Title: Animal Crossing New Leaf
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Genre: Community Simulator
Single/Multi Player: Both
Story: You move to a new town and SURPRISE! You are the mayor. Keep your townsfolk happy, interact with NPCs (non-playable characters) and online friends either by visiting each other’s towns, playing games on Tortimer Island, or viewing house layouts through your dreams. Unless you set the time on your DS to be different, whatever time and season it is in real life, it is in the game. Depending on the time of year different bugs and fish are available.
Replay Value: high
Graphics: clean, cartoon, cute
Soundtrack: Fantastic! From the relaxing music that plays in the evening, to rocking out with K.K. Slider in the club.
Personal Review: Where to begin. I personally had no idea my character was going to be the mayor of the town. What a treat! If you have played any of the previous AC games and was on the fence about this one, just do it. Seriously. The amount of things you can do in this game compared to the ones in the past is night and day.
To begin, you are able to search through a variety of maps to decide which layout best suits you. Then you get to pick where you want your house to be. Also, you are able to easily build new cobblestone bridges, expand the museum, and add benches, camp sits, street lights, and signs just by using bells.
Two words: Tortimer Island! Here it is always summer time and full of rare bugs and fish. You can even put on a wet suit, swim out into the water and dive for more sea creatures. You cannot take anything from the main land to the island. However, anything you catch on island can be brought back (through a holding bin, not your pockets).
In town is a new store called Re-Tail. It’s like a consignment shop and takes place of Nook’s. Here you can put items up for sale for the town folk or your friends to purchase. The people in your town will often be inside the shops you go to. Don’t worry, Nook is still in business, but as a loan collector! His nephews run the original looking store (which grows in size as time goes on) which is located at the northern section of town. This is a new area for Animal Crossing and is home to the Club lol, the Dream Suite, Abel Sisters, Gardening Store, Museum, and more! There is also an area where you can visit entire neighborhoods featuring other people’s homes.
As you play along, it seems more and more things unlock for you to experience. For example, one of my town members suggested a totem pole would “look cool” in the area. So the option became available for me to start building one. The villagers will donate their won money towards community projects, but a bulk of the cost will come from your own pocket.
I can ramble on and on and on about this game. There really is a lot to it but it’s simple to play and personally addicting. I’m more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to ask away in the comment section below.
Why no perfect score? If you want to play in a different season (winter, spring, etc) you need to change the time in the game or on your DS. Doing this sudden change will cause large amount of weeds to grow and you can lose neighbors who you became good friends with. Luckily with the new island option (where it is always summer) at least you are never without copious amounts of bugs and fish to catch for money. In the past during winter there wasn’t much around (especially bugs), so money was usually tight.
Personal Rating: 4 out of 5