A farmer’s life can be appealing to anyone who enjoys being surrounded by nature, working hard, and embracing a calm lifestyle.
If you get excited by the idea of raising your own digital crops and cattle, then you’ve come to the right place.
In this list, we’ll be highlighting the best farming and agricultural games on PC. We’ve taken the liberty of including a wide selection of 2D and 3D games which feature some form of farming-based gameplay.
Make sure to check back as we continue to update this list with new games in the future.
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To kick things off, we have the critically-acclaimed farming game Stardew Valley, a one-man passion project created by Eric Barone, aka ConcernedApe. Inspired by the beloved Harvest Moon games, the game features farming, role-playing, and social simulation gameplay.
In it, you create your own character and set out to bring your grandfather’s old farm back to life by gathering seeds, planting crops, and selling them for a profit. Eventually, the game opens up and lets you explore other areas such as ranching, wine-making, baking, etc.
A day/night cycle encourages you to plan out activities ahead of time, including exploring mines, talking to NPCs, tending to crops, or hanging out at the local bar. The citizens of Stardew have distinct personalities that really make them come to life, allowing you to make friends, rivals, and even get married.
Publishers: Glumberland, Double Fine
Ooblets is a refreshing take on social life sims that feels like a “greatest hits” mashup of the entire genre. You’ve got the dynamic social interactions of Animal Crossing, the farm management of Harvest Moon, and a sprinkling of Pokémon-inspired turn-based dance battles for a bit of RPG pizzazz.
The end result is a one of a kind farming sim with cute visuals and a lot of gameplay variety. You assume control over a customizable character living in a world where humans and adorable creatures known as “ooblets” coexist.
Ooblets come in all shapes and sizes and, after some convincing, will join your party and follow you around everywhere you go. Additionally, you can combine traits from different ooblets to create new species that will sprout up in your garden.
Developer: 3DM Live Wallpapers
Publisher: 3DM Live Wallpapers
Developer 3DM is known for creating high-quality Windows 10 Live wallpapers that offer a lot more engagement than your run of the mill desktop background or screensaver.
Over time, the studio has begun exploring different ideas; one of them is My Wolf, a wild pet simulator that runs seamlessly on your desktop. Their latest title is Desktop Farm, which sees you building your own farm over time from the comfort of your home desktop.
The game offers vibrant voxel-based graphics, a day/night system that uses your computer’s clock, and plenty of farming activities to keep you busy in between meetings or whenever you have some downtime on your PC.
My Time at Portia
Developer: Pathea Games
Publisher: Team17 Digital
The next game we’ll be highlighting is My Time at Portia, a farming RPG set in a collapsed world where the remaining humans have consolidated to rebuild civilization in a small rural town. The game casts you as a human who’s new in town and looking for an exciting new adventure.
Gameplay is broken up into managing and upgrading a farm, crafting new tools in workshops, and exploring caves containing valuable resources and ancient relics. Of course, you’ll also have a chance to get to know the other villagers and what makes them tick.
The main story can take upwards of 60 hours to complete and even longer if you plan on socializing with NPCs. No need to worry since My Time at Portia encourages you to take things slow and soak up the scenery.
Developer: Mojang Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
When it comes to farming game recommendations, Minecraft deserves a spot at the top of the list. By now, most will be familiar with the formula: you break blocks for resources and use them to construct various tools, weapons, furniture, etc.
While the game focuses more on exploration and crafting, you can always opt-out of adventuring and instead spend your time cultivating crops and raising cattle. Additionally, there are tons of Minecraft mods that add more crops and animals to the game.
One of Minecraft’s greatest strengths is how smoothly it runs on just about any machine. This is a huge relief for anyone who wants to play a fun farming game on their low-spec laptop or PC.
Developer: Lazy Bear Games
Graveyard Keeper is about as close as you’re going to get. Described as a “medieval cemetery management sim,” the game sees you running a graveyard operation that eventually expands into other optional fields, including farming.
You can stick to burying bodies in the ground or start cashing in on all that extra meat by selling remains to the local butcher. If it wasn’t apparent by now, the game is brimming with dark humor. At times, you may find yourself having to cut costs just to keep the business afloat.
This can lead to tough moral decisions like whether you invest time and resources in quality ingredients for potions or use whatever you can find in nearby caves and creeks, possibly poisoning the entire village in the process.
Developer: Monomi Park
Publisher: Monomi Park
Slime Rancher is an adorable farming sim that tasks you with managing a ranch far from Earth on a planet populated by cute slime creatures.
Your job is to catch these slimes, bring them back to your ranch, and feed them various foods in order to produce ‘Plorts,’ which serve as the game’s main currency and method for upgrading your tools and farm.
Additionally, you can breed different slimes to create new species with different characteristics that yield multiple Plorts. Each type of slime has unique behaviors and will interact with other species in different ways.
Developer: Giants Software
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
If farming is your jam, you may enjoy how in-depth Farming Simulator 19 gets with its crop cultivation. After all, in the real world, managing a farm entails many more daily tasks than merely planting a seed, sprinkling water on it, and waiting for something to grow.
You have a daily checklist of tasks to get through, such as caring for livestock, organizing crops, and performing regular maintenance on your equipment. The game inches its way towards realism but thankfully never takes itself too seriously.
We recommend diving headfirst into FS19‘s Career Mode, which offers a substantial amount of different scenarios designed to teach you everything you need to know about the game. The best part is climbing onto one of those big tractors and cruising around your land like some hotshot farmer.
Developer: Milkstone Studios
Publisher: Milkstone Studios
Farm Together is a low stakes farming game centered on managing and upgrading your land. It manages to streamline a lot of the more repetitive parts of traditional farming sim gameplay by including things like a tractor that speeds up harvesting crops.
