Stardew Valley iOS review
You might think that running a farm and talking to a bunch of demanding strangers might make you more anxious and stressed than excited and soothed. However, Stardew Valley’s successful mixture of repetition, adorable graphics, and calming music, make it a magical mobile game with a massive lifespan.
Is this new mobile version, the definitive port of the game? No, and for one major reason. But Stardew Valley is a lot of fun none the less.
Stardew Valley is a farming simulation game where take care of your late grandfather’s old farm. You need to plant and harvest crops. Spend time fishing, chat, give gifts to the villagers, work through the mines, and help Pelican town return to its former glory before the devious Jojo Mart came into the picture.
The game works its way through four seasons. Each of which offers up different fish, crops and wild items to harvest. You need to keep all of this in mind if you want help rebuild the community center, the heart of Pelican town.
By making friends with villagers you open up new chunks of narrative and can also receive gifts via mail. You might even woo, date, marry, or start a family with one of the 10 available bachelors and bachelorettes. And yes you can date more than one person at once. Naughty
On Stardew Valley mobile, the UI has been reworked to suit the touchscreen making it easy to access the menu, craft items, and keep an eye on your relationships and stats.
You get around by tapping your destination, or tapping and dragging where you want your character to go. The same goes for performing actions like harvesting berries, filling the soil, cutting down trees, and mining rocks.
If you are not fond of the new inventory bar in Stardew Valley on the left-hand side you can just use the standard layout. We were surprised by how good it looks. The graphics are just as bright and beautiful as ever. We played on an iPhone X and Stardew Valley runs like a dream.
However, while its brilliant to have Stardew Valley up and running on iOS, and available offline as well there is one glaring issue with It comparing to the recent switch version which we can’t overlook. The combat controls.
You do have the option to handle combat manually or use auto attack. But, either choice feels ideal. Given the size of your iPad or iPhone screen it’s incredibly easy to tap a creature to attack and accidentally tap a location so you move right next to it.
The auto controls do a better job but quickly become frustrating the further you get into the mine. When faced with massive groups of beats, it takes way too long to kill them. With bigger monsters like the duggy, your character stands in one place and swings their sword until they die while the duggy slowly kills you from beneath.
Since the mines are such a crucial part of advancing in Stardew Valley, these tricky controls are a real issue.
Now, we got no doubt that you are going to love the world, the farming, and the whimsy of Stardew Valley. It still offers up the same charm, same story, and the same addictive experience. We do hope the developers tweak the combat in future updates and that we get the perfect port that we were hoping for.
As it stands there is a weed in this cabbage patch that we cannot ignore, however, the cabbage is still delicious.
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