Stardew Valley was released in 2016 by the British game studio Chucklefish. It was well-received by critics and players due to its relaxing quality. It is not surprising that you find the game’s graphic style familiar because its developer, ConcernedApe, was inspired by a classic farm simulation game Harvest Moon on Game Boy.
Here are some basic rules and settings of this game. In the beginning, you design the main character by choosing features such as their gender, hairstyle, and clothes. And you’ll get the inherited farm, which needs to be renovated. As you develop the farm, you grow crops, go fishing, help other townsfolk, and explore the entire valley. This game has four seasons, and each one lasts approximately 30 days. Each season, you grow and harvest seasonal crops, attend some events, and interact with other NPCs. This game has an open ending, and it would not set goals for you, so it’s up to you to determine how the story could unfold. If you are ambitious, you can set a goal each time you play: collecting a certain amount of coins, unlocking more items, or expanding the farmland a bit more. If you just want to relax and enjoy the cozy life on the farm, you can simply explore randomly rather than exploiting and expanding as quickly as possible.
If constantly farming and fishing make you a bit tedious, why not pay some attention to the magic and adventures in the valley. This game contains some magical and adventurous elements. For example, at night, your farm production could be accelerated by fairies, or crows could steal your plants. On your first visit to the Adventure’s Guild, you will meet Marlon, a monster hunter, who would give you a sword, and now you could hunt monsters as well. Also, you can meet a wizard and give him gifts on his birthday. He will give out some rare items if he likes your gift! If you like casual role-play games and miss the old-fashioned graphic styles, you can definitely give it a try!
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