Doraemon Story of Seasons Review
1st reviewer: The gameplay sensation is the same like the usual Story of Seasons. It has a higher affinity with Doraemon than I thought, so even if you feel something off, I think you will get used to it right away. This has the best visuals in the series, with beautiful backgrounds presented with pale colors. I got impatient because I could launch many cheats by using the Secret Gadgets from the beginning, but the usable variety [of the Gadgets] gets added gradually which made me excited. Although I may say it can’t be helped, the lack of romance features might affect the motivation for some people. 8
2nd reviewer: The farming life which crosses Doraemon’s world setting with Story of Seasons’ systems has an outstandingly good atmosphere. Being able to conveniently use Secret Gadgets during work and livelihood is also good. Although I kind of feel like some parts like controls and UI could have seen a bit more improvements, we get to work bit by bit on moving around various places and collect items other than raising crops, which gives an appeal of wanting to continue playing for an extended time. The animals are cute, and they also give happiness when being cared for and interacted with. 9
3rd reviewer: Doraemon and other characters are blending into the watercolour-like CG, which warms up the mood. The game cycle is the same as Story of Seasons series, but the key point is on the story development of retrieving Secret Gadgets with events triggered by improving friendships with people, not romance. The story progression is rather slow, and you don’t get the Secret Gadgets immediately either, but once you’ve obtained them, they’ll give benefits making movements and farming works easier. I wish there were a bit more variations to the people’s quotes. 8
4th reviewer: The game elements are easy for even beginners to come in, with the story using the national character [Doraemon] as its subject, and also every kind of presentations that have a very wide frontage. The composition where the story progresses from Nobita’s perspective made me addicted like watching a new Doraemon movie. While there are no romances or marriage events, the new Secret Gadgets give a good taste as accents. It is good at explaining things and guiding players, but on the other side, the overall tempo is too loose which is also irritating. 9
Total score: 34/40
Review originally appeared in Weekly Famitsu magazine, and is translated by BlackKite. This translation is © Copyright Japanese Nintendo. Please link to the Japanese Nintendo website (https://japanesenintendo.com/) at the top of the review if posting elsewhere.