It has been whole 5 months since one of the most celebrated independent games, Stardew Valley, arrived in iOS. Now, this 3-year-old game will be available for Android too, on the Google Play store. Starting with March 14th, you can buy this game for 8 dollars. Finally, Android users got their own version of this popular game, meaning that they don’t need Nintendo Switch anymore for virtual farming on the move.
Stardew Valley started as a PC game and when it became a huge hit it was ported to Playstation 4 Xbox and other consoles. It quickly became really popular on the Switch, and last year it was turned into a multiplayer game. Although this latest feature is still not supported for the mobile versions. Тhe iOS version launched in the last October and the creator ConcernedApe and publisher Chucklefish added a few changes in order to accommodate to mobile players. They can save the game anytime, to use pinch zoom and new controls, with a virtual joystick. The game is optimized for mobile users so they spend less time meddling into inventory and more time exploring, farming or doing whatever they want.
For those few of you that still haven’t heard about Stardew Valley, it is basically a huge, open-world RPG that presents itself as a farming simulator game. The selling point of this game is the amazing freedom you have in the way you will develop your character and your farm. The story begins when your character arrives in Pelican Town in order to take over your grandfather’s farm you inherited. If you decide to play the game straightforward way, you will have a great amount of fun with crop and resource management. However, the biggest value of this game starts to show if you decide to lean away from farming and take on the world. You can level up your character’s skills by doing various activities like fishing or woodwork. You can also go to the town and socialize with people, build relationships end even get married if you want to. Finally, you can embark on a traditional combat based RPG adventure, with quests and dungeons. Possibilities are nearly endless.
This game is indeed optimized for the best gaming experience on touch screen devices, and it was done in a way that makes the game intuitively easy to play. For example, there are two control methods. In the first one, you’re setting waypoints by tapping the screen, and in the second one you tap and hold your finger on the screen and your character follows the trace you make. The zoom is also solved in the best way possible, by employing the pinch commands, so if you want to have a wider view of the world around you, all you have to do is to pinch the screen.
However, the biggest and the most welcome change in this game is that the tools are switching automatically depending on what you’re doing. For example, if you stumble upon an obstacle, be it a tree, stone or weeds, all you have to do is to tap on it and the game will automatically give you the appropriate tool to clear it. Those changes aside, the game looks and plays exactly the same as the PC and console version. There is no doubt that there are people who will buy this game for the third or fourth time on a different system.
Last but not least, many people are probably asking would you be able to transfer your progress from the PC, Mac, and console versions to Android Stardew Valley. And the answer is yes, although in order to make a full and proper transfer you will need to remove all mods you have installed on your PC before transferring the data. There are even instructions on how to do it properly on the Stardew Valley Wiki page.
It was a long overdue but Android players can now enjoy one of the best independent games in the last decade. Farming has never been so fun and delightful like it is in this peaceful and overreaching masterpiece.