It is officially Earth Day and unfortunately the closest I get to being outdoors is hanging out on my back deck these days. Thankfully we have some greenery for me to enjoy, but we here at GGA thought it would be the perfect time to share our favorite green thumb video games! These are games that have you putting that virtual green thumb to use by either farming, harvesting, or planting and makes you feel good for giving back to its virtual community.
Farming Simulator Franchise
I couldn’t think of a better franchise to kick off this list. The Farming Simulator franchise has been going strong since it’s initial release in 2008. The game gives players the ability to run their very own farm by having them breed livestock, grow crops, and tend to their daily farming duties. The most recent installment didn’t just overhaul graphics but added in additional farming activities for players the enjoy. If you haven’t gotten a chance to play I highly suggest checking it out. It combines the satisfying feeling that comes with growing your own crops with the strategy of how to market and sell in order to succeed.
The open-ended role-playing game Stardew Valley drops players into a world so beautiful it has probably brought tears to most players’ eyes. After inheriting your grandfather’s farm plot it is now your turn to tend to the crops and bring life back to this overgrown field. The story even pits you against the terrible Joja corporation who is forcing Stardew Valley away from their old roots. The farming tasks are relaxing and you feel a sense of accomplishment when you are finally able to really live off the land.
Farm Together features a cute cartoony farming atmosphere that makes the game so enjoyable. Start from scratch and watch how all your hard work helps to cultivate the land. Then use the money you earn to help add your own flavor to your new home by building paths and more pastures. Working alongside friends and even strangers in the community can help expand your farm even more! The game also works on a real-time system so when you aren’t in-game, your crops will still continue to grow so you have things to do when you come back!
Farm Together is available to play now on PS4, PC through Steam, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch.
Originally released back in 1996 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, nothing screams green thumb video games more than Harvest Moon. Similar to Stardew Valley the main character is charged with seeing to his late grandfather’s farm. It is the player’s job to save the land from disrepair and build a thriving farm. The player is also able to interact with fellow nonplayable character villagers during the day and hang out with them in the town’s bar at night.
The most recent Harvest Moon, Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is available to play now on PS4, PC through Steam, and the Nintendo Switch.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Did you think this list wouldn’t contain my new favorite game? Animal Crossing: New Horizons drops players on their very own island where they are in charge and building up a thriving community. The game allows you to plant and harvest normal trees and fruit trees, plant and breed flowers, among other fun things. So far one of my favorite and most relaxing tasks is building little gardens for my villagers and tending to my fruit orchard. The relaxing tasks help to create such a mesmerizing atmosphere for players to get lost in.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available to play now on the Nintendo Switch.
What green thumb video games do you enjoy most? Let us know in the comments below and on social media!