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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. Negative: 12 out of 226
  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. Sep 23, 2020
    10
    The most addicting game I've ever played. It's almost hypnotic because once you start playing it's impossible to stop.
  3. Apr 7, 2016
    10
    Amazing game, I got addicted to it! 10/10 Buy it already if you havent! Plant your own stuff! Fish ! Fight the creatures that lurk around inAmazing game, I got addicted to it! 10/10 Buy it already if you havent! Plant your own stuff! Fish ! Fight the creatures that lurk around in the mine! And theres more. Expand
  4. Mar 8, 2017
    9
    One of my favorite games in 2016. This game alone is better than all the Harvest Moon games in my opinion. I still can't believe this game wasOne of my favorite games in 2016. This game alone is better than all the Harvest Moon games in my opinion. I still can't believe this game was made by one guy....ONE GUY!! For 15$, this game is amazing and definitely worth buying for those that love farming games. 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. Aug 4, 2020
    9
    This Game is so good for its price. You can do so much things in this game. I maybe would say, this game is like one of the best pc gamesThis Game is so good for its price. You can do so much things in this game. I maybe would say, this game is like one of the best pc games ever. I will really recommend this game. Expand
  7. Mar 26, 2021
    0
    Seriously, before I even buy this game, I thought it will be a crappy copycat of Harvest Moon/牧場物語. This game turns out to be a superb pieceSeriously, before I even buy this game, I thought it will be a crappy copycat of Harvest Moon/牧場物語. This game turns out to be a superb piece and you can really feel how much passion the developer put into it. A lot of room for improvement but that does not hide this gem. Expand

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