I have been playing Staxel since yesterday afternoon and have not been able to think about anything else. I have been waiting what seems like forever to get this game from the first time it crossed my timeline on Twitter. It's just so cute and the characters you meet are all interesting and maybe a little bit familiar in their own way
Of course the minute you see this game you think, Ooh Minecraft, and yes, Minecraft is the staple for pixel-sim games but you really should give this game a chance before brushing it off. Unless you tend to gravitate towards these games often, you may find some interesting elements to it. Personally, I am drawn to the whole build your farm from scratch idea. Building in general is one of my favourite things to do when I'm playing simulation games. Any form of crating or building generally takes precedence.
If you chose to follow through with the tutorial, you'll get a walk through of the town with Farm Fan, who will then send you off to other villagers with task that await. While you're out harvesting you also have a chance to learn a new recipe to create whatever item you just harvested. Another thing that drew me to this game where the different races. Humans, Elvans and Caiths are all living together in this adorable little village.