Stardew Valley somehow went unnoticed by me until earlier today when a friend linked me the trailer and said, “Hey man, this looks like something up your alley.”
He was incredibly spot-on.
Not only does Stardew Valley feature cute little pixel art designs (which I have grown to love thanks to games like Terarria and Starbound) but it also sports plenty of collecting and crafting (which I find meditatively addictive) and Stardew Valley is being developed and published by Concerned Ape and Chucklefish respectively, the latter of which is the developer of Starbound. Basically, this game feels like it was made for me.
Also, you can pet the cats.
Stardew Valley starts when you inherit a run-down farm from your grandfather. It’s your job to raise it up into something respectable by planting, harvesting, mining, milking, fishing, exploring, —well, you get the picture. Focusing on one of five specific skills grants special unlocks and you can put those skills to good work with the game’s various professions.
Just because Stardew Valley is completely single-player doesn’t mean that you’ll be alone in the game. According to the developer, the villagers of Stardew Valley are lively and always have something new to say, or a new task for you to take care of. Get to know these villagers and they may open up to you and reveal their secrets.
Stardew Valley is set to launch on Steam for $14.99 on February 26th, for PC.