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Hokko Life (2021) is a community simulation game like Animal Crossing. You pick a town and set up your home, before spending time helping the place develop into a charming rural idyl everyone loves. Even though it's the creation of one person, it has most of the features of Animal Crossing. The novelty is that you can play it on non-Nintendo platforms. On PC the designing, building and customising benefits from the mouse controls.

You explore the town and take on various tasks to gain new items and make friends. You can craft and combine materials in a detailed way, offering a more open customisation than Animal Crossing. You can also create houses for other people to live in. Collect flowers, mix paints and use them to design wallpapers, flooring and clothing.

As you progress you can expand the town, placing buildings ready for new villagers to move in to. In the forest there is an abandoned mine where you can dig for resources. Take them to your workshop to create your own unique items. Use the design table to build your own furniture, combining different shapes and materials in a simple but powerful editor. Customise the interior and exterior of any home, choose designs and place furniture to make a home your new friends will love.

Along with the building you can use various fishing spots to catch fish for your collection. There are also a whole range of insects to catch and collect. Like Animal Crossing, you need to be in the right place at the right time to catch some of these.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Hokko Life 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 21 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Simulation game with Collecting, Narrative and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 40 hours and 50 hours to complete. How long you spend playing the game depends on how ambitious your designs are.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. With the detailed crafting this is more complex than Animal Crossing. Still, it leans on a similar set of collecting and community building skills as Nintendo’s popular game. Here though, things are more free form and open, which can suit some younger better than the mortgage grind simulation of Tom Nook.


Hokko Life usually costs £15.99. 

Hokko Life

Switch StoreSALE Switch £15.99 £7.99 until 26/07/2024
Steam Store PC £15.99
XBox Store Xbox One -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
The game is being updated over time:
  • Free Farming Update adds farmable crops, a new villager selling seeds and recipes, and a farming area.
  • Free Super Shopping Update adds a new Super Shopping city centre where you can share designs and pick up some new creations to add to their own Hokko community.
  • Free Future updates include a mayor merits system, a bug collecting even and desert island distractions. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/06/2021, updated in 2022

Price: 50% off

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Simulation (Collecting, Narrative and Strategy)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: Robbo Dev (@RobboDev)

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