Like a lot of my friends, I bought Stardew Valley when it released with high hopes that it would be what I was looking for (a PC version of Harvest Moon with a few extras thrown in) and then I was pleasantly surprised when it ended up being even better than I had hoped. Right now my little character is only in the mid-summer months, but already I’ve had fun exploring the mine, collecting bundles for the community center, meeting towns folks, and yes, even fishing.
Fishing was difficult for me at first. The wording on the mini game was a bit misleading, and I had problems keeping the green moving bar under the fish. Once I went up a level, it got much easier. I hear better tools and more levels will help out even more. For the past three days I’ve been trying to catch a Sardine for a quest, but they keep evading me, even though I caught one on the very first try when I got my rod (I of course sold that fish, I needed funds for a chicken coop). The game has a lot of character, and that’s what really appeals to me. I named my chicken, and then grew fearful as it was accidentally left out in the rain one day. You start making relationships with the townsfolks, and counting on them to be there when you want to talk to them.
Of course there are the usual frustrations. I’m convinced the calendar day changes right when I need a specific shop so that it’s closed, and the first day I played run was off by default so it took me hours to get anywhere. Still, these are items I don’t mind living with – and I can’t wait to see what happens next on my little farm.
As always, happy gaming no matter where you find yourself!