Back in 2002, I fell in love with Animal Crossing on the Nintendo Gamecube. I had heard of the Sims and played one on Gamecube, but I didn’t really like it. Animal Crossing was so much better and it was so revolutionary for its time. I will say the future sequels are good, but they are having trouble trying to stay different from the last.
The last game had you as the mayor of your village, this one has you as one of the few residents of a new island. There’s almost nothing on the island, not even Tom Nook’s Cranny is available. And ironically, it has a fully functioning airport from day one.
The game plays much like all the other games in the series. You’ll eventually get to buy a house, upgrade it, and fill it with furniture. You can fish, you can bug collect, you can collect fossils, you can plant trees, attend events, and all kind of things.
Well not new to the series, you also have the ability to jump on a plane and visit a friends island. The ability to visit friends is rather flawed, as they have to be on with their gates open. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, and if too many people visit the village, the whole game won’t even work.
Overall, Animal Crossing: New Horizons may not be revolutionary, but it was a lot of fun. I didn’t get to build my island as fancy as other people, but I was happy with the progress I made. I do miss finding secret NES games like the original, and the online could be much better. When Nintendo has another system, I hope they fix on these problems for the next Animal Crossing game.