Additionally, there are a lot of customization options for changing the appearance of your character, tractor, buildings, fences, roads, etc. In Farm Together, time advances whether you’re online or not, so you can always pop back in later in the day to find new activities available.
The game also has excellent multiplayer integration, allowing you to control who can come into your world and how much they can interact with your farm, reducing any risk of vandalism.
Developer: Bitten Toast Games
Publisher: Bitten Toast Games
Taking home the trophy for cutest farming game, Garden Paws blends management and exploration-based gameplay while putting you in the shoes, or rather paws, of a variety of small and cuddly woodland creatures.
Gameplay is split between managing a farm, upgrading your island’s resources, and exploring caves, beaches, and forests for treasure. You can choose to play as a rabbit, chipmunk, dog, cat, or even a munchkin-sized dragon.
The game also features a shop-keeping component where you can price and sell wares, hobbies to explore, such as fishing, cooking, raising animals, and more. As you upgrade and expand your island’s amenities, more animals will come to see what all the fuss is about.
Developer: Sean Young
Littlewood is a 2D farming sim that takes advantage of its pixel art graphics to create a sense of nostalgia reminiscent of retro 8-bit and 16-bit games. In it, you play as a hero who loses their memory after defeating a Dark Wizard and restoring peace to the village of Littlewood.
The game tasks you with rebuilding Littlewood its former glory by venturing out into the vast world of Solemn to gather resources and recruit new residents. As you explore the magical forests, bustling fishing towns, and mysterious mining caves that make up Solemn, you’ll encounter a host of characters with unique motivations.
Littlewood also offers various hobbies and crafts to take up, such as farming, fishing, merchanting, and more. Resources you gather are used to modify the land’s look and layout, with the player given creative freedom to build up Littlewood in their own vision.
Developer: Bird Bath Games
Publisher: Raw Fury
For those looking to get into some high stakes farming, Atomicrops offers a one-of-a-kind experience that’s part roguelike shooter, part farming simulation. The game sees you trying to grow enough crops to sustain human life following a nuclear disaster.
To make matters more complicated, an array of mutated pests continually try to corrupt your crops and kill you any chance they get. Growing and upgrading your farm requires exploring different biomes, unlocking new tools, and defending your crops from enemies.
The game features the ability to raise cattle such as pigs, cows, and chickens and even gives you the option to get married. Doing so unlocks the ability to have your spouse follow you into battle and fight by your side, proving it’s still possible to find love even during a nuclear apocalypse.
Dragon Quest Builders 2
Developers: Square Enix, Omega Force
Publisher: Square Enix
Dragon Quest Builders 2 sets out to be more ambitious than the original game at every turn. In it, you reprise your role as the legendary builder tasked with restarting civilization in a world where nearly every person has lost the ability to build things.
As you learn new recipes and expand your village, you’ll attract more NPCs to your fledgling colony willing to lend you their expertise. Characters are well-written and have surprisingly detailed arcs that throughout the game’s 50+ hour campaign.
The sequel introduces new features such as more natural-looking environments, new glide and dive abilities, dynamic water collection, and online multiplayer. In co-op, players can visit each other’s island, start building together, or simply check out their friends’ creations.
Developers: Zoe Vartanian, Badru, Isa Hutchinson, Michael Bell
Publisher: Ice Water Games
Viridi is a casual free-to-play farming game about growing a variety of succulent plants in real-time. After planting a seed, you’ll need to perform regular check-ins every couple of days to ensure they’re getting the right amount of water and love.
You can name your plants, combine different species, and spoil them all with different pots designs. While the game is quite forgiving, your succulents can still die from excessively over- or under-watering them.
It’s the perfect low stakes game to have open in the background or occasionally come back to. Viridi also happens to be pretty generous as far as free-to-play games are concerned, offering free weekly seed rewards you can claim simply by logging in.
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
Developer: Prideful Sloth
Publisher: Prideful Sloth
Yonder is a relaxing open-world adventure game designed to be played at your own stride. The game’s world is comprised of a variety of environments with defining features, including a diverse bunch of NPCs to befriend and a farm to cultivate.
The main quest sees you seeking out magical creatures called Sprites that have the power to rid the world of a nasty poison called Murk that’s plaguing the land. A lack of enemies in the overworld means you’re free to explore to your heart’s content.
This includes completing favors for characters in exchange for new skills and abilities. Additionally, there are many optional trades to learn along the way, ranging from cooking to farming to carpentry and many more.
Publisher: Humble Bundle
Forager is a 2D farming-survival game set in a colorful open-world in which you play as a cute little lad who spends his days collecting just enough resources to craft a vast array of different tools, weapons, and workbenches.
The game rewards you for exploring your surroundings with experience points that get converted into skill points every time you level up. There are over 64 skills to master using a free-form upgrade system that lets you tailor your experience to fit your playstyle.
Besides unlocking new activities like fishing, cooking, and farming, your character gains access to new gameplay features via upgrades, such as magical abilities and an in-game shop for trading.
Publisher: Humble Bundle
Staxel is a voxel-based sandbox game influenced by titles like Minecraft as well as Animal Crossing. In it, you take on the role of an aspiring farmer who’s just moved to a new village in need of sprucing up.
As you set out to establish a thriving farm, the rest of the villagers will give you advice and useful tips in exchange for favors. Tasks range from standard fetch quests requiring you to catch/hunt a specific animal to cooking an exciting new dish to building a new structure that enhances the village.
Ultimately, your hard work will pay off, and you’ll find yourself rewarded with a beautiful-looking farm and well-decorated home. Lastly, the game features online co-op, allowing you to bring some of your existing friends along during your adventures.