The first installment in the series established a template for subsequent games to follow. The plot might seem familiar to Harvest Moon fans, as it deals with a player character suddenly finding themselves in possession of a farm, in a town with lots of interesting people to get to know. Where Rune Factory diverges is in its extensive monster gallery. Yes, players can battle monsters as they gain more strength and magical powers to improve their combat skills.
One of the more interesting aspects of monster hunting in Rune Factory is that players can employ monsters to work for them, watering their crops and helping out around the farm. Players have spent a vast amount of time researching what monsters are best for specific tasks, demonstrating that the monster system in the Rune Factory games is complex and worth exploring.
While other games, like Stardew Valley, have integrated monster hunting into simulation games, Rune Factory takes things a step farther by allowing players to befriend monsters and recruit them to work their farms. There’s nothing quite like seeing a Goblin watering your crops on a sunny day.