Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing is a game in which Nintendo has labeled a “communication game”, that provides a much needed change of pace from the countless action games currently on the market. Despite the game not presenting any sort of plot, or challenging gameplay, it’s a fun game that can see mediocre tasks quickly become addictive, and before you know it, hours have flown by. It’s a game that appeals to kids, but also keeps adults entertained with its sense of humor.
As you leave home to start a new life in the countryside village of Animal Crossing, you’ll find yourself in a position where you have no money, and nowhere to live. A house is loaned to you by the owner of the general store, and so you find yourself in debt, but with no limit as to when you should repay it.
How you play the game, and how you earn money, is really up to you. It’s an RPG which gives you the freedom to take on jobs and do whatever you feel like doing, there’s no set course of action to be followed.
You’ll be introduced to the residents of the village, and communicate with them via letters, but they do most of the writing, you just choose how you want to respond via a few options. The letters are fun though, sometimes you or other residents will be insulted, and the sense of humor is enough to make an adult chuckle. The village you live in will change over time – new residents will move in, and old ones will move out.
The game also runs off a real-time clock, meaning events take place in real-time. You can engage in daytime and night activities, as well as through the four seasons and holiday celebrations.
There’s a lot to do in the game, but at first, it’s a little annoying, as you can’t buy the tools you need to go and earn money. It takes a day (real-time) for each tool to become available in the general store. If you know someone who already plays the game, you can lend one from them, which makes it easier to get started. If you buy one item in the store, it will remain out of stock for the rest of the day. While this may be quite tedious as you’re left with little to do in the initial stages of the game, it does make you want to go back and play when each item becomes available.
Aside from earning money and buying the furniture for your house, you can also collect a wide range of items. The type of collectible falls under different categories, such as: fossils, insects, fish, art, fruit, furniture, wallpaper, carpeting, stationery, cloth patterns, and gyroids. There’s also plenty of each to collect.
If you run jobs for other residents, you can be rewarded with pretty much any item. These jobs can seem quite mundane though, running backward and forwards between the residents dropping off and collecting post, it’s not exhilarating stuff, but definitely relaxing.
There’s no real challenge to any of the jobs, which doesn’t take anything away from the experience. The most challenging is probably fishing, but if you have good reaction times, you’ll still manage to earn a living.
If you haven’t yet played Animal Crossing, it’s well worth playing, and if you know people who already play, it’s even better!