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Animal Crossing: City Folk (2008) (called Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City in Europe) is a life simulation game where you settle into a small village filled with anthropomorphic animals. Like other Animal Crossing games, you design and decorate your home, collect and sell items, chat and play with villagers, and partake in activities throughout the days and weeks. Along with these familiar features, it adds a new city area with shops and amenities, complete with its own inhabitants and activities.

You play a new arrival to a small town and must pay off your mortgage to Tom Nook the racoon. You do this by collecting and selling different resources like fossils and fish. This simple premise allows for creative, open-ended play to take the lead as you decide what you want to do, be it decorating and extending your house, chatting with the villagers, or partaking in different events and games. Alongside the typical town and countryside area, you can get a bus to the big city, where there's a cinema, a hair salon, clothes shops, and new characters to talk to and interact with.

As with all Animal Crossing games, the real-world clock dictates the time, season, and day, with different events and special occasions occurring throughout the year, with new holidays included over the first game. Here though, there's an added sense of time passing, as grass disappears to create paths where you walk most. Whether it's to water and propagate your plants, experience the first snow of winter, or hunt for rare insects to catch and collect, there's always something new to come back to.

The result is a laidback but deeply immersive fantasy escape where you can create your own idyllic rural life, that still remains connected to the real world through the passing of time. It's a way to escape from the stresses of life for short bursts each day over the course of years.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Animal Crossing: City Folk 9 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Collecting, Role-Play and Simulation game with Communication, Creative, Point-and-Click and Sequencing elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. Up to four players can live in the same town in separate houses, and you can also become friends with people across the world to visit their own towns, write letters, and exchange items. You can even use the Wii remote's built-in microphone to talk to your friends through the game.

The official online player capability was shut down in 2014, but there are still fan servers you can connect to, although it's considerably more complex.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round of this game. After you start and settle into the town, you can come back for a short while every day to improve, add things, and complete small activities like shopping and chatting with people, typically spending 45 minutes to an hour each day.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger children enjoy the imaginative fun of creating their dream home, while older children and teens, along with this aspect, also appreciate the finer details of the relationships you form, the designs you create, and the activities on offer.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo Wii) but can usually find it second hand on eBay. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/11/2008, updated in 2008

Out Now: Wii

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Collecting, Role-Play, Simulation (Communication, Creative, Point-and-Click and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 27 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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