Do the new Stardew?
It is currently Early Access but the reviews are outstanding = 92% positive right now on 4,000 reviews. Updates are frequent and I have not encountered a single bug in 15 hours of play.
This has been mentioned on the indie thread but it probably deserves its own thread. My Time at Portia (MTaP) is another take on the Harvest Moon genre, this time concentrated more on detailed crafting than farming. The setting is a bit odd in that the world is post-apocalyptic but green, sunny and charming. The music and voices are appropriately upbeat. Civilisation is back to a largely agrarian economy and you are placed in the role of a builder. Your father left a ramshackle house and it is up to you to improve the community, your lot in life and I suppose you can guess the rest of it. You chop trees, mine, build, farm, fish and the like. It has the same talk/gift relationship system as Stardew Valley as well.
The differences in game play are considerable however. This is played from an over-the-shoulder 3rd person perspective so you are far closer to the world. The graphics are cartoon-ish and colorful but much more modern than Stardew. This game is focused more on building and crafting than farming and the recipes are far more detailed. For instance, early in the game I was asked to make a “dee-dee” (think of a 3 wheeled golf cart). This recipe required:
1 Small Engine (acquired by exploring the mines)
3 Rubber Tyres (rubber from a tree, 2 bronze bars made by smelting copper and tin)
5 Copper Bars (easy)
2 Single Seats (wood made into planks + 1 leather which is made from 2 plant fibers and 2 furs, where fiber is picked and furs from slain multi-colored goats)
6 Fiber Cloth (2 worn furs and 2 plant fibers each)
5 Glass (made from sand)
It took no fewer than 3 different crafting stations to make these items before I could put them together. That is a relatively simple recipe. Most of your missions come from a community request board where you can choose what you want to make from a few selections. Or you can just do your own thing. Of course you enhance your stations, expand your plot of land, continue to delve into deeper and more dangerous areas, make more complex stuff, beautify your house and get to know the natives. I have no idea if there is an endgame but frankly I do not really care as this appears to be the next Stardew Valley-type hit.