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Welcome to Animal Crossing, the game where nothing bad happens, everyone is friendly and nice and you live in a village populated with cute furry animals. Be warned- this might be gentle, harmless fun but it can be addictive.
Animal Crossing is an open-ended game so it doesn't have an aim as such. You are the principle character in the game, which starts with you moving to your Animal Crossing town (which you name) and buying a house from Tom Nook, the local racoon storekeeper, by taking out a mortgage (the local currency is called Bells). Where the game goes from there is really up to you. You can pay off your mortgage to Tom Nook by selling items such as fruit, fish, shells and fossils, but you may prefer to spend your time just chatting to the other villagers and sending them letters. It's also possible, via wi-fi, to visit your real-life friends in their Animal Crossing villages, and you can send them letters too. You can donate fossils, fish and bugs to the museum (worth it to chat to Blathers, the owl), go to the coffee shop, visit the observatory or... and this is the new bit for Animal Crossing... take the bus into the City. There you can visit other shops, get your fortune told or even have a makeover so your character can look like your Mii.
If you ever played any of the previous incarnations of Animal Crossing, then you'll see a lot of familiar faces- Tom Nook, Mr Resetti, Blathers, Copper and so on. If you haven't played before then prepare to be unexpectedly charmed by the sweetness of this game. After a while, you'll start to wonder how a cutesy game with talking animals can be so addictive.
A few tips:
Your town will have fruit trees bearing a particular type of fruit local to your town. If you can grow foreign fruit trees (e.g. a different type of fruit from a friend's town or one of the coconuts that washes up on the beach from time to time) these are a lot more valuable (500 Bells as opposed to 100).
It's always worth checking the Recycling Bin (at the Town Hall) and the Lost and Found (ask at the Gate); you never know what you'll come across.
Check the town's Notice Board for upcoming events. These can be a lot of fun!
If you plug a USB keyboard into your Wii, it is a LOT easier to send messages and letters.
Make sure you pull up all your weeds and plant plenty of greenery to keep your town's rating up (to check your town's rating, go to the Town Hall and ask at the Civic Centre window).
Give the trees a shake whether they've got fruit on or not. Sometimes money will fall out. If you disturb a bees' nest, run for the nearest building!
The game plays out in real time, so it's dark at night, light in the daytime, snows in the winter, warm in the summer, etc. The graphics are bright, colouful and cheery.
Oh and lastly... don't be put off by the fact the game is supposed to be for players aged 3 and up. There's fun to be had for people of all ages. If you like games like The Sims, you'll appreciate just how much enjoyment can be had from creating your perfect village.
I recently purchased this game after playing the DS game and basically doing everything that was possible within that, so I thought that the new features of this platform would be a new and improved way of wasting a couple of hours! It cost around £20 in GAME for preowned, and it is still around this price, as last time I was in there the new version cost £30.
The game starts off pretty much the same as the other DS versions, as you have your own character and you are able to customise it with accessories that you find, buy or get given to you as gifts. There is also the chance to use your Mii character in the game, although I don't really like this as the characters look much cuter as designed by the Animal Crossing staff and can be dressed in the accessories.
The game itself follows the same plot, where you have moved into a new town and can start your life there by doing various things. You can fish, collect fossils, improve your house and pay off the mortgage by collecting money selling the things you find. Tom Nook is still present, and throughout the game the only real main goal is to pay off your debt to him for building you a house and then expanding on it. These little things to do throughout the game, however tiny and similar still had me addicted at playing the Wii version of Animal Crossing, and I found myself playing it daily.
However, the new added part to Animal Crossing: Lets Go To The City is that the developers have implemented a new town. Just a short bus ride away you can visit a place which has shops to visit and more animals to make friends with. You're almost guaranteed to always see a new animal in your town, quite like in the DS version and now you can go and style yourself in the Salon or visit stores which have things that Tom Nook doesn't sell in his store within your town. There is the Auction House, however this is very limited and requires friends who own the game to trade with you through it, however when conversing with them you can use the new emotions that you pick up through the Theater!
The graphics stick to the same cartoony aspect as they did on the DS. However, they still look to be the same as they did when they were developed in 2005 on the DS, and many games overtake them in the rankings of good Wii graphics. I would stick to the DS version if graphics play a major part in your gaming.
The game runs on real time which can be both a positive and negative. Although this gives it a unique feature which seperates it from most games as it progresses with the same time you do and the same seasons, if you are someone who plays at night, it can get really annoying as most of the shops are closed and you cannot do anything. Holidays are celebrated within the Wii version as they were in the DS as you can celebrate things like Christmas and a Harvest Festival and take part in events like Fishing Competitions. However, you must be playing at the times they are running, so if you don't play on a particular day you won't get the bonus that occured on that holiday day or be able to take part in the competition.
