I have written about pretty much aspect of my life and its passions: fictions, photography, programming & movies but I haven’t written about how I spend most of my free time: playing games. To be honest, I never considered playing games an important part of my character. I would rage at losing while playing Rocket League, get annoyed when making the highway interchange at Cities Skylines. They were just things I did to kill time.
Stardew Valley, in the last month, made me realize I am just as passionate with gaming as with writing or any other hobbies.
Stardew Valley has made me go ‘Aww!’ over its cute animals, ‘Damn’ over the lost crops when (ingame) season changed & exclaim ‘YAY!’ when I got a goal completed. This game is an super addicting gem of a game that I have played it until 3am at times.
Information about the game
Stardew Valley is a role-playing game developed by just one guy: Eric ‘ConcernedApe’ Barone with support from his partner. The sheer work needed to create this game, let alone polish it to its current product is jaw-dropping.
Before starting the game you have to create a character. This character is your manifestation into the game. You have a grandfather in the game who leaves you a letter before the game starts, telling you you will know when the time is right to open the game. Flash-forward, you are a part of a nameless corporate entity and you hate your current life. Opening the letter, you realize that your grandfather has left you a farm in Stardew Valley.
You move into your grandfather’s farm in Stardew Valley. What you do in that farm is entirely on you. You could sleep all day, you could work from dusk to dawn. You could socialize with everyone in town. You could be a hermit and refuse to leave your farm.
What I really love
Halfway through the first (game time) month, I have the option to adopt a stray pet: either a cat or dog. I can name the pet. In my latest save game, I have a cat named Odin, after the cat I was catsitting for a year. I miss Odin. In the game, I can pet Odin everyday.
I can farm plants. And the animations on the game are such that everytime I harvest a crop, my character would stand facing the camera with the crop held up high with pride. Same with any new fish caught or a new item foraged. The character would hold everything high that he has obtained. It is the tiny things that makes me love it more.
I can also have farm animals in the game. Cows, pigs, chickens, rabbits, sheep, goats. I can pet them all. When I buy a youngling for my farm, my first interaction with the character has a pop-up box with has something along the lines: Youngling is shy but curious about the new surrounding. It is the tiny things.
The game has an official wiki page too. I keep reading it to see how to finish the quests and I know that is cheating. But I can see what all I have to look forward to. I know I could have a monster flatmate who is just adorable. I know I can pretty much start a family in the game if I want to. I know I can read books, participate in festivals and even visit the spa. It is the tiny things again.
I found out Stardew Valley has an Android version too and I am trying to convince my mom to get it on her phone too. She loved Farmvile.
Why I love Stardew Valley
You can do anything you want to do in the game. Therefore, Stardew Valley asks you what you wanna do. What are your priorities in life: people, work satisfaction or money. And it allows you to have more than one answer. I have been trying to create a nicely organized but efficient farm where I can make heaps of money and yet still have the satisfaction of perfect arrangement.
I haven’t tried it yet but one day in the future I am sure I would try to completely customize my character’s appearance. Go with someone who looks completely opposite to what I am.
Lastly, I love this game because I know things will work out.
It is so relaxing to have a manual for a life, to know the answers to all questions and a strategy for all quests. I can open the wiki everytime I am stuck and then just follow the instructions. My character will overcome obstacles as I know how to overcome the obstacles. He will earn money, he will get a bigger house and a pet that loves him.
My character will be happy.
It is the tiny thing that I can make sure someone’s life is sorted makes me never stop playing this game.
If you have a desktop or any device, you should definitely get this game.