Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a farming simulation game made by Eric Barone aka ConcernedApe. This is my review and experience of playing it and how it has helped me with my stress relating to autism and depression.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley

I'm reviewing ‘Stardew Valley’, a simulation farming game made by Eric Barone aka ‘ConcernedApe’. I purchased this game a couple of years ago after seeing lots of great ratings for it online, it's not what i usually go for, i'm used to fighting games with not very wholesome surroundings and atmosphere. The whole 2D world of Stardew Valley was created, coded and designed only by Eric Barone and it is so polished and created with love and care, that's on top of being an independent game with not much support or funding. I have been heavily inspired by the adorable pixel graphics that make up the town, the colours all compliment each other and are pleasant to look at. 

In Stardew Valley there isn't really a main goal, you can farm, mine, fight monsters, get married, fish and much more. There is no end, and the game measures time in years, so there’s no limit for how long you can play a farm for.  My favourite activity to do is look after the farm animals, it's such a heartwarming experience to watch a baby chick grow into a fully grown hen producing eggs worth 100g each! 

The first couple of hours i spent in the cheery town of stardew valley i went to every house and met all 28 residents, each with a different personality and look. My personal favourite is Shane, a grumpy young man who lives with his aunt, Marnie and goddaughter Jas. He suffers from depression and drinks heavily, but that can change if you pursue him as a friend or even a lover. Each resident has their own routine and hobby as well as likes and dislikes, for example, Shane likes beer, pizza and pepper poppers and hates poppies. 

I’ve spent a lot of time in Stardew Valley and each day is calming and special. Each season has beautiful music and sounds that really pull it all together to make a wondrous experience. I definitely recommend buying Stardew Valley because it has helped me when I've been stressed and feeling down and I'm sure it will help other people too.


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  • Claire Jenns

    On 16 February 2021, 15:27 Claire Jenns Kickstart Team commented:

    I'm obsessed with this game! It's so rewarding and fun

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