If you’re unfamiliar with Stardew Valley, it’s an incredibly in-depth simulation game where players are tasked with taking over a small, failing farm, working to bring it back to prosperity by planting and tending crops, raising animals, and crafting goods to sell.
Similar to games like Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley also lets players fight monsters to earn money, mine ores, fish, get to know townspeople, and engage in social activities in the town. The game cycles through different seasons with various crops and activities to partake in as the game progresses through the years, so there’s always something new and exciting to do.
Stardew Valley offers hundreds of hours of gameplay, and there are no in-app purchases to deal with. A farming simulation might not sound appealing, but Stardew Valley sucks players in with crop and farm strategies, min/maxing profit each season, engaging combat, a never-ending list of achievements to earn, and so much more.
The mobile version of Stardew Valley is the full version of the game that “plays almost identically to all the other versions, but with the addition of touch-based controls suitable for the iPhone and iPad.
All single-player content from the 1.3 patch is available, but Stardew Valley for iOS does not support multiple players. If you’ve previously played Stardew Valley on PC or Mac (it first came out in 2016), you will be able to transfer your save data to iOS using iTunes.
Ahead of the launch of Stardew Valley, our sister site TouchArcade was able to go hands-on with the game, and TouchArcade editor-in-chief Eli Hodapp posted an in-depth review earlier today.
According to Hodapp, compared to the desktop version, the mobile port of Stardew Valley is “about as good as it possibly could be.” It’s a full-fledged game and while the control system isn’t “super ideal,” it still “more than gets the job done.”
Tapping on the screen moves your character, while a toolbar lets you change the item you have equipped. Auto-combat is enabled by default, and whenever you’re in range of an enemy, your character will swing automatically. It can get “wonky” though, says Hodapp, if you run into threatening enemies. Luckily, there’s an option for manual contact.
It’s best to play on an iPad because navigation can be difficult on an iPhone, but it’s doable. All in all, Stardew Valley received TouchArcade’s highest recommendation.
This game is so good it’s stupid, and is my most played game on my Switch. As I mentioned in the preview, the best version of Stardew Valley is the one you have with you, so even with some minor control issues at launch, I wouldn’t be surprised if I also clock in hundreds of hours of play in this version of the game. Again, if you’re the kind of person who often complains about free to play games and the lack of depth in mobile games, do not hesitate to put your money where your mouth is and buy Stardew Valley