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15 games like Stardew Valley that’ll keep you working on the farm until the cows come home

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When it comes to finding more games like Stardew Valley, there's quite a few options. Stardew Valley was a wonderfully unique game that brought together the best ideas from generations of farming RPG adventures. Players around the world falling in love with Stardew Valley's quaint aesthetics, its relaxing gameplay, and its simplistic nature at heart. It's a level of success obviously inspires imitation, meaning a raft of similar games have appeared in it's wake. So, if you're all Stardewed out but still want something like it, check the 15 games below that share similarities in the genre of relaxing, lovely-looking simulators. We’ve even added in a couple if you’re looking to the future. 

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1. Moonlighter

Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Price: $19.99 / £15.49 on PC, $19.99 / £15.99 on PS4, $19.99 / £16.74 on Xbox One, $24.99 / £22.49 on Switch

Moonlighter should tick all your Stardew Valley boxes. By day, it’s a management game where you work as a shopkeeper, bartering with customers and restocking shelves with that kind of wonderful, brain-soothing, mediocrity. But, by night you’re a warrior, diving into roguelike dungeons to scavenge wares for your shop. Oh, and did we mention the overarching story is incredible? It’s all full of destiny and anguish and a bit of family drama. It absolutely nails that wonderful, self-perpetuating,  gameplay loop of busywork that Stardew Valley excels at, with a little touch of Binding of Isaac and even some tongue in cheek Dark Souls references. Prepare yourself for a new addiction. 

 Sun Haven 

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I know what Stardew Valley is missing. Dragons, magic, and fantasy”? Sure you have. Well, in this lovely farming sim from Pixel Sprout Studios and backed to almost double its goal on Kickstarter, you’ll get just that. Sun Haven is like Stardew Valley if it was set in medieval times and had a bit of that mythical world injected into it. Plus, you don’t have to be human. There’s a choice of human, demon, elf, angel, elemental, naga, and amari (which basically means you can play as an animal. Want to be a cat? Sure, you can do that.) You’ve got a choice of playing alone or with up to eight people in online co-op. If magic’s your game, this is too.  

 Hokko Life 

Available on: PC
Price:
$19.99 / £15.99

Much like Stardew Valley, you’re in a cosy, peaceful village filled with opportunities to craft, fish, and farm. In Hokko Life though, you’ve got a whole new level of creativity added in as you can head into your workshop to design and build for not only your own home but the town around you too. Also, much like Animal Crossing, you’ve got a net to catch and form a whole collection of bugs around Hokko. As of now, it’s still in early access but with lots of feedback from players, it’s definitely one to keep an eye on or give it a go yourself.

Garden Story

Release date: 2021
Available on:
PC, Nintendo Switch

Action RPG Garden Story hasn’t been released yet but it’s rumored to come out in Summer 2021, so it won’t be long. Another Stardew-style game, Garden Story, made by developer Picogram, is cute and quirky. You take on the role of Concord the grape who teams up with their fruit, fungi, and froggy friends to protect The Grove from the Rot that is threatening to destroy their homes. As Concord, you’ve been appointed the Guardian of The Grove, and whilst still having the usual tasks and changing seasons of Stardew Valley, you’ve also got an overarching storyline of combating the Rot and rebuilding the island. You’ll also build relationships with others that will ultimately help you out too.

2. My Time at Portia

Available on: PC, Nintendo Switch
Price: $19.99 / £15.99

Like Stardew Valley, getting into My Time at Portia can be a bit of a grind to get into. But, the world is so delightful and rewarding to be in, and interact with, that you soon won’t really mind about that. The best way to describe My Time at Portia is to say it’s like crossing The Sims with Stardew, with lashings of Studio Ghibli-esque graphics thrown on top for good measure, like some kind of amazing sundae. This game is as much about becoming part of the Portia community as it is farming or crafting, and that’s part of its charm. Everyone just wants to be your BFF, it’s up to you to invite them into your inner circle. Add that quest for all the friends to the continual search for resources to build things for your workshop and the town as a whole, and you’re suddenly very busy indeed. And, oh wait, has the whole weekend gone already?

3. Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor

Available on: PC
Price: $9.99 / £6.99

Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor has quite the different tone to Stardew Valley. In fact, it’s much, much darker. Rather than a heartwarming tale of sticking a middle finger to corporate greed and capitalism as a whole, it’s actually a slightly depressing tale of a sentient trash incinerator on a spaceport. Out in space in this reality, robots are bullied and can barely afford to even eat, but there’s possibly a way out. Okay, so Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor might not be a game about farming at all, but it does follow the same methods, especially when it comes to learning a town, finding friendly faces, and buying and selling goods to keep fed, watered and alive. It’ll drive you the same sort of crazy in all the right ways.

4. Yonder: The Cloudcatcher Chronicles

Available on: PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch
Price: $19.99 / £18.99 on PS4, $24.99 / £18.99 on PC , $26.99 / £22.99 on Switch

If Nintendo took all the enemies out of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and just let you build and farm, you’d basically end up with Yonder: The Cloudcatcher Chronicles. It’s a beautiful little game, that actually starts out very much like Breath of the Wild, but contained absolutely no combat. There’s not even much story either, although there are some quests for you to follow, making it much more like Stardew than Breath of the Wild overall. What’s even better though, is that Yonder doesn’t just limit you to farming. You will also be crafting, cooking, fishing and even brewing, increasing the variety of your endeavours and trading potential to create a game that keeps on going and going even after the joy of the visuals have worn off. 

