I remember being really excited about this game once I first saw the trailer. It is exactly what I was looking for, something cosy but different from all of the farming sims I just couldn't get into.
Once the game came out it was already overshadowed by so many bad reviews, because it just had way too many bugs and the performance was overall problematic for such a visually "simple" game.
Now, all this didn't stop be from picking it up for the Switch and I did really enjoy myself for the first few hours. However, it slowly turned into a chore rather than something I play for fun. I am someone who just hates to leave games unfinished once I started them and didn't hate them. This game was just good enough for me to care about finishing it, but doing that, meaning getting to the credits, is just so exhausting.
Positives? The visuals and animations are so cute and beautiful, the soundtrack is simple but works and the characters have charming designs and SOME interesting storylines. But that's about it. The gameplay is pretty bland after a few hours, it doesn't evolve enough and isn't challenging enough whatsoever. Once I was ~20 hours in I really just wanted to get out of this town for good, but in order to finish the game you need to make the town love you. Let me tell you, I skipped through so many character events and it took me 2 weeks alone to get them all to a high enough friendship. I can't really say if the character stories are well written, because at the point I got to them I already didn't care anymore. There also is a "dating" option for some of the towns people, but no marriage and the "dates" are always the same thing, it just seems like an afterthought to please gamers who want romance in these kind of life simulation games. It's not worth it.
This game had a lot of potential and while I would not say it is a terrible game and nobody should ever pick it up, I think people who are really into SLOW gameplay and like having a set routine could like this a lot more than me. Also if you really want to spend hours and hours on getting to know these characters, you'll get that.
I do not necessarily regret my time on this game, I just wish it would have been shorter.