Eric Barone, known as ConcernedApe, rarely shares information about his new game, Haunted Chocolatier. This is what players expect from this title.

star of the valley This is one of the most commented games in recent years. The pixelart game attracted not only young players, but also adults who already have their own families.

As you may know, developer Eric Barone aka ConcernedApe has been working on a new title for some time now: Haunted Chocolatier.

Player expectations of this game are high. Suffice it to mention that they regularly populate Reddit with ideas on what should be includedalso proving that the Barone-focused community is one of the best in the gaming world.

Overhauled in-game timing mechanics

Haunted Chocolatier won’t escape comparisons to Stardew Valley, which is why gamers often reference this game in their reviews. One of the changes some of them are hoping for is a different sync mechanism.

In Stardew Valley, we woke up in the morning and time passed inexorably. We could plan to spend the day tending to the farm, visiting NPCs, shopping, etc. At midnight, our character would get tired and if we couldn’t get to bed at 2 a.m., we would fall to the ground. and we fell asleep as we were. The next day, we were able to read a message informing us that we had been found and brought home (a bit creepy), and that this service was chargeable.

Not everyone likes a mechanic like this, and there are voices among players who think it should be tweaked a bit. For example, so we wake up in the morning and can collect ingredients for as long as we want. The time would only change when you return to your residence and start making sweets..

“I don’t want a continuous clock. I want the day to be structured like this: you get up, it’s morning, time to gather the ingredients. You can spend as much time as you want exploring After you’ve done everything you want to do, you go back to the dorm and start making chocolate, which makes the day feel like an evening,” suggests Bonesnapcall.

Personally, I must admit that I am not in favor of this solution. The constantly flowing weather in Stardew Valley made it worth meticulously planning what we were going to do the next day.


We can be sure there will be romantic options in Haunted Chocolatier.

One of Stardew Valley’s favorite options is the ability to romance certain characters. It starts innocently enough – with a simple conversation, then more and more inappropriate gifts come, until we finally find our virtual half, with whom, after fulfilling certain conditions, we can marry and even live to see offspring.

It’s hard to imagine ConcernedApe didn’t decide to implement romance options in Haunted Chocolatier, especially since a large part of this game will be precisely the interactions with NPCs. In addition, the possibility of giving sweet gifts opens up a huge potential for gifts to our love. I can already see myself spending hours tweaking recipes to appeal to a character that caught my eye.


Stardew Valley hasn’t held our hands, telling us what we absolutely have to do at some point. This undoubtedly turned out to be one of the reasons why this title gained such popularity. Haunted Chocolatier will probably be similar, and here too we can focus on managing a chocolate factory, meeting NPCs or fighting (this mechanic is supposed to be even more important than in Stardew Valley). Some players also rely on the fact that during their travels in the game world they will be able to collect collectibles and place them in their homes..

I would like to see collectibles available. I like having extra activities in the game,” says BloodyBladeKane.

References to Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley has taken over the world;  What are the players' expectations of Eric Barones' new position?  - picture #2

Could Pelican Town be hidden on the other side?

What else are players looking forward to in Haunted Chocolatier? They want Stardew Valley references. Some would probably be very happy to be able to return to Pelican Town and visit old NPCs they know. This is probably not to be counted on, but it is quite possible that Eric Barone will add some references to the well-known game, if only in the form of Easter eggs.

“I hope there are references to Stardew Valley’s Pelican Town,” hopes DrCrazyCurious

exemplary community

While reviewing player statements about what they would like to see in Haunted Chocolatier, I repeatedly came across comments that clearly stated that the community that revolves around ConcernedApe’s work is very understanding and patient. Yes, fans would love to play Haunted Chocolatier as soon as possible, but no one in the comments complained about the long development time.

On the contrary, many people directly wrote that “the genius is in no hurry” or “Barone should have all the time he wants to create the game. He will surely do an outstanding job.” such statements are very encouraging and I fully share them.

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