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Farmer in my Pocket: Stardew Valley is coming to iOS October 24, Android port will follow soon

Image source: Chucklefish blog
Image source: Chucklefish blog
The uber-popular indie farming simulator Stardew Valley is getting an iOS port this month. The title is up for pre-order on the Apple App Store now and will be available for download October 24 for US$7.99. An Android port will be coming soon. If you haven't tried one of the many ports of the excellent farming/relationship-building/role-playing game, you can check it out on your iPhone later this month.

Indie games have seen unprecedented success over the past few years thanks to the easy distribution avenues available to developers. However, few indie titles can claim the level of success enjoyed by Stardew Valley. The farming simulator is available on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, and has been ported to all three major consoles of this generation (PS4, XBox One, Switch). As of January this year, the title had sold over 3.5 million copies. The sales are sure to continue into the rest of this year as well; Stardew Valley will come to iOS this month and will see an Android release in the near future.

For those that haven’t yet played Stardew Valley, it can be thought of as a spiritual successor to Nintendo’s storied Harvest Moon series. Players take control of a corporate drone who has just inherited a farm from his recently deceased grandfather. It’s up to the player to clean up the disheveled farm, plant crops, and turn a profit in order to make Grandfather proud.

At first glance, the game seems to be focused on farming, but the bulk of the player’s time will likely be spent interacting with the inhabitants of the nearby village of Pelican Town. There’s plenty of other distractions, quests, and tasks to keep players busy. There’s a mine to be explored, fish to be caught, town features to be repaired, friends to be made, and (over time) a spouse to be courted and married.

The iOS port will drop in the Apple App Store October 24, thought the title is currently available for pre-order for US$7.99 (£7.99, €8.99). That price will get the full title; there are no in-app purchases or ads. The UI has been rearranged to better suit touch controls, but the game is otherwise untouched. All features up to and including the 1.3 update will be included. As a nice touch, players that already have a farming empire can transfer their existing save files to the iOS port. Sadly, the new multiplayer functionality will not be available on mobile, and mods will not be supported.

According to publisher Chucklefish, an Android port should be coming soon.

The UI and controls have been slightly tweaked for touchscreens.
The UI and controls have been slightly tweaked for touchscreens.
All content up to version 1.3, including the Winter Night Market, is included in this port.
All content up to version 1.3, including the Winter Night Market, is included in this port.

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Sam Medley, 2018-10-11 (Update: 2018-10-11)
Sam Medley
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.