Gems of the Steam Summer Sale: Stardew Valley

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By Kevin Casper

It’s that warm, magical time of the year again where Steam unleashes its Summer Sale onto the world. While there are always a ton of outstanding deals, I wanted to take some time to highlight some of the highly-acclaimed titles you may not have already known about. Today, we have Stardew Valley.

For the gaming veterans: did you play Harvest Moon for SNES? It’s basically that but better. For everyone else, Stardew Valley is an independent farming simulation game built with a pixel sprite style, calming atmosphere, and a surprising amount of polish and charm. The game begins with your character being exhausted by their desk job and following some advice from your character’s late grandfather. Your character inherited your grandpa’s old and weather-worn farm, which is what the game is all about.

The farm is in a region called Stardew Valley, right near a small village named Pelican Town. Upon arriving to the farm, you’re introduced to some of the locals who are more than willing to assist you in getting your new life started. After some introduction sequences, you’re given the reigns to do whatever it is you want to do – and there is plenty to choose from.

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As mentioned, Stardew Valley is a farming simulator. So, obviously, there’s a farm to manage. You can clear the fields, sow some seeds, and grow some plants. You can also raise cows, chickens, ducks, goats, dinosaurs, and rabbits. Seriously, rabbits! The farm itself has a ton of space and plenty to do on it, such as managing flowerbeds with nearby beehives to make some high quality honey, or a consistent amount of daily tasks in petting, grooming, and gathering from your animals. It doesn’t end there, though.

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If the farm management gameplay isn’t as fulfilling as you’d like, you can scratch that dungeon-crawling itch by hitting up some caves that open up after a bit into the game. The caves contain old mines with somewhat randomly-generated floors full of stones to break, ore to mine, and monsters to slay. You can take the ore back to your farm, build some smelting furnaces, and create metals to improve your tools, engineer some lightning rods to protect your crops from thunderstorms, and invent some unique gadgets that are somehow able to duplicate rare gemstones.

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Not social enough for you? As mentioned, there is a nearby village named Pelican Town just full of unique characters ready to interact with you. The town and its people provide merchant services, quests, and personal requests to keep your gameplay diversified. You can bring people gifts, get to know them better, and even marry someone lucky enough to get your attention and oddly large number of eggs. The town will celebrate holidays and festivals as well where most include some sort of method of participation, whether it’s making sure you keep that one fantastic eggplant ready for the Governor or have a hoard of gold-star quality items to show off at the fair.

Overall, Stardew Valley is a solid game. I’ve had no trouble playing it for 10 hours straight (cut me some slack, I was flying from London to Los Angeles!) and just when you think you’ve hit a plateau in what you can do, something else opens up for you to go after. Stardew Valley is currently 20% off during this Steam Summer Picnic Sale, making it a fantastic purchase for only $12 USD.

Stardew Valley is currently a PC exclusive for Windows operating systems. MacOS and Linux versions have been in development with no confirmed dates. It was confirmed earlier this month that it will make appearances on Xbox One, PS4, and WiiU, hopefully by Winter 2016.

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