Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch Review

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch

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10.0/10

A carefree new life is just beyond the horizon! Step off the plane and onto your very own deserted island where new friends, discoveries and opportunities are waiting for you. Paradise is what you make it in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Nintendo Switch!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch Review

My daily routine is now wake up, play Animal Crossing: New Horizons, shower, go to work, play again on the bus, then play on the way back and again before bed. Animal Crossing: New Horizons has become so deeply rooted in my daily life it’s weird thinking of life before it came out.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch Review

The developers have found the perfect balance between the design of the animal characters and their personalities. You do end up feeling bad for these characters and spend a lot of time thinking about your actions. I was also blown away by the seasons and the day and night sequences. I loved watching the sunset in the evenings. Also, I love how the characters all go about their lives even while the game is off. A nice addition is that you can change your look, wardrobe and gender all via the mirror. It all sounds so very monotonous, just feels so enchanting.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch Review

I feel like they merged a lot of ideas from Pocket Camp into New Horizons. They have included gaming elements such as crafting and blueprints for crafting recipes. To keep you going, there are daily challenges which will earn you Nook Miles. Nook Miles are withdrawn from ATMs around the world.

The game starts with you on an island, with no way to reach the mainland. You have to make the island pleasant for new arrivals, by making plots look attractive to them. It’s a slow game, but this isn’t something to be completed in a week.

After a couple of days, you will start to follow a daily routine without even thinking about it. You can scavenge for trinkets, go shopping, or just try out some new outfits.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch Review

You now have storage for all your clutter, so your house will no longer look like an episode of hoarders. The entire menu system has been updated and cleared, and tools can be accessed a lot more easily.

Something lifted straight out of Breath of the Wild is the strength level of tools. Much like that branch that broke after 4 swings, tools will break after they have been used too much.

But any complaints are overshadowed by the little details added to the game. When it’s raining you can hear the rain hitting the top of your umbrella, each character has a range of emotions and characteristics.

Overall, I haven’t been this committed to a Switch Game since Stardew Valley. The world is magical and continues to surprise me every time I turn it on. Finally, please check out our gaming reviews. Also, don’t forget to connect with the Jabba Reviews team on Facebook or Twitter.

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