10+ Games Like "Stardew Valley"
If you're reading this page, you probably agree with me in saying that Stardew Valley is an amazing game. I've spent hundreds of hours playing it since it was released in 2016, and it's high on the list of my all-time favourites.
Still, no matter how wonderful the game is, you're likely to get burnt out after a while and need a break. During my breaks for Stardew, I've sought out lots of games with similar game play and feel, because I just love the game style so much.
This article is a list of 10+ games that I've found that I'm sure any fellow Stardew Valley fan will enjoy!
1. Harvest Moon
When Stardew Valley was first introduced, it was billed as a "spiritual successor" to the Harvest Moon game series, and it's easy to see why. Both games start with a main character inheriting a farm from their grandfather, having to bring the farm back from ruin, planting crops, harvesting livestock, and interacting with villagers.
The Harvest Moon series has been around since 1996, and has had many spin-offs and sequels throughout the years. Many people point to Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town as the best game in the series (released 2003- available for play on on Gameboy Advance), while Story of Seasons (2014; Nintendo 3DS) is also billed as huge fan-favourite.
The Harvest Moon games are console only- sadly you can't play them on PC/Mac without an emulator- but there's several titles to choose from, and with game play so similar to Stardew, is an easy fit for SDV fans!
2. Rune Factory
Rune Factory is a direct spin-off of the Harvest Moon games, and was actually described by the game's producer as, "Harvest Moon where you wield a sword." Given that Harvest Moon is already terribly similar to Stardew, that automatically makes Rune Factory similar too.
Again, game play revolves around farming, but you can also defeat or defend monsters in dungeons (tame them to collect goods!), go mining for minerals, fish, and interact with villagers.
Rune Factory is nice in that while the game play is pretty similar to both HM and SDV, the art style is different (anime, rather than pixel art) and the combat-side of the game is pretty unique and intriguing.
3. Animal Crossing
If you really enjoy the home decorating, collecting, and friend-making parts of Stardew, then you'll likely love Animal Crossing.
AC is another long-standing game series, which first started out back in 2001 for the Nintendo 64. The game play is centered around you as the main player, and you live in a village filled with anthropomorphic animals. You can make friends with the animals, catch bugs, collect fossils, fish, and buy thousands of decorations for your home, and clothing to dress yourself and the animals in. Game play is also in real-time, so the hours pass in game just like real life, and different events occur according to the time of day, with seasons and holidays also matching up to their real world counterparts!
There's a number of titles in the AC series, from the most popular game, New Leaf (2012, Nintendo DS) to more recent titles like the free-to-play mobile game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. For what it's worth, Pocket Camp is a pretty fun mobile game and I've spent MANY hours playing it. There's also a new Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch game in the works, which will be released sometime in 2019!
4. Dragon Quest Builders
Dragon Quest Builders might look like a Minecraft spin-off, but I'd say it's more like Stardew than Minecraft. Sure, there's blocks for building and mining, but the graphics are 3D and smooth, and there's other things to do besides building.
You can interact with the villagers (not as in-depth as SDV, though- no relationship building), and build their houses, restaurants, shops, and more. There's quite a bit of combat too, and castle defence, but nothing terribly hard. There main story mode has 5 chapters to complete, and there's also a free build mode, where you can build to your heart's content without any combat/castle defence.
There's a ton of crafting in the game, so if you liked crafting in Stardew, you'll love it here. You can craft everything from building materials like roof pieces, and bricks, to furniture for the homes, food, and clothing for yourself and the other villagers. Then you can decorate the homes you've built or make a restaurant for the villagers to eat at!
5. Craft the World
Like its title suggests, Craft the World is a game mostly about crafting. You're in charge of a colony of dwarves and its up to you to help them mine underground, build a fortress, protect them from evil monsters, keep them feed, happy, and alive, and eventually help them move on to the next world by defeating dangerous monsters underground.
