Rune Factory is the sister series to the Harvest Moon games. The player takes on the role of a protagonist suffering from amnesia, who wonders into a town and are given a farm. The protagonist's job is to raise the farm off the ground, by upgrading the house, raising monsters and plants. All while trying to recover their memories. Explore dungeons, woo marriage candidates, and start a family.

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The Rune Factory series is an ongoing gaming franchise and a spin-off of the Bokujou Monogatari series made for its 10-year anniversary. The game combines farming, monster-slaying, and courtship.

The gameplay of the Rune Factory series is similar to that of Harvest Moon. The player can grow crops, using upgradeable farm equipment. However, the Harvest Moon game mechanic of purchasing animals has been replaced by defeating and befriending monsters in dungeons. If a monster is tamed, it can help the player in battle, produce goods, or help to tend the crops. The game's combat is in the action role-playing game style.

Crops can be planted in different areas to sell for gold; other activities include mining for metal and minerals, fishing, or collecting food such as milk and eggs from befriended monsters. The player can then spend money and material to buy a variety of upgrades for their house, weapons, and tools.

In addition to their open-ended gameplay, the games possess a linear storyline, which can be furthered by exploring dungeons and defeating certain monsters. Just like in the Harvest Moon series, the main character's relationship with the other villagers increase by talking to them or performing actions that please them, like giving items they like as presents for example. Some of them can even be married if their relationship improves enough. Some games of the series require the protagonist to get married as part of the storyline.

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