You, Steve (or so everyone keeps telling you...), awake from a grisly nightmare screaming. You gaze around your surroundings in confusion. Where are you? And more importantly, who are you?! You get out of bed and put on a plaid shirt and blue jeans, noting that your closet has seven other identical pairs of these items. You survey your surroundings again, grabbing a pen and a quarter and exit the ordinary bedroom into the living room. This is where you notice things are even more strange. All the items in this home are retro. The TV is black and white and the young man parked in front of it doesn't understand why you are joking around about not knowing who you are and what you mean by 'retro'. Colour television doesn't exist, why do you keep saying it does? And here your adventure begins...
As you explore Harvest, you discover that you are not the only amnesiac in town. Your Fiance, Stephanie, also doesn't remember the town or you! Though she does have an awful feeling about what is happening. Her “parents” inform you that she is grounded until your wedding, in case she gets cold feet. You must explore and uncover your past for both of you!
The town is full of characters and I mean characters. The fire department is filed with stereotypical homosexual men, Stephanie's “father” is a disturbing character that is obsessed with meat, the deputy may be the cause of the various 'stains' in the town's jail, and the school teacher keeps students in-line with a baseball bat. These are just a few examples!
The story progresses through character interactions, solving puzzles, and working on gaining entry into The Lodge. You are informed that the PTA is holding a bake sale and that all the mothers in town are baking to get ready for it. You are also told that the blood drive is coming up, which seems ominous. Something is coming and you better have joined The Lodge before it does. I don't want to spoil the game, so I'll leave it at that. Harvester has multiple endings and a pretty good twist. The twist is very tongue-in-cheek.
I have not played the re-released versions, I've only played the DOS edition. This version is incredibly buggy. The game crashes pretty frequently. Accidentally harming characters can cause the game to crash. Occasionally, even talking to characters will cause the game to crash. Cinematics can also cause crashes. I seem to have a love affair with DOS games that are incredibly unstable. I assume, and hope, the new versions are more stable.
This game is sick. This game is also incredibly fun. To me, it has a Darkseed feel. Very atmospheric and disturbing. Even to this day, Harvester is definitely an adult game with both violence and adult scenes. If I ever spawned, I would not allow my tiny humans to play this game until they were 15 or 16. I would suggest, if you are an adult, and like disturbing and grisly point-and-click adventure games to try this title. It is an underrated gem... A gem covered in blood and some repressed childhood memories, but a gem nonetheless!
- Atmospheric with great scenery
- Good game play
- Great puzzles
- Good plot with a fun mystery
- Adult title, no children should play this game (in my opinion, parents can make up their own minds)
- Glitchy as fuck (The re-released versions are most likely more stable)