The breezy farming sim Stardew Valley is laid-back in its nature. Running a farm and earning a profit is relatively easy, and further fulfils the fantasy of leaving our responsibilities behind and escaping to a more relaxing life. However, modder Juanpa98ar wanted to create a “more difficult and realistic experience” of farming life, and so has created Hardew Valley—a mod that changes the cutesy farming sim to labour intensive grind. 

It might seem counterintuitive to the game’s core, but Stardew Valley fans have always found ways to make the game more challenging. Players have created their own sets of rules to follow, like Wafflebro’s 5th Candle Challenge, and there are hardcore mods that crank the enemy damage up 200 percent.

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