When feeling nostalgic it can be fun to look back at the box art or instruction booklets of our favourite games. Here we have the box art for the English Pretendo version of Harvest Tree, noticeably different from the more playful art of the Japanese counterpart called Biodyne on the Fakie Computer cartridge. The simple look of the English version focuses on in-game graphics over artistic flair, preparing you for what you will be staring at for hours as you repeatedly fail to get past that one part in level one. You know the one. yeah, with the wires and all the corpses and you have to do that freaking JUMP by twisting your hands around the controller like they expect you to just...! Ahem. Right, but the Japanese version have a more cartoony and colourful art presented on both cartridge and box which deceives you into thinking you are going to have fun constantly instead of having to deal with that jump!
Also present is an example from the instruction booklet. We all remember instruction booklets with their plethora of information about the game and backstory. The game and premise were simple yet enjoyable, quoted at the beginning of the booklet as "AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME! The facility of Harvest Tree is labyrinthine. Your adventure will begin inside its doors as Kami and Axer are unable to brave the harsh blizzard outside. What does this mean for our heroes? It means that you will have to guide them along through peril by way of many tactics, incredible items and a few calls to your local game counselor! There will be many clues within this booklet to help you guide Kami and Axer through Harvest Tree.
* Areas will have transition points which require a password. Do not lose this or man will you feel stupid!
* Some secrets will randomly appear each time you play. This makes each playthrough unique and some playthroughs impossible to complete!
* Your adventure will have a lot of slowdown due to memory limitations!"
Man, those were the days. Think I'll go play some RIGHT NOW!!
Had a cute time making up what it would look like if there had been an old Harvest Tree game and this is what came of it. I am pretty happy with it.
Thanks for taking a look!