A very cute and addictive farming sim. It has a nice feature that it shows where to go for a quest on the map. No missable achievements and completion takes around 25h.
Approximate amount of time to 100%: 25h
Estimated achievement difficulty: 1/10
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
Is there a good guide available: I wrote this guide
Multiplayer achievements: No
Missable achievements: No
Grinding Achievements: No
DLC-Only achievements: No
Speedrun achievements: No
Time-gated achievements: No
Does difficulty affect achievements: No difficulty option
Unobtainable/glitched achievements: No
Everdream Valley is an awesome and very addictive farming sim. You’ll spend some time on the farm of your grandparents, who haven’t done anything with it lately because of their old age. So your help is very welcome and it is up to you to clean up and get some animals back to the farm.
For the most part, the quests will lead you through the next thing you need to do to make progress. However, it will happen that you get quests for areas you can’t get to yet and have to figure out how to get there. Most of the time it is smart to focus on other quests you have in your backlog and later get back to those that are in areas you can’t reach at this moment. Wondering how you know when you can’t do a quest just yet… well it has a very helpful in-game system that will show you on the map where you need to go for the next step in that quest. And if you have no idea how to progress further because you do not have enough money or the right tool (aka a pickaxe)… Maybe catch some bees to start a new questline.
Some things that are in Everdream Valley can use a bit of a QoL feature, like cooking more of the same dish at once, easier to guide animals back to your farm, and having a button that transports you back to your farm. I also wonder why there is already a “DLC” button in-game while there isn’t any DLC just yet. And last but not least, the game has some long loading times when starting the game and loading your save file, but after that, there are no loading times anymore, so that is great!
This might all sound very negative, but believe me the game is so cute and addictive. I played quite a bit in the earlier hours of daily life days just because I couldn’t stop and just wanted to finish this task, and before I know it I did another task and another one. And I want to give a shoutout to the developer/publishers for how active they are on Discord and on the Steam forums. They are working very hard to squash every bug that has been found and most of them should be gone with the day 1 patch.
Another thing that should be standard but isn’t with farming sim games, you can save anywhere through the pause menu. You don’t have to wait for the game to save when you sleep, you also can have multiple save files. This can help you quite a lot when you’re unsure what to do and want to try it out with trial and error. I would recommend saving often in different slots, for the rare case you get stuck in the environment.
Achievement-wise this game has the kind of achievements you expect from a farming sim. Getting young animals, cutting down a few trees, collecting some mushrooms, and finding some butterflies. The game has a nice in-game menu that shows you the progress on each achievement once you’ve started on it. So in the beginning some are hidden because you don’t have those features yet and it doesn’t want to spoil them. None of the achievements is missable and completion should take around 25h or less.
Need help with things like finding fireflies, or how to catch bees? Check out my youtube playlist for Everdream Valley to see if I made a short clip on how to do it:
YouTube playlist: Everdream Valley – How to…?
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This review for Everdream Valley was written on 29 May 2023, based on the current Steam version of the game which has 21 achievements at the time of writing this review. This information can be outdated, for example, when the developer adds or removes achievements or releases (new) DLC.