First Impressions: Staxel – Craft Your Own Farm

What is Staxel?

Staxel is a creative farming and village life game — think Minecraft mixed with Stardew Valley. Like other games of the sort, you’re the newest resident in a small town and you’re tasked with fixing up an abandoned farm. You gather resources, prep the building supplies, and create a farm that’s unique to you.

What’s so great about it?

  • Character customization: At the Early Access stage, you can choose from three races and two genders. Your hair and skin color, hair style, shirt design, and outfit colors are all customizable when creating a new game.
  • The soundtrack is playful and sweet.
  • You can play online with friends. (I haven’t personally tested this yet — but I’ll be back after the Early Access launch to report! Anyone want to play with me?)
  • It combines all of the freedom of Minecraft with the addictive farming components of games like Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley. “I can’t go to bed yet! I’m almost done with my barn, and when I’m done with my barn, I can unlock something else!” You know the feeling.
  • You can catch fairly realistic bugs. I’m biased, because I’m a bug nerd, but any game that encourages people to notice and learn more about IRL nature is cool in my book.
  • There’s an option to steal. Right out of the gate, I stole a whole bunch of money from the dude who gave me my dog. The game told me there’d be consequences, but so far, I haven’t noticed any. I’m curious to see how that plays out going forward.
  • The town’s carpenter/construction worker is female. Representation and such.
  • Kids will love this. I prayed that my roommate’s children wouldn’t come down and see me playing, otherwise, they’d never leave. However, there’s enough problem-solving and maturity in the game that adults will enjoy it, too.
  • You can use the toilets in the game. I don’t know. That just seemed like an interesting addition to me.

When is Staxel available?

Staxel launches in Early Access today, January 23rd, on the Steam and Humble Bundle marketplaces.

(Staxel, Humble Bundle)
(Staxel, Humble Bundle)


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