Shepherd’s Crossing

Posted by staff | Posted in Role Playing | Posted on 17-10-2010

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  • Interact and barter with the villagers
  • Raise up to 80 different animals and crops on your farm
  • Decorate and customize your farm with over 60 different objects.

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Shepherd’s Crossing

Comments posted (5)

I’ve played many farming simulations i.e. Harvest Moon Series amonst others. I’ll admit I was apprehensive about this one. You play in one area throughout the game but the area opens up larger as you progress. There is a market and two more markets open up to you. It was fun to raise the animals and figure out how to get the next dog or farm animal. This really isn’t about growing plants because they grow on there own without tending but the animals need alot more attention.

Cons were that the hunting battles were frustrating because the enemies always goes first and thwarts your choices of attack. It really wasn’t very well designed on that part. Another problem is the frustration with putting the fences up to partition off parts of your farm.

Tip: if you get this game.. don’t breed to many of one kind of animal because you’ll need the room to bring in more other animals. Eventually the first animals you get are useless.

I still thought it was fun and I had fun.
Rating: 4 / 5

I really enjoyed this game, it was different than anything else I’ve played. It’s all about trading up, you start out with little more than a lot of grass and pasture, and get a gift of two marmots. You then work at using what you have to produce more items to trade for other animals and items. It’s all about trading to get to the next goal, while keeping the animals you have alive.

The only thing I thought could use a bit of work is the super simplified old-school RPG type hunting battles, they reminded me of why I never refinish the original Final Fantasy. When you quickly run out of useful actions, you just select no action repeatedly until the fight is over, or run away and lose any hope of success. For the most part, I ignored the hunting part, as you can beat the game without it. If you put some time into learning what skills your dogs can learn and forming a good hunting party for certain types of game, you can make it quite profitable as you can get some items that help keep your farm animals well fed. Another plus of a well-constructed hunting team is that the battles go a lot faster.

I bought this game last year, and keep going back to play it, usually looking up to find hours have passed very quickly.
Rating: 4 / 5

The idea is after years of wandering you have been invited to settle down in a village called Shepherd’s Crossing, known for its fine wool. They give you a house, some land, some tools and some material to start with. You have to grow plants, to feed animals, which are butchered or seared to barter for more seeds and animals. It sounds simple and, at first, seemed simple. But tiny problems started to appear, tiny cracks in my farm.

First, certain items seem to be useless. I bought a berry crate to fill with berries. I can’t seem out how to put the baskets of berries into the crates. Same with many of the other crates and sheds. Items just pile up till I am plowing thru cabbages and seeds and hay. I never had any problem growing stuff, just figuring out what to DO with it and where to put it.

Another example, ducks seemed trained to collect seeds and eggs and place them into sheds. The duck who collects the eggs DID his work. He put the eggs in the egg shed. Once I get more hens laying eggs he will be worth his weight in seed. But you don’t know what a duck will do till after you buy him. I have a flock of ducks and collect stuff or just run around and don’t do anything. Nor, outside of the eggs, do the other sheds seem to be filled with anything.

Fences. Oh lovely. Pick it up, put it down, pick it up, put it down. No matter how I try the fences and round poles never seem to fit close enough together to keep the baby bunnies from escaping. Also, it could take dozens of time before they decide to line up the right way. I end up using crates and sheds to block gaps.

One thing I learned to do – use the Dog House to house other animals, like male bunnies and roosters and some female animals. They can’t bred in the Dog House and you don’t need to feed them. So keeping them there acts like a reserve of animals and STOP the bunnies from reproducing faster than you can handle them.

Also I found out that having hundreds of baskets of berries is good during the winter – I ran low on hay and found out that bunnies will eat berries. I also found out that chickens stay where the food it. Pile grass seeds in the area you want them to stay and they stay. No fences needed.

Maybe if I fenced off the fields and let the bunnies run about all they wanted? Do I need to keep a dog on watch all the time? They seem to eat a lot when growing – how much do they eat as adults? Would they attack the other animals? I mean, outside of the ducks.

But I still need help. How do I put stuff into the crates? How do I collect feathers from ducks when I start to bred them? Normal ducks not those free-loading super smart ducks who go around doing nothing. Why can’t I just sell my produce instead of having to barter for everything? I don’t want more bunnies! I don’t need more logs! Well, those last few points are just complaints.

Before I finish, let me point out that at 10 AM I started a game, figuring I would just learn how it works and stop after a few hours. By the time I looked up at the clock it was 7 PM! I wasted a day, trapped between trying to figure out how to use crates and wanting to solve the problems of how to grow more flowers so I could get more honey into the bee boxes. Why they can’t call them hives, I have no idea. Maybe if I traded some super smart ducks for some flowerpots?

The problem really is the manual is too thin and needs more HARD information about what controls are used for what items. Otherwise, adult or child, you will spend a day on a game you may never plan to return to. I did save them game and plan to continue if I can find out how some of the items work. Too bad there isn’t any website I can find that explains more about how it works. I have looked.

I would suggest against buying this game unless you REALLY enjoying farming.
Rating: 1 / 5

Have you ever wanted a Harvest Moon game where you didn’t have to worry about socializing with the villagers and travel? Then this is the game for you. You stay in your farm when you aren’t hunting with your dogs (and other animals).

Pros:

– Tons of land

– Many types of things to do (farming, ranching and hunting)

– Can move fences and use every inch of your land the way you want to

– Tons of types of crops and animals to grow and raise

Cons:

– Each buying point sells different items needed to progress the storyline

– No real ‘end’ (can just keep playing forever)

– Fences are annoying and difficult to move to the right places, though one can get the hang of it with practice.

– You must sell things according to a tree to unlock the next item. Not a huge problem, but can be annoying at times.

Overall, it is a good game. My husband and I enjoyed it and liked the hunting game. A fun game to play, worth running through once.

Rating: 4 / 5

If you are looking for a Harvest Moon type experience, forget it. The game mechanics are entirely different. There is no need to “save the homeland” or find a bride. Instead, you are given a chance to simply maintain a small farm. What does this mean? It means that you will be spending hours arranging and planning how to set things up. Its all about strategy. This is one of those games where you need to carefully think about what you are doing and how it may affect later actions, as the economy in the game is based entirely upon bartering.

Most of the day to day interaction will be limited to trading at the market and the infrequent advice from “Brammy”, a talking duck. Pay attention when he gives advice, it usually is important. Other charactors will make the occassional appearance at various milestones in the game, which serves to help break some of the monotony. Also, take the time to go hunting every few days, this too helps to break up the monotony and can help to provide some of the supplies you may later need on you farm by means of trading in hunting points for items in “gifts” menu in the dog house.

Though not the most exciting of games, its actually quite challenging and every new game can play out differently in one respect or another. Don’t be afraid of trying out things that may not work, as the game is forgiving enough to allow you to rebuild without too much stress. It is because of this unique level of challenge that it is possible to begin playing this game and not even realize how much time has gone by.

Best Advice: If you are patient enough, it is well worth playing over and over. Perfect for young children
Rating: 4 / 5

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