• Publisher: Plukit
  • Release Date: Sep 23, 2021
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Sep 22, 2021
    80
    Staxel provides a fun, zen farming and life simulator that replicates the visuals of Minecraft, and the premise of Stardew Valley. There is much to uncover and it could be everyone’s new favourite farm to milk cows, grow crops and build abodes, whilst making friends along the way.
  2. Sep 28, 2021
    65
    At $24.99, I think Staxel’s priced a bit high, and I’d wait for a sale. But multiplayer can be lots of fun, playing with friends both locally and online. If you find the premise and presentation appealing, Staxel’s a cute, chill, but familiar title. It’s a game that can bore or relax depending on your thoughts about Minecraft and farming/new-guy-in-town simulators like Harvest Moon.
  3. Oct 15, 2021
    60
    Staxel offers some fun gameplay, but it retreads a lot of familiar ground in the process, and nothing about it stands out as unique or exciting. Fans of the genre might like it, but don’t expect any innovation here.
  4. Sep 24, 2021
    60
    Despite its fiddly interface and a farming side of things that’s a bit underwhelming, Staxel’s open-ended nature and creative potential make it an enjoyable outing in blocky rural life.At the very least, it shows the potential in this idea of a life sim block-building game: even if it doesn’t get the balance quite right, creative freedom and the laid-back, satisfying rhythm of farm life go hand-in-hand.
  5. Sep 22, 2021
    58
    Staxel delivers a mediocre mix of block-building, farming, and foraging without providing any substantial drive or reward for your efforts. In other words, you'll be better off picking up one of the many games that Staxel was inspired by instead.
  6. Oct 12, 2021
    55
    If you are looking for a charming farming sim, you would probably be better looking down yonder Stardew Valley.
  7. Jan 6, 2022
    50
    Staxel exemplifies the old saying, “jack of all trades, master of none.” With the stellar competition on offer, a game really needs to excel these days to make an impact in what is becoming a very crowded genre. Unfortunately, Staxel, with its frustrating systems and the uninteresting cast, makes it hard to want to stick around and enjoy the variety of gameplay loops on offer here, and it’s difficult to see anybody but the most dedicated fans of the genre feeling any different.
User Score
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Dec 17, 2021
    5
    Playing Staxel you can see the thought process that produced it all around. Take the general visual style of Minecraft, though in this case aPlaying Staxel you can see the thought process that produced it all around. Take the general visual style of Minecraft, though in this case a bit more refined with voxels, and mix it with some flavor from the farm sim camp ala games like Stardew to make a game that would be akin to a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of family-friendly goodness. That was, no doubt, the idea. In execution though? It’s nice and actually looks pretty good, but there just isn’t much of a “soul” to any of it and nothing that really makes it stand out. Also, being honest, farming activities are simply clunky in a 3D space and the need to be precise can be a bit of a drag, so that Zen-like satisfaction loop you get in the typical top-down cultivation sims also suffers a bit even if you enjoy them. While there’s no doubt it manages to present the familiar in a different form, so there may be people who’ll enjoy the ride, the lack of anything of substance that’s new and exciting makes it easy to pass on.

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  2. Nov 14, 2021
    7
    The people responsible for "Staxel" have made a good conversion of the PC version to the Nintendo Switch. Thanks to the storyline, we alwaysThe people responsible for "Staxel" have made a good conversion of the PC version to the Nintendo Switch. Thanks to the storyline, we always have a common thread and gradually get all the basic elements explained. The tasks are varied and even small players can only have fun with the help. The developers give you a lot of freedom and you can keep yourself super busy. Fans of the genre and those who have a Switch will love the game. Full Review »