A story-driven Survival/ Farm RPG about learning to live after loss. Farm, Forage, Hunt & Craft (on casual or challenge mode) to survive in the deserts of 1860’s Oregon. Talk to NPCs & deepen your relationships, upgrade the homestead & explore while you unravel a story about love & tenacity.
Developer: Calamity Bay Games
Links: Website, Discord
Release Date: Jun 23, 2022
Status: Early Access
- Central mechanics include farming, crafting, cooking, hunting, chore assignment, exploring and socializing
- Unravel a mystery through the central story line
- Forge relationships- both romantic and non
- Fight & defend against magical monsters
- Cook & craft to maintain your homestead and character needs (health, morale, hunger, stamina)
Grain of salt that I have yet to play the game/experienced firsthand. According to the Steam store page, players must maintain hunger, stamina, and morale alongside their typical HP bar juggling. These needs are fulfilled mechanically by farming, hunting, and cooking, which is on par with basic survival needs.
Full disclosure, story - and farming!- games don't jive with my attention span. So I hadn't purchased the game to try, though I've been following it since before it entered early access. I've even spoken with the developers, a lovely husband/wife team who are very passionate about their game!
Their inspiration for the game is a blend of games like Don’t Starve and Stardew Valley. (These are also games I didn't click with at all, ha!)
So I can’t provide any feedback on the game at this time. However, I’m going to go ahead and give this a yay. The development team is dedicated AF to this game. I’ve watched them slay it at everything from engaging the community on Twitter/Discord/Reddit to powering through game development, QA, story-writing, and everything else involved in the process. They’ve always been as transparent as possible and, I feel, endeavored to set & convey realistic expectations, goals, and time frames.
Plus, there’s a fucking demo, so don’t be a lazy bum like me- check out the super positive Steam reviews and take a crack at the game!
- 3/14/23- Changelog added.