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8.8

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Game Reviews from around the web

100

Far more than just a farming game, this one-man labor of love is filled with seemingly endless content and heart.

95

What do you do when your beloved game series – in this case Harvest Moon – keeps disappointing you? You make your own game, better in every aspect. Every moment spent with Stardew Valley is magical. It’s the Harvest Moon I’ve been waiting for my whole life. [06/2016, p.62]

CD-Action

95

Regardless of a few small issues, Stardew Valley is a successful send-up to Harvest Moon that truly comes from the heart.

95

Stardew Valley has been the most rich and heartwarming experience I’ve had in a game in years.

95

The core mechanics and relaxing aesthetic merge so well together that players will sink in to the experience and never want to leave.

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.

90

From Spring to Summer, to Fall and Winter, season changes will render certain crops dead. You have to plan ahead – farming doesn’t even occur in winter – and your jobs remain engrossing day-in, day-out. That’s Stardew Valley’s greatest strength – it gives you a load of interesting things to do in your new life, rewards you whichever you choose to do, and it always feels like more than just a farming game.

90

A farm simulator that’s both simple and smart, with game mechanics and features taken from other popular games and genres. One of the best indie games to date.

90

Stardew Valley is a peaceful farming game with delightful retro graphics, tons of content and very addicting gameplay. In addition to farming, the game also offers various other activities such as fishing, crafting and quest solving. There are also big dungeons to explore and monsters to kill, but these adventure parts of the game feel a bit lackluster. [May 2016]

Pelit (Finland)

90

Stardew Valley is the best and most entertaining farming RPG to come along in years, and it’s filled with such sheer charm and sincerity that it’ll instantly win you over.

90

It’s not often that we see a one-man project leave such an impact on the gaming community, collectively putting us into the “just one more turn/day” mindset, but Stardew Valley manages it in a spectacular way.

90

I have been seriously charmed by Stardew Valley; there certainly isn’t much about it that I dislike. I like its subtle tactical elements and time management that thread through all of the activities you can do. It’s without a doubt currently my favourite game this year, and I feel it might take something pretty incredible to knock it off.

90

No simulation or game is an exact copy of what it’s trying to emulate, but Stardew Valley, above all, expertly explores the connection that someone can have with their environment, their work and the people around them.

90

Sophisticated and complex sandbox with the massive content. You will like its calm mood and pure gameplay. For a long time, there was not such funny and fulfilling game offering a perfect relaxing experience.

90

Stardew Valley is an absolutely charming little gem about forgetting all your worries and relaxing on a farm.

90

An ideal combination of smart simplicity in mechanics and an incredible depth of content. Stardew Valley offers a pure, relaxing experience and hours upon hours of fun and gameplay.

90

It isn’t common that you encounter a game as charming and delightfully addictive as Stardew Valley. It finds a harmonious balance of progression, activities, and rewards resulting in each day being distinct and memorable.

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.

88

Though some quirks might unnecessarily keep players at arm’s length, those willing to grapple with the more arcane aspects of Stardew Valley are in for a world of delight.

87

We know it looks like yet another farming simulator, but Stardew Valley is much more. It’s so well-crafted, smart and deep that it made us fall in love with it in a matter of minutes.

86

It’s a trip to the countryside with incredibly motivating game mechanics. Once you’re there, you won’t come back very soon.

85

Stardew Valley is a fine, smart farm simulation game. It is slow and it involves a lot of daily tasks, but in Stardew Valley there is something ingenious about those tasks.

85

Stardew Valley is a charming farm simulator with the essence of classics Harvest Moon.

85

Stardew Valley is like Harvest Moon, but with a lot more content.

80

Complex building strategy proves that farming simulators don´t need to be as simple as FarmVille. It’s a perfect game alternative to movies like The Straight Story. [Issue#263]

LEVEL (Czech Republic)

80

While Natsume spent the last years trying to recapture the former glory of its Harvest Moon brand without avail, this one man project gives you exactly what you’ve been missing. I just wish that Stardew Vally would at least once in a while leave the well known path and show some more identity.

80

Stardew Valley is a highly addictive love letter to the Harvest Moon series with some welcome additions and a wide range of activities to keep you interested.

80

Stardew Valley’s blend of pixel charm and gentle pacing makes for an excellent little escape.

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.

Game Reviews from around the web

Stardew Valley is a sweet, well-made, and forward-thinking meditation on country life that borrows intelligently from games like Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing, and Zelda, without simply being a tired copy.

Stardew Valley is the rare kind of imitation that breaks free of the boundaries of its inspiration, becoming more than just a clone but an experience that thrives independent of its origins.

Summary

Stardew Valley is a charming farm simulator with the essence of classics Harvest Moon.
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