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The next few weeks mark the release of some enormous games -- Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, Hitman 2, Battlefield 5, Fallout 76, and a few other mega-hyped sequels -- which means that a few worthy and original titles will get lost in the shuffle.

If you're looking for something that doesn't revolve around shooting guns (not that there's anything wrong with that), then you might not even hear that Stardew Valley has just been announced for iOS and Android. And for iOS, it's coming just a few weeks from now, on October 24. There is no release date yet for Android. You can pre-order the iOS version on the App Store now, though there are no bonuses for doing so.

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This laid-back and charmingly colorful farming sim will cost $7.99, and it has no in-app purchases (IAPs) -- you get the whole thing for one nice price. The PC and console versions retail for $14.99, though they have multiplayer while the mobile version will not. However, the developer adds, "PC players can transfer their save data to the iOS version via iTunes" if those saves were not from a version of the game that was using third-party modifications.

Considering that a player could spend over 100 hours in the game, depending on how much they want to explore, $8 is a pretty reasonable price, especially since there are no IAPs lurking in the shadows.

Since Stardew Valley is 2D, it won't stress your device or drain its battery like a 3D shooter game would, so it should be playable on a variety of different phones and tablets. We're told that the mobile version will also have a new interaction method.

On Windows, you use a mouse, and the console versions use one of your gamepad's analog thumbsticks to simulate a mouse pointer. Stardew with a touchscreen may end up being the most efficient way to navigate the game, since you can tap on different spots faster than you can aim a mouse.

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This popular Harvest Moon-inspired farming game launched originally for Windows before expanding to Mac, Linux, and game consoles. So adding mobile devices was a logical next step. However, the developer, Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone, is essentially a one-man band.

To help distribute Stardew Valley to other platforms, Barone has been hiring external teams. For iOS and Android, a London-based developer named Secret Police is on the job, and he says that they have been "working closely with me for about a year." This team is "currently working on finishing up the Android version, and I hope to give you more news about an exact launch date soon."

Takeaways

  • The popular retro farming sim Stardew Valley is coming to iOS and Android. The iOS version comes out October 24, for $7.99 with no in-app purchases. The Android version does not yet have a release date.
  • A London developer named Secret Police has been hired to produce the mobile version, since the maker of Stardew Valley is just a single person, Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone.

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Tom McNamara is a Senior Editor for CNET's Download.com. He mainly covers Windows, mobile and desktop security, games, Google, streaming services, and social media. Tom was also an editor at Maximum PC and IGN, and his work has appeared on CNET, PC Gamer, MSN.com, and Salon.com. He's also unreasonably proud that he's kept the same phone for more than two years.