Experience the old-school charm of classic farming games with the suburban gothic atmosphere of certain 90's TV shows, along with contemporary game mechanics. Farming, crafting, combat, romantic relationships and mysterious events await!
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Mostly Positive (195) - 71% of the 195 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Feb 21, 2018

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February 21

New game engine, friendlier input scheme!

Update 1.0.12 finally marks the transition of the game from Game Maker: Studio 1.4 to Game Maker: Studio 2. One of the benefits of this transition is that many parts of the code were re-written and further optimised. This means the game should run even faster on lower-end systems.

Another major thing added is a new input scheme which makes gameplay, especially with a gamepad, much more console-like and easier! New features include:

  • Console-style menu navigation: No matter what your other in-game button settings are, menus are navigated with the d-pad or left stick, A selects something, B is for back (the "back" gamepad button still works too). Other keys may be used depending on the menu, their use and function is displayed like in the old system.

  • Multi-context button functions: Dialogue can now be advanced by using all "face" buttons (A,B,X,Y). When holding an item, pressing the Use Tool button/key will also work for putting the item in your backpack.

  • Left stick now works in all cases.

For those who will run the game for the first time with that new version, the new input system will be activated by default.

In order to avoid confusion and habit conflict, this new input system is deactivated by default for people who are already playing the game. in order to activate the new input scheme,it's simple:
Go to (hard disk):\Users\(your username)\AppData\Local\Gleaner_Heights and open settings.ini
Find the line InputScheme="0.000000"
and change it to InputScheme="1.000000"

As always, let me know if there are any bugs and glitches, especially any new ones introduced by the engine change that weren't present before.

Have fun!
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January 8

New game releasing January 23, GameMaker Studio 2 progress, consoles porting

I told you in an earlier announcement that I have been developing a smaller project. Well, here it is!


This is a different game than Gleaner Heights, it is in fact a challenging puzzle platformer. Since many of you playas appreciated Gleaner Heights and are esteemed gentlefolk of old-school taste, I thought you may be interested in this.

The game will be live January 23 for the exorbitant amount of $5.99

On other news, porting Gleaner Heights to GameMaker Studio 2 is almost complete! There are a lot of code optimisations that should make the game run at least 50% faster in some areas. I will probably upload the build when it's ready on the Testing branch and make another announcement about it for all of you who want to try it and give feedback/bug reports before it becomes the default game build. The new engine will serve as the foundation for all subsequent content updates/bug fixing/expansions/console porting so it's important to take my time and do the best possible job with it.

Also, remember when I told you about Gleaner Heights being brought to some consoles? At the time, there was just Microsoft. Now, after some months, Nintendo also expressed interest for the Switch. Just keep in mind that since I have no prior experience with these things, I don't know whether there will be any insurmountable obstacles during each porting process. Maybe the deal will go bust in the certification section. Or Nintendo's age rating section. I really don't know how certain stages of porting work and I'm learning as I go. So take all that with a grain of salt.

When things become smoother and I'm close to releasing with them, I will resume adding content to the game. As I said, I have many ideas on what direction things could take. From more mysterious plots and new characters, to new areas to explore, boy this will be a hell of a ride!

Thanks for playing and supporting the game and I also appreciate your patience while I'm fiddling with the Big Guys' paperwork. Here's hoping it won't take long. You are all awesome. Have a good one.
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“Those who are willing to sink hours into Gleaner Heights -- either for its agrarian elements, Lynchian plot, or both -- are in for a treat [...] Gleaner Heights has enough content to make it feel like an instant cult classic.”
7.5 – Destructoid

“Once you've looked under the hood and see that the farm sim is only the surface of the game, you find a surprisingly addicting dark adventure title. If you're a fan of farming sims but need something to spice it up, try the grim substance matter of Gleaner Heights out. You may find exactly what you're looking for.”
7.5 – Hooked Gamers

About This Game

"Today is another typical day in Gleaner Heights. I got up, went to the general store, bought some seeds, planted them. Cooked some spaghetti bolognese, went out to chop wood. Milked my cows, fed them too. Got in my boat, went underwater with my diving suit. Found a cave entrance, fought a giant crab, grabbed some treasure. Got back up, went to the showroom for a drink. I think the hotel owner's daughter is throwing funny glances at me. I shouldn't have gifted her that boot I fished out the other day..."

For those of you who are in for the farming...
Grab your trusty tools and transform your farm into the richest field in town! Over 40 crops await for you to discover and plant them!
Tend to your animals, make them happy and collect their produce! Keep them either inside the barn or make fenced perimeters outside to let them graze under the sun!
Lose yourself in a slew of different activities, from fishing to crafting machines and items, from cooking delicious meals with over 110 recipes to upgrading your home and farm buildings!
Make friends with the townsfolk and learn about them and the history of Gleaner Heights! When the time and person is right, choose to have a life together!
Explore the town’s surroundings, discover secret places and hunt creatures! Dig deep into the mines to get precious metal and stones! Sail your very own boat and explore underwater with your diving suit!
Get your hands on over 300 items and wear over 45 unique pieces of clothing and equipment!

For those of you who are in for the mystery...
Witness the double lives of townsfolk, their plottings and betrayals. Help them or destroy them as you see fit.
Discover the haunting past of Gleaner Heights, from its early days to the terrible events that occurred just prior to your arrival. Confront the supernatural horror that lurks in the bowels of the earth. Break the cycle of destruction...or inherit it.
Fight powerful creatures guarding lost, forgotten treasures. Dash, roll, shoot arrows - prevail or perish.


  • Play as a male or female character.
  • Over 30 villagers with their own schedules, habits, likes and dislikes.
  • Extended farming mechanics with over 40 different crops.
  • Animals like chickens and cows, as well as a horse. Extended sub-mechanics include growing mushrooms in a mysterious cave, or breeding silkworms.
  • Extended crafting system with lots of recipes, from fences to explosive arrows to cheese makers.
  • Cooking with over 110 recipes.
  • Complete town upgrade projects. Have your very own boat and explore the river and waterfall, and even explore underwater with your diving suit!
  • Romantic interests and marriage.
  • Day/night cycle, seasons, and weather system.
  • Skills, perks and equipment (clothing) with set bonuses.
  • Tool upgrades and mining.
  • Fishing! Over 40 fishes populate various water bodies around the town and in underground lakes.
  • Town events and festivals.
  • Main plot with different "endings".
  • Explore and discover hidden areas and dungeons.
  • Surprisingly fluid combat for a game of this genre, with players being able to charge their tool attacks while moving, roll, dash, perform power attacks etc.
  • Multi-language support (in progress).
  • Gamepad/mouse support.

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Win XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo E8200 @ 2.66GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon 4870 / Nvidia GTX 260
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • OS: Win XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon 6790 / Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.05 x64
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo E8200 @ 2.66GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon 4870 / Nvidia GTX 260
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Fullscreen may be glitchy, try using a compositor, in the meantime I'll be working on a borderless windowed mode.
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.05 x64
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon 6790 / Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Fullscreen may be glitchy, try using a compositor, in the meantime I'll be working on a borderless windowed mode.

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