Games Like Stardew Valley

games like stardew valley

Games like Stardew Valley are challenging but fun simulation games that focus on building and management. Conflict, if it exists, is primarily against the environment or nature. The struggle is more about survival.

Inspired by the Harvest Moon series, the player created character inherits a plot of land and house once owned by their grandfather in the small settlement of Pelican Town. The farm is overgrown and the player must work to clear it, tend to livestock, and grow crops, to generate revenue and expand the farm.

In addition to the normal farming routine, players can also fish, cook, craft items, explore mines and caves, and battle the creatures inside them. Quests allow them to earn rewards such as money, seeds, and tools. They can also interact with fellow inhabitants of Pelican Town and even marry a local. All of the above activities must be carefully balanced against the player’s health and exhaustion level as well as the game’s own internal clock.

If Stardew Valley is your thing, perhaps you’ll enjoy some of the similar games on our list.

10 Best Games Like Stardew Valley

World’s Dawn
Restore life to the sleepy village of Sugar Blossom. Build friendships and find love amongst a quirky and endearing cast of 32 villagers, each with their own individual personalities and dialogue. Tend to livestock, plant and harvest crops, compete in festivals, mine, fish, discover magical secrets and much more!

World’s Dawn

World’s Dawn preview

Restore life to the sleepy village of Sugar Blossom. Build friendships and find love amongst a quirky and endearing cast of 32 villagers, each with their own individual personalities and dialogue. Tend to livestock, plant and harvest crops, compete in festivals, mine, fish, discover magical secrets and much more!

About the game:
Released: 25 Jan, 2016
Genre: Casual, Indie, RPG, Simulation
Platforms: PC
Developer: Wayward Prophet
Publisher: Wayward Prophet
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz equivalent
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: Runs at 544×416
  • Storage: 90 MB

Metacritic Rating: n/a

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 32 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra / Hours
  • Completionist 51 Hours
  • All Styles 40 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Agriculture, Anime, Casual, Dating Sim, Female Protagonist, Indie, RPG, Romance, Simulation, Singleplayer

 

Rune Factory 4
In the aftermath of a battle, take charge of the town of Selphia and gain the trust of its people. Manage the running of the town with dungeon exploring and combat. Craft equipment, woo lovers to marriage, use Orders to rule your town. Arm allies to explore with you and defeat the mysterious force at work in the dungeons.

Rune Factory 4

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In the aftermath of a battle, take charge of the town of Selphia and gain the trust of its people. Manage the running of the town with dungeon exploring and combat. Craft equipment, woo lovers to marriage, use Orders to rule your town.

About the game:
Released: 19 Jul, 2012
Genre: RPG, Simulation
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Developer: Neverland Co.
Publisher: Marvelous AQL
System Requirements:

Metacritic Rating: 78

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 59 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 98 Hours
  • Completionist 196 Hours
  • All Styles 83 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Adventure, Anime, Character Customization, Crafting, Dungeons, Exploration, RPG, Simulation, Singleplayer

 

Harvest Moon
The inspiration for Stardew Valley, Harvest Moon is the first game to come to mind when players think of farm simulators. With your father absent, the player has to take charge of a farm fallen into disrepair. Balancing their time between foraging, fishing, farming, and raising livestock, the player faces numerous challenges.

The players begin with basic tools but can buy more. Income is made by selling items such as crops or whatever they’ve gathered. The player can also buy animals and attend festivals. Players have the option to court townspeople and can take a spouse. The game features the four seasons and randomly occurring natural disasters can also happen.

A classic of the farm simulation genre, everyone needs to play Harvest Moon at least once.

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon preview

Take charge of a farm fallen into disrepair and restore it to its former glory. Divide your time between farming, raising livestock, foraging, and fishing. Face the challenges of different seasons, upgrade your tools, balance your income, and socialize with your fellow townspeople.

About the game:
Released: 9 Aug, 1996
Genre: Farming, Simulation
Platforms: SNES, Nintendo Wii
Developer: Amccus
Publisher: Natsume, Nintendo
System Requirements:

Metacritic Rating: n/a

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 28 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 62 Hours
  • Completionist / Hours
  • All Styles 35 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Adventure, Economy, Farming, Fishing, Nature, RPG, Resource Management, Seasons, Simulation, Singleplayer

 

Terraria
This 2D adventure sandbox focuses on exploration and combat. The gameplay evokes memories of classics such as Minecraft and Metroid Prime. The player starts with three tools in a unique procedurally generated world. Using their shortsword for combat, their pickaxe for mining, and axe for woodcutting. Using these they can harvest more resources and craft items. They can also battle enemies and hunt monsters.