Another feature of this game is that you can add in the Wii speak, which is much easier to communicate with friends over than previous small text bubbles you would have to send to each other using the DS. You can buy this in conjuction with the Animal Crossing game itself in some stores or online, however I would only recommend this if you have loads of friends who play Animal Crossing on the Wii, as otherwise it is pretty useless.
Overall, I would rate this game highly to anyone looking for a game they can play casually and in short or long bursts. With cute and cartoony graphics, it is a visually pleasing game that can be played of all ages. However, if you have the DS version and don't look forward to completing all the same tasks just with a few new features on a different console, I would not recommend that you buy it.
The game sequence
The game itself is the third of the series the first originating on the Gamecube, although not available in the UK I obtained the US version and played it with a freeloader disc on my UK GameCube. The second was released on the DS and although it was fairly similar there were some fun updates, the most current game is available on the Wii, though I am not overly impressed with it.
You are moving away from home for the first time to a society of animals who gossip; partake in fishing, bug collecting, fashion and local festivities such as Christmas and Halloween.
The idea is to obtain as many animal neighbours as possible through creating a clean, green environment which is pleasant to live in while paying off your house and helping out the local museum through collecting and donating fossils, fish and bug species to make it more prosperous and interesting to visit.
What your character looks like and what gender you are depends on what answers you give during your bus drive over as does your name and you don't find out what you look like until you arrive and name your little town.
When you first arrive you have the choice of four very small dreary looking houses which you must pay off to Tom Nook, a racoon who owns the local shop. Every time you pay off your debt your house increases in size and so does Tom Nook's shop opening up the amount of furniture, clothing, carpet and wallpaper you can buy to accessorise your house.
You initially start off with maybe three or four animal neighbours whose houses and positions seem much nicer than yours to begin with as they have been living there much longer than you; I began with a green frog called Frogbert, a grey wolf called Whitney and a Brown Gorilla called Caesar. Each of these animals has their own clothing, decorating and personality styles. They all appreciate getting letters and gifts though and always send you back a message and a gift if you send one to them.
In order to pay off your debt and earn money you first must do delivery tasks for Tom Nook and after he runs out of things for you to do you must then earn money by collecting items and selling them back to him. This may seem easy enough but when you start you start off with nothing and can only collect frit and seashells which rack up to only around 60-100bells (the currency of the area) each, which isn't much considering you have to pay him back something like 120,000bells at least for each house upgrade. In order to accumulate fishing rods, spades or nets you must purchase them of Tom Nook too.
The spade allows you to plant fruit to grow more trees to improve the environment or grow more fruit to sell as well as dig up fossils to either donate to the museum or sell and the other items definitely help you collect things to sell also, though not everything is available to buy immediately so patients or monkeying around with the games clock is required.
In order to control the game you are to use both the Wii mote and nun chuck connected together. Using the remote you control your character and the nun chuck controls specific actions such as accessing your menu to see what bugs or fish you have so far caught or what you have collected in your pockets. It also controls your usage of your net to catch bugs, your fishing rod to catch fish, your spade to plant trees and so on.
The game runs in real time so if you plan to go butterfly or cricket catching or wanting to sell items back to Tom Nook then its best you do it before 5pm, this also goes for visiting your neighbours sending letters or catching fish as its harder to see them at night.
The visuals are very colourful and cartoony; the graphics are smooth, simple and glitch free. The characters are very interactive, they show a wide range of facial expressions and emotions such as happy, stressed, sad, despair, shock and I am pretty sure many other emotions I have yet to explore. There is also a great variety in the number of characters who exist in this game, there are maybe 25 different species of animal to begin with some of which are brand new who I haven't seen in any of the previous games.
The variety of furniture sets and items for internal decorating in your house are also very numerous and creatively constructed, you can purchase anything from a flamingo lawn ornament to an old fashioned TV or arcade machine.
In terms of the soundtrack it is very relaxed and changes by the hour in time with different periods of the day. The insects make specific noises to help you track them down which seem very realistic. The animals all have a different tone of voice depending on what gender or species they are though they don't speak any known human language, when they speak they sound something like the unseen adults in Charlie Brown so text is supplied when they are communicating.
The main addition to the game is that you can now jump on the bus to go to a shopping arcade where you can purchase new fashions, furniture, go to the hair salon, get your fortune taken, have your shoes shined or go to a rather terrible stand-up comedian.
