Game Review - Stardew Valley on Nintendo Switch

Written by ineedbreakfast on May 27, 2019 @ 11:32 am

I want to start this review by getting the obvious stuff out of the way: Stardew Valley is a farming simulator developed single handedly by Eric Barone and released in 2017. It's a game that borrows the Harvest Moon formula and creates it's own identity.

The game starts you off by your grandfather's bedside, he bestows upon you a sealed envelope, and instructs you to open it once you feel that life has become to much of a burden. An undisclosed amount of time passes, and eventually, you decide to open the letter. You find out that your grandfather has inherited to you his farm, so you make your way on to Stardew Valley. Once you reach the town, it is your job to restore the farm, start building friendships with the townsfolk, and free yourself of the stresses of capitalism.

The great thing about Stardew Valley, however, is that you don't have to do any of the things I listed off. There is a variety of ways to make money besides farming, such as fishing, mining, foraging, and even cooking! The best thing about the game is the freedom to do whatever you want virtually from the start.

The game doesn't ever force you to do anything either, you can play at your own pace, creating your own goals for the game. If you ever feel as if you have nothing to do, you can also look at the town bulletin and help the townsfolk by accomplishing tasks in a limited amount of days.
Another important aspect of the game are the villager relationships. You start the game off as a complete stranger to the villagers. You create relationships with them by talking to them, and getting gifts for them. The catch with gifts is that there are things that they hate, dislike, like, or love. You can also only gift two ?tems per week to each character. As you become closer to each one of the characters, you encounter cutscenes with them.

I have not tried out multiplayer, so I will not talk about it in this review.

Leaving aside gameplay mechanics though, let's talk about other important stuff.
Graphically speaking, Stardew Valley is charming. It has SNES-style graphics, meaning that any computer should be able to run it.

The character design is also very recognizable, with every villager having a very distinct appearance.

The sound design and music are great and extremely fitting for the game, albeit a tad forgettable at times.

I genuinely enjoy Stardew Valley, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a different type of game to add to their library.

Gameplay Rating: 9
Graphics & Visuals Rating: 7
Sound Rating: 8
Overall Rating: 9

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Game Information

Platform
Nintendo Switch
Developer(s)
Eric Barone
Publisher(s)
Chucklefish Games
Genre(s)
RPG, Simulation
NA Release Date
October 05, 2017
MVGL User Score
8.4
Composer
Eric Barone
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