The fun never stops in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It’s a problem
A notification lights my phone screen as I brush my teeth. A wave of panic hits me. The reason for concern is not the notification or my molars, but the time. It is 11:56 PM. Panic turns into dark resignation.
“Damn it, Daniel,” I tell myself. “You forgot to water the plants.”
No actual plants, virtual plants. In myIsland. I’m trying to improve my island star rating and spent hours earlier in the week organizing various monuments, lining beaches with tropical coconut palms, and decorating the highlands with bushes and flowers.
The bushes and trees are simple. Give them enough space and they will grow well. But the flowers? It’s the flowers that get you. You have to water these bad guys every day if you want them to grow. Do you think you can even get a 4-star island without populating it with dozens of flower friends? Fuhgeddaboudit.
Even if you are not playingYou have probably heard a lot about it. The Game sold In just six weeks, it’s more popular than Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, and has even breathed a second life into Animal and Crossing: Pocket Camp 2017, an iOS and Android game. It’s a comic life simulator that takes you to a deserted island and tells you to turn it into a paradise.
The joys of this process are difficult to describe for someone who has not yet played an Animal Crossing game. Much of the game is about fishing, chopping wood, mining, and crafting. It’s relaxing, but goal-oriented enough to be stimulating. The March 20 release coincided with the entry of much of the worldLockdown and it was the perfect game to calm this mess. There is no confronting story or complex mechanics. New Horizons is a pastime, but it’s just fun too.
At least, first It’s not fun. But now, two months later, it is becoming a problem.
A search for perfection
If you’re the type who likes to get involved in a single game over a long period of time, New Horizons is a dream. If you’re playing multiple games at the same time, or, God forbid, trying to balance playtime with reading or binge watching, this is a waking nightmare.
A colorful bright Watchful nightmare that replaces an enterprising raccoon named Tom Nook with a grotesque Freddy Kruger monster. But still a nightmare.
Animal Crossing doesn’t really end. At a certain point, you will receive an island rating (1 star) and need to improve it to attract more villagers. So you can get a 5 star island, the highest rating on the scale, but does that mean you won Animal Crossing? I dont know.
In a way, it’s actually not a game, but rather an exercise in sculpture. Animal Crossing gives you a ton of clay, sometimes literally, and a set of tools. Then you can do whatever you want.
Tom Nook, the aforementioned nightmare raccoon in the shape of an economical real estate agent, offers you various missions, many of which revolve around Bells, a kind of island money. Every day you also get a number of tasks to do, including: B. collecting 10 pieces of wood or 20 weed clumps in exchange for Nook Miles, the other Type of island money. All of this is fun, but since the game is more about creativity than achieving goals, it’s essentially tutorials.
Sometimes I did my daily chores, gathered all the natural resources and paused to be amazed Why. I would dig up fossils to sell for a lot of money to add a new space to my house. But I had already added so many rooms to my house that Tom Nook persuaded me to add further – and debts. Why.
I had seen people posting videos of their incredible islands online. Islands that looked like they were designed by Animal Crossing’s actual development team. Islands that replicated games like Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda, and even Pac-Man. Islands, the assembly of which most likely took hundreds of hours.
I respect the hustle and bustle, but I don’t have that in me. I’m not a consummate, I like to enjoy the flesh of one game and move on to the next. I spent dozens and dozens of hours with Animal Crossing and was ready to relax. But when without a logical end point?
I finally brought my island to a 3-star rating, a miserable feat considering how much time has passed in the game. Tom Nook congratulated me and announced that K.K. Slider, a Jack Russell Terrier who wanted to play the guitar and tried to catch his ear, would visit the island. The screen goes black.
The next thing I know, K.K. is on my island. He sings a melody. The villagers love it. And as they sway to his musical styles, credits roll down the right side of the screen. Yes! I had done it
As I restart the game, Nook informs me that I have now activated the Island Designer app on my phone. This gives me the opportunity to lay pavement, build rivers, form cliffs and much more. In essence, he tells me that now the game Really begins.
To be too good to be true
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is really a master class to make you addicted.
Every time I start asking Whya new feature is released or a mysterious new villager comes to inform me of new things I can do. Seasons change bring new opportunities for insect fishing and catching, and new events are announced every two weeks. June is, apparently.
Often, the video games that captivate you best make money from microtransactions. Praise is Nintendo: Animal Crossing has none. New Horizons is both fascinating and ethical.
But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to question your life choices at 11:56 p.m. on a Saturday evening.