The game encourages building and NPCs can be sourced to occupy structures, with merchants, nurses, and wizards all available as allies.

Terraria

Terraria preview

In this fun, colorful side-scrolling building game, you will start with almost nothing but a set of basic tools, and you need to gather resources to not only build up a village populated with NPCs and merchants, you also need to defeat powerful bosses to earn legendary weapons and armor.

About the game:
Released: 16 May, 2011
Genre: Action, Adventure, Indie, RPG
Platforms: iOS, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Wii U, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, PC, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, MacOS, Linux, Android
Developer: Re-Logic
Publisher: Re-Logic
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows Xp, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10
  • Processor: 2.0 Ghz
  • Memory: 2.5 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 128MB VRAM, capable of Shader Model 2.0+
  • Storage: 200 MB

Metacritic Rating: 83

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 41 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 78 Hours
  • Completionist 163 Hours
  • All Styles 97 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: 2D, Action, Adventure, Atmospheric, Co-op, Crafting, Exploration, Indie, Multiplayer, Online Co-op, Open World, Pixel Graphics, RPG, Sandbox, Singleplayer, Survival

 

Starbound
Play as a survivor of the destruction of Earth in a lone space shuttle. This vast sandbox universe is yours to explore, using the shuttle to ferry yourself from planet to planet. Exploring rewards the player with new weapons, armor, and items, as well allowing them to discover new settlements to visit and trade with.

As well as offering story-based missions and quests, Starbound also allows the player to terraform the land, farm and sell crops, build settlements, and even charge rent to traveling NPCs. The procedural generation ensures that no two playthroughs are the same. It is a space adventure unlike any other.

Starbound

Starbound preview

Operate your space-faring enterprise from a starship as you beam down to a seemingly infinite number of different planets to gather resources to craft and upgrade your gear into even better versions of themselves. IN this 2D side scrolling adventure, you will discover places and fight monsters, in addition to battling the very elements of the planet itself.

About the game:
Released: 22 Jul, 2016
Genre: Action, Adventure, Casual, Indie, RPG
Platforms: PC, MacOS, Linux
Developer: Chucklefish
Publisher: Chucklefish
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP or later
  • Processor: Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB graphics memory and directx 9.0c compatible GPU
  • Storage: 3 GB

Metacritic Rating: 81

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 19 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 56 Hours
  • Completionist 263 Hours
  • All Styles 51 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: 2D, Action, Adventure, Atmospheric, Co-op, Crafting, Exploration, Indie, Multiplayer, Open World, Pixel Graphics, RPG, Sandbox, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Space, Survival

 

Fantasy Life
Investigate the mysterious events following the fall of Doomstones across the once peaceful world of Reveria. Fight monsters and explore the world. Choose from one of twelve Life classes, with the option to swap between them as you need. Unlock bonuses and new skills as you fulfill the king’s request to investigate the strange occurrences across the land.

Fantasy Life

Fantasy Life preview

Investigate the mysterious events following the fall of Doomstones across the once peaceful world of Reveria. Fight monsters and explore the world. Choose from one of twelve Life classes, with the option to swap between them as you need. Unlock bonuses and new skills.

About the game:
Released: 27 Dec, 2012
Genre: RPG, Simulation
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Developer: Level-5
Publisher: Nintendo
System Requirements:

Metacritic Rating: 73

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 31 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 63 Hours
  • Completionist 139 Hours
  • All Styles 56 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Adventure, Exploration, Fantasy, Multiplayer, RPG, Simulation, Virtual World

 

RimWorld
Construct a colony with your three survivors of a space liner crash on a remote world. Tame animals, fashion structures and items, fight pirate raiders and other threats, trade with ships and merchants. Watch as your colonists build and break relationships between each other. Enjoy watching the story grow and develop in a fashion similar to Dwarf Fortress.

Colonists join your colony through free will or can be coerced if captured. The AI storyteller mechanic plays random events such as solar flares or pirate raids to help and hinder the player. The eventual aim is to construct a spaceship and escape the planet. Players wishing to continue may have a new character come across the ruins of their colony.

