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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 alsoAnimal 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. AceGamez
    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. GMR Magazine
    90
    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. Play Magazine
    70
    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: 58 out of 65
  2. Negative: 2 out of 65
  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 colorfulI 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. GothGal
    Jun 9, 2005
    10
    Absolutely the BEST!!! Even for teens its pretty kool.
  3. BrandonS.
    Sep 26, 2002
    10
    The best game i ever played.
  4. 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, theAnimal 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
  5. Uter
    Jun 28, 2003
    9
    I've never played a more addictive game. There's so much to do, and plenty of time to do it. The non competitive atmosphere is I've never played a more addictive game. There's so much to do, and plenty of time to do it. The non competitive atmosphere is refreshing. Many people seem to complain about the graphics and sound but I really like both. The graphics have a distinctive style, and everything is very clear (and fun). Plus the sound and music are quite variable. There are too many neat songs to count. One final note is that I wouldn't really compare it to the Sims though many people mention that. The only thing that's the same is that you are in a virtual community. Personally I didn't much care for the sims. Expand
  6. Jan 19, 2013
    9
    A charming game for the GameCube, Animal Crossing offers addicting gameplay elements, a wonderful setting, and lovable characters to create aA charming game for the GameCube, Animal Crossing offers addicting gameplay elements, a wonderful setting, and lovable characters to create a relaxing escape into a world where you are free to roam. Expand
  7. JetBlack
    Sep 21, 2002
    3
    Crapster.

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#6 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2002
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