From Steam to Switch: Farm Folks

We have seen an influx of independently developed games to Nintendo’s hybrid console in 2018. And though the library of simulation games is improving, there still aren’t enough casual simulation games in the Switch. Let’s hope more are coming our way in 2019!

In from Steam to Switch? I highlight a game weekly that would be a good one to port over. To play the casual simulation games whenever wherever you are. Of course, I have played none of them myself. The simple reason is that I don’t play games on my MacBook for the same reason I don’t play them on a home console. I want to play games on the go!

Before the holidays week I told you about Castaway Paradise (you can read that here), this week I want to highlight another farming sim. Let’s take a look at Farm Folks.

Kickstarter Farm Folks

Australian studio Overgrown was inspired by the classic Harvest Moon series, wanting to bring a farming-RPG into life. The Kickstarter campaign was launched in June 2018, and was funded pretty quick: 1,597 backers pledged AU$ 92,882. Including me, I might add. I know for now it’s ” just” Steam that it will come to, but I sincerely hope it will make it to Switch in the end too. Although, that stretch goal hasn’t been met. 

Nowadays, if you still want to back the game in some form, it has moved over to open-ended Crowd Funding on Crytivo

What can we expect in Farm Folks?

This is the description Overgrown gives us:

After washing ashore on Softshoal Island, you are given a chance at a new life. A plot of land awaits your green thumb to transform it into a booming farm, and a new world beckons you to explore its secrets.

There’s beauty and intrigue found in every corner of Softshoal. It’s going to be a compelling place that calls the player ever further into the mysterious woods, down into the dangerous caves. As you explore, you’ll see things that you’ll never forget and you’ll experience adventures worth re-telling.

There’s farming of course, earning money that way to expand on your farm and add animals. There’s mining, where you can find items you can’t buy in the local store. Like minerals to upgrade your equipment. Plus, there’s fishing as well.

There are a lot of people to meet in the town of Port Meridia and in the wild, and to forge a relationship with them. You will celebrate festivals and lastly, you can customise your farm and your character!

Farm Folks is almost ready for the pre-Alpha demo on Steam

The pre-Alpha demo on Steam is expected at the end of January, with a small farmable area, your home, the ability to plant, water and harvest a handful of springtime crops. The dev team isn’t sure yet if an animal will be added by then. The Alpha version of the game is expected in Spring of 2019.

So if this makes ever makes the jump to the Switch, I’m afraid we will have some time to wait!


    1. That’s the downside of following a Kickstarter: it sure takes a long time to release it. I guess that’s always the case, but we aren’t usually involved so early. I’m the same with My Time at Portia. It’s only now leaving Early Access!

  1. It’s exactly the waiting game I game up and just play on PC (wait for release EA/wait again/leave EA/wait again/console)… Also cos it’s comfortable. I prefer to do everything on 1 screen (check email/ “window” shopping/ social media/play games/watch drama or movie) Still waiting for RE:Legend… seems to be overly quiet (used to see feeds on my FB and Twitter about “pick you magnus”)

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