RimWorld

RimWorld preview

Construct a colony from your three survivors of a shipwreck on a remote world. Tame animals, fashion structures and items, fight pirate raiders and other threats, trade with ships and merchants. Watch as your colonists build and break relationships between each other. Enjoy watching the story grow and develop.

About the game:
Released: 16 Jul, 2016
Genre: Early Access, Indie, Simulation, Strategy
Platforms: PC, MacOS, Linux
Developer: Ludeon Studios
Publisher: Ludeon Studios
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 MB VRAM
  • Storage: 500 MB

Metacritic Rating: n/a

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 11 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra / Hours
  • Completionist / Hours
  • All Styles 11 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: 2D, Action, Atmospheric, Base Building, Building, Crafting, Early Access, Indie, Moddable, Open World, Pixel Graphics, Sandbox, Sci-fi, Simulation, Singleplayer, Space, Strategy, Survival

 

Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Take charge as the mayor of a small town populated with anthropomorphic animals. Using Ordinances and Public Works Projects, collect funds to construct new objects and facilities for your citizens. You can choose to mold the town however you wish by passing laws. In between, explore your home, build a house, play games, and socialize!

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Animal Crossing: New Leaf preview

Take charge as the mayor of a small town populated with anthropomorphic animals. Using Ordinances and Public Works Projects, collect funds to construct new objects and facilities for your citizens. Pass laws to mold the town as you wish. In between, explore your home, build a house, play games, and socialize!

About the game:
Released: 8 Nov, 2012
Genre: Simulation
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Publisher: Nintendo
System Requirements:

Metacritic Rating: 88

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 90 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 182 Hours
  • Completionist 390 Hours
  • All Styles 158 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Adventure, Cartoon, Character Customization, Economy, Exploration, Multiplayer, Simulation, Singleplayer

 

Aven Colony
Explore the alien planet of Aven Prime with its vast deserts, jungles, and tundra. Take charge of mankind’s first extrasolar colony where you will expand them from humble beginnings to massive sprawling metropolises. Survive differing biomes and their bizarre alien inhabitants. Manage every aspect of your colony to ensure success. The game itself is a challenging but rewarding experience that allows play through a story-driven campaign and a more open sandbox mode.

Aven Colony

Aven Colony preview

Explore the alien planet of Aven Prime with its vast deserts, jungles, and tundra. Take charge of mankind’s first extrasolar colony where you will expand them from humble beginnings to massive sprawling metropolises. Survive differing biomes and their bizarre alien inhabitants. Manage every aspect of your colony to ensure success.

About the game:
Released: 25 Jul, 2017
Genre: Indie, Simulation, Strategy
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Developer: Mothership Entertainment LLC
Publisher: Team17 Digital Ltd
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 470 or AMD Radeon HD 7850
  • Storage: 25 GB

Metacritic Rating: 65

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 14 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra / Hours
  • Completionist / Hours
  • All Styles 14 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: City Building, Indie, Sci-fi, Simulation, Singleplayer, Strategy

 

Don’t Starve
Survive in a harsh wilderness after becoming trapped. Exploit the environment and its inhabitants in your struggle to survive. Craft, hunt, farm, research, and fight to live. Choose from one of several characters trapped in this dark and disturbing world.

The day-night cycle hampers the player’s actions. While they can explore and forage freely during the day, nighttime brings monsters and an invisible menace, forcing players to stay near a light source. This unique mixture of roguelike and survival gameplay is equally challenging and rewarding for players.

Don’t Starve

Don’t Starve preview

Choose from one of a multitude of characters, each with their own unique abilities, to survive in the wilderness, fending off monsters, the winter, and even monsoons. Adventure all around the land collecting strange artifacts to battle monsters and solve the mystery behind your sudden appearance on this deserted island.

About the game:
Released: 23 Apr, 2013
Genre: Adventure, Indie, Simulation
Platforms: iOS, Xbox One, Wii U, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, PC, MacOS, Linux, Android
Developer: Klei Entertainment
Publisher: Klei Entertainment
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
  • Processor: 1.7 GHz or better
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Radeon HD5450 or better with 256 MB VRAM
  • Storage: 500 MB

Metacritic Rating: 79

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 37 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 87 Hours
  • Completionist 177 Hours
  • All Styles 59 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: 2D, Action, Adventure, Crafting, Difficult, Exploration, Horror, Indie, Moddable, Multiplayer, Open World, Perma Death, Sandbox, Simulation, Singleplayer, Survival, Top-Down

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