Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a farming simulation role-playing game developed and published by Eric Barone, also known as ConcernedApe. The game was initially released in 2016 for Microsoft Windows and later ported to macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android.


In Stardew Valley, players take on the role of a character who inherits their grandfather's old farm plot in a small town called Pelican Town.

  • Farming: Players can grow crops, raise livestock, and craft various items to restore and expand their farm.
  • Exploration: The game features a vast, interactive world filled with characters to meet, caves to explore, and fish to catch.
  • Relationships: Players can interact with the townspeople, build friendships, and even pursue romantic relationships leading to marriage.
  • Customisation: As players progress, they can customise their farm, home, and character's appearance and skills.

The game features a charming, pixel-art style that evokes a sense of nostalgia and creates a warm, inviting atmosphere.


Stardew Valley was developed single-handedly by Eric Barone over four years. Barone was inspired by the Harvest Moon series and wanted to create a game that captured the essence of those games while adding his own unique touches and improvements.

Barone composed the game's music, designed the characters and environments, and programmed the game entirely on his own, learning the necessary skills as he went along.

Reception and Impact

Upon release, Stardew Valley received critical acclaim and quickly gained a dedicated following. Critics praised the game's charming presentation, deep gameplay, and engaging world-building.

The game has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, making it one of the most successful indie games of all time. Its success has inspired numerous other indie farming and life simulation games.

Fun Facts

  • Stardew Valley's world is filled with numerous secrets and hidden events, encouraging players to explore and experiment to uncover them all.
  • The game features a unique "Community Centre" mechanic, where players can complete various tasks and bundles to restore the abandoned building and improve life in Pelican Town.
  • ConcernedApe has released several updates for the game, adding new content, features, and quality-of-life improvements based on community feedback.
  • In 2020, a free update added cooperative multiplayer to the game, allowing players to farm and explore together with friends.

Stardew Valley stands as a testament to the power of a single developer's vision and dedication. Its success has not only entertained millions of players but has also inspired a new generation of indie game developers to pursue their dreams and create unique, heartfelt experiences.