Since this is the main change of the game however I am a little disappointed as most of this could be unlocked in the DS version including the hair salon and fortune teller, so it's not exactly 100% new or a real reason to call it a new game. This is a general problem I have had with a lot of games on the Wii which claim to be new and are just given a new title a very small addition made. To me this is not a new game and I am a little disappointed as when comparing games on the N64 to the GameCube there is obviously a huge step up in quality of game whereas on the Wii I have found that they may be added one extra thing to the game then rereleased it under false pretences.
Overall it is a good game but for those who have played the previous games not a lot has been added and as for the wireless system on this game they were much better utilised on the DS version.
If you already have the DS version there is not much point in getting this though it is available on Amazon and offline for around £20 I am a little annoyed that I had to pay £40 full price at the time of release for a game I had already essentially played.
I first started off playing Animal Crossing Wild World for my nintendo DS and really enjoyed the game. Then the Animal Crossing Let's Go To The City came out on Nintendo Wii and I just had to try it.
The game is set in real time so you can experience all four seasons in the game. In the summer it will be sunny, and in winter there will be snow that you can even make a snowman out of!
The game starts off when you are on a bus. On the bus you meet a character called Rover who will chat to you and ask you questions like: 'What's your name?' 'What is your town's name?' 'What time is it?' I think this is a clever way of entering your information into the game and isn't too boring!
When you arrive at your town Rover will tell you where you need to go (the town hall). Here they give you a map of the town and tell you which houses are available to buy. You can have up to four players on the same game, so if you are the first to play the game there will be four houses to choose from. If you are second to play there will be three houses to choose from and so on.
Each time you go in to a house and the come back out, a character called Tom Nook will appear and ask you if you are ready to buy or if you would like to continue looking(so you can go take a look at the other houses). As you have only just started the game and won't have any bells to start off with (bells are the currency in the game) you have a mortgage and can pay off however much you like at the town hall. Each time you finish off paying your mortgage, you have the option to have your house made bigger, but therefore you would have another mortgage to pay off!
Tom Nook makes you work for him at first so you can earn some bells, but after working for Nook you will have to find your own way of earning them.
I would suggest that with the first bells you have, that you buy a Shovel, and Fishing Rod from Tom Nook's shop so you can then earn more money.
The graphics of the game are very clear and bright, and you can change the 'town tune' at the town hall. The town tune is just the sound that played throughout the game.
In the town there are many things to do:
-Meet your neighbours-
You can have up to 8 neighbours in your town(you don't get to choose who they are). You can walk into their homes and chat with them, and sometimes you can find out interesting things that you didn't know about the town, and sometimes they even give you gifts! If you don't like the gifts you can always sell them to Tom Nook. Occasionally they might ask you to deliver other gifts/letters to other characters in the village and give you a reward for that. Your neighbours might move, so you could log onto the game to find a letter saying they have left: if you do, expect a new neighbour!
If you shake a tree with a fruit on it, the three fruits will fall off the tree. You can then pick them up and sell them to Tom Nook for 100 bells each. If you shake an empty tree, you might just get lucky and get a bag of bells fall down which is just extra money! If your unlucky you could get bees and they will sting you. If you are fast you could chance getting out your net and trying to catch them (if you sell them to Nook you could get thousands of bells for them).
You can go fishing in the river or sea. If you catch a fish, you can sell it to Nook, donate it to the museum or display it in your house for your neighbours to see! There are also a few fishing tournaments throughout the year so you can win a trophy.
-Get The Bus To The City-
At the city there are many more shops, the bank, an auction, a hairdressers and many other things that is a bonus from the past Animal Crossing games!
If you have a shovel you can dig fossils. If you see a star on the ground, dig a hole there, there could be something valuable! If you find a fossil, you can sell it to Nook, donate it to the museum or keep it.
Bugs and paintings can also be donated to the museum or sold to Nook.
You can design your own clothes in Sable and Mable's shop and wear your own designs or you can buy the clothes that they are selling.
You can buy flowers and plant them around your town, just make sure you water them so they don't die! Keep on top of the weeds because new ones grow every day and you don't want your town full of them!
Throughout the game there are lots of special events that are fun to take part in, they even celebrate real events like Christmas and Easter.
The game has wifi connectivity. If someone you know has this game, you can connect it to the internet and get your friend code from the town gates. You then both add each others' town codes and can then visit eachother. Another added feature is wii talk. So rather than spending forever typing what you want to say, you can just say it!
