Stardew Valley; Not Just Fun and Games

“You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life!”

Self Description from Steam

And what are you going to do with this new found inheritance in this whimsical town?
Make your grandfather proud while enjoying the game’s fantastic gameplay and soundtrack.

It’s a game that’s not only easy to play but easy to lose yourself in.  With simple controls and a dynamic storyline, this game will whisk you away to a world of relaxation and friendship. But it’s far from a child care free game. With in-depth character development, deeply realistic themes, and secret unlockable scenes and areas, this isn’t your average farming simulator.

It’s gained high ratings from several online reviewers including a 9.5/10 on IGN, a 10/10 on Steam and a 87% on MetaCritic.

“The core mechanics and relaxing aesthetic merge so well together that players will sink in to the experience and never want to leave,” describes Destructoid

“There’s a comfort in Stardew Valley that I’ve rarely found in other games….Whether you want to farm, fish, fight monsters, craft, mine, become everyone’s best friend, or do a little bit of everything, this farming adventure has plenty to offer,” Reviews Miranda Sanchez on IGN discussing it’s 9.5/10 score of Stardew Valley.

There’s more than just the game play especially when we’re discussing it on Switching Styles. There’s a wonderful soundtrack. The soundtrack is all thanks to Eric Barone.

In fact, the entire game is all thanks to Barone. The initial release of Stardew Valley was created by a single person. This includes all of the music, graphics, coding, writing, and so on. Barone is the mind and passion behind Stardew Valley, known by his online persona as “ConcernedApe,”. Taking inspiration from the beloved classic Harvest Moon (now called Story of Seasons), he created an entire world of creative and peaceful farming.

He is also the man behind the music of Stardew Valley. The soundtrack contains soft orchestral music which blends in really well with the visuals and gameplay.

“The music that changes with each season perfectly fits the mellowness of the 16-bit countryside town, and all the activities that await offer both peace in my daily routines and excitement in the land’s mysteries,” continues Miranda Sanchez in her review.

Check out the whole soundtrack on BandCamp, Steam, and Spotify. Below are some renditions of Barone’s work in StarDew Valley. Enjoy!

“Summer (Tropicala)” Jazz Cover by Craig Matterson Music

“Summer (Crescendo)” Guitar Cover by Ferdk

“Spring (It’s a Big World Outside)” Remix by InspirAspir

“The Wind Can Be Still” Violin cover by Patti Rudisill

“Raven’s Descent” Lo-Fi BeatREmix by not andromada

“Nocturne of Ice (Winter)” Acoustic Cover by Josiah Everhart

“The Lava Dwellers” Remix by Petpet

“Journey of The Prairie King” Remix by NoteBlock

“Spring (The Valley Comes Alive)” Orchestral Cover by The Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas

“Stardew Valley” Music Box Medley by BoxOfMusic

We want to know what you think about the Stardew Valley soundtrack! Comment Below!

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