*Any Nintendo DS Animal Crossing fans out there? Want to trade friendship codes?*
I have a new addiction and it’s actually taking away from my blogging time! It’s called Animal Crossing for Nintendo DS.
First let me say that this is not a paid review and I was not given the game in exchange for this post. I went out and purchased this game on my own because I was looking for something different than the games I usually play on my DS. And different I definitely found.
Animal Crossing is a virtual world of lovable creatures that’s played in real time. That means that when it’s morning here, it’s morning there. When it’s 10pm here, it’s 10 pm there. At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, my little virtual town even had their own little fireworks show. How cool is that?
In fact, on the first night I played I was in Tom Nook’s store browsing through his inventory when he kicked me out. He said the store closes at 11pm and reopens at 8am. When I looked at my watch, it was exactly 11pm!
The basic idea of Animal World is for you to find a way to earn and save enough bells (money) to survive. You earn bells by fishing, catching bugs, picking fruit, picking up seashell, and selling these and other items to Tom Nook, the local proprietor. You can also buy and trade turnips (stock) to help your financial situation.
You can also interact with other various members of your town by conversing whenever you see them out walking, visiting their homes or by writing letters. Each member has their own unique personality and you’ll find yourself forming strange bonds with them. You give each other presents, visit each other’s homes, and of course, gossip. Every once in a while, a new resident moves into town and joins the group.
On top of all this, you can also donate items to the local museum and see their exhibits grow, design your own clothes, furnish your home, add family members, discover and name new constellations, and build snowmen. There are also various town events where you can earn trophies like fishing tournaments, bug catching contests, or planting the prettiest garden.
And if that wasn’t enough, you can even visit other Animal Crossing towns by hooking up your DS with your friend’s one through Wi-Fi or DS to DS. This will allow you to enter and experience their virtual world as well.
I’ve only been playing this game for a little over a week and I am just overwhelmed with all the possiblities! There are endless options to this game which ensures that you’l never get bored playing. I’ve even gotten the Wii version called City Folk and can’t wait to start exploring that world, too.
Are there any video games that you’re addicted to?