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Comfy, Country-Life RPG Stardew Valley Now Available

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Developer Concernedape has released their country-life RPG, Stardew Valley.

The game is now available on PC, for $14.99. In Stardew Valleyyou inherit your grandfather’s old plot of farmland in the region of the same name, Stardew Valley.

You’ll be tasked with starting your new life with nothing but hand-me-down tools, a bit of money, and your own personal aspirations. You’ll have lots of options to pursue: a thriving farm, a marriage, and of course – restoring Stardew Valley back to its former glory, in spite of the Joja Corporation’s slow erosion of the community.

Here are the game’s key features:

  • Turn your overgrown field into a lively farm! Raise animals, grow crops, start an orchard, craft useful machines, and more! You’ll have plenty of space to create the farm of your dreams.
  • Improve your skills over time. As you make your way from a struggling greenhorn to a master farmer, you’ll level up in 5 different areas: farming, mining, combat, fishing, and foraging. As you progress, you’ll learn new cooking and crafting recipes, unlock new areas to explore, and customize your skills by choosing from a variety of professions.
  • Become part of the local community. With over 30 unique characters living in Stardew Valley, you won’t have a problem finding new friends! Each person has their own daily schedule, birthday, unique mini-cutscenes, and new things to say throughout the week and year. As you make friends with them, they will open up to you, ask you for help with their personal troubles, or tell you their secrets! Take part in seasonal festivals such as the luau, haunted maze, and feast of the winter star.
  • Explore a vast, mysterious cave. As you travel deeper underground, you’ll encounter new and dangerous monsters, powerful weapons, new environments, valuable gemstones, raw materials for crafting and upgrading tools, and mysteries to be uncovered.
  • Breathe new life into the valley. Since JojaMart opened, the old way of life in Stardew Valley has changed. Much of the town’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair. Help restore Stardew Valley to it’s former glory by repairing the old community center, or take the alternate route and join forces with Joja Corporation.
  • Court and marry a partner to share your life on the farm with. There are 10 available bachelors and bachelorettes to woo, each with unique character progression cutscenes. Once married, your partner will live on the farm with you. Who knows, maybe you’ll have kids and start a family?
  • Spend a relaxing afternoon at one of the local fishing spots. The waters are teeming with seasonal varieties of delicious fish. Craft bait, bobbers, and crab pots to help you in your journey toward catching every fish and becoming a local legend!
  • Donate artifacts and minerals to the local museum.
  • Cook delicious meals and craft useful items to help you out. With over 100 cooking and crafting recipes, you’ll have a wide variety of items to create. Some dishes you cook will even give you temporary boosts to skills, running speed, or combat prowess. Craft useful objects like scarecrows, oil makers, furnaces, or even the rare and expensive crystalarium.
  • Customize the appearance of your character and house. With hundreds of decorative items to choose from, you’ll have no trouble creating the home of your dreams!
  • Xbox controller support (with rumble)! (Keyboard still required for text input)
  • Over two hours of original music.

Finally, here are the game’s required minimum specs:

  • OS: Windows 7 or greater
  • Processor: 2 Ghz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 mb video memory, shader model 3.0+
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Storage: 500 MB available space

You can find Stardew Valley over on its Steam page. Stay tuned for our review – it’ll be coming sooon!

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24 comments
  1. Fear Me I Am Free
    Fear Me I Am Free
    February 26, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    I hope this is good because I love the Harvest Moon series, but haven’t played one I enjoyed in awhile. 64 fan for life!

  2. Doc Hammer
    Doc Hammer
    February 26, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I was just gonna pick up one of Innocent Life games… maybe this instead.

  3. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    February 26, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    >CuckleFish

  4. subnet
    subnet
    February 26, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    >$14.99

  5. Grey
    Grey
    February 26, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    As much as I love Harvest Moon and appreciate the clear affection that many of the people producing these Fauxvest Moon games have for the series as well, I really wish they’d try a bit harder to establish their own identity.

    That entire synopsis and features list could be summarized as “Do everything you can in a real Harvest Moon game, only in a game that isn’t Harvest Moon!” I don’t think I’ve yet seen the community-life farm-sim game that tried to break the mold, outside of Rune Factory and, with somewhat mixed results, Harvest Moon itself.

  6. Narmy
    Narmy
    February 26, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    To be fair, you can’t have a same-sex marriage in Harvest Moon, so us yuri fans are screwed in that department.

  7. Adohleas
    Adohleas
    February 26, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    They are only the publishers, this game was made by Concernedape.

  8. Adohleas
    Adohleas
    February 26, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    This was an instant buy for me.

  9. Gillman
    Gillman
    February 26, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Innocent Life is official Harvest Moon spin-off

  10. orbo
    orbo
    February 26, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Harvest Moon for pc
    Might consider.

  11. scemar
    scemar
    February 26, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    It’s got character customization.
    Is that a feature in harvest moon?

  12. Narmy
    Narmy
    February 26, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    The more recent ones, yeah.

  13. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    February 26, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    I see.
    But buying it means giving those fucks at Chucklefish money and I in good consciousness will never do that

    What a shame, this looked comfy.

  14. Grey
    Grey
    February 26, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Yet another great success of localization, since in at least one Harvest Moon your female farmer could have “marriage in all but name” with a female character. Naturally that was cut for the western release.

  15. Doc Hammer
    Doc Hammer
    February 26, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Yes I’m aware of that fact.

    It was central to my purchasing decision. But this looks promising.

  16. Bitterbear
    Bitterbear
    February 26, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town had so much implied homosexuality.. Methinks that it was because originally in the game could play as a female character but they ran out of development time.

  17. edge
    edge
    February 26, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Something wrong with chucklefish? I haven’t heard any reasons to be weary of them, so it’s news to me.

  18. Jofe
    Jofe
    February 26, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    If I remember correctly they developed Starbound a game that is on early access. The issue is that they stopped updating the game for quite a long time. Also they stopped communicating with the community and for some time people thought that they had abandoned the development of the game and any complain would be met with disdain. From what I know they eventually resumed it and are doing a better job on Starbound.

  19. Jofe
    Jofe
    February 26, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I don’t really like the idea of combat, but I guess they have to add something else to it doesn’t feel too much like Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons. Still looks promising.

  20. Narmy
    Narmy
    February 26, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Do you remember that mess with Dina and Mighty Number 9’s PR? The Chucklefish devs take a similar attitude towards their customers.

    Here’s the ye olde condensed version of the whole Starbound saga:
    https://imgur.com/a/DgUEo

  21. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    February 26, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    They basically pulled a scam with Starbound

  22. BattlerArisato
    BattlerArisato
    February 27, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Yeah, SoS has a pretty good amount of character customization, the new one (SoS: Good Friends of Three Villages) will have clothes and that stuff too.

  23. Malcolm_Ecks
    Malcolm_Ecks
    February 27, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    This game is more Rune Factory than Harvest Moon. That and Harvest Moon has sucked going on a decade now.

  24. Pillbugable
    Pillbugable
    February 27, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    I’m pretty sure there’s another way to get Harvest Moon on PC.