Humble farming simulator Stardew Valley is taking Steam by storm right now, and when you consider the charm, depth, and number of cuties you can smooch within the game, it’s no surprise why.

Seriously: I’ve spent 28 hours in the game already, and I’ve only had it for like 4 days. I have to force myself to stop playing, lest I become too caught up in the “just one more day” trap. There’s always something more to do, be it tending to your crops, fishing, chatting villagers up, or diving deeper into the mines to find loot and kill monsters. (Despite all the comparisons to Harvest Moon, you can actually do way more than just farm. It reminds me a lot of Starbound in terms of its crafting, combat, and exploration, actually.)

Better yet, the town itself seems to be full of mystery, too. This far in, I still haven’t unlocked all the areas on the map yet, nor have I come anywhere close to seeing all there is to see. I’m obsessed.

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The rest of Steam is too. Right now, Stardew Valley is sitting on an “overwhelmingly positive” user review score. Users aren’t just citing the gameplay here, though. They’re also pretty impressed that a game as massive as Stardew Valley could have been made by a single person, developer ConcernedApe.

Honestly, people seem to have nothing but good things to say about the game, as you can see below:

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Bonus: the GOG reviews are pretty positive, too. Here’s a taste:

You can check out more Steam reviews for Stardew Valley here, or read our ongoing “As Told By Steam Reviews” feature here.


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