Stardew Valley Is Harvest Moon Meets Minecraft

By Nathan Grayson on February 12th, 2013 at 9:00 am.

What a sausage fest.

As RPS’ resident agricultural specialist, I feel that it’s my duty to inform you of Stardew Valley – but not for the reasons you might think. You see, my illustrious farming career didn’t begin with existential breakdowns among paradoxically lifeless fields. Oh no. Once upon a time, I tilled soils in far more colorful lands. Say what you will about its squat race of doe-eyed denizens and console-rooted nature, but Harvest Moon was kind of revelatory. It paired gradual, intoxicatingly tangible farm growth with human relationships to wildly compulsive effect. So now someone’s basically shoveling Minecraft’s exploration and customization on top of those things, and my mouth has morphed into a viscous waterfall of desire. Which is also the name of my upcoming Soap Opera. But anyway, details after the break.

I still have no idea what Stardew is, but here’s how the game works in a nutshell:

“It’s up to you to choose your path: Will you devote your time to raising crops and caring for animals? Will you spend time in the local village, befriending the local townspeople? Do you get a kick out of slaying dreadful monsters in the mysterious mountain caverns? Or will you try to accomplish everything and claim the coveted title of Stardew Hero?”

You accomplish all of this by gathering resources and building your farm as you see fit. Meanwhile, the mountain caverns are randomly generated, so who knows what you’ll find? (Hint: the answer’s probably monsters.) Characters and towns, however, are more set in stone, and yes, you can get married! Because come on, we all know that was the best part of Harvest Moon. Well, that and cows.

There’s also RPG-style character progression, archaeology, fishing, cooking, and crafting. Oh, and four-player co-op, which I’m extremely curious about, given all the NPC relationship stuff. (Can I ruin a marriage? Can I become a notorious cattle rustler? Etc.) So basically, it looks to be quite a sizable little game – even if it sounds like it should be preceded by the words “crisp,” “refreshing,” and “environmentally friendly can of.” Stardew Valley will apparently be out “soon.” Has it cultivated your excitement?

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    RedViv says:

    Interesting. I shall establish a factory for runes in this.

  2. CKScientist says:

    Viscous Waterfall of Desire sounds more like a really weird softcore porno than a soap opera.

  3. Isair says:

    Isn’t Harvest Moon + Minecraft just Rune Factory?

    • BTAxis says:

      Nah, Rune Factory is more like Harvest Moon + Seiken Densetsu.

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        RedViv says:

        And this seems to be more that, rather than Minecraft. Though the freedom they aim for seems a bit Minecraft-y.

        Now all the PC needs is a proper Atelier-like. Recettear was not enough!

        • elevown says:

          The last 3 are available over here on the ps3 with japanese voices + english subs – and I realy enjoyed them. If you dont have 1 then get 1 :) there are other good exclusives too and the new ps3 isnt that much.

      • benkc says:

        I must look up this Rune Factory thing.

    • John Connor says:

      Yeah but they’re not on PC so they suck by default.

  4. Aether says:

    Yes, but will I be able to create a race track with all the left over rocks like I did in the NES Version of Harvest Moon?

  5. overgrownpath says:

    It looks so charming, and I love the music in the trailer. I want it!

  6. Eclipse says:

    Yes! Finally a brand new game for my snes…

  7. Okama Gabesphere says:

    Sounds and looks like Haven and Hearth

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    Gap Gen says:

    Has it cultivated my excitement? The idea is growing on me, I’ll admit.

  9. lordfrikk says:

    But how soon is soon?

  10. Skhalt says:

    But once you become the Stardew Hero, do you get to compete with the Mountaindew Hero?

  11. cptgone says:

    can one grow weed in this game? does it feature roaming Monsanto lawyers? will corpses rise from my genetically engineered field? will Triffids avenge their veggie brethren (two legs bad, all roots good)?

  12. GameCat says:

    This gonna be my GOTY 201x , seriously. I love Harvest Moon. I love Minecraft. I will love Stardew Valley.

  13. tanith says:

    This does look fantastic.

  14. cauldron says:

    It looks like a great game to play with my children.

  15. MikoSquiz says:

    YES

  16. Artist says:

    Did he say MINECRAFT? Omg, omg, omg…

  17. krisanto says:

    I hope they didn’t copy the storms from harvest moon.

  18. Spoon Of Doom says:

    Is it an acceptable thing to admit that you spent quite a lot of time in Harvest Moon and enjoyed it, or ist that not something we do around these here parts?

    Anyway, I do have fond memories of Harvest Moon on my GameBoy back in the day, and this does look interesting. I shall remain curious, but not overly enthusiastic about this until I’ve tried it myself.

    • Ergates_Antius says:

      Not only is it acceptable, it is a compulsory part of any true gaming credentials.

      • Spoon Of Doom says:

        What a relief. While not in such extreme danger as my Man card, I live in constant fear of one day having to turn in my Gamer card, but now I have one less game to worry about.

  19. deadly.by.design says:

    Can you marry other players? Because I think this might be one of those rarest of games that my wife would actually enjoy. Others in the list include: Castle Crashers, Plants vs Zombies, anything The Sims, and Diner Dash. If we can play it together, that’s another bonus.

  20. dE says:

    This looks like how I imagined Towns to be. But Towns is also the reason I’ll wait for a Demo before I buy into it. That said, this does look like a great game. I’ll keep my eyes open.

  21. Bo Steed says:

    Reminds me a little more of Terraria than Minecraft. That said, it does look pretty intriguing. Definitely Greenlighting it and looking forward to how it turns out. I’m way too addicted to Harvest Moon, and few others have attempted the same formula.

  22. The Army of None says:

    “a viscous waterfall of desire”

    That.

  23. Ergates_Antius says:

    This sounds like it has potential, but I’m worried by that dungeon/monster nonsense.

    What I want is a more freeform Harvest Moon + Minecraft game. The building aspect of Minecraft with something to actually do with your produce etc. Add in some of the large scale civil engineering aspects of DF (field irrigation by redirecting rivers etc) too.

  24. cloudnein says:

    Being a snob (read: Mac gamer), why no Mac (or Linux, for that matter) version? Normally I just pass on games with no Mac version but this one is odd. For that matter, an HTML 5 or Google Chrome version would be sensible. But whatever. guess I’ll have to pass on this one. Or wait for it to be bundled in a charity bundle and buy it and never get around to playing it.

    Oh and Minecraft IS Harvest Moon meets Minecraft…If you play it that way.

  25. Universal Quitter says:

    This looks like it could be great, but it also looks like the game could get in the way of the fun, if that makes any sense. Hacking at sprites with (most likely) bad collision detection isn’t as fun, for me, as building and growing things.

  26. Fiatil says:

    I did not expect to wake up today to find co-op terraria harvest moon. Holy shit, the indies are reading my mind.

  27. Enikuo says:

    Terraria/Minecraft-esque game play with a Recettear aesthetic too. It looks charming. I want it.