Stardew Valley is an indie farming simulation role-playing video game developed by ConcernedApe and published by Chucklefish Games. The game was released for Microsoft Windows on February 26, 2016. Versions for OS X, Linux,IOS and Android. Game consoles are also in development.
In Stardew Valley for Android, the player takes the role of a character that, to get away from the hustle of an office job, takes over their grandfather’s dilapidated farm in a place known as Stardew Valley. The player manages their character’s time and energy levels as they clear land, plant and tend to crop, raise livestock, craft goods, mine for ores, and engage in social activities, including romances leading towards marriage, with the various residents of the small town, all while earning in-game money to expand their farm. The game is open-ended, allowing the player to take on activities as they see fit.
Stardew Valley for Android was heavily inspired by the Harvest Moon series, with additions for ios by the game’s creator, Eric Barone, to address some of the shortcomings of these games while using the opportunity as an exercise to improve his own programming and game design skills. Barone developed the title on his own over four years and interacted frequently with players for ios who were interested in the title to get feedback. Chucklefish Games approached Barone with the offer to publish the title mid-way through development, allowing Barone to Stardew Valley for ios focus more on completing the game he wanted to make.
Stardew Valley received positive reception from critics Stardew Valley for ios, and was one of the highest-selling titles on Steam in the first few months of its release, selling over Stardew Valley for ios one million copies. Barone later identified plans to expand the game to include co-operative play and support for other platforms, among other features.
Stardew Valley for Android is a farming simulation game primarily inspired by the Harvest Moon series. At the start of the game, the player creates their character, with them becoming the recipient of a plot of land and a small house, which was once owned by their grandfather, in an area called Stardew Valley. The plot is initially overrun with boulders, trees, and weeds, but the player works to clear the fields and restart the farm, tending to crops and livestock as to generate revenue and which to further expand the farm’s buildings and facilities.
The player may also interact with non-player characters (NPC) that inhabit the town, including engaging in relationships with these characters; this can culminate Stardew Valley for ios in marriage, which results in the NPC helping the player’s character to tend the farm. The player can also engage in fishing, cooking, and crafting, and also explore procedurally-generated caves with materials and ores to mine or battle creatures within. The player can take on various quests to earn additional money, or work at completing specific collections of materials offered at Stardew Valley for ios the town’s Community Center to gain additional rewards. All these activities must be metered against the character’s current health and exhaustion level and the game’s internal clock; if the character becomes too exhausted, they will be returned to their house restored with energy on the morning of the next day, but having forgone any opportunities to continue in activities from the previous day. The game uses a simplified calendar, each year having only four 28-day months that represent each season, which determines which crops can be grown and which activities can be beneficial. There is otherwise no deadline for completing the game.
A four-player cooperative mode was initially planned Stardew Valley for Android to be released in the game at launch, but is currently planned to be released at a later date. In this mode, Barone anticipates that all players will share a common farm, enabling players to all do different tasks related to it, such as one player may be mining while others tend to the farm.