Rune Factory 3 - North America Cover
Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon is the fourth installment in the Rune Factory spin-off series, and the series' third DS installment. It is known as Rūn Fakutorī 3 in Japan. Like traditional Rune Factory games, it has the farming elements familiar to the Harvest Moon games (farming, getting married, etc.), and gaming elements normally seen in dungeon crawlers (fighting and taming monsters, sidequests, etc). The protagonist in this game is Micah, a half-human-half-beast. His adventure begins in the town of Sharance, where he meets many interesting characters. He can also visit the neighboring town, Univir, but only in his monster form.
Micah, in his Wooly form, has passed out in front of Shara's house. Shortly afterwards she walks out and spots him. After looking around, she carries him inside and looks after him. The next day, Micah has woken up, but in the form of a human. Not knowing where he is, he leaves the house. Outside you are greeted by Shara and Raven, residents of Sharance. Shara then takes you to a large tree, shows you around the interior and the farmland in front of it, and gives you advice on farming, and some tools. Mirroring the first Rune Factory, a monster appears. After defeating it with your hoe, two more come. Gaius, the blacksmith, appears, and lets you choose between a one-handed sword a two-handed one, an axe, a hammer, and a spear. Using the weapon, take out the monsters. This sets up the rest of the game.
However, there are some problems in this peaceful town. The residents of Sharance despise the horned-residents of Univir. The difference between humans and monsters fuels this hatred. It's up to Micah to unite them before an unseen evil wipes out both!
- Battle and tame original and old monsters from the predecessors.
- Explore dungeons, Sharance, and Univir.
- Form bonds with other characters.