I’m a big fan of sales on Steam. When it comes to video games, I’m a frugal dude. Heck, there are so many good free-to-play games available, that it takes a very good deal for me to pony up a few dollar bills for a video game.
I had heard a lot about Stardew Valley, so when I saw it on sale for $9.99, I bit. The thing that fascinated me about this indie game is that it was developed by one person: Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone. It’s a farming simulation role-playing video game that is heavily inspired by a video game series called Harvest Moon.
The game starts out letting you create a character, who becomes the sole heir of a piece of property given by a grandfather that has passed away. The land includes a small house and is located right outside of a small town called Pelican Town. You may select from one of five farm maps, each with their own set of features based on your preference of gameplay.
Pelican Town is full of friendly NPCs that inhabit the town. Your character is able to engage in relationships with the townsfolk, which can even lead to marriage, if you play your cards right. *wink wink, nudge nudge*
Besides farming the land, you can also engage in a variety of activities such as fishing, cooking, crafting, mining, and fighting creatures within the mine. Each of these activities will reward you with money that you can use for weapon upgrades, better tools for farming, purchasing livestock and much, much more.
The timeline of the game takes place over a three-year period, where at the end of the third year, you are evaluated for your performance as a farmer and adventurer. Each year consists of four months that represent the four seasons, which each month lasting only 28 days.
It’s a fun, little game that has a decent story and vibrant graphics. Definitely worth playing if you’re a fan of simulation games. I can’t wait to see what “ConcernedApe” develops next, because he is a very talented person and really puts his heart and soul into his work, as you can see in Stardew Valley.