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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Quick Picks: Xmas Presents!

QUICK Picks

Prepare yourself for an incredibly self indulgent post about all the things I want for Xmas!

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Candy Mountain Yule Log

by Lush

Quick  run down: Every year I try and buy a few of these limited release bubble bars. The bars smell amazing and are so easy to use. You simply crumble them under a running tap and bam – you have a bubble bath.

It appears that this year instead of being little pyramids, Lush has made them into a bit more manageable shape. I usually try and grab as many as I can in the online boxing day sales but I never turn them down as a present!

Quick reasons why I love it:

  • The Smell: They are amazing – a soft and sweet vanilla.
  • The Luxury: Bubble baths are a large part of my self care routine and these beauties make them all the more luxurious.

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Tropico 6

by Kalypso

Quick run down: I have sunk so many hours into the Tropico games. Tropico 6 is a simulation game where you play as El Presidente, a ‘legally’ elected leader of a Caribbean/Cubanesque island.

Pretty much this is Sims City but on a island with a catchy soundtrack.

Quick reasons why I love it:

  • The Soundtrack: the Latin jazz sounds that play throughout each of the Tropico games.
  • The Humour: the humour of the game is really tongue in check. The reoccurring characters of the game are also really fun.

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The Lunar Chronicles Box-set

by Melissa Meyer

Quick run down: Okay so stay with me on this one, I own Cinder and Winter. However, I do not have the other books. I also love box sets so…

If you don’t know the series, I would really recommend you check out it out! The books are retellings of classic fairy tale and they are all interconnected and amazing. I tend to recommend the series to young adults at the library and I haven’t had any complaints yet.

Quick reasons why I love the series:

  • The larger story: The five books all interconnect to tell a larger story. I’m just going to let you in on a secret, the ‘Winter‘ book is about ‘Snow White’ and the other characters from the book all join together and there are ‘seven’ of them… Yep details like that make me so happy!
  • The covers: I know a lot of people give Cinder a tough time about the cover – what with the whole weird looking foot in a shoe but I love it and I love them all!.

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Currently Consuming : Theme Hospital

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Curing people one terribly managed hospital at a time.

About: Theme Hospital is a hospital management, simulation game. Players are given objectives and have to cure, manage, and make enough money to pass each level.

The game lets you mange a hospital by creating rooms, hiring employees, researching disorders, making money, and most of all, curing patients. The game has a fixed view camera that sometimes is an issue to navigate around but the seemingly simple game is very fun.

Why: Origin has the game as a free download for all PC gamers.*

Best Bits: The Bullfrog Productions developed game is indicative of the EA brand, that is, it is full of weird humour. Most of this humour can be found in the descriptions of disorders, employee descriptions, and the PA announcements.

T930.0x524.0houghts so far: While the game has the simple graphics from 1997, the game play is what keeps me coming back. Although it may be a tad off putting with the blocky graphics, it is still nevertheless entertaining.

I am enjoying the challenge of of trying to beat my ten year old self and get past the earthquake stage.

 


*As of writing this post.

Sims 3: Seasons

The_Sims_3_Seasons_CoverThe EA simulation game The Sims 3 is one that I find both addicting and a guilty pleasure. The term guilty pleasure is used in this case if only because the game is one that I find is played whilst something else has to be done. That is, The Sims 3 is a game that feeds procrastination.

A simulation game, in that you are simulating the lives of ‘Sim’s’ that you have created, is one that provides you with an open world in which to guide your characters life. After choosing a specific town, the options of who to create, how to control and what to do are all left to the player. A person could choose to play generation after generation from their original Sim, or the aging mechanism can be turned off and a Sim could achieve immortality. The possibilities are virtually endless.

The newest expansion pack of the base game The Sims 3 is Seasons. This pack sees the addition of a weather function and the flow of changing seasons. Having skipped The Sims 2, this new pack and addition of weather is one that has proven to add to game play exponentially. If there was ever a feeling of something missing, this is the pack to quell these emotions. The inclusions of snow, rain, heat and the cold flesh out the game, with new mood lets appearing in correspondence with these events.

As well as the addition of mood lets, the change of the seasons is one that invokes a quarterly ‘festival.’ Coinciding with Spring, the town embraces a dance contest and egg hunt while the Autumn town square sees the addition of a spooky castle and apple bobbing. Coupled with these festivals are new actions that the Sims can do, for example in Autumn young Sims can trick or treat, or in Winter mistletoe can be purchased and a gift giving party can be thrown.

The addition of a downloadable patch that adds a blue print function, lets you choose from pre-made and furnished rooms, allowing players to quickly create a home or add an extension to a pre-existing house. This new function is one that is time saving and has been incorporated into my game play numerous times.

Whether you are a new player looking for a pack to upgrade your base game with, or a seasoned player with all the expansions, Seasons is to not be missed.