvest Moon and Final Fantasy, Harvestella is primed to be a hit among a large number of JRPG fans. A free downloadable demo for Harvestella is now available on Nintendo Switch for players to check out.

With this demo, players can begin their adventure in a vibrant and colourful world marred by the “Quietus”, or season of death, and carry over their save data to the full game when it releases on November 4.

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Taking place within the first fifteen in-game days, the demo is a great way for gamers to check out what Harvestella is all about and what the full game will have to offer.

Quietus Riotus

harvestella mixes jrpg doom and gloom into typical farming simulator gameplay
Harvestella’s demo begins with the player character right in the middle of the Quietus storm, after being awakened by a mysterious glowing entity. The player is soon found by Dr Cres in the village of Lethe, where we learn that our protagonist has no memories of the past.

While the player gets acquainted with the townfolk, they are given a run-down shack at the edge of town. There are plots of land around the shack, where the player will plant their various produce to make money.

harvestella mixes jrpg doom and gloom into typical farming simulator gameplay

A giant red crystal looms over the town and by nightfall, and the player sees a comet strike the crystal. Inside the meteor, the player finds a room with a red knight on the floor, whom the player rescues and takes to their shack.

This knight turns out to be Aria, a young woman who claims to be from the future. The mystery of the player’s predicament and Aria’s misplacement in time is the main crux of the story, not to mention the threat of the evil Omen.

Sword and Sickle

harvestella mixes jrpg doom and gloom into typical farming simulator gameplay
Right off the bat, the stakes are pretty high in Harvestella, especially since it is a season-based game with a strict day and night cycle. This means that the player has limited time to do all the adventuring and farming within 24 hours.

The demo barely scratches the surface of the Spring season, but one can imagine how it can be stressful once the Quietus returns later in the year. Even travelling on the world map takes a lot of time, so it is best not to dilly dally.

harvestella mixes jrpg doom and gloom into typical farming simulator gameplay

A day typically begins with the player doing some farming, which can either mean harvesting or planting new produce. Players will have to till the soil, plant seeds, and water them, and once ready, these vegetables will grow and can be sold for profit.

Players can craft extra tools and better battle equipment once they have enough materials and money. The demo does a good job of providing the player with a throughline on the core game loop of Harvestella.

In Bloom

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Combat is another major part of the game, and Harvestella has a pretty simplistic action RPG battle system. It is very much like the battles seen in the Ys games, where simple combos and hotkey skills are all that’re needed to defeat foes.

There are no air combos to employ despite the game featuring a jump button, and the job system doesn’t come into play just yet with this demo. Harvestella’s combat has potential and we will experience its full scale in the full release of the game.

harvestella mixes jrpg doom and gloom into typical farming simulator gameplay

Unlike other farming simulators, Harvestella definitely front-loads its story, which is par for the course as a Square Enix game. However, its table setting of JRPG doom and gloom can get in the way of teaching players the game’s core mechanics, which come quite slowly in the demo.

That said, as a complete package, Harvestella does a great job of balancing its many facets and will no doubt only get better from this point on. Try out this Prologue Demo to go over the initial tutorials, so that you can be ready for Harvestella when it releases later this year.

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