Stardew Valley

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Blurb: You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home?

  • Build the farm of your dreams: Turn your overgrown fields into a lively and bountiful farm!
  • Express yourself: There are hundreds of character & home customization options to choose from!
  • Master your ranching skills: Raise animals, go fishing, tend to crops & craft useful machines for your farm!
  • Become a part of the local community: Pelican Town is home to 30 residents you can get to know!
  • Meet someone special: With 12 townsfolk to date, you may even find someone to start a family with!
  • Explore vast, mysterious caves: Encounter dangerous monsters & valuable treasures deep underground!

Release Date: 26 February 2016.
Played on: Nintendo Switch.
Genre: Simulation. Role-playing. Farming.
Mode: Single Player and Multiplayer.

My Thoughts: Stardew Valley is a farming simulator with a plot heavy edge. The basic plot of the game is you are left a farm by your grandfather who has just passed away. Your character decides to leave their unhappy corporate life and give farming a go. Already a win for me.

I will come right out and say that Stardew Valley is very similar to the Harvest Moon games. However, the two games differ through their content. Stardew Valley is more mature in the subject matter that is included in the stories (I’m looking at you Shane). Also unlike Harvest Moon I don’t feel like pulling my hair out at the slow pace of the game 😛

Stardew Valley is a pretty much a step up from the Harvest Moon series.

I have a fondness for simulation games and the fact that this one is so filled with plot is amazing! I have previously played Stardew Valley on my PlayStation, however the file corrupted so my amazing farm and newborn baby with Shane has been lost to the ages 😥

With the game being available on the Switch (which I play way more than any other console) I couldn’t help myself and I purchased the game again. No regrets.

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Best Bits: So many compelling characters! I think I’ve figured out which character to romance and then I have a cut scene with another character and suddenly I’m questioning everything.

My current play through is as a male character and I am thinking about pursuing Alex. I really enjoy the characters of the game, they’re all really varied and with my second play through I am finding all sorts of things that I missed before. The game has so much content!

I love this game. It has just the right mix of farm simulation and role playing to keep my attention for hours.

Recommendations:  I would really recommend this game for people looking for a fun and engaging simulation game. It is very easy to lose hours to this game as it keeps you hooked with so much content.

Honestly, I’d recommend everyone give this game a go, it’s from an indie developer and is just so fabulous. You don’t need to be a fan of the simulation genre to find enjoyment from this game.

Go on, give this game a go!


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This is, of course, all from the safety of your own home and without things such as burns, singed hair or arson charges.The ‘Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace’ is the name of the brand new addition to your house that, with the help of a catalogue where you order things to burn, allows you to keep yourself warm but to also stay, staring transfixed into the flames for much longer than you’d ever admit.

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At first glance this game is all about the simple act of destroying things with fire, but there is a creepy and moving story at the heart of the game. Something dark is at play in this world but just like the character you play, you’re too wrapped up in the flames to become fully aware. I thoroughly enjoyed playing this deceptively simple game, and would not hesitate to recommend this indie title. 

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Rhythm Thief mini games have an annoying tendency to fail you relatively quickly. Oftentimes it felt like, only three or four notes where missed in a row before you were failed. Even if you were, up until that point, having a perfect game one missed move and you were ready to fail. However, the game does have a little menu before the start of the mini-game where you can buy items that will give you certain amount of leeway. These bonuses range from buying you extra time before you fail or for the truly gifted, you can buy one that will make things harder for you.

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On a final note, it should be mentioned just how beautiful this game is visually. The maps that are used to navigate Paris are given such detail and each different location that you visit are coloured so magnificently. The atmosphere and mood that the game creates is so incredible to interact with and encounter. Despite its short comings, Rhythm Thief is a pleasure to play.