Brilliant farming RPG Stardew Valley arrives on iOS


Stardew Valley
You could say the game's outstanding in its field. You know, like a farmer. Out standing.
Photo: Chucklefish Limited

Looking for a fun game to get you through the rest of the week? You’re in luck if so, since massively popular farming RPG Stardew Valley just landed in the App Store, optimized for iPhone and iPad.

And it’s every bit as great as you’d hope. Check out the trailer below.

If you’ve never played Stardew Valley before, but immediately get flashbacks to receiving thousands of Farmville invites on Facebook, don’t worry. This isn’t a game loaded with in-app purchases (it has none), and is actually a whole lot of fun to play.

It originally launched on PC at the start of 2016, and quickly made a name for itself. In the game, you inherit a derelict farm which previously belonged to your grandpa. You then have to turn it around to make it successful again — but in the process carry out a bunch of RPG-style sidequests like collecting artifacts for a museum or exploring mines.

It’s incredibly open-ended, and really absorbing in a way that many pick-up-and-play games, especially on mobile, are not. Seriously, it’s superb!

A darn-near perfect port

While I haven’t been able to fully delve into the mobile port, it looks to be pretty darn perfect. Given that the developers had already proven as much with the Nintendo Switch version, that’s not too much of a surprise. But it’s certainly a welcome turn of events.

“It’s the full game, not a cut-down version, and plays almost identically to all other versions,” developer Eric Barone previously explained in a blog post. “The main difference is that it has been rebuilt for touchscreen gameplay on iOS.”

If you’ve been playing it on Mac or PC, you can transfer your save data across via iTunes. While mods aren’t supported in the iOS version, that’s great news for anyone who has plowed dozens (or even hundreds) of hours into this game already.

Stardew Valley is priced at $7.99 in the App Store. As noted, that’s for the full version of the game without any in-app purchases, so you won’t need to worry about breaking the bank. Are you a fan of this game? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.