I've played many, many games in my short life - Stardew Valley still has the most hours poured into it by far. Hundreds. Replays, figuring out the most efficient money maker, trying different map layouts.
Of course you need to court absolutely everyone just to see their heart events. But I agree who doesn't like cake? Purple haired lady will literally eat rocks when you give her some but noooooo cake is just too moorish.
Can confirm it is rather hot and sunny down here in the Southern Hemisphere. We hit our hottest temperature of the Summer at 2-3am and we've gotten hotter since.