Stardew Valley PC

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  • Summary: Stardew Valley is an RPG-style farming game. It's up to you to choose your path... Will you devote your time to raising crops and caring for animals? Will you spend time in the local village, befriending the local townspeople? Do you get a kick out of slaying dreadful monsters in theStardew Valley is an RPG-style farming game. It's up to you to choose your path... Will you devote your time to raising crops and caring for animals? Will you spend time in the local village, befriending the local townspeople? Do you get a kick out of slaying dreadful monsters in the mysterious mountain caverns? Or will you try to accomplish everything and claim the coveted title of Stardew Hero? Expand

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  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
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  1. Mar 21, 2016
    100
    Far more than just a farming game, this one-man labor of love is filled with seemingly endless content and heart.
  2. Mar 7, 2016
    95
    Stardew Valley has been the most rich and heartwarming experience I’ve had in a game in years.
  3. Mar 16, 2016
    90
    Stardew Valley is an absolutely charming little gem about forgetting all your worries and relaxing on a farm.
  4. May 26, 2016
    90
    From Spring to Summer, to Fall and Winter, season changes will render certain crops dead. You have to plan ahead – farming doesn’t even occur in winter – and your jobs remain engrossing day-in, day-out. That’s Stardew Valley’s greatest strength – it gives you a load of interesting things to do in your new life, rewards you whichever you choose to do, and it always feels like more than just a farming game.
  5. Mar 24, 2016
    88
    With so many interconnected systems, from the farm simulation to simple combat and cooking to crafting, and each driving the others forward in some way, it’s a deeper and more complex game than you’d expect after the first day on the farm. There’s plenty to do while I wait to uncover more of the Valley’s secrets, and the prospect of filling my days with new adventures or just a better harvest is too enticing to pass up.
  6. Mar 19, 2016
    86
    It's a trip to the countryside with incredibly motivating game mechanics. Once you're there, you won't come back very soon.
  7. Mar 1, 2016
    73
    Despite all odds, it seems Stardew Valley is a different game than the one it mimics. And a pretty fun, different game at that.

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  1. Positive: 67 out of 76
  2. Negative: 5 out of 76
  1. Feb 26, 2016
    10
    Harvest Moon is back! And its simple and fun again. From the soundtrack to its gameplay its simply a true work of art done by one man. ThankHarvest Moon is back! And its simple and fun again. From the soundtrack to its gameplay its simply a true work of art done by one man. Thank You STARDEW VALLEY.o0O Expand
  2. Apr 1, 2016
    10
    For real, this is the very best "Harvest Moon Style" game I've ever played. The balancing act of planning the size of a farm you canFor real, this is the very best "Harvest Moon Style" game I've ever played. The balancing act of planning the size of a farm you can reasonably water each day while trying to build up the resources to get better sprinklers is amazingly fun. The characters are absolutely charming and realistically written. The entire game is an exercise in chipping away at the jade and ice that forms around your heart as you age. I cannot believe this game was made by one person. Expand
  3. Mar 28, 2016
    10
    Perfect game, only wish the controller support was actually designed properly, often you find yourself swinging at the air and watering thePerfect game, only wish the controller support was actually designed properly, often you find yourself swinging at the air and watering the wrong crops, but hey, once your farm is automated it doesn't hold you back from everything else. Spent the entire first year being an antisocial farming god and now completing the Community Center. Looking forward to some DLC ! Fingers crossed! Expand
  4. Mar 13, 2016
    10
    All I can say is WOW! The level of detail put into this game is mind blowing. It already has me and my husband addicted and I'm incrediblyAll I can say is WOW! The level of detail put into this game is mind blowing. It already has me and my husband addicted and I'm incredibly impressed at how much fun this game is! I Am a huge Harvest Moon fan and the two are definitely similar. However, you can tell that there was so much more heart and soul put into this game than that of Harvest Moon. For those of you that don't like the fishing...I felt that way at first but I gradually got the hang of it and found it to be quite fun. Awesome job ConcernedApe. This is quite an accomplishment! Expand
  5. Apr 20, 2016
    9
    I absolutely love this game. I became interested in the game when I heard about it on all of the usual video game websites. I've neverI absolutely love this game. I became interested in the game when I heard about it on all of the usual video game websites. I've never played a game like this before, but my girlfriend loved Harvest Moon back in the day and we are both are in love with this game. It is one of the first games we've ever played where we can both play. Are growing farm has 1 of each animal, all given nicknames very personal. A goat that has a combination of my in-laws names for his own. A pig named Porkins in honor of the Star Wars character, because why not!?!?

