It’s been a little over a month since Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but we haven’t had a chance to find time to play the game. Neertheless, if you’re still on edge on whether or not Animal Crossing: New Leaf is worth getting, you’ll be happy to know that it is.
To start off, this is my first venture into the Animal Crossing series. Of course, I’ve known about its town-building gameplay structure among other things, but it wasn’t a game that I typically play. Nevertheless, I found myself immersed (and possibly addicted) to the simple, collect-and-display gaming style that Animal Crossing brings to the table.
So, as you may know, Animal Crossing starts you off as the mayor of an unnamed town, throwing you in to make the town of whatever-you-call-it into something incredible. The level of customization, as I would imagine for a game like this, is incredibly deep. From changing your outfits to expanding your house and even doing a few landscaping projects; there’s an incredible amount of ways that you can change the aesthetics of almost everything around you.
Bug hunting and fishing return as the series’ main collection-based quests. Each time you catch a new bug or fish, it’ll get logged straight into an encyclopedia, and if you so wish to, you can go to the museum to put it up for display. Of course, most may probably opt to sell it at the Re-Tail store, which serves as your primary means to gain money through selling items you don’t need.
Speaking of money (or bells, as its your town’s currency), you start with pretty much nothing at all. To get started, you’ll need to shake trees to find loose change or items, or work your way up to getting a net and fishing rod to capture all of those critters that’ll make you rich. It’s hard at first, but as you get to explore areas like the island, or partake in festivals such as the Bug-off Contest, you’ll get to see and capture more valuable kinds of insects and fish.
This brings us to the next point: the game moves incredible slow. Animal Crossing is a game that follows your day in real time; it won’t be night unless your 3DS clock says that it’s night, and it won’t be morning all the same. This means that everything you do will be accurate right to the second, and you won’t be able to skip through boring parts of the day just to get to a part of the day which you may need (some bugs/fish can only be found in the morning or night exclusively). Additionally, changes you make into your town, such as city ordinances, public work projects, or even projects done to your house, won’t be completed until the next day arrives. Though this isn’t much of a problem later on, it is a bit of a problem as you start out with your new town.
Of course, some may say that this brings animal Crossing a unique kind of charm. You’ll be able to interact with your town’s residences throughout the day, helping them catch things or just talking about random things. Everything is in real time, so you’ll be able to predict what times you’ll need to log onto the game in order to catch the event. As each day arrives, you’ll get a new batch of things to do, such as digging for fossils or indulging in new completed projects.
So, what can you do in between projects? For starters, you can go get more bells to pay off your home or a public works project. Those things can get quite expensive, ranging from a low 30,000 bells to hundreds of thousands of dollars on your home renovations. Luckily, on the home side, you don’t have to pay off your loan immediately to enjoy the renovations, however, you will need to pay in full if you want to start another project.
Overall, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is an excellent fantasy life simulator that puts you in control of a budding city. Features will gradually unlock the more days you play the game, though you may not play as much during the first few days. New stores and even areas will unlock, giving you a break from the small town that you were placed in to lead, but patience is key if you really want to see what Animal Crossing is all about.