Stardew Valley for iOS is even better with new control options

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There's new control options for everyone in Stardew Valley.
Photo: Chucklefish Limited

Stardew Valley made its mobile debut just over a week ago, and it’s already getting a big update that adds a whole bunch of new control options. Those who didn’t like the tap-to-move control scheme can now enjoy a virtual joystick instead.

Stardew Valley is a perfect fit for iOS devices because it doesn’t really need physical controls like a lot of other games do. It’s just as enjoyable on a touchscreen as it is on PC or consoles. However, there was room for improvements in its touch controls.

Fortunately for fans of the popular farming simulator, its first update on iOS addresses this.

Stardew Valley gets a bunch of new control options

The new control options, detailed on the game’s Wiki page, offer something for everyone. Here’s what you have to choose from:

  • Tap-to-move & auto-attack: Tap anywhere on screen to move your character to that position. Tap on items to action them. Tap on resources to automatically select the right tool for the job. When a weapon is selected, you will automatically attack enemies.
  • Tap-to-move & attack joystick: Tap anywhere on screen to move your character to that position. When a weapon is selected, a joystick appears on the right side of the screen and you can drag it to swing in that direction.
  • Invisible joystick & two buttons: Drag on the left side of the screen to move your character in that direction. Use the two virtual buttons on the right side to perform actions and use tools or weapons.
  • Invisible joystick & one button: Drag on the left side of the screen to move your character in that direction. Use the single virtual button on the right side of the screen to use tools with a quick tap, or to perform actions with a tap and hold.
  • Tap-to-move + joystick & buttons: Tap anywhere on screen to move your character to that position or use the virtual joystick on the left side. Use the two virtual buttons on the right side to perform actions and use tools and weapons.
  • Tap-to-move + joystick & buttons (weapons only): Same as above except the controls only appear when a weapon is selected.
  • Tap-to-move + joystick: Tap anywhere on screen to move your character to that position or use the virtual joystick. No virtual buttons.

As you can see, there are control options for everyone here — however you choose to play. To switch between them, simply tap the new controls button along the top of the screen and then make a selection from the drop-down menu.

You can download the latest update for Stardew Valley from the App Store now. If you don’t already own the game, it’s priced at $7.99 — and well worth it!