Small… But Per­fectly Formed

Dig these! The best in­die farm­ing games

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Stardew Val­ley

Chick­ened out be­cause you’re scared of los­ing your life to farm­ing per­fec­tion? En­tirely un­der­stand­able. We’re long gone. On its way to Switch this year, Eric Barone’s live­stock­jug­gling, or­chard-plant­ing de­light is the true cream of the crop. Let’s ig­nore the de­press­ing re­cent ad­di­tion of di­vorce.

Slim e Rancher

Of course it’s still farm­ing even if you’re in charge of adorable blobs that smile at you as you suck them into a slime vac­uum and spit them out in cages. Feed your slimes their favourite food to max­imise Plort out­put and soar on the Plort stock mar­ket. Okay, ‘Plort’ does mean ‘slime poop’ but be­lieve us, it’s a joy.

Block’hood

Not tech­ni­cally a farm sim, but this gor­geously min­i­mal­ist city builder de­mands you bal­ance ecosys­tems and think about the ef­fect you’re hav­ing on your en­vi­ron­ment. Throw in plenty of fo­liage and even some live­stock, and you’ll feel as green and smug as a smoothie company that puts hats on its drinks.

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chron­i­cles

The beau­ti­ful world of Ge­mea doesn’t re­ally need sav­ing in this com­bat-free RPG. What it needs is to be well and truly farmed. Whether hir­ing ex­tra helpers, or milk­ing your own grof­fles, you’re not go­ing to want to take on a sin­gle other quest.

Plantera

A fid­get cube just isn’t enough while binge-watch­ing TV – you need an en­dear­ing clicker to while away the time. Ul­tra-charm­ing and pos­i­tively ad­dic­tive, Plantera will have you hap­pily pop­ping down trees and grow­ing slews of juicy-look­ing fruit. This puts Cookie Clicker to pas­ture.

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