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Review

Stardew Valley is a simulation game developed by ConcernedApe and published by Chucklefish. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux in February 2016, and for iOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in December 2019. The game follows the story of a player character, who takes over their grandfather's farm after...

Stardew Valley

  • Greg Burn
  • Jul 01, 2022

Stardew Valley is a simulation game developed by ConcernedApe and published by Chucklefish. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux in February 2016, and for iOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in December 2019.

The game follows the story of a player character, who takes over their grandfather's farm after inheriting it. The player is tasked with restoring the farm to its former glory by growing crops, raising livestock, and completing quests. The player can also explore the surrounding area, which includes the town of Pelican Town, the sewers, the mines, and the beach.

The game received critical acclaim upon release, with critics praising the game's gameplay, graphics, and replayability.

Gameplay 

The gameplay of Stardew Valley is similar to that of the Harvest Moon series of games. The player is tasked with restoring their grandfather's farm to its former glory by growing crops, raising livestock, and completing quests. The player can also explore the surrounding area, which includes the town of Pelican Town, the sewers, the mines, and the beach.

The player can choose to play as either a male or female character and can marry one of the eligible NPCs. The player can also have children with their spouse.

 Graphics 

The graphics of Stardew Valley are colorful and cute. The game's art style is inspired by the Harvest Moon series of games.

Multiplayer 

The multiplayer feature of Stardew Valley was added in an update in August 2018. The multiplayer mode allows up to four players to play together online.

Replayability 

The replayability of Stardew Valley is high, due to the many different ways the player can choose to play the game. The player can choose to focus on farming, fishing, foraging, mining, combat, or relationships. The game also features randomly generated events, which can keep the player coming back for more.

Conclusion 

Overall, Stardew Valley is an excellent game that offers a lot of replayability and enjoyment. The graphics are cute and the gameplay is addicting. The multiplayer mode is a great addition, and the game is definitely worth your time and money.

Pros:
  • Relaxing and charming farming simulator with a great deal of depth
  • Incredibly rewarding when you invest time into your farm/characters
  • Lovely soundtrack and visuals
  • Strong sense of community and helpfulness from other players
Cons:
  • Can be quite slow-paced for some gamers
  • Some fiddly mechanics (e.g. watering your plants)
  • Not much in the way of "end-game" content
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