Title: Stardew Valley
Available through: Steam, GOG and Humble
Fiber content: 5/5 – There a spinning wheel in the restored craft room of the community center. You can raise sheep, sheer their wool and use a loom to make cloth. The only thing missing is the ability to knit!
Review: As a huge fan of the Harvest Moon series, there was never a doubt in my mind that I was going to love Stardew Valley. I first heard of the game a while ago when I happened upon it through the Steam Greenlight program. Just the look of it caused a visceral reaction in me. The graphics and concept reminded me so much of Harvest Moon that I couldn’t help but do more research on the game.
Come to find out, it is a game that was in the work for several years, developed by ONE person. I’ve read his blogs, watched his work and I am blown away. Now that I’ve put in a some time (*cough* 29 hours played and counting…since 2/26 *cough*) I can happily say this is one of the greatest games I’ve ever played. In any genre.
The bugs are few, and the ones there have been he’s addressed immediately. The graphics are incredible, the gameplay is fun and the story is awesome.
If you’ve never played one of these farm simulators before, let me break it down. You inherit a farm that has been abandoned for several years. The fields are overgrown but there is potential. You live near a small town with friendly citizens who are happy you’re there. You work hard, clear your fields, plant crops and thrive. You can marry any of the eligible citizens ( you can marry either gender while playing either gender), you make friends, learn recipes, explore the mines and fight monsters while you’re there. You can fish in the lakes and ponds. You can forage for wild plants. You can build a coop and raise chickens. Build a barn and raise cows, sheep, goats and pigs. You can plan this game anyway that works for you!
It’s wonderful! And at $14.99 it’s a steal. Go and buy it. Support this indie developer and have a great time building your country life!