You can buy this game from most places for around £30-£35, but I bought mine brand new off of Ebay with wii speak for £12!
Hope you enjoyed reading, I might have rambled on a bit!
Animal Crossing is a very good game for kids of all ages. This was 1st brought out to the nintendo DS and now onto the wii. The graphics are a lot better and there is so much more for you to do. This game is aimed at casual players and people that just like to sit back and relax. it is very child friendly and safe to play. you can also play through wi-fi with your friends as long as both you and your friend have each others code registered. You can do all sorts of stuff like grow fruit, go fishing etc. it is very lifelike in the way that you have your own house and have to pay off the morgage. After you payed off the morgage your house gets made bigger and you get new rooms in your house! You can decorate your house and make it look how you want it!
This is a very good game that I often play to relax and to enjoy.
I've never been as rabid a fan of Animal Crossing as most people, but I do enjoy the games. However, with the most recent game, too much has been excised to the detriment of the game. Simply, what was previously charming and intuitive has now become trite and routine. Even some of the innovations from the Wii, such as the ability to play online, are hampered by the fact that it relies greatly on communication, which is difficult because typing is so difficult.
Admittedly there is still plenty to do in this game, but the problem is that none of it is really any fun, and the small bits of invention wear out very quickly. The premise is also very tired by now (even though nobody buys these games for the plotting), with you moving house and having to pay it off through work and repeating this with a bigger home and bigger debt. It does offer open-ended gameplay, admittedly, but if anything this would have benefitted from a bit of curtailing because it becomes boring after just a few hours unless you're the type of person who enjoys skill-less, joyless grinding (World of Warcraft fans should love it!).
Visually, there's nothing really enhanced here, and given that the Wii has shown promise with its texture work, there was room to try something different. Aurally, the music is as good as the previous games, but it's a bit too whimsical for my own tastes and appears to be copied from the previous titles.
The original games were great, and they even managed to improve a lot along the way despite their simplicity, but this Animal Crossing game has lost its way and isn't worth plonking your cash down for. It's too lazy and crass to justify purchasing.
WARNING - Animal Crossing is Addictive.
This game is going for roughly about £20's at the moment. You will find it any good computer game retailer, in any high street or online. There are versions available with Wii Speak, where you are able to talk to other players and play together via internet connection but here I am reviewing the basic game.
We had enjoyed this game so much with the Nintendo DS version that we wore the cartridge out - poor thing! So, when the new Wii version came out we had to get it.
The game starts on a bus journey, all the characters are animals, except for up to four people - the four players it caters for. On the journey, the conductor asks you details like you name, date of birth and the name of the town you're going to. This builts up a reference which is saved to memory.
When you get off the bus you can choose one of four houses in which to live - one for each of the maximum four players. After choosing your house, you have to go to the Town Hall to get a work permit off the Mayor. The Mayor sends you to work in the shop for Tom Nook, the owner.
You work in the shop for a short while, doing errands and generally learning how the game works. After you have done your 'training' you get you play the game however you feel. This is were the fun starts.
The game is played in real time, the clock is set and the hours and days pass as the do in real life. Seasons come and go, shown by falling leaves and snow etc. There are special things to do on certain days - the game knows valentine day, and Easter and Christmas by the times you set on the clock.
The real object of the game is to donate one of each 'find' to the museum. These finds are fish and sealife creatures to the aquarium, beetles and bugs to the museum and peices of art to the gallery. When this is all completed I presume you are done. We have never got that far, as we, my daughter (6) and I, play for fun.
As you play, you find things, collect apples, fish etc and you sell these things in the shop. As you earn more money, you are able to go to the bank to pay off your mortgage. As you pay them off, so they houses get bigger and grander. There is a point where you can go no further with the houses though, and we have reached this point.
Unlike the DS version, on the Wii, you are able to catch a bus and go to the city. Here you can auction things to make more money and you are able to buy designer things from the stores, design you own clothes, and have your hair done. Here you will find Crazy Redd's shop - where you need a password to get in. This is where you buy your peices of art from, He's usually on the lookout for police as he also sells forgery's - so beware!
As I have said, the object of the game is to donate the first one of everything you find to the museum, but my daughter and I just like the game play. It takes your mind of something else for a while. It is a stress free, easy game. It's nice and gentle, no wars or guns.
I would highly recommend this for all the family. My mother is addicted to this like us (maybe even more so!!!). It also helps the kids to realise that you have to work to earn money, and that money pays bills. You have to work hard in life to get what you want and this game is a nice, way to put those points across. Most highly recommended by my family.
