Dallas Pursley of Nonsense Gamer wrote:
"Harvest Moon is, for the most part, a series that has remained largely the same throughout its various incarnations across multiple platforms.
It's also a series that has gained a cult following of loyal fans over the years that can tell you how to maintain the perfect farm down to the letter. Heavy on farm chores and light on the RPG-like story, Harvest Moon: Animal Parade doesn't go too far off the traditional Harvest Moon gameplay.
This is probably both its greatest asset and downfall."