This game is rated PEGI 12
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Stardew Valley Review
Posted: 22 months ago, last updated 9 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.
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Release Date: 26/02/2016, updated in 2018
Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy
Accessibility: 24 features
View our choice of games like Stardew Valley. This game is good if you want to:
- Build resilience
- Play games good for autistic diversity
- Learn something playing a properly great game
- See the sun rise and set
- Automate your game world
- Inspire a love of mud
- Understand ecology
- Play games not needing fine motor control
- Find hope
- Nourish youthful ambition
- Escape into cottagecore
- Farm your own plot of land
- Control and order things
Players: You can play this with 4 players online. This is a game you can pour hours into if you wish. The open-ended approach to mastering the farming and relational side of the game means that total play time will vary greatly.
You can play in co-op mode via the menu. Each player needs a system and copy of the game. Then 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. Or connect via local WiFi.
- Xbox One - Connect to other players via Xbox Live Gold. Multiplayer without a subscription isn't supported.
Skill RatingThis game is enjoyed by 10+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. 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.
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