This review is for Animal crossing: let's go to the city on the wii.
I bought this when it first came out so it cost me 30 pounds, but i imagine that the price has gone down now.
I really loved this game for the first few months, but then as i discovered that you could actually cheat on it, i found it got a bit boring and repetitive.
You start of on a bus that is being driven by a parrot and your sitting next to a cat that asks you loads of questions, that it builds your character around.
Then the bus stops and your new character gets off and you have to find the town hall so you can tell the clerk (which is a duck) that you have arrived in town. Then once you have done that you meet a racoon called Tom nook, who tells you that there are 4 houses that you have the option of living in and that you have to go choose one. Once you have done that he tells you how much the mortgage will be, which in this game the currency is bells.
To learn how to earn bells and to meet the other characters that live in the town you must help Tom nook at his shop. He gives you a few errands to do which is also a way of the game teaching you how to play the game. Then once thats completed you are free to play the game however you want to.
Once you have paid your mortgage you can pay for your house to be made bigger, but that does cost more bells
There are many ways to earn bells such as grow fruit trees and sell the fruit or catch bugs and fish and sell them for bells. However you don't just have to use them to pay for the house, they can be used to buy furniture for your house or clothes for your character or the other towns people.
There are many places to go in your town like the museum or the able sisters clothes shop. Theres also a beach and a post office in the town hall for you to send letters to other people in the town and if you send them one you'll get one back.
You can also get the bus to the city, where you can go watch a show, or get a new hairstyle, or even sell your furniture in an auction.
This game is very enjoyable at first, the seasons change at the same time it does in real life if you set the clock at the right time. For example at easter you can go on an easter egg hunt or at christmas you can buy christmas trees. However it's very easy to just keep changing the time so that you are able to cheat.
I recommend this game as long as you like persevering with it without cheating.
Animal Crossing: Lets Go To The City for the Nintendo Wii is a great, addictive real life game with fun bright characters and makes you feel as though live a relaxed lifestyle!
In reference to previous Animal Crossing games
There is not an amazing difference with the other games in the series. I had Wild World for the Nintendo DS and it is pretty much the same, other than the option to go into town to the shops. Don't expect a whole new game if you have played other versions, just pick which one is most appealing and play that one rather than playing the whole series, which is pointless as you never finish the game, it is an ongoing lifestyle game.
Colours and Appearance
Being a girl, and sorry to stereotype, I love games that are brighter and more friendly looking, as shallow as that must sound. It appeals to me because the characters are fun and I think it is a game which everyone can play, even my mum likes and and so do my little cousins. Although the characters, which are your 'neighbours' are fun animals, I don't think that the game is childish, or just aimed at children.
You play as a little person that has come to live in a town which you have to improve, to a certain extent. You ride their on the bus and the bus driver asks you questions which determines what your appearance is. The town that you live in is randomly arranged for each different game but will have the same things in it: Tom Nook's convienience store, A clothes shop and a few neighbour's houses, a Town Hall and a bus stop to go to the 'city' in, and also the museum, and the entrance gate where you can visit other people's towns.
Tom Nook's shop is a place you can buy utensils for the game such as a watering can, or letter paper; you can buy furniture and wallpaper and carpet and also seeds etc. The contents of the shop changes every real life day, and the same for the contents of the clothes shop.
You have to de weed the town everyday (there are only 3 weeds a day), you can plant flowers, visit friends, write letters, interact with the neighbours, grow things, sell things, make your house look nice and make money to make it bigger. There are a lot of hidden things in the game to discover.
One of the highlights of the game is that you can visit your real life friends' towns through wifi or whoever else is playing. You can meet people on the animal crossing communtiy forum, which is an online community; just google it.
Real Life Time
Events and things that happen in the game coinside with real life time; there are different settings and things in spring to autumn to winter and summer, and night and day happens as well. You can catch different fish and bugs depending on what time of day and year it is.
It is a slow game which you do a little bit of everyday, you gradually get addicted to it. It may seem boring to an outsider but once you make your town it gets very addictive you'll be hooked! A friendly game for everyone to enjoy!
When I bought Animal Crossing: Let's Go To The City for Wii, it was not my first encounter with the Animal Crossing formula as I already own it on the Nintendo DS, and loved playing it. Therefore I was very excited when I heard that there was a version for the Wii. I rushed out and got it, with the optional Wii Speak, and started to play.
