Review: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Create and play as a character on a paradise island. Get to know your neighbours, build a village, and discover the local flora and fauna. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a very relaxing and peaceful game that encourages you to play small sessions every day so you can make the most of it.

Animal Crossing New Horizons Box ArtRelease date: 20 March 2020

Developed by: Nintendo

Posted by: Nintendo

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite

Type of game: Adventure simulation

Average duration of a game:30 minutes

Estimate of the total duration of the game:
Infinite as long as you find goals to make, where you discover new things.

Topics: Village, Society, Desert Island, Friendship

Business model: Just need to buy the game only once.

Number of players:
1 to 4 players locally
1 to 4 players online.

Available in physical (cartouche) or digital (download on console)

To buy digitally, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, click here.

This supports Shared Screen. Thank you!

Possible configurations of the Nintendo Switch:

Nintendo Switch Handheld modeNintendo Switch Tabletop modeNintendo Switch TV Mode
Age3+ 7+ 12+16+18+Comments
New playersVery easy to take by hand, no reflex necessary.
Intermediate playersCan entertain the most seasoned players
Experienced players
Replayability

A game that encourages you to play in small sessions every day so you can make the most of it.

Difficulty
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No difficulties or obstacles to overcome.

Violence, fear, nudity?
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No violence, no nudity, no sex

Language level used
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baby talk

Positive message
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Encourages people to be social and take care of your environment and group

Minimum reading level required
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Requires a minimum level of reading: primary school

Additional costs ?
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No problem

Minimum level of execution on the controller required
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Very easy to handle, a written tutorial indicates everything you need at the beginning and everything is explained constantly as the days go by.

Principle of the game

The child can be guided in his progress on the island. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a role-playing and simulation game available only on Nintendo Switch.

The player begins his game by landing on a deserted island, he discovers the local population and begins to create a community with a village by doing services to everyone and cleaning the place.

Islanders tend to be helpful and friendly, encouraging the player to have fun and being grateful for their help. The game is easy to take in hand and play, and there is no goal to “win” or “lose”. The player can just discover the island and live life as he sees fit. It can develop and give the shape it wishes to the island. It can build tools to catch insects, fish and dig up fossils. He can create clothes and offer them to other city dwellers or other players. It can arrange the flowers and trees of its island. It’s like the player looking after a small virtual Zen garden. A perfect title to relax.

This is a very good game and the continuation of a long series of games started in 2001. There is no need to make the old games to understand how it works. It’s self-sufficient. Nintendo has been able to iterate many times to arrive at this excellent title.

Local game modes

Animal Crossing: New Horizons can be played solo or up to 4 players each at home on the island of the game, on a console. Everyone plays in turn.

Online gaming modes

Requires aNintendo Switch Online subscription to be able to play on the Internet with friends or other people.

The game can be played up to 8 players in the same village on the Internet. Players can then exchange items, bells (the currency of the game, only virtual).

While there is no rudeness or offensive language in the game, its online features could potentially expose players to inappropriate content created by other players.

Warning: the game allows you to create content like images,drawings and share them online. Which means that anyone can draw anything. It is important then to restrict access to online gambling, or limit it to friends, people you trust.

The backup of this game cannot be archived online and cannot be transferred to other Nintendo Switch consoles.

conclusion

We recommend this very good game to everyone, from the moment, where the person can read and understand the simple texts of the game.

More information about the game: Nintendo’s official website

About Marc Shakour

Former video game programmer, columnist, teacher, competitor ... Marc has always been very familiar with the world and industry of video games. He decided to help neophytes about it, to discover new universes, worlds and fantastic creatures.

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