This game is rated PEGI 12
Our review includes potentially triggering words:
Gambling and Splashes of blood.
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.
On the surface, this can seem like a simple farm-simulator but players are soon drawn to the wider world, people and relationships that make their village tick. It's a game that can surprise you by the nuance and depth of characters.
There is hope running through the stories of the townsfolk. When you know them well enough to trigger the cut scenes explaining their back-stories this grows more substantial. You can even influence their decisions. It becomes less a game about farming wealth and more about generosity and community value.
Release Date: 26/02/2016, updated in 2018
Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Players: 1 (4 online)
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy
Accessibility: 24 features
You can play online co-op via the menu. You need to open the farm to other players via the Settings tab in the Inventory:
- PC - Connect via to Steam friends co-op join screen.
- PlayStation 4 - Connect via PlayStation Plus in the co-op join screen.
- Switch - Connect via Nintendo Online account to people on your friends-list via the Join tab.
- Xbox One - Connect to other players via Xbox Live Gold. Multiplayer without a subscription isn't supported.
You can play this game in the following styles:
This has been enjoyed by families in the following styles:
Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Mild Language, Simulated Gambling, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco. Some quests require players to explore caves and battle "cartoony" enemies (e.g., jelly creatures, crabs, flying monsters). From a top-down perspective, players use swords to briefly strike creatures and deplete their health meters. A handful of creatures emit small splashes of blood when defeated. One area contains a casino in which players can wager coins on slot machines and blackjack-style card games. During the course of the game, characters are occasionally depicted smoking pipes or cigarettes; players can also drink mugs of beer, sometimes resulting in a temporary “tipsy” status effect. The word “damn” appears in the dialogue.
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The understated visuals and slower progression in the game make it suitable for children with the patience and skill to persevere. The two-player mode can be a good way to get younger children into the game, when played with a parent, guardian or older sibling. Still, some parents tell us that children as young as 5-years-old enjoy this. "My daughter was playing Stardew Valley before she could read what the people were saying, but it didn't matter to her."
Our Game Pathways reveal how 6-year-olds play this game:
- 6-year-old: Co-reading
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