Game Review: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

13 June 2020

Written by: Sam Hughes

The relaxing island getaway you crave, enjoyed from the comforts of home.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been described by some fans on the internet as the perfect way to spend your time in social isolation. They’re right.

The newest addition to the Animal Crossing series flies you to a deserted island to create a community of adorable animal villagers. You can spend your day doing activities like fishing, catching bugs, digging up fossils or collecting supplies to turn the island into a paradise of your own design.

The game is exceedingly relaxing and perfect for playing at your own pace. It’s also very easy to have several hours of your day go missing after deciding to remodel your house to accommodate a lovely table and aquarium display.

There is an incredibly friendly and active online community that is constantly sharing custom designs for clothing, furniture and other in-game items that can be imported via QR code. You can also try to make items of your own and visit friends’ islands to hang out and work together.

While there is a lot to do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it can sometimes feel as though you are repeating the same menial tasks. Players who want to expand their island community may quickly become frustrated that some events require waiting a full 24 hours before completion, such as building the museum or a new house.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will set you back around $70, but it’s priceless as a creative and relaxing escape from the outside troubles we currently face.


Article: Sam Hughes is a third-year Media and Communications student (Sports Journalism) at La Trobe University. You can follow him on Twitter @SammySLHug

Photo: Screenshot from Animal Crossing: New Horizons