Stardew Valley, the hit indie farming sport made by one man in his spare time, is coming to mobile. I’ve dropped dozens of hours into this charming little non secular successor to Harvest Moon, and now I understand how I’m going to spend my subsequent few airplane rides.
In case you’re not conscious, Stardew Valley is a sport the place you inherit a farm close to a stunning little city and should restore it, befriend (and romance) the locals, fish, struggle your manner by means of caverns, forage for spring onions and wild horseradish, mine ore, and… nicely, there’s loads. Amazingly, it was created completely by one particular person, Eric Barone, who taught himself to code, make pixel artwork, compose music and do actually every part. And sure, it took a very long time. (GQ of all issues wrote an interesting profile not too long ago.)
Happily it was an enormous hit, to Barone’s nice shock and little doubt pleasure, and deservedly so.
Initially launched for the PC, Stardew Valley has since expanded (with the assistance of non-Barone groups) to the most important consoles and is now coming to iOS — undiminished, Barone was cautious to level out in a blog post. This sport is huge, however nothing is neglected from the cellular port.
“It’s the total sport, not a lower down model, and performs virtually identically to all different variations,” he wrote. “The primary distinction is that it has been rebuilt for touch-screen gameplay on iOS (new UI, menu techniques and controls).”
Barone has added loads to the sport since its launch in early 2016, and the cellular model will embody these updates as much as 1.three — that means you’ll have a number of further areas and options however not the multiplayer choices most not too long ago added. These are deliberate, nevertheless, so if you wish to do a co-op farm you’ll simply have to attend a bit. No mods will likely be supported, alas.
In a uncommon deal with for cellular ports, you’ll be able to take your progress from the PC model and switch it to iOS by way of iTunes. No want to start out over once more, which, enjoyable as it’s, generally is a bit daunting once you notice how a lot time you’ve put into the sport to start out with.
I can’t advocate Stardew Valley sufficient, and the controls must be greater than sufficient for the laid-back gameplay it presents (fight is pretty forgiving). It’ll price $eight within the App Retailer beginning October 24 (Android model coming quickly), half off the unique $15 value — which I need to say was amazingly beneficiant to start with. You possibly can’t go improper right here, belief me.