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Animal Crossing (GCN / GameCube)

Game Review

Animal Crossing Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Stuart Reddick

Nintendo's Animal Crossing, is a unique game. An RPG, without much of a story but so much more...

Animal Crossing is a unique game with no overall aim or any way to complete it. You start out on a train heading towards a village. You start talking to an animal who eventually puts you in contact with a friendly racoon who can sell you a house in your village - yes, that's right, you have a house! One of the strongest features of Animal Crossing is the way it uses the time and date. Time passes in real time, the shop opens and closes at set times, your neighbours will sleep sometime during the night and the rubbish is even picked up at 6:00am each morning. The game world will continue even if you don't turn on your Gamecube and if you leave the game for a few weeks you will most likely have a load of post waiting for you when you eventually do turn it on.

Animal Crossing initially looks more functional than beautiful but after you play for a while you realise that the small details matter. For example, you can (just about) see mosquitos and capture them (if you're quick enough) before they bite you. The game runs at a smooth 60fps - hardly surprising when there isn't really that much happening on screen at a time - but unfortunately you have no control over the camera and the view can be obstructed every now and then.

The sound is ok - nothing special again. The animals have an odd animalese language that might annoy some people but you can change it to silence if it does.. Music is the typical cute Nintendo style, with matching sound effects. Every hour the clock strikes and plays the village's theme tune which reminds me of old American comedy show themes.

You can pretty much do whatever you want: collect insects, fish paintings and fossils for the museum; send letters to your neighbours and friends, decorate your house inside and out (including having an NES system), visit friends' villages and trade items with them. However, in the beginning you'll spend most of your time running packages around for your neighbours, earning various objects in the process. Later in the game there are better ways to get new stuff, like earning money by selling fish. It's also possible to have up to four players live in the village at the same time, each playing seperately and leaving messages and items in the game for the other players. It's also possible to connect a GBA using the link lead for extra things to do: you can visit an island and even play NES games on the GBA. The E-Reader is also supported: with this you can scan in a special Animal Crossing card to unlock items and set the village theme music.

You may find yourself getting addicted to this game, playing at least once a day to see if you get any mail and to see whats different in your little game world. With real holidays as well as game ones noted in your diary, there isn't a fortnight that passes without an event of some description. As the year progresses leaves, then snow falls - even the fish and insect wildlife change with the seasons!


We wouldn't recommend Animal Crossing to everyone because you'll need a lot of time to play it properly - not in huge chunks but small doses, daily. It is a shame that the best thing about AC is also one of its worst features: the real-time aspect. If you play in the evening there is less to do than in the daytime, with the shops shut and some neighbours asleep. We can't think of another game similar to this - which isn't necessarily a bad thing! If you want a different experience in a game you just might like it!

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User Comments (24)



Divock said:

This review seems accurate. It's funny because while stuff goes on in real time, it is a good thing to have unique things happening every day, it gets annoying when you want to do other things, becoming almost like homework. Best examples of that for me was the Gold/Silver/Crystal games and more recently Diamond/Pearl/Platinum. Clock going on, different stuff every day, yet if you leave for a year everyone still "loves" you.



ds_lover59440 said:

I have played Animal Crossing: Wild World on my DS lite and it is a very good game but when you forget to save your game, the next time you play it, a mole (animal kind) named Resetti pops out of the ground, and yells at ya! So I think that this will be a good game too!



BobberyFan98 said:

This review seems unfair. This game and the others are some of nintendos greatest games, this game atleast at the lowest DESERVES a 8 out of 10



pokemonzrpg said:

I would rate Animal Crossing a 9/10. I absolutely loved this game and I have put tons of hours into it. It is practically a virtual life in every way.



Knux said:

Bad review alert! This game needs a re-review!

EDIT: And just to make clear on what I meant back then, I mean that this review is ''bad'' by being too generous. If this game is anything like Wild World, then the score should be much lower, in my opinion.



ItalianBaptist said:

@ds lover: Mr. Resetti appears in the Gamecube version too.
The thing that keeps me coming back to the original and not going for Wild World and City Folk is the NES games! Good thinking on Nintendo's part. Also, I don't want to betray my animal friends by "trading up" then never coming back It's already been several years and they must be really mad at me



Gizmo said:

I would give it at least an 8, too. It's just a very, very fun game.



gaminguy said:

Give the game more credit! The NES games alone are worth around $50 on virtual console



Boyoshi said:

OH MY GOD How do you sleep at night. I think this game deserves at least a 9/10



Supremeist said:

II think the rating should be changed to a 9. I ordered this game online for my GameCube and so far it is my favorite GC game. It is addicting, unique, and really puts you into your characters life, as if you are actually him. It's super awesome and I'm really disappointed to see a 7 for it. Which is still a decent rating, but It's much more than decent.



Klimbatize said:

Oh please.

The review is right on. People shouldn't get so hung up on scores. Sometimes putting a score on a game is just not necessary. If the review gets across if someone will like the game or not, then it has succeeded. This review does that. Animal Crossing is definitely not for everybody (like myself), and this review would help steer those people away from it. Likewise, it would help people who would enjoy it realize it's worth checking out.

Take away the obligatory score, and the review wouldn't upset anyone.



Chrono_Cross said:

Reading the review, yes, yes it does. Reading one review about a game you're not too sure about is sort of ignorant. I mean, if you're going to be so lazy to not even look into a game just a smidgen, then what's the point of reading even one review?

I also find this review to be a terrible one at that. If you're going to read a review on the original Animal Crossing, you should go elsewhere.



Klimbatize said:

@Chrono_Cross I don't understand the point of your first paragraph. Was any of that directed towards me? I have to assume it was since we're the only people who have talked about this game in months.

If it was, then you're making huge assumptions. I played Animal Crossing when it first came out for several hours over several days and found it incredibly boring. Why was I bored? Because of all the things this review mentions. Those same elements are why others love the game. So my point stands...the review does a good job of letting people know what to expect from the game, and from that they can begin to figure out if they want to check it out. Having to leave a score on a game like this is quite difficult.

Obviously relying solely on one review on whether to check out a game or not is dumb, but you have to start somewhere and take in a few opinions.

"If you're going to read a review on the original Animal Crossing, you should go elsewhere"

Yes, because you disagree with the review, it's a bad one.



Barbiegurl777 said:

I like animal crossing for the gamecube I just started playing the gamecube version on the wii it's very cute.

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



2Sang said:

Definitely deserves a 9 or 10. one of the most innovative franchises by nintendo in a long time.



ericthecheese said:

I remember asking the clerk at Electronics Boutique what this game was, and he had a hard time explaining it, kind of like how I have hard time explaining it to friends when they ask what it is. haha.



LuigiTheGreenFire said:

I disagree with the review score. I honestly find this the second easiest Animal Crossing game to come back to (don't have much of a motive to play Wild World anymore and my City Folk disc does not work) because of a lot of its unique features and charm. New Leaf is my favorite and most-played Animal Crossing game but I still love this one a lot.

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