    Being able to give personal names to these animals, your child, your farm, etc. Make the property and assets you own in the game feel like your own, you're more invested.

    The gameplay loop is satisfyingly addictive, and there's a lot of flexibility in how you can play the game. My first play through was mostly focused on a moderate amount of farming, lots and lots of foraging, mining, and fishing to make a little extra income so I could gradually level up my tools. My second play through was noticeably different. Focusing heavily on crops and saving up to buy next season's crops in bulk, I was usually so tired after watering all of the crops, I usually didn't have enough energy to fish, mine, or cut down trees. My time was then spent putting more focus into befriending people (because it doesn't use energy, the game's version of stamina.) and I have the excess crops to afford that kind of generosity. It pays off though. The recipes and perks of being good friends with your neighbors allows you to learn new recipes for food that can restore that crucial energy meter, or they can send you the odd gift like useful supplies for the farm. Those are two different play-throughs with two very different consequences.

    Want to do nothing while your farm makes it's own money? Craft 3 dozen bee boxes and let them generate $100 (or even more if you place them near flowers) per bee box every 4 hours. Want to be the country's largest producer of pumpkins? Use every square inch of your farm to plant 2600 pumpkins... Have fun watering them every day. Or you can become a spelunker and dig down into the mines and try and collect as many minerals and resources as you can get. There are many ways to make money in this game. That freedom is yours to decide.

    Controls are a mixed bag with a gamepad, I've had a few head slapping moments where seeds, walls, floors, fertilizer were placed somewhere they shouldn't have been. Does it affect the gameplay much? No, it doesn't. But when it does happen, 1 or twice every few hours of gameplay, it reminds me that a keyboard and mouse is the best way to play this game. But if you're a gamepad gamer like myself, don't be dissuaded to ignore this game.

    The game mostly functions well, I have come across a few glitches in the game, but most of those have been resolved by a dedicated 1-man developer who's interacted with the booming fanbase of a game that he passionately made on his own within 4. He's constantly releasing patches, there have even been occasions where he has personally helped repair save files of people who have lost progress on their game.

    This is a very personal game that should not be overlooked. Play the game the way you want, get sucked into the gameplay loop of "One more day" while your eyes are red and you're staring at the computer screen at midnight when you have work tomorrow.
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  6. Mar 1, 2016
    9
    The best game of 2016 thus far for me. Rarely does an indie game pack so much polish and content into a finished product and nail theThe best game of 2016 thus far for me. Rarely does an indie game pack so much polish and content into a finished product and nail the mechanics so hard that it's almost impossible to put down.

    As others have said, if you're an existing Harvest Moon/Animal Crossing fan, you've found your new home with this game on the PC - but if you're a fan of well made RPG/management sims in general, you're going to absolutely adore this as well.
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  7. Apr 5, 2016
    0
    I'm shocked.
    - Graphics are pre-historic and the 2D sprites are "ok" at best.
    - Sounds and music are very basic and have MIDI quality. -
    I'm shocked.
    - Graphics are pre-historic and the 2D sprites are "ok" at best.
    - Sounds and music are very basic and have MIDI quality.
    - Characters are bland and lack personality.
    - The gameplay mechanics are boring and repetitive. The combat mechanics is ridiculously uncreative. I felt insulted.
    The gameplay in general, lack any depth. Everything is a chore, and due poor time management mechanics, it's impossible to not be stressed by this game, And if you want to gift those bland NPCs, be prepared for more stressful time trying to catch them.

    And about the story, well, I'm afraid I can't really complete a review because after the first year I stopped playing and deleted this game. Only the thought of going trough all this again was too much for me.

    I can't think of anything but give this game a solid 0.
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