The game is Stardew Valley. To the inaugural conception of this blog, I have overlooked one game without process to a fault. This is partially due to highly unnecessary and totally imagined intimidation. I’ve always possessed a de facto reverence for this game too, as it is lauded by nearly everyone who has played it. In the last few days before this article, something started happening that made its brilliance totally obvious to me, and I’m rushing to get it all down here. One, I set aside some appropriate sit-down time to try the game and figure out what it’s about. Two, all roads seem to lead to Stardew Valley, and it is this which has unlocked my opinion.
To some degree, I am still bewildered by certain features in it. But having played so many games of various origins, I have vibrant respect for this masterfully crafted game, and can’t wait to learn. Along with some quick beginners tips of the game, let’s unravel the narrative a bit further for you too. And why not just throw in copious reflections as well.
Without further ado, buckle your overalls, we’re headed to Stardew Valley.
Platforms: PC, Switch, Android, Apple, Xbox, Playstation, Etch-a-sketch (just kidding)
Starting With NOTHING in Stardew Valley
First of all, I’m pretty sure I’d recommend this game to just about anybody who likes open-ended game worlds. Especially fans of games like Animal Crossing, Minecraft, and The Sims. As an added personal note, this is a great game for fans of RPGs/MMOs. With many gathering achievements, this makes it inclusive of a diverse set of players out there to try it.
You don’t really have to be confined to the gathering mechanic. Yes, it is a farming sim most of all. However, Stardew Valley has a complex array of achievements, quests, socializing, holidays, events, crafting, building, exploring. That’s just the beginning too, and with a plentiful mods community, the possibilities are endless. (If it’s mods you’re after, check out the Stardew Valley mods loader SMAPI and similar resources. This stuff is easily sought out on community sites. There are plenty of resources on the Wiki as a reference: Stardew Valley Wiki.)
Anyway, what I wanted to say for this section is that, conceptually, yes, you do start with nothing. But in reality, you are given a large estate with inexhaustible tools. There’s also a town to trade with, and tutorials just about everywhere you look online (also on the Wiki.)
Actually Getting Started
So, after the character creation, the best way to get started is to clear your yard. You can do this with an ax or whatever tool you need. Next, start tilling the soil. This is not Farming Simulator or Farmville, it’s about something bigger. So, if that’s a deciding factor, don’t worry, it is so much more interesting than I thought too.
With that said, I’ll also say you don’t have to know a ton about gardening or agriculture. It does help to know a few basic things though (i.e. a hoe will till the soil (dirt.) Plants grow from seeds, seeds need to be sowed (planted,) and plants need to be watered, then eventually harvested.
More Starter Tips
Nearly every day, you’ll receive a new quest in your mailbox from someone. This keeps things interesting and also helps give you the lay of the land and let you know what’s possible. One of the first quests involves planting some parsnip seeds. This is simple and important.
The game is ultimately quite cozy, and time is sped up, so things will grow within a few day cycles. You can easily sleep through these quite quickly actually.
One thing you need to know is that like real life, Stardew Valley–the imaginary region the game takes place in–has seasons just like real life. That affects what plants can grow. This is similar to the mechanic in Animal Crossing. If your seasonal plants aren’t harvested in time they will wither. If this happens you’ll need to clear them out and start over. It’s no big deal, but if you don’t prepare using the calendar in time, you could end up wasting money and time on a bunch of crops that don’t make it.
Once you have a few items, you can head into Pelican Town. It’s simple, just walk there, it takes about 10 seconds (more or less.) There you can meet everybody, and sell your harvest for gold, which can be used to purchase almost anything. Try talking to people, you can open up new opportunities and also improve your regular visits to Pelican Town.
Some Screenshots of Stardew Valley
Features of Stardew Valley
- Start a farm
- Grow, harvest, and sell crops
- Socialize with town members of Pelican Bay
- Fish, Cut Down Trees, Mine Ore
- Build Devices To Help With Tasks
- Crafting, Cooking
- Raise Animals
- Seasons that Change With the Calendar
- Get Married, Start a Family, Have Pets, Build Your House
- Rebuild the Community Center
- Get Rich
- Take on the Joja Soda Empire
- Full Controller Support on Steam, and Available on Many Devices
- And Simply Tons More
Other Thoughts and Reflections
So, not every game has to have a deeper meaning or a timelessness. Stardew Valley reminded me of what it’s like to play games that rely on an open world. Many indies, like this one, are imagined and created by a single developer. That’s right, one person made this triumph, ConcernedApe himself, Eric Barone. I think it’s clear that this particular indie deserves respect on that alone because it is as if a massive team tirelessly thought out mechanics, which in actuality unfold very intuitively. Like a brilliant composer or a relentless author, this is what you can do when you give it everything you’ve got.
Simply put, this is one of the best games of all time. And it might even be within the top 5 indie games. And replayability is very strong. Many reviewers on Steam log around a thousand hours in Stardew Valley. I think one reason it succeeds is it allows you to see the fruit of your actions fairly quickly. Or, you can pace things and explore. There is no real objective in the game other than playing it the way you want to play it.
I’ll probably play this more. I generally play shorter games, but it’s nice to have a routine game that can be picked up or set down at any interval. Just don’t forget to sleep. Literally, that’s how you save the game.
Thank You For Reading
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