Stardew Valley

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Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Released: February 2016, updated in 2018. Added to this library 6 months ago, last updated 12 weeks ago.

Overview

Stardew Valley looks like a farming simulator. That’s partly what it is, but you must also develop relationships with the other townsfolk and delve deep into the mines. Its quirky labyrinthine attention to detail is as inviting for young players to try their ambition on.

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.

Commitment

Duration: This game will take between 51 hours and 75 hours to complete.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it 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.

Costs

Does not include in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

This game is free on Android, including any in-game purchases and without adverts, on Google Play Pass.

Ratings

The game was rated PEGI 7 for occasional mild non-realistic violence towards human characters. Not appropriate for persons below 7 years of age. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: Violence towards human characters is not detailed. When a human character is hit they do not respond either audibly or physically. When eventually defeated a character will spin off into the distance and disappear.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.

Accessibility

System settings: Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a wide range of system features including some that can be used on all games, like the excellent co-pilot mode. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more.


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