Stardew Valley is an incredibly fun and surprisingly deep game, available on Steam, that will remind you of old favorites like Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing. It’s also been available for weeks, and we haven’t managed to finish writing a review yet, which seems like something that a website with a section about video games should actually do. But don’t worry, we’ve got a good explanation for why we’ve so clearly shirked our duties as reviewers of video games, if you’ll just take the time to read it!
10. Farming Isn’t Necessary, But You Might As Well
The thing about Harvest Moon, the classic game that was clearly an inspiration for this one, is that it was all about the farming. The duties of running a successful farm were a significant portion of what you did in that game, and while it was a very good game, its near-singleminded dedication to one aspect of farm life meant that some people might have grown bored with just growing and tending to crops. Well, good news, because in Stardew Valley, you really don’t have to grow crops if you don’t want to, because there are plenty of other ways to make money and succeed without ever putting a single seed in the ground. With that said, however, farming is so easy and profitable that you might as well grow a few things. Honestly, we spent most of the first year with just a small, maybe 6×6 plot of farmland where we grew all of our crops, requiring only a minimum amount of effort every morning to make sure they were watered (and when it rains, you don’t even have to bother with that!) and still ended up with more than enough money to live comfortably. Sure, growing crops isn’t glamourous, but it’s pretty easy to do and can be ludicrously profitable if you grow the right plants (here’s a free hint: cranberries), so why not at least give it a shot? And if you want to go whole hog and build the biggest farm you can imagine, go right ahead!