"People are strange when you're a stranger." - Jim Morrison, The Doors.
Welcome to Harvest. It's a quiet little town with eccentric locals and traditional family values. Life moves at a slower pace in quiet Harvest without the hustle and bustle like you'd get in the big city. Don't forget to attend the annual PTA Bake Sale and keep in mind that the blood drive is mandatory.
Harvester is one of the most controversial horror games of its time with a classic point-and-click interface and tons of interesting puzzles. You'll play as the amnesiac Steve (who is such a kidder!) as you try to figure out why you should join the Order of the Harvest Moon and discover the horror that lurks just beneath Harvest's small-town veneer. Meet some of the strangest characters to ever grace the computer screen--such as Mr. Pottsdam who really, really loves red meat or Colonel Monroe who guards the nuclear missile base and holds The Button. Harvest is a lovely town and the locals aim to keep it that way, no matter the cost...
Please be advised that the game contains disturbing imagery and should not be played by minors.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Realistic Blood, Realistic Gore, Realistic Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, 1.8 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM, 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c, 2GB HDD, DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound cardMouse, Keyboard, 1 GB free HD space.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.7.0 or later, Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz, Memory: 1 GB RAM, Video Card: Integrated with 64 MB RAM, 1 GB free HD space.
Posted on 2014-03-06 10:51:53 byJMantis:
Great to see this game finally being on GOG! I still remember playing the game on Windows 95 all those years ago. Back then the graphics were considered top notch and especially the amount of violence and gore was groundbreaking for the time.
This is without a doubt one of the most disturbing games I've ever played. The moment you step into the bizarre world of the protagonistread more Steve, everything just feels strange and very disturbing. Especially some of the FMV's in this game will make your skin crawl.
It's hard to really describe the twisted atmosphere in this game so it's best to experience it for yourself. If you've never played it and you have the stomach for it then it's definitely worth checking out! :-)
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Posted on 2014-03-06 12:20:19 byphreakindee:
In Harvester you play a dude that's lost his memory. In typical point and click adventure game style, you can point and click to adventure through the game, stylishly. Once you start looking through the rest of the house, it quickly becomes apparent that you’re in some kind of exaggerated 1950’s America. But even that feels just a bit off.
The game is divided up intoread more six days, and each day you’ll have a set number of things you can do, places you can access, and people you can talk to. It’ll get grim pretty soon too, so if you’re squeamish then you should probably pass on this.
The game makes little sense in the beginning and it does a good job at making you question everything. Like, are these people even people? Are they robots or something, because there’s a bit of a Westworld meets Stepford Wives thing going on. Let me just say that I was satisfied it didn’t leave me with many unanswered questions regarding the nature of the town and your place in it.
That’s about how I’d sum up the entire game: satisfying. Yes, it takes a turn for the lackluster towards the end with its side-scrolling awkwardness, but the overall journey is something I’m glad I took. The fact that it also brings up relevant points regarding violence in society is an unexpected bonus. I’m surprised that it wasn’t just a mindless gorefest. So if you're intrigued, know that I am not a kidder when I say it is recommended.
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Posted on 2014-03-06 13:13:22 byZadokAllen:
Well, this is an interesting one. You're Steve. You may or may not be a kidder. You definitely want to join The Lodge and find out what's going on. You certainly don't want to go into your parent's bedroom and find out what goes on in there.
As an adventure game, Harvester is pretty good. Okay, one puzzle involves gluing a biscuit to a smoke detector and there are some infuriatinglyread more tiny hotspots for certain things, but overall it is enjoyable solving weird puzzles and interacting with the very weird population of Harvest.
Unfortunately, once you get into The Lodge it's a constant barrage of weird-for-the-sake-of-being-weird scenes and fighting off all manner of creatures with the devastating power of 'click-click-click-click-click-click...' With so few health-restoring sandwiches lying around it gets brutally unfair at times, but at least you can cheat.
And, yes, you CAN watch some children eat their own mother and then shoot them in the face with a nail-gun, thanks for asking. Some of the scenes and dialogues can be quite disturbing, but then sometimes what's going on is so ludicrous and so offensive that all you can do is laugh at it ("Is that an invitation, now that your father's out of action?")
So... how on earth do you sum up Harvester... it's completely bonkers, but it's fun to point-and-click through the town and cheat through The Lodge.
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