Stardew Valley is a simulated role-playing video game developed by Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone. The game was originally released for Microsoft Windows in February 2016 and later released ports for macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita, iOS, and Android.
In Stardew Valley, the player takes the role of escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and takes over the abandoned farm of the deceased grandfather in a place called Stardew Valley. The game is open-ended and allows players to engage in a variety of activities, such as planting crops, raising livestock, making handicrafts, mining ore, selling agricultural products, and socializing with urban residents, including marriage and childbirth. The game also allows up to three other players to play together online.
Barone has developed the game alone for more than four years. The game is largely inspired by the Harvest Moon video game series. While solving this defect, it also adds some opportunities, and at the same time uses this opportunity to improve one’s programming and game design skills. Chucklefish contacted Barone during the development process and made a proposal to publish the game, which made him focus more on completing the game. Stardew Valley has achieved important commercial success, with sales of more than 10 million copies on all platforms by 2020.
If you are playing the game for the first time, please refer to the following tips to help your farm grow from the start.
After creating the first character, we recommend choosing “Forest Farm” because it allows you to access the feed in the farm. Make sure to keep at least one or two of everything you pick up, as they are very useful for all events, community centers, gifts, future recipes, etc.
The goal for the first year should be to repair as many rooms as possible in the community center. Each room will unlock or repair a part of the town to provide more resources. However, please do not complete the construction of the community center before the second spring, because you will miss a strong friendship upgrade, and this role will not appear until then.
Always watch TV before going to bed, because you will learn the weather forecast and sometimes new recipes. If it is going to rain, go to the mine the next day to get minerals and combat experience. You also want to try to catch fish that only appear in rainy weather.
Every Wednesday and Sunday, go to the traveling merchant to check the goods for sale. You may find rare commodities and very special seeds in community centers. Money will be tight, so give priority to community centers; rare seeds will come back. Pay close attention to the schedule and participate in town activities-twice in each season, you can get powerful objects and energy upgrades.
After clearing all the land, start planting in the second year, but unless you want to spend the first year without watering, don’t overplant. Keep the variety of crops you originally selected, small in scale and as profitable as possible. Create a 3×3 grid as much as possible to increase the chance of harvesting huge crops. Save money for the egg festival in the spring of 13 months and buy as many strawberry seeds as possible. Plant them all on the same day you receive them. Timing the crop is very important. Most plants will die at the end of the season, and you don’t want to lose money to invest in seeds.
In the early days, the focus was on cutting wood and using a scythe to cut weeds without consuming energy. Some weeds release wild seeds, and you can replant them for free. Every season there are some special crops for you to forage, please pay special attention to those. Likewise, if you cut down a tree, keep the seeds. Different trees produce maple syrup, oak resin and pine resin. If you are a super organized person, you can start planting three of each plant in a convenient location near your house for future excavation. If you don’t want to grow forests, you can turn them into snacks at any time even before you don’t have a kitchen.
Try to unlock the broken bridge on the beach as soon as possible. It leads to a small island full of corals and shells, which is very profitable. Sometimes you will see creeping black worms underground. These mark the locations of hidden objects that you can find. Most of the time, these treasures will be used to complete the construction of the museum or use rare resources such as clay.
The starter tool is very bad, so you should upgrade your watering can, axe and pickaxe as soon as possible to save a lot of time and effort. Similarly, please purchase backpack inventory upgrades in Pierre’s shop as soon as possible. These devices may seem expensive, but getting space as quickly as possible is a huge investment.
After completing this operation, please build a few wooden boxes outside the house to keep the storage in order and to store items for tasks or gifts. Use the extra wood (after unlocking the beach bridge) to build several silos. If you decide to keep animals on the farm, these tools will allow you to start storing feed in winter.
The next major upgrade will be the small cave on top of your farm. You will be able to choose between mushrooms or fruit bats. Choose mushrooms because many of them are rare in the wild and are very useful for potions. Finally, upgrade your house to get a kitchen. This will allow you to cook delicious dishes as a gift or stay energized while exploring the cave.
Friendship And Romance
One of the keys to success in Stardew Valley is to make friends with other residents. They will send you food, resources, and unlock cutscenes and key information about other neighbors. You can consult the guide, but sometimes other NPCs will also mention personal likes and dislikes. The effect of gifts multiplies on birthdays, so please pay attention to the calendar again so that you know when someone’s birthday is coming.
NPC will also post a “want to help” request in Pierre’s storefront, or directly ask you about certain people in the email. If you complete their requirements, you will receive gold coins and friendship points. Pairing these with custom gifts will help you build friendships quickly. Once you get the eight hearts of a bachelor or bachelor, you can maintain a romantic relationship with them, so if someone gets your attention, make sure to quickly understand what they like and when their birthday is.