The beloved Stardew Valley has endless hours of gameplay. There’s not exactly an endgame, per se. Once you’ve found all the secrets, befriended everyone, and upgraded your house to the max — you can carry on farming to your heart’s content. But if you ever tire of the pixelated charm of the valley, there are other games waiting to give you a similar experience.
Whether the farming life is what you crave, the relationships with villagers, or the cave exploration, there’ll certainly be another game out there that will give you the same joy. Read on for our list of 10 games like Stardew Valley.
10. Story Of Seasons: Trio Of Towns
The Harvest Moon games are widely believed to have inspired Stardew Valley, and if you’ve ever played one, it’s not hard to see why. Despite the name change, the Story of Seasons series is understood to be a spiritual continuation of Harvest Moon; the Trio of Towns was much loved by fans. Similar to Stardew, you can marry characters, and of course, spend hours farming.
There are three different towns with different native crops to try out, and you can mine for ore, too. A fun addition is being able to befriend wild animals and give them gifts to earn their friendship. It’s an all-around solid, well-loved game.
9. Rune Factory 4
Primarily an RPG with an anime-inspired art style, this game is significantly more story-based than Stardew Valley. Among their shared features are the farming, ability to marry, and exploration of dungeons. It’s also very craft-heavy. Your character can grow stronger from the various stat-boosting equipment that you create.
The dating events in this game are pretty in-depth and dramatic too, compared to the somewhat peaceful events in Stardew. Plus, you act as the ruler of the Selphia kingdom, able to make orders such as requesting events and even pushing back storms!
8. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
You may not run a farm in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but how about running an entire town? As the mayor, you will be responsible for the satisfaction of the villagers, the upkeep of the town, and having a say in several event decisions, such as firework displays.
The social aspect is similar to that of Stardew Valley; you can befriend villagers, send them gifts, or keep your distance. A fun feature is the ability to send letters; if you’re the kind of person who enjoys terrorizing virtual villagers, you’ll probably get a kick out of sending aggressively worded letters. You'll also receive a totally benign reply from the well-meaning townsfolk.
7. World’s Dawn
World’s Dawn is a great example of another game with a warm and relaxed atmosphere. You can tend to your farm, including crops and livestock, and it works in pretty much the same way you’ll be used to from Stardew Valley. You can also do some fishing, mining, and, of course, build relationships with the residents.
The festival minigames are a highlight, with various types available throughout the year, such as the LockBall Bash and Townsfolk Trivia. LockBall is actually a fun little game in itself with the ability to place bets when you play against another character.
This one isn’t a farming game, but the vibe it creates will remind you of Stardew anyway. The gameplay is a little different based on whether it’s day or night. During the day, your character runs a shop, managing employees and prices, and upgrading the store where necessary. There are once again villagers to interact with, and they may have specific needs as customers for your shop. You can also craft equipment and armor.
At night, there are other tasks to tackle, such as visiting different worlds with dungeons, collecting valuable items, and most importantly: fighting enemies and bosses.
5. Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale
Another game that involves running a shop, Recettear is eight years old now, but it still holds up well. The game sees you looking after a brand new item shop for adventurers, run by a girl named Recette and a fairy named Tear. You can choose where to source your stock: either from the various markets or from challenging enemy creatures for loot. You also decide the layout of the shop, setting prices for goods. The time management aspects are reminiscent of those in Stardew Valley, and despite the cutesy visuals, the RPG elements add some refreshing difficulty.
4. Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
For a more adventurous experience, try Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles. Described by some as Zelda meets Stardew Valley, the game features a mystical island open-world which you can explore, with beautiful visuals and peaceful music. For the most part, you must find magical sprites to help you get rid of a fierce fog called the Murk, which is destroying the environment and disrupting the inhabitants’ lives. There is farming, fishing, and crafting involved, so you’ll get your farming fix, but exploration is the focus here. There’s also a lack of combat, which is unusual but makes for a calm and enjoyable atmosphere.
3. My Time At Portia
A little different to the peaceful farming life of Stardew Valley, My Time at Portia is set in a post-apocalyptic world. Rather than trying to restore your grandfather’s farm, you’ll instead be trying to build up your father’s workshop, making it as extensive as you can. Naturally, crafting is a big part of gameplay.
The visuals are pretty different, however. Rather than pixel art, this game features 3D, almost cartoony graphics, but it still has charm. There are dungeons to explore, not to mention ancient ruins, and villagers with different personalities to be found. If crafting is your thing, give it a go.
2. Diaries Of A Spaceport Janitor
There's no farming to be seen in this game, but the daily grind-type gameplay is here. In Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor, you play as an “Alansee girlbeast” picking up trash on an alien planet, dreaming of a better life. The everyday tasks and existential themes are what ties it to Stardew Valley. While having a totally different setting, the pixelated aesthetic is similar, although 3D.
The repetitiveness of the gameplay can be a little too much; you may find that Stardew is better fleshed out. However, it does feature some cool, retro 8-bit-style music.
1. Fantasy Life
Fantasy Life features a wonderful, fantastical world, and a lot of choices of how to live in it. You can choose your lifestyle, as each of the 12 classes feature different skills, altering your gameplay. It features an open world, with many quests and crafting opportunities.
There’s one main storyline which can be followed at your own pace. You can leave some uncompleted, though it may affect the availability of some in-game areas. As you progress through the story, more charming characters will join you on your quest as you gradually grow stronger. With several different life paths, the replay value is high with this game.