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Genre: Simulation / Rating: E - (Everyone) / Published by: Nintendo

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      21.01.2012 02:20
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      Amazing game with cute graphics that I played daily till I finished everything possible

      I bought this game soon after I had purchased my Nintendo DS, as I had read about it and seeing some compare it to a Nintendo version of the Sims made me rush out to go purchase it, as I love simulation games. Even the front cover alone, if I had seen it before would have made me want to buy it, as the colours are so bright and the characters so cute.

      Animal Crossing is a realtime simulation game where you control a little mini animal looking character around their "Wild World". The game changes along with your days, so when it is nighttime in reality in Animal Crossing it also turns to night, it also changes seasons to. It is so unique in its approach to gaming that it really is one of the best games that you can own.

      It is really easy to set up, as all you do is answer a few short questions and your character is created. There are then little tutorials which take place in the form of talking to the characters around the town,which tell you about everything that goes on in the characters world and what you need to do. The graphics are great in this game, as the world is really well designed and clearly detailed. The colours throughout are so bright and inviting, with all the characters and graphics being extremely cute.

      There isn't really a main plot to this game, it's all about just doing random things around your town. But although there isn't a goal, there are many things to do like collecting all the fossils/fish/insects and paintings for your museum, gaining all the feathers from gving to the local charity, upgrading your house and Tom Nooks shop and collecting all the different clothing items for your character. You also have the opportunity to meet loads of different characters who appear in the world, and although some may move town, there will always be ones that reappear in their place.

      If you have friends with the game, you can connect your two characters by visiting each others cities. All you need for this is your characters names and cities and a good wifi connection near both of you and you will be able to visit. I used this feature with one of my friends even though we were in different boroughs, so you don't have to be sitting directly next to them for this to work, which is much different to the other multiplayer games the DS has.

      I would recommend this game to anyone who loves casual gaming in a realtime format, and enjoys a game that does not force you to complete missions in a certain time frame. It is really relaxing and can make you stress free, as you get so involved within this

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      01.04.2010 01:05
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      Great game!

      I've had this game since around the end of 2006/start of 2007 and I still play it now whereas other games purchased around that time are long gone.

      You're a little character that you get to name at the start of the game when you move into your town which you also get to name. The gameplay is easy and simplistic and I find this a really relaxing game to play when I am stressed - especially the fishing. You collect items which you then sell to Tom Nook who gives you bells (the games currency) for your items, which you then use to pay off your mortgage and advance to a larger dwelling with a larger mortgage.

      There is a catalogue in Tom Nook's shop which allows you to furnish your home using many differentlt themed objects. You buy items like spades, nets and fishing rods from Tom Nook's shop and these items allow you to fish, catch bugs and dig - all these actions result in one gaining bells or gaining items that can be sold to Tom Nook for bells.

      The game is set in real time so different things happen at different times of day and during different seasons, ie snow in Winter, falling leaves in Autumn, dried out ground in Summer....It keeps the game interesting.

      This game seems to appeal to many different age ranges, I know 6 year olds who enjoy playing it but similarly my Mother (who is nearly 60!) enjoys it as well!

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        01.03.2010 22:40

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        brilliant entertaining game

        This game is fantastic.
        This game is in real time so a day actually takes a day and so on.
        The game starts as you moving to a small town where plenty of other animals live. These animals will become you friends and will help you on your quest to fish,dig fossils,find rare painting,expand and decorate your house and catch bugs.
        Animals will move into the village and leave when they feel like it but new ones will arrive.
        The best part about this game is that you can connect up with friends that have the game and visit their towns,shop there and make friends with their friends.
        The game is easy to play even when you only have 5 mins and is a game that is forever ongoing.
        Everybodys world on animal crossing is different depending on how you answer the questions at the beginning of the games and what you decide to do during the game.
        This game is suitable for all ages and is very entertaining.
        I have had this game for about 2 years and still feel that I am far away from it finishing.

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        09.02.2010 03:37
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        A strange, divisive game

        Animal Crossing is the ultimate in a game virtually without plot; you play a guy who wants to start his life with a newly bought house, and you have to work, earn cash, pay off debts and basically just be a nice guy. That's it.

        The gameplay is exceedingly simplistic; you just have to perform activities like collecting items to help your neighbours, decorate your home, collect items for it, and earn cash by selling items you find to the local shops. Also, there is a multiplayer component which enables you to go online and visit other people's towns, and in some circumstances, take advance of their plentiful bounties! To this token, the controls are also very easy to get to grips with, and it isn't frustrating to use the touch pad and D-pad in conjunction like it is with some other games.