Firstly I was impressed with the new town layout - there are now two waterfalls and a greater area of land as well as a choice of five houses, for five players. This was one of the improvements that I especially liked as sharing this game, and taste, with my brother was not something I enjoyed on the DS (so much so that now we have a copy each). Otherwise the story is very much the same, your character is driven to the town on the bus where the are showed the town and are allowed to explore and choose their house. Tom Nook, the shop keeper, then informs you that you are to pay him the morgage and will work for him to pay a little off. I really liked this idea on the DS and was disappointed when I didn't have that committment to keep (something that I love on the Sims 2). Anyway the formula seems to be the same - fishing contests, fireworks, and coffee with the obvious exception of the new bus stop. By catching the bus to the city, a whole host of new opportunities await you.
The city boasts lots of new shops and places to visit, for example there is Gracie Grace (the high end fashion boutique which I LOVE!), the auction house (beyond my capabilities at this present moment, and Craaaaazy Red. Shampoodle has also moved from Nookington's to the city, another improvement.
The graphics are pleasing, very 'cute' and 'cuddly', and some residents that just make you go "awww"! The sound quality is also very good and cheery. One of the downsides is the letterwriting - it's just not as simple to use as on the DS, something that the WiiRemote just isn't perfect for. Also, I don't believe that it is worth getting solely on the Wii if you could get it on the DS - which is portable and you can play it anytime, whereas going on the TV just sometimes isn't feesible.
Finally I think that this is a very good game, though the DS version just beats it; if there were more improvements then that my opinion might be swayed. However the WiFi (if available in your house) does enhance the game considerably.
It was my little sister than bought this game, as it is actually suitable/aimed at younger children, but its not at all limited, as the whole family can enjoy this game!
In the game you are given a human character living in a village of lots of different animals, each with their own personalities. The game is fun, as you go around earning money- or 'bells'- making friends, buying lots of clothes or furniture, sending letters etc...
This is different to the DS version of Animal Crossing, as your character can hop on a bus and go to the city! Here there are more opportunities to buy exotic things, have your shoes shined, go to the cinema, get a new hair cut...
Its a 'friendly' kind of game, as it is suitable for ages 3+, so those used to action-packed games may find it quite boring, as although there are different things to do, eventually you will have done everything.
Fishing is another great thing to do, or catching bugs. The game can continue as you catch all sorts of different creatures, or as you have to earn money to pay off your mortgage. Each time you pay off a certain amount, your house will grow in size, adding more rooms/floors.
The Wii version is somewhat better than the DS one if you have multiple users, as they no longer share one house, instead having your own one for each user.
Its a fun game, especially the first few times, but may get tedious if you're used to face-paced games.
I have loved computer games ever since I first played chucky egg on the school computer many years ago. The one problem I have with most games is the time limits you seem to be under in most games. I have enough pressure at work with meeting targets and fitting a huge workload into too few hours without playing games that also involve rushing about.
Animal crossing games are set in real time and there is no pressure to do things quickly. The game passes through the seasons so you will experience summer, autumn, winter and spring in real time. You can even make a smowman in winter.
The first task when you start the game is the bus ride to your town. You sit on the bus and a character named Rover will talk to you. This is you opportunity to check the date and time of your town, choose the mane of your character and the name of your town. As you get off the bus Rover will give you a town map and advise you to go visit the town hall upon your arrival. If you have played previous versions of this game you will find the start very familiar to the Game cube version. Much of the dialogue appears to be the same and there is only very slight difference in the quality of the graphics.
Use you map to find the town hall, when you walk in go to the counter and depending on the time of day you can talk to Pelly or Phyllis. They will tell you about the houses that are available to buy in the town. If you are the first player to register on your Wii then there will be a choice of 4 houses, I picked the one closest to Nook's shop as you have to visit it so often. You can walk into all the houses and when you step outside the house Tom Nook will appear and ask if you are ready to buy it or want to keep on looking. Once you have chosen your house you have to take a job at Nook's shop in order to start paying him back the Bells (Animal crossings currency) that the house cost.
Use your map to find Nook's shop, every time you create a new town the layout will be slightly different, though it will contain all the major buildings and features. Tom will give you a uniform and then begin to give you tasks to do for him. If you have never played the game before then these jobs are a good way to figure out lots of different aspects of the game. I found it quite tedious, all the time they spent developing this game the tasks are exactly the same as for the game cube version. You have to complete these jobs as you are not allowed to buy the things in Nook's shop until you have finished working for him. Nook will set up an account for you in the town hall where you can pay your mortgage in whatever amounts you like. There is no interest or time frame to paying off the debt but once you pay it off, next time you go to the shop Nook will offer to upgrade your house, there are several upgrades available including larger rooms, a basement and an upstairs. You really need these upgrades to be able to store all the things you have collected during the game. Of course you will want to spend time decorating and arranging the furniture!
