Officially gave up on Harvest Moon: Animal Parade. The controls are a bit wonky and load times and no fast travel are trying my patience. I only got the red bell before calling it quits. I really thought I would like Harvest Moon since I loved Rune Factory 3. I am still going to give the series a shot. Most likely it will be the new 3ds one.
I really like Harvest Moon A New Beginning but it might be an expensive buy if you are not sure about it. You should know that the first month is a giant tutorial and is slow as molasses but it really picks up after that. Harvest Moon DS is pretty good and I really liked More Friends of mineral Town for GBA. They don't have the village creation aspect that A New Baginning has though.
Rune Factory Frontier is awesome if you don't have it. It is my favourite after Rune Factory 3. Oceans is not that great and is probably my least favourite of the 5 Rune Factory games released in the west.