When you log in to the internet, you may see a lot of tweets about money hungry raccoons called Tom or Animals Crossing. Also, there are just a bunch of people on your Twitter timeline playing Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons which released over the weekend for Switch.
Do you confuse what that is? Do not worry, we have got you covered here. This is everything you need to know about Animal Crossing.
WHAT IS ANIMAL CROSSING?
Animal Crossing is Nintendo’s tentpole social simulator franchise which launched in 2001. Think about it like you’d think about the Sims, except it’s much more chill and you are able to plant the trees, fish and perform other work-related tasks for bells (cash). There is the latest title, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, is a Nintendo Switch exclusive and the franchise’s first installment since 2012 when Animal Crossing: New Leaf dropped for the Nintendo 3DS.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN ANIMAL CROSSING?
In this game you are transported to a deserted island owned by Nook Incorporated and your overall goal, ultimately, is to turn it into a utopia. On day one you are given a tent and sent on missions to set the other islanders up. Eventually, you start to fish, collect fossils, and perform other tasks to create the island a habitable space.
WHAT KIND OF ANIMAL ARE YOU?
At the jump you get to make your own human. Then you are off on your deserted island experience with your new raccoon buddies, Timmy and Tommy.
WHERE ARE THE ANIMALS?
You live on the island with a bunch of animals that have human-like traits. They walk, talk and interact with you as if they were people just with animal heads. More and more animals visit the island as the game progresses and it is your job to build it up and convince them that it’s a nice place to live.
WHAT IS ALL THIS I’M SEEING ABOUT RACCOONS?
Nook Inc. is a family-owned business run by Tom Nook (the dad raccoon) and his two kids Timmy and Tommy. When you get to the island, Tom hooks you up with a tent that you eventually pay off. After that, they hook you up with a loan of a whopping 98,000 bells to purchase a house from Nook. Eventually, you are able to upgrade your house for another 198,000 bells from Nook. And that is kind of how the game goes. Basically, you are Nook’s island servant, but you still have a ton of fun fishing and farming. So, it is all good.
SHOULD YOU PLAY THIS GAME?
It is exactly the kind of calming fun that you are looking for right now while you are social distancing. There is online multiplayer, so if you are able to get it and convince your friends to get it you are all set. If you have a Nintendo Switch, you will be able to get it for $59.99 from the Nintendo store right now.