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  • Summary: Animal Crossing allows you to interact with a virtual village of animals that are doing something different every minute of every day. With Animal Crossing's 24-hour clock, the game's unique events can be in synch with real time--as day turns to night in the real world, the sun will also begin to set in the game. The dynamic setup requires you to come back every day and carry out your daily routines, build relationships with villagers, celebrate special days, collect furnishings for your homes, and just live life in the unique world of Animal Crossing. Expand
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  1. 100
    While kids will love the bright and colourful characters and graphics, adults will love the subtle nuances of collecting, decorating, Feng Shui, natural history lessons and sheer delight of pleasures as simple as catching a huge bass in the nearby river.
  2. Perhaps the deepest and most immersive game I have ever played. The community aspect is on a par with any MMORPG you care to mention, which is a hell of an achievement for an offline console game.
  3. Ultimately, what makes Animal Crossing stand out is its sense of personality.
  4. The game that never ends... So why is it so much fun to play? [Feb 2003, p.96]
  5. Unlike most developers Nintendo can take an ingenious and unusual idea and turn it into an inventive game of discovery and fun. This, you might say, is the Nintendo difference.
  6. Very much a game for a family or someone looking for a change of pace, and for that audience it provides an enjoyable, relaxing experience with a long life span.
  7. Certainly not for everyone, this "life simulator" seems tailor made for the younger set. [Oct 2002, p.83]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 61
  2. Negative: 2 out of 61
  1. Feb 11, 2012
    10
    I was never disappointed by the game. It took a year of waiting for the DS version to come out to get old. The game thrust me into colorful characters, events, and randomness. It was an amazing experience and I love the customization. The newer games are great, but the originals are always the best as they introduce the true meaning of the series. Expand
  2. Mar 9, 2011
    10
    Animal Crossing is still one of the most unique and charming games of the past decade. The amount of things to do, the real-time aspect, the overall design and the great collection portion wraps into a very addicting package. The graphics may not be fantastic or anything, but it fits the atmosphere of the game and fits it very well. If you have not yet tried it out, I suggest doing so soon. Expand
  3. Jan 17, 2012
    10
    Must try. The cuteness, the NES games you can collect and play, the furniture, and the trading. Animal crossing kept me hooked for a solid 6 months back in '05. Great game. Fishing, planting trees, all becomes so addicting. Expand
  4. Dec 4, 2010
    9
    This was the game that made me want a Gamecube. I played it for quite a while (like, a few hundred hours over the course of two years), and even now occasionally play it a bit. No, there isn't a storyline, and yes, the graphics and sound are simplistic and weird, but I loved the quirkiness. Some people will, and others really will not.

    Either way, I actually have memories from this game: certain events and accomplishments, like when I paid off my house. A few things could be better, but it's sad to think that there really isn't anything new for it after a certain point. If there were something like episodes, or updates that varied the game ever so slightly every now and then, that would be amazing.

    The only negative, really, was that it ended. Sounds corny, but my opinion. Also, this game got me into ragtime music. lol
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  5. May 20, 2011
    9
    With a ton of variety and depth in gameplay, Animal Crossing is a life simulation phenomenon that some gamers are STILL playing. Pros: Addictive and seemingly limitless gameplay; rich, colorful visuals; variety of things to do and items to collect; charming characters; lots of extras/secrets; additional NES games. Cons: Requires a GBA, link cable, and at least one friend to uncover all extras/secrets; dull graphics. Expand
  6. Apr 18, 2011
    9
    Animal Crossing is a life simulation phenomenon -- and one the most addictive Gamecube titles to date. Pros: Unlimited amounts of gameplay and secrets; rich, colorful visuals; accessible NES titles. Cons: Multi-player and accessories are required to access a lot of the bonus features; unimpressive graphics and audio; too time consuming for selected gamers. Expand
  7. Sep 1, 2011
    4
    i bought this game in the advice of a friend who just raved how great the game was and we usally like the same games. this how ever was not one of them . the game is basically like the sims to a point except feels like it was made for a 5 year old. i even gave the game a chance and played it for about 15 hours . all i did was get more and more bored of what i was doing which wasnt much because ultimatley there isnt much to do in this game. i mean unless your idea of fun is collecting dinosaur bones , fish , butterflys, and doing delivery quests also collecting clothes and makin your house better looking . there is no fun gameplay at all . i wanted so bad to take that shovel and beat all the other anamals to death with it but it wouldnt let me >< . all i could do is send them threatening letters which i would only get a response to i couldnt understand your letter. i dont know whats hard to under stand when you tell them to "go die you jerky **** head moose" . the game is differnt ill give it that but its made for a very certain typ of person and i am not that person. Expand

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