Review: Stardew Valley (Android)

You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home?

Pros:

  • Pixel art graphics mimicking the 8/16 bit era.
  • Enchanting soundtrack.
  • 151mb download size.
  • Plays in portrait mode.
  • Full touchscreen controls.
  • Farming slash life simulator gameplay.
  • Tutorial tips can be on or off.
  • Character creator-name/farm name/favourite thing/cat or dog/skin colour/shirt/eye colour/hair colour/pants.
  • Five farm types to choose from-Hilltop, wilderness, forest, river land, and standard.
  • Is running the latest update.
  • 8 control option presets.
  • Saving-save backup and swap to previous save.
  • Slider to increase/decrease button sizes.
  • Padding sliders.
  • Pinch screen to zoom in/out.
  • Day/night cycle.
  • Everything is time-dependent.
  • Seasons play a huge part as it determines what. the crop you can grow and what activities happen.
  • Excellent control option that auto swaps to the required tool. And you just tap to move/farm.
  • A wide collection of interesting NPC to interact with.
  • The map opens up the more you play.
  • Addictive.
  • Full Farm control, you can do anything and everything to it from building chicken coops to making beer to planting trees.
  • You live in a town that has its own events and special occasions.
  • Build relationships and even get married.
  • You can go mining.
  • So easy to fall for its charms.
  • Actions are all controlled by your stamina bar.
  • TV-watch the weather report.
  • Hud is clear and everything is clearly marked.
  • The game is well paced and this is more evident when first starting out.
  • You get tasks and missions from various places.
  • Sell your work to make some money.
  • Rewarding.
  • Appreciates your time.

Cons:

  • No multiplayer.
  • A lot of really small text.
  • No Google play integration like achievements.
  • Never sure it saved.
  • A lot to take in and it’s constant.
  • Can’t mark the map or set a waypoint.
  • Kind of left on your own to figure it all out.
  • No fast travel.
  • Small toolbar.
  • Battery killer.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Accessability - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.8/10

Summary

Stardew Valley finally comes to Android. In no way can you say it is half-assed. I have never seen so many options to set it up exactly how you want. Once you’ve set it all up you get to play the most up to date version of the game. So Stardew Valley!? Well it’s more a lifestyle than a game. I mean you inherit a farm and can do anything you want with it. You are based in a town of characters that you may or may not want to mingle with. Activities spill onto the floor at a rapid rate meaning there is always something to do. I just wish it held my hand a lot more. Granted you get tutorials and a help section but that only goes so far. I constantly felt lost as building your farm understandably takes time to grow but its what you do in the mean time that’s puzzling. Even if you manage to figure it out, the stamina bar is an enigma, how much does it go down in an activity? How much do I need to get home from the mines? All still unanswered for me. I work until I pass out and wake up the next morning at home. Anyway all niggles aside if you put the effort in then Stardew Valley will reward you with 100s upon 100s of hours entertainment. I love the game, it just took many hours and determination to get there.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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