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Animal Crossing New Leaf Review

Updated on September 10, 2014

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At first glance, the Animal Crossing series just looks like a kid's game, with no substance or goals. This couldn't be further from the truth. Animal Crossing New Leaf is a game that people of all ages can enjoy. You start out choosing a town to "visit" and you quickly learn that you are going to become that town's mayor.

You start out in a tent while good ole Tom Nook waits for your down payment so he can get started on building your house. You earn money by selling flowers, fishing, and digging up fossils and gyroids. You can also start meeting the characters in your town which I affectionately call my neighbors or townies. All of your townies will be animals of some sort, from cats to frogs to ducks or even a unicorn! Cultivating friendships with your Animal Crossing neighbors is important. If you have a good friendship, you will receive random gifts in the mail, including the coveted picture that you can proudly display in your home to show that you are great friends with whomever gave it to you.

In addition to making friends, you can also work on filling up your museum. Your museum has 3 parts: dinosaur bones, fish, and bugs. Each day, you have 4 fossils that you can dig up. Bring them to the museum to be inspected and if it's a new one, you can donate it. It's really fun to see your dinosaurs take shape with each donation. You can also catch seasonal bugs or fish. When you catch a new one, donate it to the museum and it will be added to an exhibit.

If all of this doesn't strike your fancy, you can also work on collecting furniture sets with which to decorate your home, expand your house into a mansion or castle, plant orchards, breed hybrid flowers, go shopping, visit a tropical island, visit friends, and even visit other towns in your dreams! There is so much to this game yet it is very relaxing and fun to play. You're never pressured to finish missions (there aren't really any, unless you count delivering a letter across town) and you can't really lose the game. The only bad thing that can really happen is your favorite townie moving away but if you visit often and talk to him or her, you can prevent that from happening.

Animal Crossing New Leaf is a wonderfully charming and unique game that I believe anyone can enjoy! There are some truly unique experiences in this game and your townies will always be happy to see you. They will even remember your birthday and invite you to their birthday party, even if you're mean to them. What other game can offer you so much for such a small price tag?

Bottom line: I've owned New Leaf since the week after release and I've played it every single day! I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

Nintendo 3DS XL Handheld Console with Animal Crossing Game Pre-Installed
Nintendo 3DS XL Handheld Console with Animal Crossing Game Pre-Installed

Already love the Animal Crossing series? Then you might want the Limited Edition Animal Crossing 3DS XL!

Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides)
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides)

Worried you'll get stuck or not know what to do? The Prima guide has a great deal of information to help you out!


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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      We, my wife and I, have each enjoyed Animal Crossing over the years on the Wii. I have this game on 3DS, but it was second, and I'm still working on the other game. Now that I've read your review, I will try to get to it. Looks like fun! Thanks! ;-)