by Chloe Smith
Animal Crossing New Horizons, the new long awaited entry to the franchise! The game that has captured hearts of gamers everywhere.
Why is that I hear you ask? Well, sit back, grab a cuppa and let me explain.
Animal Crossing is a game that requires you to play in real-time, which means at first the game can be and is very slow moving.
You find yourself stranded on a desert island, that you apparently signed up for. But it’s not that deserted. Alongside you, you have two other animal residents that join you (who’s tents you have to set up) and Tom, Timmy and Tommy the racoons that “run” the island.
You are given a mobile phone and a tent to begin with, but your inventory will grow as the days go by.
However as the days go by, you find yourself with more tasks to undertake and more animals on your island to take care of. I say “take care of” because you are doing that. It seems you are the only one doing any work on this island whilst your fellow islanders soak up the life of luxury of a deserted island. Not forgetting the loan “racoon” that is the lovable Tom Nook. Tom Nook has bell signs in his eyes! He likes to remind you that you always owe him money for the house that he pressured you into upgrading. He always seems to find you jobs to do, that he takes the credit for!
In time you will have to set up the islands’ museum, the little shop that Timmy and Tommy run, new residents’ homes as well as furnishing them and set up the campsite.
Seems a lot huh? That’s because it is! Like I said, you are the only one that seems to do the work on this island!
At the beginning, you start off with the basic essentials in terms of tools. You get given the recipes to make new ones as different tasks require them. You may even find some decent recipes washed up in messages in bottles along the shore!
You can earn Nook Miles, which you can trade in at the Nook Stop for other items. Some are essential items, such as bigger pockets so that you can carry more, not so essential items such as hair styles and then the basic “touristy” items that bear the games logo on them. Also with your Nook Miles, you can buy Bell Vouchers which you trade at Nooks Cranny (noticing the theme here?) and even Air Tickets that allow you to fly to a random deserted island full of different materials that you may require. Or if you go past 7pm, you can stock up on tarantulas and sell them for a lot of money, which ever you choose.
This is also a multiplayer local and online game, so you can play with friends all over the world and trade items with them. Just hop on down to the DODO Airport and they will send you off on your merry way! If your friends have their gates open and allow you to enter their island that is. They may not want you there!
Do I have anything bad to say about the game? NO! It took a lot of nagging and some more nagging to get this game and it is worth every little nag. I love everything about it. Just maybe that you didn’t have to wait until the next day for something new to happen, but I suppose we can’t have it all can we?
I would give this game a 9/10. Why not higher? Well not everything is perfect is it? There are always room for improvements, and we can’t let them brag that they’ve made the perfect game!