Stardew Valley is a pretty fun indie game. Although it may seem like it's a simple farming game, there's actually a lot to do and a ton of little secrets hidden in this game. There are a lot of things that players can do from building relationships with the people in the nearby Pelican Town to going to the mysterious Calico Desert in order to try your hand at a little gambling. While farming is only a small piece of what players can do in the game, it's still definitely an important part of the game.
When starting a new save, players have a few options for what type of farm they want to be living on after they leave the big city for a simpler life. There's a brief description of each farm, but it's definitely not enough to really tell the player about the pros and cons of each farm map.
To see all the farm maps in Stardew Valley, ranked from the worst to the best, keep reading!
5 Hilltop Farm
The Hilltop Farm is one farm map that has some rally interesting quirks. This farm's most notable feature is the fact that it has several areas that are actually raised above the rest of the farm. There are slight steps up to these raised plateaus in multiple places and there's a single river running throughout the entire farm. One of these plateaus will spawn rocks and ore as the player levels up through the mining skill.
Even though having all that ore right there on the farm may be really appealing and seem pretty handy, it's actually not all that helpful for the player. The rocks and ore that spawn on that plateau aren't all that fast to spawn and, by the time you're seeing anything like Iron or Iridium, you've likely already encountered it in the mine and have plenty of it.
Using that space for crops, coops, ore barns may be a better option but this layout is still pretty limiting.
4 Wilderness farm
The Wilderness Farm is a unique farm layout for two reasons. The main things that set this farm apart from the other farm maps is the fact that after the sun goes down, monsters like those that are found in The Mines will start to spawn on your farm. This is helpful for anyone trying to level up their combat or increase their numbers for the Adventurer's Guild. Another thing that sets this map apart is the fact that that large pond will spawn lake fish like those found at the Mountain Lake.
While these aspects may be helpful to some players, the lake in the middle of the farm and the large cliff to the side really tend to limit the space that you have to work with on your farm. Plus, having monsters to deal with at night can limit the amount of peaceful time that you have on your farm to harvest crops and can be more of a nuisance than anything.
3 Forest Farm
For players that love to forage and harvest things out in the wilderness, the Forest Farm map is definitely a solid choice. This farm will spawn hardwood stumps and has a chance for different foraging items to be found in the clearing on the left side of the map. Pond fish, like those found in the Cindersap Forest pond, can be caught in the ponds on the farm and there's still a generous 1413 tiles on the farm where crops can be planted.
Despite its positive points, for players that care more about keeping crops than having animals, going fishing, and making Artisan Goods, the Forest Farm map can be slightly limiting. The large areas of grass can't be planted on and the hardwood stumps can just be in the way if you haven't upgraded your axe yet.
2 Riverland Farm
The Riverland Farm is one map that many Stardew Valley players tend to overlook when they're choosing their map. The idea of the entire farm being so broken up by rivers may seem like it's not something that's appealing, but for players that enjoy fishing, it can be helpful. Despite the broken up land, there are still 1578 tillable tiles on this map where crops can be planted and a generous amount of space for animals, beehives, and silos.
Although this map may be really versatile with the huge amount of rivers that are found on the farm, this map is still one that definitely isn't for everyone. For players that only fish to finish the Community Center or prefer to fish in other locations, this map may not be so good. We all know that time is limited in Stardew Valley and having to run all over those bridges to the different areas can seriously take a lot of it up.
1 Standard Farm
The Standard Farm is basically the "default" map in Stardew Valley. Although players do have to choose one and none of them are assigned by default, this map has no real quirks or anything to make it stand out from the other farms. The Standard Farm has 3472 tillable tiles and is more or less just a large, solid area of farmland for the player to do anything they like with.
This map has no quirks which may seem boring to some players but to others, that makes this a really simple map to play with. It means that you're not limited with where you place anything and your farm's layout is totally up to you. But for players that are looking for a challenge in Stardew Valley, the lack of unique features on the Standard Farm map may not be the best choice. This map is a good one to start out with when you're new but it's also a great one for when you definitely have an idea in mind for how you want to lay out your farm.