Animal Crossing (All Versions): Things that I Disliked Part 1

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I haven’t spoken about Animal Crossing in a while, but it is my absolute favorite game series. I have played every single game except for Amiibo Festival (which doesn’t really count as an Animal Crossing game in my opinion). I know which parts of each game that I liked, and parts that I disliked, and parts that I hope will be in Animal Crossing for the Switch that is supposed to be coming out later this year. For the next 3 Video Game Tuesdays, I will be focusing specifically on Animal Crossing, and going through these topics on all the games. The first one is all the stuff that I didn’t like about each individual game. This one will be split into two parts, with the second part coming tomorrow, since it is so long!

Animal Crossing Gamecube

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This was my first Animal Crossing game and is my favorite one. There are so many good things about it, but it definitely had its flaws.

Fossils

In this game, you have to mail all your fossils to an outside museum to be analyzed and sent back to you. This means that you have to pay the postage for every fossil sent, and it was just too long of a wait for my impatient self. I never put more than 2 or 3 fossils in the museum at a time.

Number of villagers

This will be both in my likes and dislikes. You could have a lot more villagers in the GC version than you could have in later versions, which was both a blessing and a curse. It was hard to keep up with all the villagers, and sometimes I forgot that I had villagers and so they would move away.

No multiplayer

Even though you could have multiple people living in the town of your console, there was no way to play together in minigames through splitscreen. The villagers might mention the other character but that was it. The only way to go to another person’s town was to put their memory card into your console, and I didn’t have any friends who played the game, or even had a Gamecube, so I had no one’s town to see.

Not much to do

Sometimes, after you’ve watered all the flowers, did errands for a bunch of villagers, fished, caught bugs, shopped, and decorated to your heart’s content, you just got bored. Sure, there’s a lot to do, but I remember thinking “Man I am out of things to do” and switching to one of the newer Animal Crossing games. A lot of things were time-locked as well, the special events at least, so if you didn’t play at those times, you didn’t have the chance to participate.

Animal Crossing Wild World

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There is very little to do in this game. There are no more ways to ask the villagers for errands, they would have to walk up to you by chance and ask you. You can fish, catch bugs, and do decorating and digging but you really have to create your fun.

Few Events

This Animal Crossing game took out all events related to religion. No Easter Bunny, no Christmas events, nothing. They had some generic events, but they were so infrequent that it felt like you would go weeks in real life before happening to come across an in-game event.

Wifi-Locked Stores

There were parts of the game that you could only get if you had connected your DS Lite to the Wifi and traveled to another person’s town. Then, the person had to do stuff in your town, such as buy from the Nook store to upgrade it to the full department store. This was hard because some people didn’t have wifi, and some people didn’t have Wifi that the DS could connect to, like me. Also, as a kid, unless I was going to play with a stranger online, I had no one to play with. So I never got to access these parts of the game. Now that the Wifi servers for the DS Lite have gone permanently offline, anyone who gets the game will technically never be able to complete it.

Hackers

The Action Replay was a card that people got to change their games. It was an easy thing to get, some people got it for their kids to turn off Mr. Resetti in the game. Either way, it was easy to hack the DS Lite, and if you played a Wild World game with a hacker, they could mess you up big time. They could hack rocks or buildings to block your house in so that you could never leave home on that save. They could mess up your entire town and then leave, forcing the game to save, and permanently destroy it. They could even permanently brick your DS Lite, making it impossible to use it at all. This may have nothing to do with the game, but the fact is that WW became a way for hackers to mess with a lot of people. You had to be really careful, which is why I am kinda glad that my DS couldn’t connect. I couldn’t randomly connect with a stranger online and have my DS ruined.

Animal Crossing City Folk

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Oh my god, what the heck were the developers thinking?? In this game, the grass was supposed to wear down if you ran. But it was way too fast, so even if you walked speedily, your whole town would have huge dirt patches. You had to slow walk everywhere. Snow only lands on grass patches, so if you wanted a pretty town in winter, you better CRAWL everywhere.

Redd

Redd was in the city rather than appearing in town from time to time, and a few other characters were in the city. This might be a pet peeve, but it was kinda weird for seedy Redd to have a store, I preferred the tent. It just fulfilled the look.

Auctionhouse

The Auction house literally does nothing? I don’t even know why it was there, I never had enough friends coming over for it to do anything.

 

 

Animal Crossing Pocket Camp Review

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Alright, so I have been spending a lot of time playing Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. I have every single Animal Crossing Game except for the N64 version and the Amiibo Festiva (Which I do not consider to be a real game). Therefore, I was really looking forward to an animal crossing mobile game. Although the reactions are mixed, here are some of my opinions on it.

On Animal crossing pocket camp, you are in charge of a campsite, and your job is basically to recruit other animals to come and live in your campsite. To do this, you must fulfill requests for them, and you must build specific furniture for them.

Alright, so many people are annoyed with the time that you have to wait to harvest certain things or build certain furniture. However, this is perfect for me. I want a game that I don’t have to sit and waste time playing┬ábecause I have a lot of other things to do, like reading books or doing homework. This game allows me to wake up in the morning, harvest some things, set some furniture to craft, and then I go to school. By the time I come back, most of my stuff is done, and then I can invite some more villagers to my town.

The only thing that irritates me is that there is not a WHOLE lot to do. The villagers have cute little cutscenes from time to time, but more often than not you just get a short conversation. I bought the KK Slider chair thinking that I would be able to customize my music, but he usually just plays one guitar song (or two). Then, the last thing that irritated me was the fact that there was little to no interaction with other players. I was hoping that they would at least have a chat box where you could make a friend group and talk to them while you were playing, rather like Clash of Clans. At best, I hoped that the people would be able to participate in island minigames like Animal Crossing New Leaf. Nevertheless, there is almost no interaction with friends, besides seeing their islands.

Overall, I hope more stuff is added in updates, but the game is a beautiful time waster, and I find myself playing it almost every day.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Home Street Review

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Home street is a free game on both the Google Play and Apple stores.

When I got this game, I thought it would be like the sims, where you can build your own house, decorate it, befriend other neighbors, work, and do many other things. While this is the sims in some aspects, other aspects are rather irritating.

In order to do anything, you either need “thoughts” or a combination of thoughts and materials from doing other things. For example, to grow vegetables it takes thoughts, and to make carrot cake, you need thoughts and vegetables. These things take real time to produce of course, or you can speed it up using gems. Thoughts can be generated for free as long as you have a thought to duplicate, for example I sacrifice 1 intelligence thought and in 1 minute I gain 2.

The part that gets annoying are the missions. Some missions require you to create a lot of items, or collect a lot of thoughts, or do jobs for neighbors that will give you money if you give them items. These missions seem to be really slow and demanding at times, as it takes quite a few minutes to collect all of the items that you need to fulfill the missions. In the Sims, things may take time, but you do not have to do those things in order for the game to progress. It is up to you whether or not to do these things, you can choose how you want to build your character and your world. This is what most of these mobile Sim-ish games forget.

Also, you can’t do anything with your character. You literally can’t even move them, they just run around pretending to do the jobs whereas you can have 10 jobs going at once and they just cycle around as the timer counts down. I can’t make my character talk or dance, or even sit on the couch. What’s the point of buying all the stuff for my house if my character can’t even interact with it?

Also, the neighbors can be real people. I thought “cool, maybe if we are on at the same time, we can chat!”. However, when you visit other people’s towns, they just run around doing their chores. All you can do is help them out with an activity by donating an emotion or something, and then move on. When you invite them over, its just their avatar that pops up, your avatars pretend to say hi, the avatars run around for a bit, they HAVE to stay for like 10-15 minutes, and then they go and give you an emote. No chatting, no interaction, and they aren’t even online when you go to your town or they come to yours. It’s just the game making the avatar run around. There is no real interaction with other players besides buying stuff from other people’s stores, almost like Hay Day or something.

Overall, this game was an alright home building game. However, if it wanted to be a city builder without interaction between players, I wish that they had a larger city where you could do more things. If it wanted to be a game like the sims where you have an avatar that you can decorate a house with and visit other players, I wish that it had more interacting with your avatar, and with other players. I will keep this game on my phone as it did help to pass time, and hopefully in future updates there will be more of these things.

Overall Rating: 2.5/5