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Harvest Tree Games by JayAxer Harvest Tree Games by JayAxer
When feeling nostalgic it can be fun to look back at the box art or instruction booklets of our favourite games. Here we have the box art for the English Pretendo version of Harvest Tree, noticeably different from the more playful art of the Japanese counterpart called Biodyne on the Fakie Computer cartridge. The simple look of the English version focuses on in-game graphics over artistic flair, preparing you for what you will be staring at for hours as you repeatedly fail to get past that one part in level one. You know the one. yeah, with the wires and all the corpses and you have to do that freaking JUMP by twisting your hands around the controller like they expect you to just...! Ahem. Right, but the Japanese version have a more cartoony and colourful art presented on both cartridge and box which deceives you into thinking you are going to have fun constantly instead of having to deal with that jump!
   Also present is an example from the instruction booklet. We all remember instruction booklets with their plethora of information about the game and backstory. The game and premise were simple yet enjoyable, quoted at the beginning of the booklet as "AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME! The facility of Harvest Tree is labyrinthine. Your adventure will begin inside its doors as Kami and Axer are unable to brave the harsh blizzard outside. What does this mean for our heroes? It means that you will have to guide them along through peril by way of many tactics, incredible items and a few calls to your local game counselor! There will be many clues within this booklet to help you guide Kami and Axer through Harvest Tree.
    * Areas will have transition points which require a password. Do not lose this or man will you feel stupid! 
    * Some secrets will randomly appear each time you play. This makes each playthrough unique and some playthroughs impossible to complete!
    * Your adventure will have a lot of slowdown due to memory limitations!"
Man, those were the days. Think I'll go play some RIGHT NOW!!

     Had a cute time making up what it would look like if there had been an old Harvest Tree game and this is what came of it. I am pretty happy with it.
Thanks for taking a look!

      
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:icondrunkenstien:
Drunkenstien Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I get the "Pretendo" reference xD
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:iconjayaxer:
JayAxer Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional
^^
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:iconskifi:
skifi Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2018
Hahaha, you matched the style perfectly, but... best of all are the characters ^^
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:iconpineapplecat25:
PineappleCat25 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2018  Student Writer
“Pretendo”
Haha I get it!😹
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:iconjayaxer:
JayAxer Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2018  Professional
hehe
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:iconozzyopolis:
ozzyopolis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVE THIS. The style takes me back to my NES days in the 80s~
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:iconjayaxer:
JayAxer Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Professional
I can't wait for the controller corners to hurt my hands!
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:icondragonbombstudios:
DragonBombStudios Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Student General Artist
I too own a PES
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:iconjayaxer:
JayAxer Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Professional
It's a great system when you don't have to blow on the games for exactly 57 minutes
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:icondragonbombstudios:
DragonBombStudios Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Student General Artist
truly this is revolutionary technology
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:iconphantasmastriker:
PhantasmaStriker Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018
Damn that is authentic as hell man!
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:iconjayaxer:
JayAxer Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018  Professional
Thanks, glad it comes across as such
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:iconshadow-dimension:
Shadow-Dimension Featured By Owner Edited Apr 5, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Dude, this is way too awesome.

And, the scuffs and scratches makes this so believable. It's like I can remember playing this in my living room as a kid.
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:iconjayaxer:
JayAxer Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Professional
Haha yeah. I even went as far as to make the backside of the instruction manual pages so you can see the text  slightly through the pages so it would look legit.
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:iconradicaledward84:
RadicalEdward84 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018
I'd never have noticed, but of course my brain would have noticed if they weren't there.
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:iconjayaxer:
JayAxer Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Professional
That's the trick!
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:iconchromakei:
ChromaKei Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 this, I was there way back when and didn't even know what this was in context. Japanese <3 fandom spirit storming the shores, though got me good a few years later with underground anime fansubs. XD
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:iconjayaxer:
JayAxer Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Professional
Hurray!
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:iconcaseydecker:
CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
That looks quite impressive and awesome for sure, and I am such a fan of the retro-style game boxes for the NES and Famicom as well! :D
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:iconjayaxer:
JayAxer Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Professional
You mean for Pretendo and Fakie!
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:iconshadowprower30:
Shadowprower30 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahhhh the classics retro games are the best
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:iconjayaxer:
JayAxer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Professional
yes indeed~
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:iconshadowprower30:
Shadowprower30 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mmhmm those were the good ol days when games were more of a challenge yet playable I miss those days
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:icontopbadger:
TopBadger Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is pretty sick, I'd be interested to know where you got all the scuff marks from is not self made?
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:iconjayaxer:
JayAxer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Professional
Those were painted in/self made.
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:iconomegamorph:
OmegaMorph Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018
Yeah kind of a shame that video game manuals are all digital these days and even before then the manuals they started to include got less creative.
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:iconjayaxer:
JayAxer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Professional
well this one was 112 pages!
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:iconomegamorph:
OmegaMorph Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018
Dang o.o
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:iconmattaui:
mattaui Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So adorable and clever.
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:iconjayaxer:
JayAxer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Professional
and difficult to play!
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:iconj-fujita:
j-fujita Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018
When I was a child, this is my fav game!
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:iconjayaxer:
JayAxer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Professional
Hurray!

 Also, Kami says hello!
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:iconlord-kiyo:
Lord-Kiyo Featured By Owner Edited Apr 4, 2018
LOL Pretendo  Such a classic :D

Oh they place explosives in some of the boxes?  sounds dangerous.
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:iconjayaxer:
JayAxer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Professional
Might be dangerous. Might not. Only one way to find out, clearly
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SpiritX360 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018
Say JayAxer do you accept requests? Cause I saw Knuckles Gear (2001) and Sonic Gun 3000 I wanted to tell you if you create Scourge, Fiona, Miles, and Thrash new gears.
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:iconjayaxer:
JayAxer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Professional
Sorry, I do not accept requests
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:iconkamicheetah:
kamicheetah Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I would spend hours looking at the manual for the game trying to figure out how to do that kick. If it hadn't been for  "accidentally" dropping my controller and Stomping on it I wouldn't have figured it out. Ahh.. Those were the days~~!


XD I still think you did such a great job on this that I'm sad it's not a real cartridge to keep in near pristine condition. <3
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:iconjayaxer:
JayAxer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Professional
Now we just stomp on the controller every time we play.
   and then stomp on eachother every time we play.

    Well, since the game is in our imaginations the cartridge will always be pristine forever!
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kamicheetah Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Gaems by kamicheetah  :heart:
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