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  • Summary: Show off your style by designing homes for all of your favorite Animal Crossing villagers! Use your creativity to design the perfect house-inside and out-for both old and new friends. With the new amiibo cards, you can call your favorite villagers into the game.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 60
  2. Negative: 1 out of 60
  1. Sep 28, 2015
    89
    The more you play it, the more you're surprised. Be aware: if you expect the typical Animal Crossing, you may be disappointed. Give it a shot, though.
  2. Sep 28, 2015
    80
    This title has some of the most modest aspirations of any of the Animal Crossing titles, but it delivers on them spectacularly.
  3. Just seems kind of small and limited to me. I think people might expect a little more from an Animal Crossing game.
  4. Sep 22, 2015
    70
    If finding the perfect furniture for your house in Animal Crossing was your favorite part of the series, then you'll surely get some enjoyment out of this game.
  5. Oct 7, 2015
    60
    A brand new take on the series that manages to make moving furniture fun, but fails to innovate in a meaningful way.
  6. Sep 22, 2015
    60
    Making homes in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is enjoyable, but it's just not enough to hold up the weight of an entire game.
  7. Oct 2, 2015
    40
    I ultimately concluded that it's not meant to be that deep. It's just a boring game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 36
  2. Negative: 7 out of 36
  1. Sep 30, 2015
    10
    I'm easily entertained. I'm loving this game and can't put it down! Already purchased 7 6-packs of Amiibo Cards... addicted. I LOVE IT and getI'm easily entertained. I'm loving this game and can't put it down! Already purchased 7 6-packs of Amiibo Cards... addicted. I LOVE IT and get lost in it every time I pick up and after can't put it down. Expand
  2. Dec 26, 2015
    9
    I spent hours and hours on this game. There's so many ways to do things, it's not a matter of easy or hard, it's a matter of designing roomsI spent hours and hours on this game. There's so many ways to do things, it's not a matter of easy or hard, it's a matter of designing rooms to the best of your ability and keeping it fresh by changing how you think. I always loved doing my house in Animal Crossing and Happy Home Designer is everything I loved about doing that and more. Expand
  3. Oct 22, 2015
    9
    Let me first say, this game was NEVER intended to be the franchise's next step as their next major Animal Crossing game. Anyone with commonLet me first say, this game was NEVER intended to be the franchise's next step as their next major Animal Crossing game. Anyone with common sense would be able to read the title and understand it's a spin-off, and should gather that it's mostly just going to be about designing interiors. Just saying.

    Anywho, I'm a pretty big fan of Animal Crossing. I've loved interior decorating shows & computer games since I was really young. So when I heard about this concept, I got extremely excited. I always loved decorating my house in Animal Crossing, so I was extremely hyped when I heard the news they were releasing this. I also loved the idea of the NFC reader and Amiibo cards. I own all 100, and I think they're extremely charming, and a great idea. Just my personal opinion.

    As for the game itself, I think it's adorable. People are complaining about the limited possibilities, but the game's title clearly states it's a home designing game. Not sure why people expected more than that. But with that being said, I'm totally content with that. There are tons of villagers to design for, so unless you're playing obsessively, it'll take a long time to design homes for all of them. My only real complaint is the animals always seem happy with your designs as long as their signature items are involved somehow. I wish there was a little more challenge involved, but, with that being said, I find this game a great go-to when I need to calm down or relieve some stress. It's a great creative outlet that can really put a mind at ease, especially if you love the cuteness of Animal Crossing villagers, and the concept of decorating exteriors and interiors for them.

    It really doesn't follow any kind of story line, but then again, no Animal Crossing game really does. If you want something cute, creative, and mindless, this is the game for you. But if you're looking for traditional Animal Crossing, this probably won't even come close to fulfilling you. You've gotta be open minded for this one, I believe.

    Also, if I've heard correctly, all the Amiibo cards are going to be compatible with the Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival game, so at least the cards will be used for more than just one purpose... For anyone wondering if they should invest.
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  4. Mar 16, 2016
    7
    This would have been an excellent DLC for New Leaf ( wich uses ALOT of it's asset). There is not much more to it than just build and decore aThis would have been an excellent DLC for New Leaf ( wich uses ALOT of it's asset). There is not much more to it than just build and decore a few building and houses.The music is repetitive as well. There is no challenge, your customers will be happy whatever you do.The games offers you alot of possibilites of themes and items, but I am dissappoint that some get more care than others. The tactile gameplay make everything easier and faster, wich is pretty nice. Overall, it's a nice little game ( even if it's feel like a dlc) that you should get at a little price. Expand
  5. Nov 14, 2015
    6
    Disappointing. Designing houses (as the name implies) is basically all you can do. Oh yes, and design shops. The characters say the sameDisappointing. Designing houses (as the name implies) is basically all you can do. Oh yes, and design shops. The characters say the same things, day in, day out. There are a few things to discover (through the Happy Home Handbook or whatever it is called) etc. That is basically the only thing to keep the player motivated. I don't think it's worth the money.
    BUT, the requests do vary and there are TONS of new items to unlock. You can colour-code them, keep them in categories such as foods, tables, lamps, etc. and more! It would have been an amazing add-on to New Leaf. The amiibo cards - quite hard to get in the UK, I've found - make it a bit different occasionally. I think that they are the only way to obtain special characters (apart from Lottie and the like).
    This game gives you a lot of freedom but also horribly restricts you. It gets very repetitive. You can design the homes to your liking, provided you stick with the character request and/or the bits of furniture specially provided, and you can design all the shops and attractions within reason. Once your town is done, there isn't much to do. I can see people finishing all of the villager's houses and then being stuck, walking around town day after day. The shops are always interesting but as I have said, the villagers say the same things.
    In the previous games, the character can dig, fish, catch bugs, etcetera. However, in this game you cannot do any of these things. Sure, you can decorate houses with fish and bugs and fossils, but you cannot do much to get these things... apart from spend your Play Coins.
    In conclusion, you should wait until the games have been reduced before buying this game.
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  6. May 21, 2016
    6
    Well I played this game and I have a weird way of looking at it. Welll the first part with making buildings was fun the other part got boringWell I played this game and I have a weird way of looking at it. Welll the first part with making buildings was fun the other part got boring with before me doing like over 10 in game days of this and then less than 5 days. Expand
  7. Oct 29, 2015
    2
    Short review here:
    The game's idea is quite nice: you have a job, and your job is to design other people's house (or well.. animals,
    Short review here:
    The game's idea is quite nice: you have a job, and your job is to design other people's house (or well.. animals, actually). As you progress with the game, you'll unlock more furniture and gain access to more prestigious projects, which can be further expanded if you choose to buy the amibo cards for it.
    Whether you like this kind of game is solely a matter of personal tastes, but there's an horrible element that makes me give this game a solid 2.
    In-game customers give you one or more criteria to follow, such as "I want my house to be stylish", etc etc, which is nice. The thing is that, whatever you put in their house is just... fine. It doesn't matter if you make their house an absolute disaster to live in, your customers will always be happy.
    So... what's the purpose of playing this game? Being a good and happy home designer? No, it really doesn't seem the case.
    I mean, i'm not judging the game on its difficulty level, because yeah, it doesn't have any, but that's also an aspect to boils down to personal tastes...
    The thing is that every game should reward a player's effort. It's the effort that matters, in any game. And Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer doesn't make any difference whether you choose to put a lot or absolutely no effort on it.
    Thanks for reading and sorry for my bad English
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