        Visually, the game's not exactly great. This isn't a visuals-driven experience, but still, it's quite ropey and not pleasing to the eye. They're just devoid of colour and flavour, which detracts somewhat, while the audio work is also quite bland and just not very flavoursome at all. You'll not remember much about the presentation, that's for sure.

        There's so much packed in here that it's a frequently dynamic experience, although those expecting incredibly broad and ever-changing play might be a bit let down. The overarching goal is always the same, and I can't blame people for not liking it, because it is certainly an acquired taste, and I fear that it's addictive in the same way as World of Warcraft, in that it doesn't require any particular skill or nuance, but in fact it's just a grindfest with a little changing up here and there.

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        22.01.2010 18:13
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        Recommended to people of all ages looking for a fun, relaxing game

        Animal Crossing is perhaps one of the best games of all time. It offers something in a game that has not been offered before, its originality is definitely one of its strong points.
        The basic premise is you begin with a character who has just moved to a new town. Over the first few days of playing Animal Crossing several new villagers move to your town, each with their own sense of style and personality. You can also have random visitors, such as Sahara, who offer the chance of special items that you can't get any where else.
        The best thing about the game is that you choose what you want to do. There are several "aims" like collect all the fish or bugs for the museum, complete your item catalogue, collect pictures of your villagers etc. But, you can do whatever you want basically. If you want to just chill out in your village, pop over to a villager's house, catch a few fish, rearrange your furniture - you can. You don't have to aim for a specific goal, making the game feel very relaxing to play.
        Even if you did want to go for specific things, the game will keep you busy for months and months, as there is so much to do. Over the different seasons in real life, the game play also changes. In winter it snows and you can build snow men, there's also new fish and bugs to catch each season. Your villagers can move out and new ones move in. There is so much to do on Animal Crossing, I think it's near impossible to get bored.
        However, I believe there is one disadvantage to Animal Crossing, which can potentially ruin the game. You generally need to play the game once every day, which at first is fun, but can get very frustrating when you're aiming for specific goals. If you are trying for a perfect town, you need to make sure you pull up the weeds that sprout every day, if you are trying to get a particular villager's picture you need to make sure you check they are not trying to move out, if you're trying to complete the catalogue you need to check Nook's every day for new items...
        It does get quite repetitive and tedious after a while. It is difficult to find time to go on a game every day for months.
        Overall, Animal Crossing is a fantastic game with so much to offer. It is great for anyone who likes to achieve certain goals in games, as well as for anyone who wants to just relax with a simple game. I would definitely recommend it, but trying to complete all the goals can get a bit taxing after a while.

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        17.11.2009 20:25

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        A fun game where you can customise your adorable character and your surroundings, and have fun!

        ANIMAL CROSSING IS BRILLIANT!!!!!! When I think about games like this I suddenly feel very childish, but theres a reason for that. In my opinion, Animal Crossing is suitable for all ages, not just children, but it has the ability to bring out the childish side of you!
        Its the most adorable game ever! Theres many things you can do, such as fishing, catching bugs, picking and planting flowers, and collecting fossils! You can decorate your house with these items that you collect and many other cute furnitures and such.
        Everyone in your town is a cute animal, and if you play with other people, these neighbours can move in and out between your towns. One of my favourite things to do is to manipulate what the animals say to you and other animals, such as greetings and nicknames. Its fun to make them say silly things!
        Theres so much to do in Animal Crossing, and can keep you amused for hours! Playplayplayplayplay.

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        10.08.2009 18:18
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        Fun for all the family

        Unfortunately I lost this game but when I owned it I enjoyed it so much! I think it is generally aimed at younger children, but I am 20 years old nearly and I thought it was fantastic!

        You have control of a little creature/animal type thing, and your goal is to buy a house, earn money to pay off the mortgage by making or selling things, and gradually get a bigger and bigger house. I'm not sure if there is an end to the game, but I was playing it for months and it was still exciting and there was still lots to do.

        You start off in an unfriendly neighbourhood with unhappy neighbours, and have to talk to them all and give them gifts to make them happy, and once they become happy then more visitors stop by and the village gets prettier and prettier.

        Making money is fun, by collecting fossils, fishing, even bashing trees to get fruit to fall out of them, and growing a money tree is very fun!

        I'd highly recommend this game, if not for you then your kids. It is also very educational and teaches the value of money and mortgages!

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        03.07.2009 12:56
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        Good value, lots of game play to be had.

