Stardew Valley, an indie farming sim and RPG, is currently taking Steam by storm. It’s racked up nearly 3,000 reviews since its release a few days ago, with 98% positive reviews and an overall score of “Overwhelmingly Positive”.
The game starts with you inheriting your grandfather’s farm in Stardew Valley. All you have is a tiny bit of money and some old tools to try to rebuild life on the farm.
Ever since the Joja Corporation opened JojaMart, the old ways of the valley have changed, and much of the town has fallen into disrepair. So besides working to grow your farm, you can choose to either join forces with the Joja Corporation or try to restore Stardew Valley to its former glory.
The game is obviously about farming, aka raising animals, growing crops, crafting machines and more. It also features skill improvements in five different fields: farming, mining, combat, fishing and foraging, with more than 100 cooking and crafting recipes to discover, like dishes that boost your skills.
You’ll also have the ability to explore the local community with more than 30 unique characters with their own mini-cutscenes, birthdays, and schedules. There are even seasonal festivals like a haunted maze and the feast of the winter star. And if you’re in a romantic mood, there are 10 available bachelors and bachelorettes, all with their own personalities. You can woo whomever you wish, no matter what gender your character is.
But wait there’s more! There’s a mysterious cave to explore to find precious gems and raw materials, but be careful because there are dangerous monsters lurking in the depths.
Stardew Valley was developed entirely by one person, ConcernedApe (Eric Barone). The game launched on PC and supports Xbox One and Xbox 360 controllers with rumble. It retails for $14.99 on Steam, GOG, and in the Humble Store.