Things to do in the town.
Meet the neighbours.
There are several other characters in the town who you will want to get to know. They sometimes ask you to deliver things for them to other villagers and for this you will get a reward. Occasionally you may turn on the game to find a villager has moved out or moved in. if you ignore them for too long they are more likely to leave your town.
Once you have bought a fishing net from the shop you are free to go to the river and sea to start catching fish. You can sell the fish to Nook, donate one of each to the museum and display them in your house. Different fish appear at different times of day, times of year, different places and in different weather. I got this game when it came out just before Christmas and still have some to find. You can also enter a fishing tournament several times through the year to try and win a trophy. The best way to catch a fish is to wait until the ball goes under the water then press A otherwise you may loose the fish.
You will need the net from the shop for this, as with the fish there are many bugs to catch at different times. They can be sold to nook or donated to the museum. You can go and view anything donated to the museum. Some bugs are harder to catch than others, I am still struggling to catch a blooming bee.
Digging up fossils
There are usually 3 fossils per day to be found. You will need the spade for this and you can find a fossil where there is a crack in the ground. Take them to the museum and give them to blathers. He will identify it for you and if it is one that is not on display in the museum he will ask you if he can keep it. If he gives it back to you then they can be quite valuable when sold to Nook.
The other items that can be donated to the museum are paintings, but be aware he can spot a forgery a mile off. Within the museum you can go for a coffee and create star constellations.
You need to keep on top of weeds in your village as there are new ones everyday. You can also cross-breed some of the flowers that you find growing in your town. You can sell the fruit from the trees in your town but you will only get 100 bells per fruit. If you manage to get a non-native fruit from someone else plant it as you will get 500 bells per fruit. You can find coconuts on the beach occasionally these need planting near the sand in order to grow. If you don't have a friend to swap fruit with you can post a piece of fruit to one of the characters in your town, they might just send you back an exotic fruit like an apple or orange!
This is just really the basics of what you can do in this game. There are also special events such as Christmas, jingle will come to town giving out presents if you can find him on Christmas eve. At Easter you can take part in the egg hunt, you will find lots of eggs that you can dig up in exchange for gifts from Zipper T. Bunny. There are loads of other events that take place, you normally get a warning about them several days before on the notice board by the town hall.
The one new thing in this game that wasn't in the game cube version is the city aspect. You can take the bus and visit the city where you can visit different shops and meet other characters. I think this is actually a let down in the game as so much more could have been done here. I think they could have combined the city aspect with the Wi-Fi and meet other players there, to me it feels like a missed opportunity.
If you know anyone else that has this game you can swap friends codes and visit each others towns. There are actually loads of internet forums where you can swap codes with people all over the world. Just be careful, if they want they can chop down all your trees and ruin you grass if they feel like it. Some people have the Wii speak version which allows players to talk to each other, I don't have this as I find it a bit creepy having someone talking to me through the telly! You can type messages to each other by using the Wii remote which is quite easy when you get used to it.
Overall I find this game very addictive and easy to play. I have to admit to being disappointed that that they haven't made more additions from the previous game. I guess I am to old at 28 to be playing computer games but it makes a change from watching TV while feeding my baby. This game costs £29.99 from Amazon and is brilliant value for money when you consider how long you can play it for. There are lots more things to do in the game than I have discussed but I don't want to spoil it too much if you like finding surprises in games. I hope I haven't rambled on too much with this review.
I bought this game because the cover made it look fun, and this is just a bigger version of the original DS game. If you previously had Animal Crossing you will be pleased to know all of the same characters are there and the music hasn't been changed.
Basically in this game you can get a bus into the city and go into Gracie's shop, learn your future with Katrina, or watch a theatre show. You will meet new friends in your journey, and chat to some of your more long-term friends like Apollo and Poncho, which were in the DS game.
The aim of the game is to earn money to pay off your mortgage for a house in a town which you can name. You also earn money for items in your house, such as bells and beds and also for leisure, such as getting something from Gracie's shop.
If you want to play with friends, there are friend codes you have to enter, which many people find problematic. You can play with up to 3 friends.
If you have the DS game, you can upload your previous character.
When i had an amazon voucher, and I couldn't decide between three games I wanted, the decision was made easier by my girlfriend. She, after hearing the games of choice, quickly decided on animal crossing - probably because it was the only game she had heard of!
