Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  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. 100
    A highly addictive and entertaining game, with hundreds of hours of depth available. The animals are cute, with their own personality quirks. And if they annoy you, just remember they can't read.
  3. For fans of the genre, Animal Crossing can best be explained as a mix between "Harvest Moon" and "The Sims," and it's just so damn fun.
  4. 96
    Addiction... The answer to the PC's hit simulation "The Sims," however you've got kooky little animals instead of real life looking people, and it's also a whole lot more fun.
  5. It's like a simple "Sims"...but it's a lot of fun, I swear. [Oct 2002, p.86]
  6. 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.
  7. Sounds stupid, I know. But once you start playing, you won't be able to stop. [Oct 2002, p.196]
  8. 91
    It's an extremely satisfying experience...and the inclusion of the Game Boy Advance connectivity is absolutely brilliant and should not be missed.
  9. Extremely addicting. This is the type of game that you get up early and stay up late for just to see what will happen next.
  10. 91
    It looks plain on the surface, but once you've established yourself in your new town, you won't be able to put the controller down. Not for everyone, but very good. [Oct 2002, p.38]
  11. The game that never ends... So why is it so much fun to play? [Feb 2003, p.96]
  12. It's easy to see why everyone in Europe was importing this from the US; there is simply nothing else like it.
  13. A beautifully designed game that will appeal to all ages, and offer great opportunities for cooperative play between family and friends.
  14. The game is so cute, so catchy, and so compelling, that its appeal is truly universal.
  15. Amazingly addicting, completing charming.
  16. This game does some things really poorly, and others exceptionally well...Just be careful... it could take over your REAL life.
  17. The game is intended to be played every day, usually only for an hour or two, as opposed to the multi-hour sessions that are usually devoted to videogames.
  18. 90
    It's in real time, so if you go a week without visiting your town, a week will have passed there and your neighbours will ask you where you've been.
  19. One of those classic games that could have only have come from Nintendo, and we loved every bit of it.
  20. 90
    The word "charming" never described a game more aptly. You could play Animal Crossing 30 minutes a day, every day for a year, and still not discover everything the game has to offer.
  21. One of the most outstanding features, though, is that Nintendo has tucked away some classic games in Animal Crossing, such as "Mario Brothers" and "Exibike."
  22. Ultimately, what makes Animal Crossing stand out is its sense of personality.
  23. Having played this game for a relatively long time, I have to warn that even though you will get your money's worth and many, many hours of play, it does end up getting very tedious after a couple of weeks.
  24. You could play this game for years and still see new and different things. [Oct 2002, p.193]
  25. You see, like The Matrix, no one can be told what Animal Crossing is. But if you take the time to experience it for yourself, you'll undoubtedly understand why AC is a must-have game despite its technically limited presentation.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 111 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 61
  2. Negative: 2 out of 61
  1. Feb 11, 2012
    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. Full Review »
  2. Feb 5, 2014
    This game is good, has just as much charm and character of the other games, but there are things here that are quite monotonous that get fixed in the other games. This game is good, but It pales in comparison to city folk and new leaf. It's just hard to love as much as those games.
    And those close up graphics. Ewucguh, :(
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  3. Aug 5, 2013
    Besides been the first life simulation other than the Sims that I have played. Animal Crossing was really enjoyable, the town you live in is really innocent, the towns people have emotions like actual people. The goal of the game is simple, the whole game is just trying to collect bugs, fish, fossils, and paintings that are all around your town. Things you collect go to the Museum first and anything you have left over goes to tom nook who runs a town shop. Tom nook is who gives your house upgrades and tools that you can use for cutting down trees, fishing and a net for bug catching. The game also has a lot of events that happen through out the year, also the real world and the in game time are both the same. They will have forth of July parties, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and any other holidays you can think off. The game has a lot to give, with more than one hundred hours of game play this game is worth a look at. Full Review »