Turning over a New Leaf on Animal Crossing
While we were on holiday we had NO INTERNETZ!!! Quelle horreur!
This meant that we read lots of books and also had lots of time to play Animal Crossing New Leaf.
This is the special Nintendo 3DS XL we were sent, which is pre-loaded with Animal Crossing. It’s got a bigger screen than the regular DS, and comes in white with lots of cute little symbols on it.
HOW THE GAME WORKS
Basically Animal Crossing is your own little town and your neighbours are little animals that you can talk to. You can buy clothes, furniture etc and collect things.
There have been four Animal Crossing games released since 2001 and Animal Crossing New Leaf which we are reviewing is the latest one which came out in June this year.
This is the first game in the series where the player gets to be the Mayor of the town instead of an ordinary villager. You play the game in real time according to the DS’s clock, so the game changes depending on the time of day and year. Can’t wait for Animal Crossing Christmas!
You can also customise it a lot, so everybody who plays will do it in a different way. El played it a lot on holiday and developed her community.
More people are moving in to Ledworth (as she has called her village – Doctor Who fans will get the connection! Yes we know it’s really Leadworth) which means that there are more characters. El’s also figured out how to design her own clothes.
She’s started a thing to build a bridge and everyone has to donate to the project. There’s a little guy you can donate to.
More than one person can play on this game, so we let Eye have a go and this is what he thought: It’s very imaginative. I am a boy and not mayor. You can do a lot of things and it gives you responsibility like buying a house and donating money to projects. The 3D effect is really cool.
Once they were both playing, El and Eye could write letters to each other within the game which was fun. They were in the same town, but if you play with friends online you can visit each other’s towns.
Jae likes that this is quite a sweet game – no baddies; it’s more of an open-ended game about building a community. It’s a nice little world to escape into.
This is good stuff for kids to learn if they grow up and start a town on Mars. Yes that could happen.
This is a nice, restful escapist game suitable from around age 7. Probably more of interest to girls but we think some boys might like it too.
You can do lots of other things with the Nintendo 3DS and Animal Crossing New Leaf, so we’ll tell you a bit about this in the next post.
El & Jae
Animal Crossing New Leaf is out now for Nintendo 3DS, or if you get the console shown here it is already pre-loaded