When it came in the post I opened the package and took out the light blue CD and wacked it into the Wii. The game began with me sat on a bus and a cat asking me various questions, which i excitedly answered. Getting of the bus revealed my character; a big headed character who's eyes looked like he had a few too many drugs. I got past this and began to play the game.
Having had the fortune to play the original animal crossing on the gamecube, i knew the basics of what to do, and quickly got working. The game is VERY similar to the original, the main themes of the game involve running around collecting fruit, fossils and bugs. While that sounds very mundane, there is something strangely satisfying with this repetitive gameplay.
Talking to the other animal in the game is interesting, but i found it quickly became a chore, and they often repeat the same thing, and doing tasks for them soon become extremely boring.
The City left much to be desired, there was little to do and found it was not worth the 1 minute loading time between them...
While this review does sound overly negative, I have had much fun playing ani crossy (as me and my girlfriend call it), and i have got a strange bond with the other animals in the village (especially when you begin to pick words they say, all though it stops you getting X-rated), and find it disturbingly enjoyable buying a variety of hats for my character.
I'm not sure its worth the money some places sell it for, but I think it is a fun game, and it is different; which is always a good thing in the somewhat stale game industry. And the fact that it goes in real time feels a bit special, and im excited about playing it in winter to see my snow covered village.
== Introduction ==
Animal Crossing has been a bit hit for Nintendo on the GameCube and DS and now finds its inevitable way to the Wii. It's essentially their take on The Sims, although much cuter and with an even more laid back approach.
== Gameplay ==
You start the game by meeting the friendly cat Rover, who will ask you a few questions and set you on the bus on the way to town. There, after finding your way to the town hall, local shopkeeper Tom Nook (a raccoon) will set you up with a house (and a mortgage to pay off) and also offer you a part time job running errands which will give you a chance to learn how to play the game.
Initial impressions might be disappointing. If you've played it before, it's virtually the same game as on the earlier two machines, just spruced up graphically and with some extra content, not all of which is immediately obvious. If you've not played it, you might be wondering what there is to do at all. There are no real challenges to the game that'll tax either your strategic skills or your dexterity with the Wii-mote and nunchuk. However, the freeform nature of the game allows you to make your own goals. You can make money by such diverse activities as collecting fruit and seashells, digging for buried treasure and fossils, or speculating in the turnip market.
You can then spend your earnings on paying off the mortgage or going shopping. As well as Tom Nook's store (which undergoes a few revamps as the year progresses) you can now go to the city on the bus as well, where there are a variety of other shops. Gracie Grace and Redd now have their own stores, and you can get a makeover to make your character look like one of your Mii's. Redecorating your house, Sims style, is a big part of the game and although I'm a bit dubious of it in real life, in the virtual world of Animal Crossing Feng Shui actually will improve your luck. The game does have some structure though. There are regular fishing contests, Easter Egg hunts, house sales, etc. and you can collect the local butterflies, dinosaur fossils and so on for the town museum.
The graphics will mostly be recognizable to anyone who has played the earlier versions of the game. Given that it's always had a great individual style, there's not much in the way of noticeable change though; everything's just a bit smoother and more detailed, and there's more of a 3D feel to the terrain.
== Sound ==
The effects are pretty much in keeping with the graphics; each of the animals has its own brand of cutesy garbage speak whilst the text of their conversations is shown. You also get cartoon-style noises when you bump into things, dig with your shovel, go fishing, etc.
There's a constant soundtrack of background music which changes according to events; early in the day when the sun is shining it's quite jaunty but becomes more sombre in the evening and when it's raining. On Saturday evenings you can go to the coffee lounge in the museum to watch a gig by the itinerant musician K. K. Slider, which is an experience to say the least given the howling and squeeky garbage vocals, and collect one of his songs to play on any of the hi-fi items you may collect during the game.
Animal Crossing is also the first title to work with the Wii-Speak microphone add-on for the Wii which allows you to chat and send voice messages to your friends whilst playing.
== Longevity ==
Although it'll never get your heart rate sky-rocketing, there's a lot of content in Animal Crossing, and much of it is time dependent so you'll have to keep at it all year round to see everything that it has to offer. (Or you could cheat and keep changing the date, but even then it'd take you some time to find everything.) As such it's very much a title that you'd want to buy and a rental will do little justice to it.
== Overall ==
I can't see this game appealing much to fans of pure action games; indeed it's probably the most casual of all casual games, but it's also one that becomes insidiously addictive. You might only play it for half an hour at a time, but you'll keep coming back to check on your animal friends, harvest your fruit and go shopping to see what items have popped up.
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