Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley has been taking over the gaming world by storm lately. Contrary to the competitive games out there, Stardew Valley is more of a peaceful video game; it’s a game you can play to wind down and relax. Stardew Valley is like a mix between Animal Crossing and
Terraria, plus a bit of Minecraft.

The objective of Stardew Valley is to grow your farm/village and advance your society as much
as possible. This can be done through assignments and missions, and also through gaining profits from completing tasks and selling your crops and animal products.

First off, players will need to select the type of farm they will begin their journey on. At the beginning of a game, you will be given seven different farms to choose from. They are the Standard Farm, the Riverland Farm, the Forest Farm, the Hill-Top Farm, the Wilderness Farm, the Four Corners Farm, and the Beach Farm. All of the farms are capable of growing the same crops, but the different farms have different resources and special features.

The Standard Farm is the best option if you’re a beginner. The layout is easy to navigate, and the resources are plentiful. There’s tons of open space for you to build upon, and the map design is simple enough to understand after only a few trips around town.

The Riverland Farm is laid out like an archipelago of islands, so it is harder to get the hang of. However, there is a lot more seafood available because of the nearby abundance of water on the map.

The Forest Farm is covered in trees, which may at first hinder your ability to find arable and buildable land. But, after the trees are chopped down, you get more wood than any other map, and wood is one of the key resources in making anything.

The Hill-Top Farm features a long, winding river that flows throughout the entire map, which will at times limit the space you have for building. But, the mineral deposits and mines will supply you with a lot more natural resources.

The Wilderness Farm is just like the Standard Farm, but at night, wild animals and creatures roam around the area. These creatures are good to hunt and receive animal products from.

The Four Corners Farm is a very unique plot of land. It is split into four sections, and each section is very different. This is a fun map to play if you’re looking for variety and a plethora of resources.

The Beach Farm provides a load of empty space and large bodies of water. There will be lots of available fish and ocean life, but building on the sand might be a bit of a challenge.

After your farmland is selected, you will be provided with a starting cabin, which comes equipped with a TV that you can use every morning to outline your day. You can check the TV every morning to find the Weather Report, Fortune Teller, game advice. The Weather Report will give you updates on weather conditions that can help you decide on when to water crops, when to plant crops, and what to watch out for. The Fortune Teller will tell you whether or not you’ll be lucky on that day. On lucky days, you’ll find better objects, mine better minerals, fish better fish, and be overall more successful. Game advice gives you any general tips and tricks on how to play the game.

You can earn money by planting and cultivating different crops, some of which will yield higher prices than others. You can also raise animals to receive animal products to sell. You will get new tasks and missions to complete as you continue to play. Completing these tasks will give you rewards and prizes. You can use the earned money to buy new buildings and animals to continue the expansion of your farm.

You may go to the town center to trade with stores, and buy supplies or items from other places. You can visit the houses and stores of other characters in your city, where you might find helpful hints to help you complete a mission. There are tons of stores around town, for almost every need; but, the most used store is Pierre’s shop, where you’ll find almost every necessity you

Also, as you progress in the game, you’ll get to know everyone in the town village. The store owners, clerks, waiters, and even regular people will talk to you, and you can form relationships with them, A better relationship will lead to more experience points and better rewards and gifts.

Stardew Valley progresses in seasons. Every season is twenty-eight in-game days. Some crops
will only grow in certain seasons, so keep an eye on the time in order to make sure your crops don’t die out and leave you with nothing to make a profit off of.

Because there is almost no competition factor in Stardew Valley, it’s a very calming and relaxing game. Between the character interactions, unique features, and the ability to design your farm however you please, it’s definitely a game that helps to destress and provide a platform for you to express your creativity. What are you waiting for? Go check out Stardew Valley!

By ~ Alice

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