Stardew Valley – Comprehensive Review

Transfiguring Adoption’s Overview:

After working at a seemingly dead-end job, you decide to move to the town of Stardew Valley where your Grandpa has left you an old farm. Clear the farm debris, plant crops, raise animals, cultivate relationships with the other town villagers, and help the Valley thrive. The game is a slow-paced, casual farming simulator with light combat, crafting, and mining.

This game is one of my favorites. Inspired by games like the Harvest Moon series, it scratches that itch of an old time farming simulation, but updates it and adds great depth with its characters’ story lines and progression. Even with over 400 hours in game through multiple playthroughs, I still find surprises and reasons to come back. 

The target age range for this game per the ESRB rating is 10+. Younger children may be attracted to the game due to the colorful art style and relaxed gameplay, but the game does contain mild language, violence, use of alcohol and tobacco, simulated gambling, and some heavy topics that children may not…

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About the Author: Keri Barone

Keri lives in Orlando, FL with her husband. She is passionate about children and has been helping/taking care of them since she was a little girl. Keri comes from a family of 5 brothers and sisters including an adopted brother. Her mother has a passion for Genealogy and has done adoptee research helping people find loved ones. Having 10 nieces and nephews, Keri often researches information on TV shows, movies, and games to see if appropriate for their ages. Keri then became interested in writing reviews to help other adults find suitable content for their children, especially those who may have triggers due to trauma they have experienced. When Keri isn’t working, you can find her playing video games, reading, watching movies, and looking for pieces to grow her Harry Potter collection.

**Transfiguring Adoption is a nonprofit organization seeking to nurture growth in foster and adoptive families by giving a HOOT about their families. Transfiguring Adoption does not intend for its reviewers nor its review to be professional, medical or legal advice. These reviews and discussion guides are intended to help parents to better be able to connect and understand their children who come from traumatic backgrounds.

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