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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: 20 out of 40
  2. Negative: 7 out of 40
  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. Sep 6, 2017
    9
    Different from the other Animal Crossing games but is still fun. You can make houses for your favorite Animal Crossing villagers! That's fun!Different from the other Animal Crossing games but is still fun. You can make houses for your favorite Animal Crossing villagers! That's fun! But it gets a little boring but Animal Crossing IS a life simulator... 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. Nov 18, 2015
    7
    I liked the designing and office worker aspect of it, as well as the animals eat real food, go to school, go to hospitals because they're sickI liked the designing and office worker aspect of it, as well as the animals eat real food, go to school, go to hospitals because they're sick and go shopping instead of walking aimlessly around Timmy and Tommy's.
    But I really can't help feeling trapped in the city, and I can't even change my shirt!
    Enjoyable, but repetitive at times.
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  5. Oct 1, 2015
    7
    A fun little game. It does what it says and it does it well. I mean, it's Animal Crossing, first off, and it's called Happy Home Designer.A fun little game. It does what it says and it does it well. I mean, it's Animal Crossing, first off, and it's called Happy Home Designer. What else did you expect to happen?

    I would have liked slightly better controls and options for selecting items. Having arrows to change panels would have been nice, and being able to select multiple items in a row without the entire catalog closing on you would have helped a lot, but these are minor gripes overall, but enough to keep me from saying its perfect. It really is about what you'd expect overall and if you don't want to design silly animal houses for $40, you shouldn't spend the money. Otherwise, if that is what you want to do, you will be more than satisfied.
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  6. Mar 10, 2017
    6
    First question, what is this game? It's a game where you do interior design with cute little animals, and various other creatures. You have toFirst question, what is this game? It's a game where you do interior design with cute little animals, and various other creatures. You have to choose furniture, and decorations for them to get their customer satisfaction. This is not like The Sims whatsoever. You're not truly designing homes, and you're not doing much of interacting with anyone. It's extremely bare bones, and seems like only half a game.

    For example, most of the places you decorate have a maximum of two rooms, and one level. It's like a game about micro apartments!

    While I didn't find this game to be bad it isn't good either. I would say that the price I paid wasn't worth it. This seems like a $10 game that you pick up from a bargain bin. There just isn't much to do. You're just placing down furniture, and rearranging rooms. You can't even interact with objects, or build relationships, or do any of the things you can do in some popular life simulation games.

    There are few challenges in Happy Home Designer. The only real positives I saw in game were the controls, and the cute designs of the characters, and world. Visually, yes, it's appealing. But this title really, really lacks depth.

    If they ever want to make a sequel they need to take a page out of their landmark titles. It should be open world. You should be able to interact with objects, and people, and form relationships. You should be able to make homes, and do much more than interior designing. There should be mini games, and side quests, and an overarching goal.
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  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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