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 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. CD-Action
    Jun 29, 2016
    95
    What do you do when your beloved game series – in this case Harvest Moon – keeps disappointing you? You make your own game, better in every aspect. Every moment spent with Stardew Valley is magical. It’s the Harvest Moon I’ve been waiting for my whole life. [06/2016, p.62]
  3. Mar 27, 2016
    95
    Regardless of a few small issues, Stardew Valley is a successful send-up to Harvest Moon that truly comes from the heart.
  4. Mar 7, 2016
    95
    Stardew Valley has been the most rich and heartwarming experience I’ve had in a game in years.
  5. Mar 7, 2016
    95
    The core mechanics and relaxing aesthetic merge so well together that players will sink in to the experience and never want to leave.
  6. Jul 19, 2017
    92
    Stardew Valley is without a doubt the best game in the Harvest Moon genre in many years. It has a subtle message about what it means to live a good life and to flourish through a combination of hard work and human connection. The Harvest Moon games all basically boil down to managing a mix of time, tasks, and metrics, and recent entries in the series have relied heavily on exploiting a new gameplay gimmick with each iteration: in one it's crafting structures for the town, in another it's trading with foreign economies. The problem with this approach is that once these gimmicks are exhausted — all the houses built or all the goods traded — the games feel hollow. Stardew Valley succeeds by delivering a robust experience that does not merely rely on watching a meter go up. It has something to say and says it well, while never abandoning the core gameplay that attracted players in the first place.
  7. Sep 23, 2016
    90
    Don't start this game if you value relationships, your job, your social life, and having free time. Stardew Valley will take all of that away from you, but it's okay because it's a great game.
  8. 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.
  9. May 18, 2016
    90
    A farm simulator that’s both simple and smart, with game mechanics and features taken from other popular games and genres. One of the best indie games to date.
  10. Pelit (Finland)
    May 9, 2016
    90
    Stardew Valley is a peaceful farming game with delightful retro graphics, tons of content and very addicting gameplay. In addition to farming, the game also offers various other activities such as fishing, crafting and quest solving. There are also big dungeons to explore and monsters to kill, but these adventure parts of the game feel a bit lackluster. [May 2016]
  11. Apr 28, 2016
    90
    Stardew Valley is the best and most entertaining farming RPG to come along in years, and it's filled with such sheer charm and sincerity that it'll instantly win you over.
  12. Apr 6, 2016
    90
    It's not often that we see a one-man project leave such an impact on the gaming community, collectively putting us into the "just one more turn/day" mindset, but Stardew Valley manages it in a spectacular way.
  13. Apr 3, 2016
    90
    I have been seriously charmed by Stardew Valley; there certainly isn’t much about it that I dislike. I like its subtle tactical elements and time management that thread through all of the activities you can do. It’s without a doubt currently my favourite game this year, and I feel it might take something pretty incredible to knock it off.
  14. Mar 29, 2016
    90
    No simulation or game is an exact copy of what it’s trying to emulate, but Stardew Valley, above all, expertly explores the connection that someone can have with their environment, their work and the people around them.
  15. Mar 29, 2016
    90
    Sophisticated and complex sandbox with the massive content. You will like its calm mood and pure gameplay. For a long time, there was not such funny and fulfilling game offering a perfect relaxing experience.
  16. Mar 16, 2016
    90
    Stardew Valley is an absolutely charming little gem about forgetting all your worries and relaxing on a farm.
  17. Mar 7, 2016
    90
    An ideal combination of smart simplicity in mechanics and an incredible depth of content. Stardew Valley offers a pure, relaxing experience and hours upon hours of fun and gameplay.
  18. Mar 1, 2016
    90
    It isn't common that you encounter a game as charming and delightfully addictive as Stardew Valley. It finds a harmonious balance of progression, activities, and rewards resulting in each day being distinct and memorable.
  19. 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.
  20. Mar 24, 2016
    88
    Though some quirks might unnecessarily keep players at arm’s length, those willing to grapple with the more arcane aspects of Stardew Valley are in for a world of delight.
  21. Apr 5, 2016
    87
    We know it looks like yet another farming simulator, but Stardew Valley is much more. It's so well-crafted, smart and deep that it made us fall in love with it in a matter of minutes.
  22. 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.
  23. Jul 25, 2016
    85
    Stardew Valley is a fine, smart farm simulation game. It is slow and it involves a lot of daily tasks, but in Stardew Valley there is something ingenious about those tasks.
  24. Mar 22, 2016
    85
    Stardew Valley is a charming farm simulator with the essence of classics Harvest Moon.
  25. Mar 9, 2016
    85
    Stardew Valley is like Harvest Moon, but with a lot more content.
  26. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    May 18, 2016
    80
    Complex building strategy proves that farming simulators don´t need to be as simple as FarmVille. It's a perfect game alternative to movies like The Straight Story. [Issue#263]
  27. Mar 20, 2016
    80
    While Natsume spent the last years trying to recapture the former glory of its Harvest Moon brand without avail, this one man project gives you exactly what you've been missing. I just wish that Stardew Vally would at least once in a while leave the well known path and show some more identity.
  28. Mar 9, 2016
    80
    Stardew Valley is a highly addictive love letter to the Harvest Moon series with some welcome additions and a wide range of activities to keep you interested.
  29. Feb 26, 2016
    80
    Stardew Valley’s blend of pixel charm and gentle pacing makes for an excellent little escape.
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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
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1150 Ratings

User score distribution:
  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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