David and I started playing Stardew Valley last week! It’s a great game. The controls do take a bit to get used to, and I also find the watering of the crops every day to be a bit cumbersome and repetitive. Still, I’m very impressed by the game! It has an old-school feel to it while still having really great graphics. And, there is an area where you can put your fighting skills to the test: the mines! What I’ve really found to be successful in the game is that you have to plan ahead in terms of what to carry around with you, as your backpack is limited in what you can hold. It was important for us to build a chest right away to put our extra stuff in, because if you don’t, you’ll quickly have nowhere to put stuff! We now have two chests.
When it comes to the mines, I’ve found that it’s really important to bring extra food. Once you get down to levels 31 and below you can get swarmed by bats, and your health can take a dip quickly. This is where planning ahead comes in. I’ve gotten to level 41 in the mines, but then died after a swarm of bats hit me. Whenever you die, you lose your recent progress in the mines. And since the elevator only goes to every fifth floor, this is a big deal! I myself need to be more careful down there and bring food and snacks that can increase my health and energy!
David and I also like foraging, fishing, and planting crab pots around the valley. Sometimes we catch things that are useful in the pots, but sometimes we catch trash too. It’s important to remember to use bait when using crab pots, which can be made from bug juice (I believe is the name of it), which can be found from killing bugs in the mines.
Fishing is one of my favorite parts of the game, but it takes some time to get used to it. You have to keep a fish in a green bar that you control with the controller. For me, this is challenging, but David does well with it.
We also are big, especially David, on completing the quests in the community center. You can get all kinds of rewards from doing that.
On our farm we have crops, four chickens, four cows, an apple tree, tree tappers, a bee hive, and more. It’s winter in our game right now so we’re going to work on building things that will produce goods from our raw materials. So far, we have started to produce jams.
If you haven’t tried Stardew Valley, I recommend it! It has something for everyone in it.
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