by Connor Mackle
Graphic by Christy Knudson
With quarantine consuming our everyday lives, it seems many people have turned to video games to enrich their indoor lives. A game that many are turning to in this time is Animal Crossing: New Horizons, released on March 20, 2020. This game has attracted many players due to its easy-to-learn style, but also its convenient release date and attainability in the shelter-in-place. This community-focused game is easy to love, with plenty of activities to spend your time on. Whether it’s a job from Tom Nook or clearing weeds off your island to sell for the in-game currency, Bells, you’re sure to have an objective most of the time. While the game starts off slow and linear in some places, once you get past the first few days, you’ll be ready to use your new skills to come up with your own objectives such as upgrading your island in ways that are personalized to you. Every island is randomly generated, and you’ll be able to customize it to your own personal liking. However, if you’re looking for riveting gameplay, this isn’t the place to look. Animal Crossing requires patience and creativity, and the game isn’t meant to be action-driven. But this doesn’t mean the game is boring. The game is exciting in its own way, like making your own clothes, or saving enough Bells to buy something you want, exploring new islands, going to a friend’s island, and more. The overall connection you develop with the characters on the island, your character, your belongings, and the island itself will give you the motivation to continue putting in the effort to achieve your goals. I highly recommend this game to anyone who has extra time to spend, because overall, it’s a well-made game that has a lot of room for creativity.