I Lived My Level-5 "Fantasy Life" As A Miner And Fisherman

By Spencer . September 24, 2012 . 4:42pm

Level-5 brought a new demo of Fantasy Life to play at Tokyo Game Show. When I saw Fantasy Life last year I played as a Royal Guard. I thought it would be more interesting to try one of the everyday lives so I started playing Fantasy Life as a miner.




The Tokyo Game Show demo lets players try character customization, which is kind of like making a Mii. Players can choose a hairstyle, eyes, nose, mouth, and so forth. I didn’t spend too much time with this so my hero looked pretty generic.



I was more interested to see what Fantasy Life was like as a miner so I rushed into gameplay. My first mission was to find my mentor, Deldas. I ran across town to meet him and then I ran onto the main map with Deldas looking for gems to prospect. The field has monsters like bees and angry carrots that tried to attack me. My miner was armed with a sword, which I used to cut up the carrots. I would say the fighting system is similar to other action RPGs, but the point of Fantasy Life when you’re playing a regular job isn’t to fight.


When I reached the gems Deldas explained how to extract them from stones. First, you have to pull out your pickaxe. Then you hit A while standing next to a rock. When the rock’s life bar is empty, it shatters and turns into a gemstone you can walk on top of to collect. That’s the slow way of mining. You can also press the Y button to do a heavy strike, which is a rhythm based move. You need to tap Y again on queue to hit the rock otherwise you miss. Heavy strikes take more SP while weak attacks only take a little SP. Yes, that’s right there’s an energy meter. It recharges over time and you can still use the weak mining strike even if the meter is empty. After I collected three gems the demo ended.




I got to briefly try the fisherman job too which has players "battle" with fish. First you toss your lure in water by pressing A. When a fish bites it you have to press A to lure it in until the fish’s HP is zero. You also have to watch the line tension strength by using the slide pad.


Fantasy Life has a ton of other jobs too like lumberjack, magician, and hunter which are also in the Tokyo Game Show demo. Level-5 also showed artwork for carpenter, blacksmith, alchemist, and chef too.


Fantasy Life comes out on December 27 in Japan.

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  • Sounds completely amazing. It is like Animal Crossing mixed with RPG elements. I hope it gets a US release.

  • $30632660

    As long as it’s not as boring as Animal Crossing I’ll give the game a shot whenever possible.

    • neetyneety

      Well, it’s not like Animal Crossing was meant to be exciting like some action movie anyway. I’ve played only a little bit of it, but anyone can tell it’s one of those soothing, relaxing, time-sinkers that those Harvest Moon lovers eat up.

  • Hey, nice people from Level-5 America HQ : please localize it :)

  • Ryan Chiu

    It’d be great if they made something like this for the Vita too. More Vita love. I’d totally buy a game like this for the Vita.

  • apricotsushi

    My only worry with this game is that certain professions will be more exciting/fleshed out than others. I hope that’s not the case!

    • Just Tim

      Isn’t that the same thing in real life? xD

      • apricotsushi

        Hahaha, touché!

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    .great not 2 games that this take up my life . 
     Animal Crossing and Fantasy Life

  • heh…Fantasy Life is like “harvest mooning” “Rune factory” game ..with no real story ..If I got one (and most likely wouldn’t) I’ll try playing every class out there

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Well, this game is indeed not for people who is looking for serious story but mostly for people who wanted to enjoy adventuring and doing some of the life jobs there.^_^

      Considering i am fans of Animal Crossing, HM, RF and Magician Quest series, this series really appeal for me lol.^_^

  • neetyneety

    A question: Will we be able to juggle multiple jobs at once? ‘Cause honestly, being able to only mine rocks sounds pretty boring. I’d like it if there was like this class system where you choose your main job then you have branching ones, or sub professions or something like that.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Alchemist will probably be my first job there.^_^ After all, what other thing is better that alchemy?^_^

    Chef would also be nice.^_^ Mister Ajikko coming soon.^_^

  • Animal Crossing meets Rune Factory!

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