Animal Crossing: New Leaf is Simply Comfort & Adventure in a Small Package [Review]

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is for sure my new addiction. I bought a 3DS solely for the purpose of playing this lovely gem. I actually had the first Animal Crossing game for GameCube and completely fell in love! Don’t let ACNL’s art style fool you into thinking it’s just another kids’ game. It’s for anyone and everyone (just trust me, I’m 21 years old at the time of writing this review). The point of this game isn’t to reach new and higher levels or to gain as many points as possible. The point of Animal Crossing: New Leaf is simply adventure. You get to spend your time just exploring this amazing, creative world all in real time.

I also reviewed Animal Crossing: New Horizons which you can check out here!


Brief intro: Welcome to the world of Animal Crossing! You will start off on the train to your new town. You’ll give Rover (the nice cat who sits with you) your name, town name, a town layout, and answer a few other questions that determine your appearance. So, there is no creating a character for hours which is both a blessing and a curse… Your answers to Rover’s simple questions will give you your gender, hair style, and eyes.

After getting off the train in your new town, you’ll be surprised by the villagers waiting for you. You are now the new mayor of their town! Isabelle takes you to the town hall, and this is where everything begins!

Review: Animal Crossing: New Leaf has got to be the best in life simulation games for all ages. It still has the wonderful characters and ingenuity that this series is known for plus all new adventures for you to get into. Your town is completely customizable now with new shops, new items, and new ways to visit your friends’ towns and their homes.

Handling items is also much easier than in past games. You can sell many items at once, save letters you receive, edit custom design patterns, look through your encyclopedia of bugs and creatures, see your personal card which you can customize with a photo of your character, type messages to friends who visit or send letters to your villagers, use special character reactions, and pull up your entire town map with important icons visible all on your home screen. Now you can also have all your items appraised at once in the museum. If you like to save your time for other things, this is a life saver that was not an option in past Animal Crossing games.

There’s always something to do in New Leaf which makes this comfort game perfect for cozy days no matter the weather. You can dig for fossils and treasure, shoot balloons with your sling-shot to get cool items, go fishing for exotic fish, go shopping for furniture and clothes, make over your character and your home, catch insects that will on display go in the museum, and more. There is so many new things in New Leaf as well, like the island you can visit that has all kinds of mini games and you can even work at the coffee shop with Brewster making your villagers their favorite beverages!

Animal Crossing is one of those classics you’ll never find a reason to stop playing. This isn’t a game you can “beat” so if you start this game with that mindset, it won’t be something you will enjoy to the fullest. It’s an open-ended game and full of endless hours of gaming. If you’re new to the Animal Crossing series, this game is a great place to start. It’s not overly complicated and you can jump right in with no prior knowledge. It’s fun and relaxing for all ages. It’s by far one of my favorite comfort games ever.

Official Rating: E

Genre(s): Simulation

A Geeky Gal’s Score: 5 out of 5 stars!

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