tl;dr -> Play as a spoiled brat who gets sent to work on a farm, meeting 4 girls who might only be interested due to the proximity principle - you are really the only eligible bachelor there. You can be the sweetest friend, but make just one wrong move, and you will be friendzoned by your potential lover. 11/10 real life simulator.
I got this game in a bundle, and was very happy I did not spend that much money to buy just this game. I normally try not to mention price if I feel a game's mechanics outshine any monetary value, but $16.99 CAD for this is horrendous. Honestly, you can pick up almost ANY book (or even several if you go to a thrift store) for that price, and the writing will be leagues better. Do not waste your money on this. Read a book instead.
The aesthetics are okay, the detail in the characters and backgrounds are average. There are not many extra scenes, so you will have to get used to seeing the same character positions over and over and over again. The music is bland, and there is no voice acting or sounds - which is odd because there is a voice toggle in the options. There appears to be some optimization issues, as I have been unable to run the game in fullscreen - it zooms in and cannot be altered even after I tried experimenting with the settings. The story is very, very basic, predictable, and quite boring. I will highlight my potential bias here, as I have been an avid reader of many different genres all my life, but even then, there are other cheaper/free alternatives if you insist on having a visual novel experience.
I really try to stress whether or not a game is worthy of your time and resources, and this one isn't. Seriously, try out Katawa Shoujo for much better game, and there are countless other visual novels with a far better script.
The controls are basic of a typical visual novel, and there is no tutorial needed. The learning curve is non-existent, however, you will have to plan your weeks (similar to the style seen in the Princess Maker games) out. Each activity you do provides different increases to your stats (ex: working on the farm increases your determination) and gives you more chances to interact with the 4 girls in town.
There is a rudimentary farming system that surprised me - it added a very slight change to the constant reading. You can plant seeds, water your crops, remove weeds, and kill pests. When your vegetables are ready, you can harvest them to sell at the shop to buy more crops. This feature irritated me greatly, as I had a lot of money by the end of the game, but never saw an option to use it (except for buying more seeds). There is really no point of planting/harvesting your crop.
The character interaction system is very, very boring - you will have MANY days of reading the same script over and over again. I tried going on runs (to interact with one girl) 4 days a week, and every day was just a repeat in the script. Also, if you get one interaction incorrect (ex: say the wrong thing during one of the few dialogue trees), you will completely blow any chance you had to get an ending with the girl you wanted.
Overall, I strongly suggest you avoid this game and seek out any alternatives - there are many visual novels available on steam that are free. Even if you got this game for $1, I think it would be better spent elsewhere.
Do not recommend.
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews