So I might not have racked up 1,000 hours of gameplay like some people have , but I can guarantee if I’d not been working during the various pandemic lockdowns my obsession would 100% show through many, many hours of gameplay.
Animal Crossing has been a worldwide success after hitting the market in March 2020. Selling over 22.4 million copies and being nominated for game of the year, there’s no doubt it’s taken over the world. With it’s super easy controls, adorable villagers and interacting with friends online, it’s by far my favourite game of 2020. Back when it was released and I secured my copy, I wrote up my thoughts of venturing into the Animal Crossing world. If you did read that then you’ll know I’d never actually played any versions of the game before and I was all very new to the horrifying debts of Tom Nook.
Since April I’ve paid off all my loans to debt collector Nook, completely flattened my island and built it up from scratch, completed my fossil collection and found a knack for interior design- I may not be good at it but I do enjoy it!
One of the things I’ve enjoyed with Animal Crossing is the seasonal events, Christmas was my favourite! I loved the snow (although I do want it to go now), Christmas jumpers are adorable and the actual Toy Day was a really cute event. We were also given a Thanksgiving event (turkey day), an Easter event (bunny day-although i’m sure we were all sick of digging and fishing up eggs) and quite a few others! No detail ever goes a miss with seasonal events and the actual seasons with different materials for DIYS such as mushrooms and acorns are really good and adds something extra, although actually obtaining the DIYs is a lot less enjoyable!
Being able to interact with real people through travelling to their islands is also really good and adds another dimension to the game. It’s really handy for buying/exchanging things but also adds a social aspect to it. With the pandemic and with restrictions being tight with who you can and can’t see, being able to actually sort of see people and socialise with them on Animal Crossing is something that’s helped people massively! My boyfriend has visited my island a few times and I think it’s adorable!
Oh and did I mention I finally reached a 5 star island rating? Yeah I did that! I really struggled to reach 3 stars to be able to terraform and then after that I kind of stopping aiming for the 5 stars and just went with the flow. But when I saw not 1 but 2 lily of the valleys I ran straight to Isabelle and she gave me the news! I’ve worked really hard and spent far too many bells on getting it to a place I’m happy with and I’m happy with it!
Another thing worth mentioning is that I actually treated myself to the Animal Crossing version of the Nintendo Switch. In my original post I said that I didn’t think the Nintendo Switch was worthwhile over the lite but after many hours of playing, when they restocked the Animal Crossing Switch I kind of needed to get it! I will admit I didn’t need it but I’ve definitely got my use out of being able to not only play animal Crossing on the TV but other games too! I got mine from the official Nintendo Store just before Christmas for £319.99 with a digital copy of the game. Transferring my island over was really easy too, took around 10 minutes!
So that’s where I am, an Animal Crossing super fan! Do you play the game? If so let me know your thoughts!