Off-topic: Thank you so much for all your kind words of support regarding Harree’s passing. It means a lot, and I very much appreciate it.
(spoiler-free, if you avoid the links)
This has helped cheer me up a bit in this sad time. I had no idea this game was in even in the works!
I love Harvest Moon games, but I dislike playing on the console. Since I prefer to take short game breaks, it is far easier to pull up a game on my laptop than it is for me to setup my console. I also prefer using a mouse and keyboard, and being close to the screen. Perhaps if we owned a very comfy living room couch, my opinion of my consoles would change, but for now, I far prefer the PC.
For years, I’ve tried to find a PC version of Harvest Moon or Animal Crossing. I very much enjoy the relaxed play style of that kind of game. I have actively searched, every few months or so, for a game like this on the PC. I was excited for the game Wild Season, but the reviews have been disappointing. I was holding out on Wild Season in the hopes they’d release some updates that improved the game.
Earlier this week, I learned about Stardew Valley from the Gamers with Jobs podcast, and I immediately fell in love. I can’t remember the last time I felt this excited about a game. It is my dream game. SO relaxing. SO adorable. SO beautiful. SO detailed. Storyline, sprinkle of combat, mystery, farming, fishing, resource management, collecting…AHHH. And ONE guy made the whole thing. I read an interview about the creator, and I’m really impressed by him.
I’ve suspended all non-essential purchases until our finances get back on track (ie, the Toledo house sells and/or I get a job out here), so I’ve been obsessing about the game through the play videos from this guy: PaulSoaresJr on YouTube. His videos are a lot of fun to watch, and he posts one day at a time (so nice manageable chunks). Despite getting spoilers for the game, I cannot stop watching the videos! I *highly* recommend if you don’t mind game spoilers and want to learn what the game is about.
If you love Harvest Moon or Animal Crossing, like playing PC games, and have an extra $15 to spare- GO BUY THIS GAME. Its rating on Steam is “Overwhelmingly Positive”.
If you have the game already, you are encouraged to comment below and tell me all about your adventures in the little town.