I loved this game so much when I got it about 6 years ago. I was starting the process of moving from a town to a city, so my life was pretty crazy, but everything in this game was peaceful and stable. This game was truly all inclusive and you did not have to play multiplayer to receive anything that made this game any more entertaining. Whether this was because the multiplayer process included switching memory cards rather than going online was the most likely reason that this happened, but it definitely showed the creators’ effort with making a game that would be fun for hours by yourself.
The animal speech in the series turned into gibberish for the other 3 games since this one, however in this game you can actually listen to them speak and decipher some words and phrases that sound like a warped/sped up version of English, giving the villagers a more realistic feel although still animals.
Up to 16 villagers can live in your town at a time, and a system is in place where you can go up to any villager and ask for a job immediately, meaning that you will never run out of things to do. Nearly every weekend an activity occurs whether it is a bug/fish competition or a holiday. The mayor is involved in the town allowing you to be in charge of the lighthouse for the night or handing you event related gifts.
KK Slider, a staple for the series who provides music for the custom houses, starts his career as a railroad stop singer before he is upgraded to a cafe singer in the later games.
There are random things to do around the town to keep you busy such as watering flowers, talking and making friends with the villagers, kicking a ball around, digging up fossils and treasure, or stocking the museum with bugs, fish, and fossils. There is never a boring day when playing this game.
If you are looking for an amazing retro gaming experience or simply want an Animal Crossing game that you can play for hours on end without needing multiplayer to progress, this is definitely the game for you.
Overall Rating: 5/5