Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. 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. Mar 9, 2016
    Stardew Valley is a sweet, well-made, and forward-thinking meditation on country life that borrows intelligently from games like Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing, and Zelda, without simply being a tired copy.
  2. Stardew Valley is the rare kind of imitation that breaks free of the boundaries of its inspiration, becoming more than just a clone but an experience that thrives independent of its origins.
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 902 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 61 out of 902
  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 Full Review »
  2. 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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  3. Feb 27, 2016
    9
    'Stardew Valley' doesn't just breathe new life into a dying concept; 'Stardew Valley' gets on it's bare knees, leans over in tears,'Stardew Valley' doesn't just breathe new life into a dying concept; 'Stardew Valley' gets on it's bare knees, leans over in tears, passionately breathes into it over and over even though the Doctor already said "it's dead, stop trying", pumps the chest liberally, and doesn't give up until something good happens.

    And that something good is this game. The 'Harvest Moon' franchise has been a mixed bag over the last decade, and the same can be said for the spinoff series 'Rune Factory'. Fans took the good with the bad and went with it because they were holding onto something special. Today, the Harvest Moon series barely exists on it's own. 'Story of Seasons' and other life sim titles have come along to replace it with mixed success.

    Well, if you loved those series then 'Stardew Valley' is what you want to play. An indie dev has revived the concept...with an obvious passion for 'Harvest Moon' and an insane attention to detail.

    I know, right? I didn't see it coming, either.
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