The mining aspect of this game is what's most similar to SDV. So if you really enjoyed mining in Stardew, you'll really love it here. There's different minerals to mine, and then craft with- you can smelt them into blocks, craft tools, weapons, armour, furniture and more. Oh, and there's also a bit of farming/animal harvesting, but certainly not as in-depth as Stardew!
I really enjoy Craft the World- I've played 50 hours on it in only a few weeks time. It's similar to SDV with the mining elements, but also vastly different enough that it doesn't just feel like you're playing the same game again.
Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is an RPG game for Windows, which puts you in the shoes of the main character, Recette, who's job is to run a shop out of her home to pay out of her father's debt. You have to go into randomly generated dungeons to collect goods to sell, haggle and bargain with customers, and decorate her shop.
This game is similar to SDV in the dungeon crawling style, combat and collecting aspects. If you ever wished you could run your own shop in SDV alongside Pierre and Clint, this is the game for you!
Starbound is what I'd probably describe as Stardew + Terreria + space. The game puts you in the shoes of a space explorer (you can choose from a variety of species, from human to alien), where you can travel to millions of procedurally generated planets, explore space, collect items, fight off enemies, help NPCs, build a home and/or a colony for other explorers, farm, craft objects, and more!
This game isn't exactly like SDV, but there's a lot of similar elements in terms of the crafting and interacting with the other NPCs. I've played MANY hours of this game, and I would highly recommend it- there's so much exploration, creativity and more! This game was also developed and published by Chucklefish (the same publishers of SDV), and the art-style and music definitely has a similar feel.
8. Graveyard Keeper
Stardew Valley but make it goth.
Okay, not quite, but that's sort of how I'd describe Graveyard Keeper. The game allows you to play as the main character, who's in charge of taking care of a cemetery. As him, it's up to you take care of the cemetery plot, remove weeds, dig graves and place headstones, look after honeybees, craft items, mine for stone and other materials, and interact with the people of the village.
The game's developers (Lazy Bear Games) have said it's directly inspired by both Stardew and Harvest Moon, and you can clearly see that in the game play, but the game's premise is unique and spooky enough to give it a different spin and a change of pace.
9. My Time at Portia
My Time at Portia is somewhat similar to Stardew Valley in both plot and game play. You start off in the town of Portia, and it's your job to restore your Pa's old workshop, grow crops, tend to animals, mine, craft and befriend the villagers.
Sounds familiar, right? However, MTAP has some exciting elements to it, including festivals, commissions you can do for the villagers, more in-depth crafting, and more. In fact, I'd say that crafting is more of the main point of the game, rather than farming like Stardew.
I've just got into this one recently and can't stop playing. Game play is really engaging, and I also really love the art style- it's a beautiful game, with so much to see, do and experience!
10. World's Dawn
World's Dawn is another farming life sim, inspired by both Harvest Moon and Stardew. The game puts you, yet again, in the place of a newcomer to town, taking over an old farm and being tasked to get it running again. There's some of the same game play elements available: crafting, farming, mining, fishing, tend to animals, cook, make friends, and find love.
While the game is pretty similar to Stardew, it has a few differences that make it worth checking out. Fans have praised the relationship-building in the game, and have said that the NPCs (32 of them!) are in-depth and well written. There also mini-games (including racing with livestock) and other cute, charming surprises.
Ooblets is an upcoming game (currently set for release on PC and Xbox One in mid-2019) that's been described by its developers as a mix between Stardew, Pokemon, and Harvest Moon.
There's farming, collecting, crafting, and exploration, but one of the biggest differences in this game is collecting pet creatures- "Ooblets"- which you can train, level up, have dance battles with, and more!
I've been following this game since 2016 and it looks so promising- I can't wait to play it.
We don't know much about Witchbook yet, but the information that has been released so far is promising!
The game is being developed by Chucklefish- the same studio which released Stardew Valley- and has a very similar pixel graphic style as SDV. It's been described so far as Stardew Valley + Harry Potter. The game is set in a town with witches and wizards, and you can play as a student in a wizarding school.
There's no release date set for the game yet, but you can follow its development on the official website.
Which game are you most looking forward to playing?
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