        This review is for the game Animal Crossing for the Nintendo DS and the game was produced and developed by Nintendo themselves. The game essentially involves building up your own home in a town and developing it.

        You start in this game by working for Tom Nook in his store, which is essentially a tutorial and introduction to the game. After working in his ever growing store for a while, you then earn enough money to start to develop your own house. You can then explore your local neighbourhood, and as long as you can afford it, you can then acquire bigger properties which you can then develop.

        Like most parts of the game, there are lots of different activities and elements which you can interact with. So for example, to earn yourself some money to pay off your mortgage, you can collect fruit from the trees, grow vegetables, dig up fossils and perform small tasks for the other characters. There's lots of variety in all elements of the game, which is what does make the game one that you can keep coming back to.

        When exploring around the town in which you now live, you can meet lots of different animal characters. These characters are very entertaining, you can inter-act with them, and also have mini conversations with them.

        Controlling the game is generally very easy, you can use either the stylus or the D-pad depending on the exact function that you are trying to perform. Everything feels very logical, and this game avoids that frustration I've experienced with other DS games where everything seems hard to control.

        In terms of activity, this is quite a slow paced game, similar in general principles to games such as the Sims. There isn't a lot of fast paced action, although the likely players of this game are not likely to have wanted a game which was like that. The laid back element of this game is what makes it so endearing.

        The graphics in this game are good, everything is set out clearly, and they do the job well. I particularly liked the sound effects and background music as well, this arcadey type of feel did add some atmosphere to the game, and some effort had been put into this.

        The games multi player element is superb, and is really a foundation of the game. With other players you can compare the towns which you all have, and your characters can then interact with each other. This is definitely a very strong element of the game, and is developed well. You can have up to three other players exploring around your town, although you can make them leave at any time if they cause a scene!

        Another useful addition is that if you have a couple of people wanting to play the game, you are able to have different saved characters so that you don't have to delete one profile before starting another. I've seen this problem on some other DS games, but as with most things about this game, it's all very accessible.

        The game's full retail price is 29.99 pounds, but at the time of writing it can be obtained from Amazon at the slightly discounted price of 24 pounds. If you're happy with a second hand copy however, at time of writing, these can be found for under ten pounds on sites such as eBay and Amazon. The game is rated as 3+, so is suitable for children of nearly all ages, although is likely to be better appreciated by children a little older than the minimum.

        Overall, I found this game excellent. Although not only children will see the charm in this best-selling game, it's a great game for them, and one that they likely enjoy. There's always lots of uncover in this game, and everything about the game does feel as though a lot of thought has gone into it. The game is still expensive to buy new, but is still good value for money.

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        27.06.2009 12:51
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        Make your dream town and have all the fun you want.

        If you like games that let you simulate lives or create towns (so think The Sims right now) then I would strongly suggest you look into this game. Okay, so it's not as mature as other games in the same genre but don't let this childish aspect put you off too soon.

        You start off the game being driven to your new town in a taxi. During this process, you name your character and your town before you are dropped off at this new destination. When you get there, you have to participate in some tasks to let you get to grips with the controls but after this process, the fun really begins!

        Each town comes with an empty museum so it is up to you to fill it with the wonders of your town (I've never understood why the animals in the town don't care about their museum and why it is left to you but nevermind!) so you have to use your skills:

        -Fishing.
        -Digging.
        -Insect hunting.

        Of course, you first must have the right equipment to be able to do all of these and that requires Bells (Animal Crossing money). There are a few ways to earn Bells in your town; you can run errands for your friends and in return they might give you money (although I'm often lumbered with ugly wallpaper) or you can sell things to Tom Nook, the raccoon who owns the store in town. He will buy anything and it is through these ways you earn enough money to buy the equipment you need.

        Let's not forget about your house though! In addition to having lots of fun buying the misc. objects the town has to offer, unfortunately you have to buy off the mortgage of your house as well. You do this by taking money to the bank and after giving away some of your hard-earned Bells, they let you know how much you still owe. Of course, after paying off your mortgage you have the option to make your house even bigger and you can change the roof colour.

        The game runs with an actual 24 hour clock (as you set the time on your DS) so things appear during the day that don't happen at night. Animals also move in and out of the town whenever they want to, and it are these aspects that make this game wonderful. It is constantly changing and there is always something you can do so it is hard to be bored when you're playing this game. You can participate in town games (as advertised on the town notice board) and try to get involved with the lives of other town patrons while watching the seasons change. If your town is boring then plant flowers, trees and make your town exactly as you want it to be.

