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The best games like Stardew Valley on PC | Game News
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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

The best games like Stardew Valley on PC

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The life sims seeds have been sewn and now there are more games like Stardew Valley on PC than I can possibly play. Long gone are the days of 2016 when Stardew first revitalized the farm and town sim genre left largely fallow in the shadow of the console-bound Harvest Moon series Nowadays, official Harvest Moon games, their spiritual successors Story of Seasons, and dozens of indie game riffs on farming and befriending are all available on PC.  

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In the early years of this list, pickings were slim and we settled for Stardew-adjacent games that had crafting or seasons, but weren’t always quite what I wanted. There’s no shortage of Stardew style games on PC now, with even more in development. Some focus more on building relationships and revitalizing a town while others are all about crops and crafting. Whichever end of Stardew Valley you prefer, there’s another game like it in our list to keep you playing for just one more in-game day. 

Now that there are plenty of options to choose from, some are inevitably better and worse than others. We’ve collected a list of the best Stardew style games available so you can choose which homestead to put down roots in.

If you’ve already chewed through the lot, here are some Stardew-like games on PC just on the horizon:

Roots of Pacha

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Released:  2023 | Developer: Soda Den | Steam

Other than its stone age setting, Roots of Pacha is definitely the closest life sim to Stardew Valley in quite a while. It’s got a rather similar art style, romancable villagers, festivals, fishing, farming, caves to explore, and a lot more. This really is Stardew with the clock turned back thousands of years. Pacha does find its own path though with a slightly more complex animal care system, irrigation, and a very neat concept for unlocking new technology as ideas conceived by your clan. Combined with a few quality of life changes like a map that actually shows where NPCs are at, Pacha is now the best place to start if you just want to play a new Stardew flavor.

Potion Permit

Released: 2022 | Developer:  MassHive Media| Steam

Potion Permit may not be about farming, but it has all the local denizens, relationships, combat, and upgrading of a Stardew style game. As the new Chemist in Moonbury village, you’ve got your hands full overcoming the mistrust of the townsfolk, healing the mayor’s daughter, and shoring up the dilapidated old medical clinic nearby. Instead of crops, you forage and fight for ingredients outside town and bring them back to create curative potions in your cauldron for everyone’s many ailments. Also, you’ve got a pet dog that follows you around, which I find very important.

Disney Dreamlight Valley

Released: (Early Access) 2022 | Developer: Gameloft| Steam

If you’ve got a fondness for Disney animated films, Dreamlight Valley is the way to go. It trends a bit towards Animal Crossing initially, as you’re put in charge of managing and upgrading the entire town, not just your own plot of land. But Dreamlight Valley has a proper main story, individual character relationships, and if you want, a lot of farming. The folks who enjoy painstakingly designing the perfect Stardew Valley farm will have no trouble getting sucked into designing the entire island, whether that means adorable courtyard path builds or giant fields of optimized crops.

Slime Rancher 2

Released: (Early Access) 2022 | Developer:  Monomi Park| Steam

The Slime Rancher sequel is another exceptionally cute game about the slime wrangling Beatrix LeBeau. This time she’s headed off to a new plot of land: the Far, Far Range on Rainbow Island. Once again, Beatrix must build enclosures for her slimes and grow plenty of crops and chickadoos to keep them well-fed, and combine new types of slimes into special varieties. Slime Rancher doesn’t have the same focus on relationships with NPCs that other Stardew-type games do, but it has plenty of exploration and base building.

Immortal Life

Released: (Early Access) 2022 | Developer: YiFang Studio| Steam

In the style of cultivation genre fiction, Immortal Life is a farming and town sim about joining the Guiyun Sect clan as their new crop expert. Unfortunately the town gets destroyed right as you arrive, so now you’ll be helping rebuild instead—a much more dramatic opening than the typical slowly declining villages of other life sims. As ever, there’s farming, fishing, befriending, and fighting to be done in order to rebuild.

Dinkum

Released: (Early Access) 2022 | Developer: James Bendon| Steam

Okay Stardew fans, you’ve had enough of chickens and cows and sheep only, right? Dinkum is a town and farm sim based on the Australian outback, so you’ll have kangaroos, crocs, and giant wombats too. Dinkum is over on the Animal Crossing end of this spectrum, with more focus on bug-catching than combat. You’ll decorate your home, design the town, and choose the best biomes for your crops too.

Littlewood

Released: 2020 | Developer: Sean Young| Steam

Littlewood is plenty cute, with the same kind of jaunty music that makes you feel happy while playing Stardew. It has a long list of chores that you’ll recognize: farming, mining, bug catching, cooking, crafting, and so on. You’ve got a lot more control over the topology of your town as well, which means customizing the layout to your exacting standards. With villagers to recruit, a museum to fill, and buildings to plan it’s almost as much a PC Animal Crossing as it is Stardew.

Doraemon Story of Seasons

Released: 2019 | Developer:  Marvelous Inc., Brownies Inc.| Steam

Like Harvest Moon, Story of Seasons had never made its way to PC until it paired with the most unlikely of companions: a young manga protagonist from the ’70s. Doraemon Story of Seasons takes the pastoral life adventure into a setting full of distinctly Japanese setting unlike Harvest Moon and most of its derivatives that go for a more “anywhere” rural vibe. 

This incarnation of Story of Seasons has Noby and his friends doing all the usual rural life activities like planting fields of crops, making friends, cooking, and attending festivals in the town of Natura. Its adorable watercolor visual style is a welcome change from other Story of Seasons games that have retained Harvest Moon’s chibi-style 3D aesthetic.

In the time since the Doraemon game, two official SoS games have also launched on PC: Pioneers of Olive Town and the Friends of Mineral Town remake. But like the new Harvest Moon games, the history doesn’t really compete with the quality of all the other excellent genre homages on this list.

My Time At Portia

Released: 2018 | Developer: Pathea Games | Steam 

My Time At Portia is the rare 3D town sim of the bunch that ends up feeling like Stardew Valley by way of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. On the little island of Portia, your father leaves you the deed to his old workshop. Instead of just growing crops, you’ll be collecting and refining resources from all over the island to fulfill contracts requested by the locals. Its crafting system is heavily nested, with most recipes requiring a suite of special machines to be built and placed in the workshop yard.

Eventually you’re able to build garden plots as well, though you won’t be running a full-size farm operation like your neighbor Sophie, the actual local farmer. Portia has quite a bit more combat than Stardew, with dungeons to go spelunking through for loot and crafting components. It does have plenty of interaction with all of Portia’s residents as well. Over the course of seasons and years you’ll make friends with and be able to eventually marry one of your many eligible townsfolk by going on dates and delivering them gifts.

Portia’s sequel, My Time At Sandrock, shares its formula in a western setting instead of an island.

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