When a game like Stardew Valley arrives, the appearance of many clones is imminent. But the charm of the gaming industry is that all these clones, using the concept of the original, bring a lot of their own. These are no longer trivial copies of Stardew Valley with an extra layer of paint and a drop of RPG, no. All representatives of our list took all the best from the title game (and its predecessors, such as Harvest Moon) and finalised these chips, making the farmer simulator genre livelier than all the existing ones. So, we present to your attention 10 games similar to Stardew Valley. Make sure you read the article to the end to acknowledge everything you need to know about each game in detail.
Top 10 Games Like Stardew Valley
- Release Date: May 29, 2018
- Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (later to appear on the Nintendo Switch as well)
Moonlighter will delight all avid fans of Stardew Valley. In fact, this is a simulator of a shopkeeper who is bargaining with customers and routinely filling goods with gaps in a shop window. But at night he turns into a warrior, diving into the bagel dungeons in search of new products for his shop. Did we already mention that the plot here is merely magnificent? It is an experience of a tale of fate, mental anguish and, very little, family drama. The game perfectly managed to catch that incredible repetitive Stardew Valley gameplay with its routine with a touch of Binding of Isaac and subtle nods towards Dark Souls. This is your new free time-eater.
2. MY TIME AT PORTIA
- Release Date: Early Access January 23, 2018
- Platforms: PC
As the name suggests, My Time at Portia has a lot of grinding to do. But its world is so beautiful and gives so many positive emotions that the need for grind goes into the background. One can best describe the game as a mixture of The Sims with Stardew Valley, made in the style of the famous Studio Ghibli. The essence of the game is to join the community of the city of Portia, becoming a farmer or artisan, and everything is done wonderfully. Everyone around you is eager to become friends with you. And it’s up to you to decide whether to let the newly made neighbours into your life or not. Add to the search for friends the constant need for resources to build your workshop and the city as a whole, and you will realise that there is absolutely nothing left. Weekends will just fly by.
3. DIARIES OF A SPACEPORT JANITOR
- Release Date: September 16, 2016
- Platforms: PC
The Spaceport Cleaner’s Diary is still very different in atmosphere from Stardew Valley – this game is much, much darker. This is not a spiritual story about how a worker of the “invisible front” shows the middle finger to greedy corporations and capitalism as a whole, no. This is a slightly depressing story about an ordinary cleaning lady, day after day, cleansing an alien spaceport from debris. In this reality, even robots are persecuted and can barely earn their own food (whatever they eat). Well, Diaries may not be all about farming, but it works the same way, especially when it comes to exploring the city, finding friends, buying/selling things and survival in general. Definitely worth the attention of a Stardew valley lover.
4. YONDER: THE CLOUDCATCHER CHRONICLES
- Release Date: July 18, 2017
- Platforms: PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch
If all the enemies from Zelda: Breath of the Wild are removed and the player is allowed to build a farm and live a quiet life, then Yonder would turn out. A beautiful game, really similar to the Breath of the Wild. The plot in this game is small. Although the presence of a certain number of quests makes Yonder more likely with Stardew Valley than with Zelda. But more importantly, Yonder does not limit the ability to farm. You can cook food, create objects and even cook all kinds of things which significantly diversifies your game routine and increases your trading potential. This forces the player to return to the game again and again after the first charm of the visual component passes.
5. VOODOO GARDEN
- Release Date: August 4, 2016
- Platforms: PC
If you’re looking for a simplified version of Stardew Valley, check out Voodoo Garden which is more of a clicker. Your task is to equip your own garden, growing and collecting ingredients for various voodoo potions and other recipes. The list is extensive: from flowers, mushrooms and honey to snake fangs and frog legs. You can even feed chickens and rabbits to collect some ingredients from them or sacrifice them for the sake of their black designs. Also, their little animal perfumes help you look after your garden unless it rains. As it turns out, ghosts do not like it. And since it’s a clicker, in Voodoo Garden you can play watching the next episode of your favourite series.
6. FARMING VALLEY: MINECRAFT MODPACK
- Release Date: November 26, 2016
- Platforms: PC (Minecraft required)
Minecraft is in the category of those games that can become anything. Its program code is saturated with creativity, and community talents allow you to turn the game with a set of mods in the likeness of Stardew Valley. You can plant seasonal crops, water them and sell vegetables and even hire NPCs to build the city. Compared to regular Minecraft, the Farming Valley mod-pack is perceived as a completely different game. And do not forget, for the mod, you need Minecraft itself installed in your system.
7. WORLD’S DAWN
- Release Date: January 26, 2016
- Platforms: PC
This is one of those games that remain true to the covenants of the original source. Perhaps it is somewhat different than the creation of Concerned Ape, but all of its mechanics and tasks will be close and understandable to you. Make friends with neighbours, get married, grow and sell crops, fish and have fun at festivals. In general, do everything to revive a sad and tired village. In places, it is very peculiar. For example, with its 4: 3 aspect ratio and the fact that you can’t change the farm. But World’s Dawn is still a great game.
8. STORY OF SEASONS: TRIO OF TOWNS
- Available on: Nintendo 3DS
- Price: $29.99 / £25.99
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS You are probably wondering why there is no Harvest Moon on this list. Well, worry, not. This game is actually Harvest moon. Only now the series is called Story of Seasons, and their last game was released on 3DS in 2017. Yes, it is not on the PC, but this portable console is popular enough everywhere to leave the excellent Trio of Towns on our list. In the story, you start the game as a young and inexperienced farmer, ending with the confident owner of a large earthen plot. The Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns is noticeably better than Stardew Valley. The game offers much more such as new cities, residents etc.
9. RECETTEAR: AN ITEM SHOP’S TALE
- Release Date: September 11, 2010
- Platforms: PC
Recettear may be the oldest game on the list, but this does not stop it from being a source of pure pleasure and rightfully taking its place here. The cult Japanese indie game tells the story of Recette and Tear. Two business partners trying to make money with bread and butter and caviar. Instead of farming, you will have to run a store here, which, however, is not too different in the mechanics of schedules and time management. In addition to customer service, you will have the opportunity to look into the local dungeons for new items for their windows.
10. SLIME RANCHER
- Available on: Xbox One, PC (PS4 release in September 2018)
- Release Date: August 1, 2017
Platforms: Xbox One, PC (will be released on PS4 in September 2018) In Slime Rancher, instead of ordinary plants, you will grow fruit, bouncing balls of mucus, similar to different animals or objects, from seals to Pokemon-like creatures. The fruits are then sold on a particular market, and their price fluctuates, just like on a stock exchange.
Do not forget to create closed pens for your living creatures, because they not only strive to jump around the neighbourhood, but also gobble up each other or even other types of boats. This leads to the appearance of hybrids. Everything looks very nice until you start dumping the most useless fruits into the incinerator. This game is not really like Stardew Valley, but a premium and fun game in which you can easily stick for a couple of hundred hours.
These are our picks for best games like Startdew valley. We are sure that by now, you have already selected the one you are going to play for the next couple of weeks. If you have any query regarding the games mentioned in this article, you can reach us via the comment section below.