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The best games like Stardew Valley

A player fishes in their local pond.
ConcernedApe

Working the farm, forming relationships with the townsfolk, and just enjoying the vibe are what make Stardew Valley such a great game to settle into. Easygoing games like this have become incredibly popular — especially for those who don’t typically play games — but it can be hard to find more that offer that same type of experience if you don’t know where to look. The farming and life-sim genre has become a bit bloated as of late with games not quite as polished or fully featured as you would hope. We’ve worked the land and harvested only the ripest games like Stardew Valley to satisfy your desire for more farming-sim goodness.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons
83%
Platforms
Nintendo Switch
Genre
Simulator
Developer
Nintendo EPD Production Group No. 5
Publisher
Nintendo
Release
March 19, 2020
If we’re going to talk about games like Stardew Valley, it would be irresponsible not to bring up Animal Crossing: New Horizons. All the best elements you love from Stardew are present, and likely expanded, here. You have not only your own home and land to decorate and farm but you can even transform your entire island to your liking. The cast of villagers is smaller, but they’re charming and a joy to meet and make friends with.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Nintendo Switch Trailer - Nintendo E3 2019

Disney Dreamlight Valley

Disney Dreamlight Valley
80%
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Simulator, Adventure
Developer
Gameloft
Publisher
Gameloft
Release
December 05, 2023
One of the newer games, although it was in early access for a while, Disney Dreamlight Valley combines the farming and adventuring of Stardew with the world(s) of Disney. Your custom character needs to work with all  your favorite Disney characters to restore the valley back to form. Each character has their own quest and unlocks new items to use, with more Disney franchises being added all the time.
Disney Dreamlight Valley - Announcement Trailer

The Sims 4

The Sims 4
73%
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Simulator
Developer
The Sims Studio, Maxis
Publisher
Electronic Arts
Release
September 02, 2014
If it’s more of the life-sim aspects you enjoy rather than the farming, then there’s no better game to visit (or revisit) than The Sims 4. There’s a reason this game has been supported for so many years with almost countless additions and content packs added. It’s basically just the most robust and detailed doll house simulator possible, and we don’t mean that in a bad way. You can lose hundreds of hours living your best Sim life and not regret one second of it.
First Look: The Sims 4 Official Gameplay Trailer

Graveyard Keeper

Graveyard Keeper
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows)
Genre
Strategy, Indie
Release
August 13, 2022
We admit, the name Graveyard Keeper doesn’t exactly sound like a cozy game, but rest assured this fits right beside the likes of Stardew Valley. Just imagine Stardew, but replace your farm with a graveyard and you’re most of the way there. You need to restore a broken-down graveyard, tend to the graves, doing quests for NPCs, and make money with the goal of opening a portal back to your own dimension. Don’t worry, there are also some farming and fishing elements in there too.

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town
57%
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Simulator, Strategy
Developer
Three Rings Inc.
Publisher
Marvelous Europe Ltd., XSEED Games, Marvelous
Release
February 25, 2021
The Story of Seasons franchise has picked up where Harvest Moon left off, which itself was the inspiration for Stardew Valley. In Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town, your main character abandons the city life for the simpler lifestyle of the country by restoring their family’s old farm. Besides farming, there’s an entire town of NPCs to meet and marry, plus festivals and other events all the time to make the world feel that much more alive.
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town – Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase | October 2020

Fae Farm

Fae Farm
77%
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Nintendo Switch
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Simulator, Adventure
Developer
Phoenix Labs
Publisher
Phoenix Labs
Release
September 08, 2023
For a game like Stardew with a bit more of a fantastical flavor to it, check out Fae Farm. Set in the realm of Azoria, you will do the usual farming, crafting, and relationship building, but also cast spells and do some light combat. The world is bright and soft with adorable critters to interact with and cool ways to customize your character. This game feels like a response to all the requests people have from other sims all wrapped up in one cute package.
Announcement Trailer | Fae Farm
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When is Stardew Valley 1.6 coming to consoles?
A player fishes in their local pond.

There are few cozy games as successful and beloved as Stardew Valley, so it's no wonder it has received regular updates since its 2016 release. If you're a fan of the game, you've no doubt been looking forward to its new 1.6 update, which brings some pretty substantial changes and bug fixes to improve the gameplay experience. Unfortunately for some players, the update has only released on PC so far, meaning console players have been left wondering when they'll get an opportunity to see all of the fresh changes in the game. Here's what we know so far about when the Stardew Valley 1.6 update is coming to consoles.
When is Stardew Valley update 1.6 coming to consoles?
Unfortunately, we don't have an immediate answer regarding when Stardew Valley update 1.6 will land on consoles, though we do know it's on the way in the near future. In a social media post on April 26, developer ConcernedApe gave a minor update on the console versions of the newest update, saying, "Console and mobile ports are still in progress, thank you again for your continued patience!" This doesn't answer much, but it should at least give console players the peace of mind that the update is still headed their way and will be available as soon as possible.

In the meantime, you can check out Stardew Valley's 1.6 patch notes to see everything new in the update, which includes a wide variety of bug fixes, translation changes, and gameplay improvements that should make most players happy.

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The best Switch games for 2024
Zelda holding the decayed Master Sword in Tears of the Kingdom.

The Nintendo Switch has had a lot of success in the nearly six years since its release. The console-handheld hybrid has been on the market since 2017, and a slew of fantastic games from first- and third-party developers have launched over the course of the system's life cycle.

Heavy hitters such as The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, and Super Mario Bros. Wonder make the console a must-play while stellar indies fill out the roster. And some of the best games from previous Nintendo systems like NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, and Wii have modern entries in the Switch ecosystem.

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Is Disney Dreamlight Valley cross-platform?
A town landscape appears in Disney Dreamlight Valley.

Mixing the addictive gameplay of a life-sim like Animal Crossing with the world of Disney was guaranteed to result in a hit. Disney Dreamlight Valley had been in early access for a few years while it added in more content, characters, quests, and tons of items. Even now that it is out, Gameloft has no plans to abandon its loyal players. Even in its early access state, Disney Dreamlight Valley has always been available on all platforms, but as of December 2023, the game got a massive multiplayer update. Farming and questing with friends in the Valley is the best way to play, but how robust is its cross-platform support?
Is Disney Dreamlight Valley cross-platform?
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is a little complicated. The easy part is that Disney Dreamlight Valley allows for cross-saves between all platforms, which include PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Mac, and Switch. Feel free to start on any platform and migrate to another later.

Crossplay, on the other hand, has one strange restriction. Disney Dreamlight Valley supports crossplay between all platforms except for PlayStation players. That means PlayStation players are only able to play with other people on PlayStation, while everyone else can join regardless of platform. There has been no word on whether this restriction will be removed in the future, but hopefully PlayStation players will be able to join in on the fun with everyone else soon. Thankfully, since you can move your save easily, you don't have to start over if you began on PlayStation and want to take advantage of crossplay on other platforms.

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