Stardew Valley became a sensation when it was released in 2016 and quickly conquered Steam’s charts to become one of the most played games of the year.
The critics’ response was equally impressive. In fact, Stardew Valley’s Mac version easily earned a spot among our 10 Best simulation games for Mac. But instead of enjoying the success, developer ConcernedApe continues to work hard on his game.
In case you haven’t head, Stardew Valley is a charming farming simulation that lets you build and manage your very own farm.
Developed for Mac by Chucklefish (the team behind Starbound), Stardew Valley just received a huge free update, giving us all one more good reason to check it out.
What’s new with Stardew Valley? On August 1st, the game received its long-awaited Multiplayer update. Along with tons of new content and improvements, you can finally play the game on co-op with up to 3 friends! You can read more about it below.
Stardew Valley is a pixelated farming simulator about a boy who inherits a farm from his grandfather. From there, the boy will have to learn how to care for it and bring it back to greatness.
You could easily discard it as simply a PC version of the Harvest Moon games, but the game doesn’t stop there. Stardew Valley gives players more control over the design of their farms, the kinds of animals and crops to raise, and also introduces more interesting NPCs.
The incredible story of one man, four years, and fame
Stardew Valley is a good game, no doubt. But what I find truly fascinating is the story behind it. The game was quietly developed by one man over the course of four years.
From there, the game quickly earned a spot among Steam’s top-selling games. It has a subreddit with over 200,000 subscribers and glowing reviews from both the press and gamers:
Since the game was released, it continues to receive top-notch support in the form of free updates. The latest to date is the Multiplayer update and includes:
- 4 Player Farming – Invite 1-3 players to join you as ‘farmhands’ via Steam and/or LAN.
- Work Together – Work together to achieve common goals such as farming, mining, fighting, fishing, foraging and festival participation.
- Scalable Difficulty – Scale the profit margin of produce sold to change the difficulty level of a multiplayer farm.
- Multiplayer Marriage – Farmhands can choose to woo Pelican Town’s NPCs, or craft a wedding ring to propose to a fellow Player.
- Chat Box & Custom Emojis – Communicate using the new chat box feature with colored text and nearly 200 custom Stardew Valley emojis.
And every single one of these features supports MacOS. Stardew Valley is the perfect example of a Mac port done right. The game is absolutely the same on Windows, MacOS and Linux.
If you’re into simulation games or simply wonder why everyone loves Stardew Valley so much, you can grab a copy on Humble Bundle.
By the way, Humble Bundle’s version includes all the nice Steam features you’d expect, such as Steam cloud saves and the ability to play the game on Windows, Mac and Linux: