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Posted: 4 weeks ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Staxel is a strategy farming game. It looks like Minecraft and has block building tools that are similar. However, this is a farming game more like Stardew Valley rather than open-world adventure. There are no monsters or dangers you find in other games. This is an experience about playing your role in a community and developing a business to grow your farm.

Play involves creating a settlement by fixing up, improving and maintain your homestead. You work the fields, tend crops, and adopt a variety of animals such as cows, sheep, cats, and dogs. As the seasons change you can harvest fruit, vegetables and animal products.

The game draws on Minecraft's building when you are constructing buildings, fences and planting crops. As you progress you not only accrue resources but gain tools to expand the jobs you can take on. But rather than the building and mechanics of the game, the challenge comes from the decisions you make about how to invest your time and resources to create more valuable items to sell. Will you just take produce to market in its raw form, or will you cook and bake items that are worth more but take longer to create?

Beyond this commerce, you get to know the varied characters in the town and find a range of other activities to get involved in. You make friends, start hobbies, browse the shops, work on the many collections or just talk to people to hear the latest news.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Creative, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 34 features

Developer: @StaxelGame

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 30 hours and 35 hours to complete. You can spend many more hours if you want to really develop your farm.
 
Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

CostsCosts

Staxel usually costs £19.99.
 

Staxel

Switch Store Switch £19.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You don’t need a paid subscription to play this game online.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

This game is enjoyed by 7+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.

AccessibilityAccessibility

You can select Creative mode where you have unlimited resources. The majority of the game is low pressure although there is an optional Fishing and Jumping game that requires timed presses. Jumping puzzle can be bypassed by placing blocks.

Text is generally clear. Characters animate to show mood.

There are no directional cues in the game but you can view an extensive map to help you navigate.

You can remap the controller on PC but currently, you can't remap Switch controller.

Short button holds for many tools (less than a full second) provide most efficient use, but are not required and you can perform the same action with a few individual button inputs (at any speed). Alternatively, with many tools, short button holds can be used to reduce the number of individual button presses needed to accomplish a task.
 
Our Staxel Accessibility Report documents 34 accessibility features:


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