Stardew Valley: a co-op Harvest Moon with marriage, monsters, randomly generated caves

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I never really played much Harvest Moon, but even I know that its bankrupting shopowner Tom Nook ranks somewhere between Eddie Murphy and Nick Clegg on the unpopularity scale. I'm intrigued by the farming RPG Stardew Valley (opens in new tab) , then, which so far doesn't appear to feature any greedy capitalist raccoon dogs, making up for this blessed omission with online co-op and a focus on the four Cs: Crafting, Cave-crawling, Customisation and Cmarriage. (The C there is silent). There's a brand new trailer after the break.

As IndieGames (opens in new tab) note, Stardew Valley broke into the Steam Greenlight Top 100 not too long ago, so there's a good chance it will be on there when it's done sometime this summer (though it can't help to add your support (opens in new tab) , if you're a fan.) The game's looking rather tremendous, boasting four-player co-op, randomly generated caves (with monsters), changing seasons, NPC relationships, and of course a goth standing on a beach enjoying a storm. Something for everyone, then.

Tom Sykes

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.