Danda’s First Impressions: Sun Haven (Early Access – 0.4.2)

I love farm/life sims and relaxing RPGs, but for some reason, Sun Haven, which is both of these, did not attract my attention when it first came out. That said, I finally purchased it one week ago and since then I have really enjoyed it and have put in about an hour a day. Now I have completed “Sun’s Dragon Protection” in the main questline.

About the Game

Publisher: Pixel Sprout Studios

Price: $24.99

Genre: Farm Sim|RPG

Systems: Windows and Mac (Switch release coming with 1.0 release)

Website: https://www.pixelsproutstudios.com

Similar Games: Rune Factory series|Story of Seasons series|Stardew Valley

“Greetings, Adventurer!

You’ve just arrived in Sun Haven, a medieval town full of people from all walks of life doing their best to make their beloved town thrive as it once did. As a farmer, miner, fisher, warrior, craftsman, and even a mage, you’ll find that adventure awaits you here.

Your hard work will let you upgrade your farm, restore shops in Sun Haven, and even bring in new neighbors! As you bring the hustle and bustle back to town, the EXP you earn from each quest will help you level up to advance through a main questline journey.

The main quest itself takes you through two captivating towns outside of Sun Haven. The mythical Elven town of Nel’Vari rests deep in the forest where the Elves live in balance with nature. The rumored monster city of Withergate features a bustling nightlife that never ends – literally – since the city is covered in neverending darkness.

Your experience in these places will grow your skills dramatically, but how you focus that growth is entirely up to you. If you prefer a sword in hand, then slash away by all means. But if a watering can is more your style, then there are nonviolent alternatives to overcome dangerous encounters – even with the final boss! Either way, it’s up to you to wield your abilities and become the hero of your own story!”

-Official Synopsis

Story

I’m not too far into the story, but it’s intriguing so far. I am excited to learn more about the world and the lore behind it.

Gameplay

The gameplay has everything you would expect from a farm and life sim – farming, mining, and relationship building (be that romantic or platonic) – plus combat as this game is also an RPG! All of the aspects bring along a decent challenge and are quite fun. However, the controls with the mouse and keyboard are somewhat frustrating to me, so I am excited for the Switch release to be ready! Another con is that it was quite difficult for me to know where I was going on the map at first.

Characters

The romanceable characters are almost all very likable and very attractive; however, I have little interest in the characters who are not romanceable as of yet, though this might be due to the lack of portraits.

Final Thoughts

I have put seven hours into Sun Haven, and while it has some flaws, it has been a very fun experience for me so far. I would recommend it to anyone who likes farm sims and/or RPGs.

One response to “Danda’s First Impressions: Sun Haven (Early Access – 0.4.2)”

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