Animal Crossing: New Horizons was timely released during our stay-at-home-order, transporting us to our very own deserted island paradise. Available for Nintendo Switch, the social simulation video game is the fifth title in the Animal Crossing series, and is the escapism we all need during this time.
In Animal Crossing, the player is a human who lives in a village inhabited by a variety of anthropomorphic animals, who carry out activities such as fishing, catching bugs, and hunting fossils. Standouts for the series include open-ended play and the use of the game console’s internal clock and calendar to simulate the passage of time.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, players escape to a deserted island, creating your own paradise as you explore, create, and customize. Your island getaway has a wealth of natural resources that can be used to craft everything from tools to creature comforts. You can hunt down insects at the crack of dawn, decorate your paradise throughout the day, or enjoy sunset on the beach while fishing in the ocean. The time of day and season match real life, so each day on your island is a chance to check in and find new surprises year round.
Show off your island utopia to family and friends—or pack your bags and visit theirs. Whether playing online or with others beside you, island living is even better when you can share it. Even without hopping on a flight, you’ll meet a cast of charming animal residents bursting with personality. Friendly faces like Tom Nook and Isabelle will lend their services and happily help you grow your budding community. Escape to your island getaway—however, whenever, and wherever you want.
You just landed on your own deserted island paradise. You instantly find your inner peace as you hear the soothing sound of ocean waves. You set up your new tent and, before calling it a night, decide to wander around the island to take it all in. Before long, you will be meeting animal residents, crafting items and indulging in a variety of activities, like catching bugs and sharing your virtual life with friends and family. Your island life is just beginning and there is so much more to experience.Nintendo
Gamer Guide to Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Build your community from scratch on a deserted island brimming with possibility
- Create your personal getaway and customize your character, home, decorations, and even the landscape itself
- Collect materials to construct everything from furniture to tools! Then, use what you create to give your island a personal touch
- Watch as the time of day and seasons match real life—even your hemisphere! Each day holds potential for surprises and discoveries
- Get to know the island residents, garden, fish, decorate, hunt for fossils, and more!
- Show off your paradise – play on the same system with a total of 4 people, or play together online or over local wireless for fun with up to 8 players
Tween Review of Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Design a deserted island to call your own in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. In this game, you choose a deserted island to live on and build buildings on it. Encounter old and new faces from previous Animal Crossing installments. The most challenging part of learning to play this game is the fishing and bug catching. Although the game is fun, it is a bit slow to start. You don’t get access to the other parts of the island via the vaulting pole until day 3 or 4.
My favorite part of the game is the terraforming. You can build cliffs, waterfalls, and paths to make your island look better. The only thing I wish would change is the process of removing and replacing villagers on your island. After a while, your island is going to run out of space and you won’t be able to get new villagers. Getting a new villager is sometimes necessary if your island has a theme. There is no guaranteed way to get rid of villagers except for amiibos which you have to pay for. Overall though, Animal Crossing New Horizons was a great game and I can’t wait to see what this series has in store for us in the future.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now available in stores, in Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch system or at Nintendo.com. The game is compatible with both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite. In addition to the game, themed carrying cases inspired by Animal Crossing are available for the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite systems.