Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town, the next entry in the beloved Bokujo Monogatari (formerly Harvest Moon in North America) series, is out now. This marks the first entry in the franchise built for the Nintendo Switch, with new marriage contenders, the ability to tame wild animals, and help build a struggling city to new heights. Our review will be available in the next few days, but in the meantime we’ve enlisted the help of Hikaru Nakano, Director of Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town, to help you get started on your path to success.
Before we started, Nakano had this message for our readers and fans: “Striving to make Story of Seasons something new has been a labor of love,” he says. “Of course, we’ve also kept the cuteness of the animals and the uniqueness of the characters intact over the years. I sincerely hope you all find joy in spending time in this game, so give it a try to see by. yourself! “
Effective ways to earn money
After playing for a few days, you will start collecting titles, such as “New Farmer” or “Novice Miner”.
If you go to Olive Hall, you will find a small green box with rewards for the titles you have collected. If you ship the city medals you receive there, it can help you increase your early game income.
Make sure you do this early in the game
I recommend that you upgrade the capacity of your Ax, Hammer, and Bag in the Tool Shop.
Tips for making friends with city dwellers
It can be quite difficult to figure out some of the things that city dwellers love. For example, Iori loves mushrooms, so he’ll be delighted if you present him with a matsutake mushroom, but they can be hard to find. Meanwhile, Bridget’s family runs a pet store, so they enjoy receiving byproducts that you will naturally get from raising animals on your farm.
However, you can also strengthen your friendship with the townspeople without relying on freebies. Answering their requests at Olive Hall and talking to your favorite residents every day is a great way to strengthen your friendship with them.
The key to balancing your farming and social tasks
The most important thing is planning.
It can help to finish watering the crops and caring for the animals in the morning, and then set your main goal for the day. You may want to cut down additional trees or explore the wooded area on your farm further. There aren’t a lot of people hanging out in town early in the morning, so you might have a better chance of seeing them all if you visit during the evening. Remember that most shops are closed at 6 p.m.
Easy to overlook things to keep in mind
There is a very rare item that you can get called an Olive Crystal. I’ll just say it’s good to keep track of your bucket’s drainage skill level so you don’t stress out later.
Plus, it’s easy to forget, but there’s a bulletin board with the demands of the townspeople at Olive Hall, right next to the box where you get the title rewards I mentioned earlier. In addition to these requests, Mayor Victor has special requests that will help you develop Olive Town even more. These are important to unlock more clothes and the ability to change hairstyles.
There is also a spring in the wooded area of town which houses a small, meaningful-looking shrine. This shrine is the key to unlocking some special areas, so be sure to drop by every now and then to check it out.
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