        You can also use the DS's WIFI capabilities and play this game online with friends who also have Animal Crossing. During this time, they can bring in items that you might not be able to find in your own town and they can make friends with your own animal friends in there. Each town is different and contains their own quirky residents who you might want to befriend.

        While this is not a game you can just sit and play for hours at a time, it goes on indefinitely. While events are happening and there is a house you want to make bigger, this game can be played. If you don't happen to play it for a few days, your friends in the town will ask where you've been (and you will also notice that the town has overgrown with weeds...)

        At the moment, it retails as:

        Amazon- £23.96 (free p&p)
        Play.com- £24.99 (free p&p)

        While it might not be considered as the cheapest game for the DS, it is definitely one of the most fun games available for it. I am more than happy to recommend this game to anyone who is getting a DS. It is fun, slightly addictive and no day in your town will ever be identical.

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          20.06.2009 15:18
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          Lots of fun

          Hello, my name is Grym and I'm addicted to a game for children.

          I always feel slightly embarrassed if anyone discovers my copy of Animal Crossing, I keep it hidden at the bottom of my draw, under my more 'sophisticated' games, as a 19 year old undergraduate, this sort of thing just isn't great for my street cred you understand. But having had my first foray into the animal crossing world on the game cube, it's of little surprise that I am now hooked on the DS version. There's always the slight irritant of the great bit '3+' label on the box, but that aside, I am convinced this is a game for all ages, skill levels and attention spans.

          Which is why I struggle to pin down why I like it so much. The game itself revolves round a fairly simple premise. You move into a town inhabited by inexplicably chatty animals, and promptly get a job, a house, and puzzlingly for a game with such a young audience, a mortgage.

          You earn Bells (the currency of the town) by doing odd jobs, selling things and once you've paid off your mortgage you get...another one! In this way the game is a little repetitive, but the upgrades to your house (first a larger one, then a second story etc) are distinct enough to make the work you put in worthwhile. The game has many interesting little asides, such as the decoration of your house, fishing, insect hunting and for no apparent reason, collecting the little robots that you dig up from the earth.

          There's a wide variety of these different sets of objects, making the pursuit of your favourite one a fun personal goal whilst playing. The game can be a bit of a nag sometimes though, like an evolving ecosystem it continues to go on when you turn it off. So, if you return after a few weeks to playing it again, you find your house full of cockroaches, and weeds growing all over the town! But, despite this, it is something that you still go back to time and time again.

          I think it's the combination of simple, bright graphics, easy reptetative tasks and the overtly non threatening goal of the game that makes it so much fun. For those times when work is piling up, the bills need to be paid, and you have washing up to do just switch it on, and escape to a world where everything can be paid off if you catch enough fish.

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            17.06.2009 23:11
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            Animal Crossing is my favorite game for DS

            I love this game. I just got the DS Lite and out of every game I have tried this one is by far my favorite. I am 33 and can honestly say that I am addicted to playing this game. I originally bought it for my 4 year old to play and was teaching him how to play it when I ultimately became all wrapped up in it myself and kind of took it hostage. My 4 year old is able to play and this is also one of his favorite games though he can't really experience the full enjoyment of the game due to his reading capabilities.

            I believe the genre this game is considered to be in is a simulation game though I have not really played any other games on the DS quite like it. Harvest Moon would be the closest relative I suppose but it is very much like Neopets. The graphics are great, not very pixelated like other games. I would suggest purchasing this game as opposed to renting it from Gamefly because once you play it you will want to keep all the items you collect and if you rent it you cannot take anything with you. The replay value of this game is excellent! Every day is something new and there will always be new things to explore. It is not one of those games you simply beat in a couple of months.

            You arrive at a town possessing nothing and you must work and earn bells (money) to furnish your home, buy customizable clothing and collect rare items. Your neighbors are all animals and you are human-ish hence the title Animal Crossing. In the game you have one house that can inhabit 4 players, all human. So I can be a tenant, my son could be a separate tenant and there would be room for 2 additional players. You can only play one player at a time and can share your belongings if you choose to do so.

            This version is called Wide World and I believe this one is only for Nintendo DS. There is a version of Animal Crossing called City Folk for Wii and an earlier version just titled Animal Crossing.

            You are able to chat with other players on this game through a wifi connection. It is safe for children because you'll need to know someone else that owns the game and have their special code in order to contact them and they would have to know your code also so it is not random. I have only used the DS to DS feature to have visitors in my town. DS to DS is when 2 different DS systems have 2 copies of the game and are playing it at the same time within the same room. I just started playing this way with my son and it is a lot of fun. He loves it when I play with him like this. If I was to suggest an ideal age group for this game I'd say it is geared towards tweens/ preteens.

