New but Nostalgic Farming Simulator
If you’ve been living a stressful, high-octane life in the city, living a quiet life in a sleepy, rural town in the country is an idyllic situation. However, not everyone can just drop everything to become a farmer in some obscure town. Fortunately for you, this is exactly the premise of the hit indie role-playing game Stardew Valley. In Stardew Valley, you play as a burnt-out office employee as they strive to escape the shackles of corporate slavery by reviving their grandfather’s neglected farm in the rural and quiet Pelican Town. Along the way, you can make friends, earn money, and even find love!
Retro Farming Simulator
For fans of old school farming simulator games like Harvest Moon, Stardew Valley will be a reminder of the good old days. Farming simulators nowadays have become more gritty and complicated that the novelty and charm of the genre have completely disappeared. Stardew Valley brings all of that lost charm back by staying true to the aesthetics and design of old farming games.
It’s rendered in a pixel-graphics style that’s reminiscent of the old Harvest Moon games. However, despite the retro graphics, it’s highly detailed and colorful. Unlike other pixel-graphic games, Stardew Valley doesn’t look unpolished or confusing at all.
The commands are also simple and easy to get used to. Unlike modern games that have a lot of commands and functions that you need to master, Stardew Valley only has a handful of commands. If you like the simplicity of old games where you only need to press two buttons to play the game, Stardew Valley is that kind of game.
One great thing about Stardew Valley is its open-ended nature. There is no hard objective that you need to accomplish in order to finish the game. The game does give you a goal to reach by the end of your third in-game year, but it’s more of a pass/fail review of your game rather than an actual endgame objective. As such, you can pretty much set your own goal to finish the game. For example, you can challenge yourself to create the most beautiful farm ever. You can also play the charmer and seek to marry all of the eligible bachelor and bachelorettes of the town. You can also go full zmonster hunter and explore the deep caves in the game. Needless to say, you can spend hundreds of hours creating the best farm and character in the valley.
Nostalgia Bomb for Retro Farm Game Fans
There’s no denying that the main appeal of Stardew Valley is it's nostalgic feelings, especially for fans of the old Harvest Moon games. It's retro aesthetic and charming music will truly attract fans of old farm games. However, it also has so much new content to offer such as a combat mechanic, ability to marry characters of the same gender, magic, and more. Whether you’re a fan of old farming simulators or a new player who’s just getting into the genre, Stardew Valley is a great game to try out.