As one of the top games Nintendo has to offer, the Animal Crossing games are available on several platforms. The first game was released for Gamecube, Wild World for the DS, City Folk for the Wii and New Leaf for the 3DS. One of the biggest reasons the game series is so popular is the ability to customize the player’s home and characters in the game. As the player does tasks for their animal friends, they get currency, drawings, furniture, games and other decor for their virtual home. The open-ended story offers anyone hours of addictive fun. The Animal Crossing games are available on several platforms. While the opening for the games and some of the features may be different, the basic game play is the same.
The player is in a new town, which is filled with anthropomorphic animals. The player is the only human in the town, but that doesn’t hold them back from talking with the various animals who have small cottages there. In each game, Tom Nook will help the player by giving them a home on a loan, which needs to be paid back throughout the game. With every payment, Tom Nook upgrades the player’s home, adding extra floors or more space. This allows for more customization the further along one is in the game.
Various tasks will be presented to the player throughout the game by the animals in the town. Usually, the tasks are simple, such as catch a certain kind of fish or retrieve an object from another part of town. The animals never run out of things for the player to do, so the player can constantly get random rewards for interacting with the animals.
Each animal neighbor also responds to the player appropriately. If the player is rude to the animal or pushes them down a lot, the animal may leave the town forever. The nicer the player is, the nicer the animals are to them, occasionally sending the player gifts in the mail or writing them letters. Even if the player does no tasks for the animal, they can still interact with them.
Throughout the year, different events will be held in the game, such as fishing tournaments, trick-or-treating, flea markets and fireworks shows. Even if the player is satisfied with their home and doesn’t wish to help any of the animals, they can still find something to do in this open-ended game.