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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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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. 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. 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.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 116
  2. Negative: 4 out of 116
  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. Mar 22, 2016
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. ich willl das spiel auch spielen geht aber nicht weil ich ein mac habe und könnt das spiel auch für mac raus bringen ich würde mich sehr fröhen

    Liebe grüße Panderbär
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  3. Apr 4, 2016
    10
    I never played Harvest Moon so I do not have much basis for comparison. Yet, what I can say is that this game seems masterfully made and isI never played Harvest Moon so I do not have much basis for comparison. Yet, what I can say is that this game seems masterfully made and is addicting as all hell. It took me a couple of in-game days to get into it and understand it, but everything was simple and self-explanatory enough that I was able to jump right in.

    It was really an inspiration to learn that it was just one guy that made this game and what a job he did. The art is great, the music is great and all of the characters have such specific backstories and behaviors that you'd think a whole team made it.

    I noticed a couple of glitches, but nothing game breaking. My biggest issue with the game though is in the lack of settings and options. I would like to be able to play at work, but I cannot make the screen small enough to do so. Additionally, volume control is limited to music on or off. I also would like to be able to save other than at the end of a day, but I can see where that's ultimately problematic from a design perspective.

    ConcernedApe, you da real MVP.
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  4. Mar 27, 2016
    9
    Last year I played Story of Seasons (Harvest Moon without the title) for 8 hours and felt like I was no longer able to derive enjoyment out ofLast year I played Story of Seasons (Harvest Moon without the title) for 8 hours and felt like I was no longer able to derive enjoyment out of these games. BUT BAM! Stardew Valley came out and though trepidatious I was I took the plunge and boy do I have no regrets. It's difficult to point out just what Stardew Valley does that is so much better but I would gander that it has something to do with the interminable list of upgrades, collections, and quests that keep you playing. I am nearly 30 hours in and I want to get married, get the bus to start working so I can mine in the desert, get a bigger barn, get a bigger coop, upgrade my house so I can have a child, donate my rare finds to the museum so they give me sweet gifts, collect all the rare scarecrows and....so much other stuff. Why do I want to do this? Idk. I don't want to to do any of this stuff in real life. It's bizarre but I love this game. Expand
  5. 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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  6. Dec 9, 2018
    9
    I always play this game when I cannot fall asleep since it brings peace to me. This game does an excellent job in what it is trying to offer.I always play this game when I cannot fall asleep since it brings peace to me. This game does an excellent job in what it is trying to offer. If you wonder whether to buy this game all you need is to watch its advertisement and pay for it if you want the experience you saw it the ads (Ironically, do not apply this method for most other game ads.). Overall, it is a great game, and I enjoy it. Expand
  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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