In between the usual mundane tasks like watering crops, feeding livestock and attending village festivals, though, players interact with richly developed neighbors, and can even romance a number of them.
These bachelor and bachlorettes include Alex, the cute jock who likes to talk about his workout routines, and Leah, an artist trying to build up the courage to show her work to the public.
Sebastian is a rebellious loner who lives in his parents’ basement, while Maru is outgoing and has a passion for creating gadgets.
And, in a step that’s still all-too-rare in online gaming, You can marry characters of either sex.
Once you’re hitched, your spouse will occasionally help you take care of your farm while finding ways to express their love. You can even adopt children if your farm is making enough money.
Developed by ConcernedApe and published by Chucklefish Games, Stardew Valley is definitely striking a chord with gamers: On Steam, one of the most popular online game hubs, it’s selling better than big studio releases like Far Cry Primaland Tom Clancy’s The Division.
“It’s my favorite genre of game, and finally getting to romance a dude as a dude has made me so happy,” says a commenter on the gaymer reddit. “Sebastian is nearly identical to my real bf.”
Check out the trailer for Stardew Valley below.