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              15.06.2009 02:25
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              a great game which is very addictive

              Animal Crossing is a fantastic game in which i spent hours playing! the way the game is set out and the way in which you play is fantastic. You start of in a taxi going to a new city, you have several conversations with the taxi driver and end up in your new town (you name the town) once your there you are greeted at the town hall by Pelly (who works at the town hall) You get given a map and go to your home, you then start out working for Tom Nook who is a bit grumpy at times but is nice enough... once you have done your duties you have to find your own money (you have to have money to pay off your mortgage and you can buy furniture for your house etc).

              There are a number of ways to get money. You can shake the fruit from the trees, go fishing, get bugs, flowers, shells... Tom Nook will basically buy anything! If you go to lost property at the towns gate you can find quite a few items in their to sell!

              As the game goes on you talk to the other animals on your island and become quite friendly with them. If you are really nice you might get given gifts etc.

              All in all, animal crossing is great fun and very addictive

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              08.06.2009 02:11
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              enjoyable long game with lots to do

              If you like your simulator games then this game is a fun take on them. The game is defiantely one for sims fans and so on. You move into town and get a new house, you have a morgage and it is fun to run around and talk to other people. you have good wireless abilities to play with other friends and do some things together steal other people fruit.

              The game involves you making money to pay off your rent on your house while you can also decorate it up with all kinda of interesting and weird things. However the townspeople will ask all sorts from you and they are all really cute. The animals in town can recieve mail and presents from you, give you gifts, and you can even go celebrate easter, christmas and all sorts of other competitions and festivals in your town.

              The game can be down right addictive if this is your kinda thing and there is lots to do in it including cathing wildlife, digging up treasures and helping to fill up the mueseum. For a DS game there is a nice long game to play with much to do, the game will keep you playing for hours to come, especially if you like this genre, or have played any of the animal crossings before.

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              19.05.2009 16:28
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              Totally harmless fun

              If you're like me and don't enjoy games where things jump out and shoot you etc, then this game is probably right up your street. The worst that may happen in your town in Animal Crossing, could be you pass out from being stung by a scorpion or nibbled by a tarantula!!

              I actually became severely addicted to this game. My other half bought it for me as he got sick of me moaning about being bored when he steals the tv to play xbox! Joke was on him because once I started this game, I didn't want to stop!

              I won't go into the ins and outs of how to get going, I'm sure you can read that anywhere. All I will say is have some patience in the beginning while it gets you set up for your game, it's well worth it.
              At first I was like 'great, I'm a character with a tiny house - now what?', but when you actually give the game a go, there are so many cute little things to do; going shopping, planting your fruit trees, finding free bits of furniture.

              Okay so you sound a bit nutty trying to explain it to someone that hasn't actually played it, but it is such a cute and harmless game.
              Obviously it's not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but it is the best boredom buster game I've ever come across. In fact you can leave it for months if you so wish, then go back and see how things have changed etc.

              I think I've definitely got money's worth out of this game, and the fact that shops like GAME are still selling it for so much second hand shows how popular it has been.

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              17.05.2009 00:48
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              Boring.

              WOW.
              I was so bored by this game. Some might say that I didn't give it enough of a chance so please, don't rate it as a bad review purely because you like the game and disagree with what I say - I only say this because I don't know a single person who doesn't like this game other than me!

              Personally, I found so incredibley dull and would honestly get more fun out of a tamagotchi! Like any other game, you make a character and you live in the game world. But that's it. You purely exist. There are good ideas behind the game such as communicating with your friends and being able to talk to them via a connection but we have facebook/myspace/msn/mobile phones/our feet and use of face-to-face conversation for this! And if you really want your own vegetable patch then you can go to your garden and create one? - If you don't have a garden then grow some herbs on the window sill, it's the same principle. PLUS, what person when they come home from work wants to stick a game on and do exactly the same thing?!

              I can however understand why children would enjoy it - the graphics are brightly coloured and it's something to do whilst talking to their friends but again - face-to-face communication?

              I definitely wouldn't recommend it to any adult because I really don't think they'd appreciate the boredom inflicted on them!
              But that's just me?

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            Step into the world of Animal Crossing, where villagers live their everyday lives in time with an actual 24-hour clock. To become a part of the thriving village community, you'll get a job, buy a house and interact with other villagers.