Review: ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’

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“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” is a game about trying to simulate island living, which synchronizes with the player in real time. It’s a life adventure game with social elements. My overall rating of the game is 5 out of 5. 

Directed by Aya Kyogoku and published by Nintendo, the game was released worldwide on March 20 on the video game console Nintendo Switch. The price of the game is $59.99 digitally on Nintendo eShop and physical editions on various online and brick and mortar stores. 

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“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” is a game that works in real time that synchronizes with the player. For example, if the player is playing it in the evening then it will be evening during the game. If there’s something due tomorrow, then it’s actual tomorrow. It’s a game that you don’t finish in one day or one setting, it’s over time and slowly rewards the player for doing so. There’s seasonal events, and the seasons themselves vary by country. It can be played offline or online, and you can either play by yourself or invite others to yours and their island. 

At the very start of the game, you are given choices to make such as choosing an island, the name of your island and choosing an area for your tent. From there, you’re on your own, how you decide to play is entirely up to you. You can collect bugs and fishes for the museum, chop trees and mine rocks to craft materials, design your own home, and pay off your loans. Renting a house isn’t free, you have to pay off the loan by basically playing the game. You can interact with various NPCs, which are villagers on your island.

I like the overall theme of the game – in that, living on an island is the perfect getaway from all the hustle bustle of the real world. Sometimes we all need a break and come back refreshed. There’s no hand holding and at the same time, the game adapts to you rather than the other way around. It’s a game like no other and really the game we all need so we don’t lose what’s special: being happy.

I highly recommend this game, especially with children. So far it has received a 9/10 on Game Informer, a 9/10 rating on IGN, and a 91 on Metacritic.