Animal Crossing New Horizons Review


Released on the 20th of March, Animal Crossing New Horizons has taken the world by storm. Taking place in real-time, the player can explore the island, gathering and crafting items, catching insects and fish, and developing the island community of anthropomorphic animals. Animal Crossing is a 19-year-old series that has won the hearts of people around the world for years. This newest installment came after a long wait of 8 years and fans were counting down the hours till they could play this game.
New Horizons differs from the other Animal Crossing games with its new mechanic: crafting. This was exciting except for a few flaws that come with it, one of which being that you can’t craft in bulk. That being said, there are also so many new things about this game. They’ve added Nook Miles which is a new currency along with the regular currency of Bells. You get Nook Miles by completing tasks such as chopping wood or catching certain fish and bugs. You can use these to purchase tickets to travel to islands or to purchase crafting recipes and so much more. This is also the most beautiful animal crossing game in the entire series. The graphics are perfect and they’ve made the characters look so much cuter! Speaking of characters, they’ve also added 13 new villagers to add to your island.
Animal Crossing is a game that you can play at your own pace. Some people decide to time travel and complete the whole game by playing nonstop every day for a month, but others might go slowly and play in real-time and only play for an hour or two daily. And both strategies are perfectly fine. There’s no wrong way to play this game. I’ve been a fan of animal crossing since I first played as a child and, while there are complaints about the game, this game has become one of my favorites already. I can spend hours just walking around my island or searching for one particular villager I want to invite and still have a blast. Playing with friends is absolutely awesome and some of the most fun I’ve had in a game. I also love how lively villagers are now. Seeing my favourite octopus Zucker singing in the town center is absolutely precious and I will always love seeing that. However, the villager dialogue can get a bit stale when you talk to your villagers a lot. Many will repeat the same phrases and it can get annoying. This isn’t a new problem with Animal Crossing but it is a complaint of mine.
That is really one of my only complaints. I love crafting and I don’t think that the lack of bulk crafting is that big a deal, though I’ve seen many people complain. What I also appreciate is that Nintendo is constantly updating the game, adding new features and fixing bugs. All these new features are free, but people still complain that they should’ve put all the content in at the beginning. However, I enjoy being surprised by new features and wondering who they’ll add next. It keeps me excited to see more about this game.

Dan Irwin

This game has been a love of mine for years now and I love it. I highly recommend this game to anyone, especially now that we’re in quarantine. It is an amazing game that millions like me have banked hundreds of hours into.
And, as someone who has played this game daily since it’s release, there are plenty of things I wish I’d known when starting the game. So, here are some tips for new players! Whether you’re new to this game or new to the franchise, there’s probably something you can learn.



It’s a slow moving game, so you shouldn’t purchase it if that’s not what you like. It doesn’t have a strict story to follow and it doesn’t have an ending. If this kind of game isn’t what you’re into, maybe don’t play it. And, if you do, don’t blame the game when you don’t enjoy it.

-DIY Bottles
Every day, a DIY recipe will wash up on your beach. There are so many cool recipes you can get from these bottles so don’t just ignore them.

-Hybrid Flowers

You can make lots of different hybrids depending on the flower type if you water them using this grid. This has been the most proven grid to help make your hybrid flowers of all kinds.

-Prevent Getting Stung
Every day, there are 5 wasps nests that can spawn in trees and, if you get stung twice without medicine, you will faint. So, please, for the sake of your poor Animal Crossing character, carry your net while shaking trees. It will save you so much pain.

-Shooting Stars
Every night, you can catch a shooting star in the sky if you just look. When you see one, press A. The next day, a star fragment will appear. You can use these to craft new items, or just decorate your island because, let’s face it, they’re really pretty.

– Join an Online Community
It’s great to make friends who like the game as much as you and having a community for this game can definitely help you whether it’s with turnip prices or with inspiration for your own island.

Dan I

-Turnip Stock Market
purchase turnips in groups of 10 on Sundays from Daisy Mae for varying prices. You make money by selling turnips for a higher price than you bought them for. But, you can’t sell them on Sundays and they will rot within a week. That’s just the basics though, there are more rules to this. For one- don’t time travel if you have turnips- it will rot your turnips. You can bring turnips to your friend’s islands to sell them if they have better prices than you. Turnips have been a staple of animal crossing since the beginning, but you don’t have to buy them.