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Our examiner, Chris Boers, first checked Animal Crossing: New Horizons 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 4 days ago.
This is a controllable fantasy escape, but one that’s still intimately connected to the ticking of the real-world clock. It’s a place to visit for short bursts each day over the course of a full year.
This game is good if you want to:
- Rely on others
- Play games good for autistic diversity
- Write letters to strangers
- Stop for tea
- Play a game then read a book
- Play with cats
You can play with up to 8 people in the same room via the local wireless mode. You each need a Switch console and a copy of the game.
You can play this game in the following styles:
- Competitive Online
- Co-Op Assistant Role
- Multiplayer With Portable Devices In The Same Room
- Real World Clock Affects Play
This has been enjoyed by families in the following styles:
In the US, ESRB state: Some bugs can sting players, causing them to become dizzy and collapse. Players can bonk characters on the head and/or push them into holes. One character is seen with mucus dripping from his nose; the dialogue also contains comical references (e.g., “Whoever smelt it dealt it.”).
9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. It's enjoyable for younger children, although many older teenagers enjoy the collecting, designing and landscaping. There is a big element of trading for profit so you can pay of your ever-increasing mortguage.
Our Game Pathways reveal how 7-year-olds play this game:
- 7-year-old: Independent Reading
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You need a subscription to play online:
- You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
Animal Crossing New Horizons has additional content you ca buy called Happy Home Paradise, which allows you to design vacation homes using a plethora of new tools and items.
In Animal Crossing New Horizons you can only have one island for each copy of the game, meaning that for two people to play in a family you really need two Switches and two copies of the game. One workaround is if you have a digital copy of the game and two Switches you can use them with different users with separate saves and islands. However, you can't visit each other's islands if you are using the same digital game.
As suggested by Washington Post, "If you want to play with a friend and experience the game at its best, you need at least two copies of the game and two systems."
A free update to the game adds new features including having a cup of coffee with Brewster at the Roost shop, boat tours with Kapp’n, helping Harv expand his island and create a new market filled with shops run by some familiar faces. This also lets you cook with homemade Recipes.
Animal Crossing Pocket Camp on smartphone and tablet is free-to-start and offers in-game purchases with a chance of getting rare items.
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Release Date: 25/04/2020
Price: 22% off
Out Now: Switch
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Players: 1-4 (8 online)
Accessibility: 29 features
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
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