The Stardew Valley grew the gaming world’s love for the farming simulator RPG genre, and it will always have a special place in our hearts. I have been playing the game since its original release and reached year 10 in my first save and pushed myself for completing the community center upgrades in just a year for my second save, and also supported Jojamart just to let myself an excuse for a third save. Like many others, I was obsessed with the game for bringing the farm and life simulator genre to PC.
Over four years later, games blending farms with life and town simulation are growing. There is no shortage of games like Stardew Valley on PC right now, including even more in development. Some focus on building relationships and strengthening a town while others are all about crafting. Whichever end of Stardew Valley you like, there’s another similar game in our list to keep you entertained for just one more in-game day.
Now since there are plenty of available options to choose from, some are certainly better and worse than others. As I’m always on the lookout for new games, I made this list of games like Stardew Valley in their mechanics, genre and overall vibe.
10. Don’t Starve Together
Don’t Starve Together, the series sequel to the popular survival game. Don’t Starve, is a great Stardew Valley alternative that doesn’t have the same happy vibe. The game is a contrast to Stardew Valley, right from the drab and dull world to the condition of its citizens.
Much like its predecessor, Don’t Starve Together is an adventure survival title in which you do whatever it takes to survive as long as possible. You can explore the environment, gather supplies, craft items and build structures, to survive in the wretched lands.
9. Harvest Moon: Mad Dash
This title is a departure from the general Harvest Moon franchise. Harvest Moon: Mad Dash is all about doing things fast. Most of the practices that you expect to see in a farming simulator are here, but it’s all been divided up into timed mini-games. If you’re tired out on the same farming simulator genre games, there’s a much more casual approach here that might sway you back in.
Alike the 2-Player update on Stardew Valley, Mad Dash features a much more fun co-op mode. It fits with the free gameplay and makes it a great game for introducing your furiously time-draining addiction to farming simulators to your friends and family.
8. World’s Dawn
World’s Dawn is a game that really stays true to the source element. The game might be a little rougher around the edges than the developers, ConcernedApe’s creation, but all the similar mechanics and objectives are there. Befriend and marry villagers, produces and sell crops, frolic, and fish at festivals and work their way towards reigniting a poor, tired village.
The game’s a little quirky at times, especially because of its aspect ratio and the fact you can’t change your farm, but it’s still fairly lovely.
7. Slime Rancher
As a tradition, Slime Rancher begins with the lead character, Beatrix LeBeau being gifted land to take over. For the first time, it’s a slime ranch far far away from planet earth. As a newly taught slime rancher, Beatrix must build buildings for her slimes and grow plenty of crops and chickadoos to keep them alive.
Along the way, you’ll explore the Far Range so, upgrade your spacey-tools, and combine your slimes into new varieties. The game doesn’t have the same focus on relations with NPCs that other Stardew type games do but has plenty of exploration and customization.
6. Farm For Your Life
The game title might not sound cool, but the game is. Normally in farming simulators, you grow a farm and protect it from bad weather, expand your land, and sell the crops. This is always fun, but it can sometimes become a bit boring. But, in Farm for your Life, you never get bored as it offers a mixture of different genres in a single game.
You can grow a farm and expand it as a farming simulator and you also get to protect your farm from zombies by using defenses which also makes Farm for your life a tower-defense game, and in addition, you also run a restaurant. So, Farm for your Life is a weird (Good weird) mixture of different genres into one fun game that offers a little something for everyone.
Moonlighter is a great Stardew Valley alternative that you can play if you’re a fan of rogue-likes. In the game, you play as Will, an adventurous shop owner who has to stick to his shopkeeping duties during the day and give his fantasies of becoming a hero by night.
So, you have to juggle between both objectives quite efficiently and play it in a way that all of your actions are beneficial for both the situations. For eg, you can sell goods that you gathered in the dungeon at your shop for some extra profit, invest gold in better weapons which will help you clear dungeons efficiently. Moonlighter is a really fun game that you should definitely try out.
4. Dragon Quest Builders 2
Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a large improvement from its prequel in almost every way. If you’re new to the franchise, it’s a great mix of Minecraft and Stardew Valley in the unmistakable Dragon Quest art style. There’s more of a traditional quest structure, but you can continue farming and building even after you finish the main storyline.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a long game too. I managed to hunt down every last secret, side quest, etc, but even if you rush through, it will still take you 40-50 hours. It’s a nice treat playing this farming sim RPG that a major studio spent a lot of time putting together
3. Rune Factory 4
Rune Factory 4 is yet another game that offers a great mixture of farming simulation along with great RPG elements that make it a completely different game. The game has huge improvements over its previous parts by offering a better in-game marriage system and also gives the player a whole town to manage instead of a small farm area.
You are the charge of the town where your objective is to help improve the overall foundation of the town and also attract tourists. Apart from that, this game also offers different elements where you discover evil powers in nearby dungeons and help your citizens in defeating these evil forces.
2. Graveyard Keeper
In Graveyard Keeper you are planting corpses instead of crops. The lead character has become the new guardian of the medieval graveyard because of the potential death and will require to clean the place to discover his origins. You will spend time gathering supplies and building new tools for your graveyard to refine elements and exploit the deads dropped off in your yard.
Graveyard Keeper is more of a grind-ing crafting simulation than other Stardew type games, but it has that “one more day ” or “just a couple of minutes more” lure. You’ll just keep coming back to chop a few more trees and filter more materials. Graveyard Keeper also added a new DLC called “Stranger Sins” recently, that lets you manage your own tavern if you needed some extra stimulation with your crafting.
1. My Time At Portia
My Time at Portia is the best way to satisfy your Stardew-like cravings. My Time at Portia is like its next-generation cousin. Next-generation is relative of course, and in this case, I meant Playstation 1, not 5.
Unlike Stardew Valley, in My Time at Portia, you get to upgrade a whole town and not just your property. If you were looking to avoid the slow upgrading pace and the daily grind of farming and tasks, I’d recommend you try Dragon Quest Builders 2 instead.
The upside of this is that with the improved animations, there is an insane amount of customization available in buildings and fun objects to find. My Time at Portia is still getting support and updates, so it’s a good time to check it out.
I hope you loved our list of ‘Top 10 Games Like Stardew Valley To Play Right Now’. These games are purely ranked as per my experience which may vary from players to players. If you want more such Ranking Lists for other Series like Call Of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, Grand Theft Auto, etc, do let us know in the comments. If anyhow you disagree or agree with me, then do let me know in the comments. That’s it for this one! GG!