Release: Feb 2016
Reviewed on: PC
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After a hyped development phase Stardew Valley is finally here and is living up to all the hopes and dreams of Harvest Moon fans everywhere. Drawing large inspiration from the franchise Stardew Valley delivers a new farming experience that takes the well known formula but sprinkles its own impressively designed mechanics.
Your adventure in the game world starts with players receiving a plot of land from their grandfather, this plot and the surrounding area is known as Stardew Valley. This run down location is covered with weeds, trees and even boulders which will need to be cleared and ultimately revive the farm to its former glory.
In order to do this players will need to tend to crops and breed livestock in order to generate a revenue stream and subsequently reinvest it back into the property. Like real life farming actions can take time which is where the various side elements of the game will keep you occupied.
Side activities in Stardew Valley include interacting with NPCs (which can eventually lead to marriage), fishing, crafting, cooking, exploration and even battles in procedurally generated cave systems that house rare materials but are also deadly.
Alternatively players can focus on taking on quests and various tasks for additional money from the towns community. Regardless of which path you opt to pursue players will carefully need to manage their available health and exhaustion level which limits the number of activities you can perform each day.
Other notable game features in Stardew Valley include skills that improve over time, character and house customisation and several hours of original music.
Stardew Valley has without a doubt achieved what it aimed to do by not only offering a Harvest Moon like experience but exceeding it.
- A Harvest Moon inspired title for Windows.
- Farm, marry, mine, fish and adventure.
- Level up your skills to improve your efficiency.
- Enjoy over 2 hours of beautiful soundtrack.
- Customise your character and house to your liking.