5. Voodoo Garden

Available on: PC
Price: $2.99 / £1.99

If you want a simplified version of Stardew Valley, you might want to treat yourself to Voodoo Garden, which is basically a beautiful idle clicker farming sim. In it, you’re tasked with building your own garden, growing and harvesting ingredients to use in various voodoo potions and other recipes. From flowers, mushrooms and honey, to snake fangs and frogs’ legs, you better be channeling the occult before you start planting for this game. You can also start fattening up chickens and rabbits in your garden too to make other ingredients, or as sacrifices for other dark deeds. Plus, when they’re gone their spirits can help tend your garden as long as it’s not raining. Ghosts don’t like rain, apparently. It’s a glorious little clicker and the kind of thing that you can play whilst watching Netflix. 

6. Farming Valley: Minecraft Modpack

Available on: PC
Price: Free (if you already have Minecraft)

Minecraft is one of those games that can just become anything. Creativity is very much flowing through its veins, and the talent of the Minecraft community just keeps on growing to the point you can actually turn Minecraft into Stardew Valley using a handy modpack. Farming Valley is said modpack, and it turns Minecraft into a farming sim that could go toe to toe - or should that be hoe to hoe - with Stardew and co. Guided by the Farming Goddess, the modpack lets you plant seasonal crops, water them, sell goods through a shipment box, and even recruit NPCs to build a town from nothing. Compared to the base Minecraft, this feels like an entirely different game. And if you’re wondering how to install it, watch the handy video above from Kehaan that explains exactly what you need to do to make your Minecraft game much more like Stardew Valley. 

7. World’s Dawn

World’s Dawn is one of the games like Stardew Valley that really stays true to the source material. It might be a little rougher around the edges than ConcernedApe’s creation, but all the familiar mechanics and goals are there. Befriend and marry villagers, grow and sell crops, fish, frolic at festivals and work your way towards reigniting a sad, tired village. It’s a little quirky in places, especially because of its 4:3 aspect ratio and the fact you can’t really change your farm, but it’s still rather lovely. 

8. Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns

Available on: Nintendo 3DS
Price: $29.99 / £25.99

You might be wondering why there isn’t a Harvest Moon title on this list of games like Stardew Valley, seeing as that’s where this whole thing started. Well, actually, there is. Harvest Moon is now actually called Story of Seasons, and the latest entry in the series for the 3DS, that arrived in 2017, is rather wonderful. Story of Season: Trio of Towns is just as cutesy and twee as the title suggests it is. As the story seems to go, you start out as a young, inexperienced farmer, and through the story you’ll eventually end up with a bustling and successful plot of land. What Trio of Towns does a lot better than Stardew Valley is pacing. New towns, people, and further gameplay mechanics are always introduced just as you start feeling that boredom creeping on. 

9. Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale

Available on: PC
Price: $19.99 / £12.99

It might be one of the oldest games on this list, but that doesn’t stop Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale from being an absolute joy and a great contender for a list of games like Stardew Valley. This cult classic Japanese indie tells the story of Recette and Tear, two business partners thrown together with their own requirements for needing to earn some dosh. Rather than farming, here you’re managing a retail store, which still gives you to the same scheduling and time management mechanics, just without the adorable animals. Between bartering with customers, you’ll also be roaming around in dungeons to find new loot to stock your shop with.  

10. Slime Rancher

Available on: Xbox One, PC , PS4
Price: $19.99 / £14.99 on PC, $19.99 / £15.99 on Xbox One 

In Slime Rancher, instead of crops you’re actually harvesting poop - officially known as plorts in-game - from adorable, bouncy, little slimes themed around different animals or objects, from tabby cats to Bulbasaur-like Tangle Slimes. You trade plorts on the Plort Market, with profitable types fluctuating and changing just like a real stock market for poop. You have all your Slimes bouncing around in hutches too, usually sectioned off because they can have a tendency to eat each other, or plorts from another species, which actually creates equally cute hybrids. It’s utterly adorable, until you have to start throwing Tabby Slimes into the Incinerator because their plorts aren’t worth, well, plort anymore. Yes, I know, I’m a terrible, heartless, (rich) monster. It’s not quite Stardew Valley, but it’s that same kind of idle, adorable, fun that you can’t help sinking multiple hundreds of hours into.

11. Staxel

Available on: PC
Price: $19.99 / £14.99

Staxel’s what you get if you decide to smash together Stardew Valley and Minecraft (aside from the Farming Valley mod of course), as it’s a blocky RPG with a vibrant, and rather beautiful, cuboid world. It blends the aesthetic, crafting and creative freedom of Minecraft with the farming and community aspects of Stardew to great effect. Plus, you get given a dog in the first week that you can actually pet with your little stubby hand, unlike in Stardew Valley. Chores are speedier too, which makes all that watering feel like a tiny fragment of your day rather than every waking minute.

12. Farm Together 

Available on: PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4,  Xbox One
Price: $19.99

If Stardew Valley is about keeping a small family farm thriving, Farm Together is about making money on an industrial scale. The range of crops and livestock is overwhelming, think llama and cursed pumpkins and sharks, and the only limits to your farm's size and how much coin you want to spend on expanding it. You can hire farm hands to help out, and other players can help out if they're feeling generous. The game runs in real time, so you'll soon be obsessing over the fact that bad planning means you need to harvest your wasabi crop at 3am, and the more you do the more you unlock. It's a vicious cycle, but oh so satisfying. 

Sam Loveridge

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