Animal Crossing: New Horizons – A Review

Go On A Virus-Free Island Adventure!


James Haberstich, Staff Writer, Editor

This quarantine has left a lot of people with extra free time, and while some are catching up on T.V. shows and movies, and others are doing arts and crafts to help pass the time, there are still others who just wish they could go out into the world and do something. Well, what if I told you that there was a way that many people, including myself, could go and explore a practically deserted island and turn it into a paradise? 

Catching bugs is just one of the many things you can do in Animal Crossing!

Enter Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch. I have been waiting for this game to come out for months, and when the release date finally came, well… we were already in quarantine. That did not stop myself or many others, however. The game is not only available in a physical version, but is also offered digitally via the Nintendo eShop for a price of $60. So, I got my copy digitally downloaded, and from there, my adventure started!

You can fish as well while on the island!

The game begins with the player choosing an island and then being dropped off there to enjoy a paradise-style adventure. I chose an island with a long river near the center so I could potentially fish a lot, and it also looked pretty. The game then had me choose a spot where I could live, and had me start scavenging the island for materials to create my basic necessities. This is where the core gameplay of Animal Crossing: New Horizons really kicked off.


As I progressed, I was able to create my own house, as well as several other buildings on the island that each offered new amenities to make life more fun and easy. The game has a really nice progression, as you are rewarded for practically everything you scavenge and accomplish as you explore. The other interesting thing about this game that I really enjoy is that the game has a real-time clock set in it, so you can only progress a certain amount each day in real life. This feature eliminates the need to just rush through everything at once, and really makes it feel like a steady, casual progression. There are ways around the clock, but I figured I would do a normal playthrough in order to pace myself. 

My current house on the island!

This game really has something for everyone, as there is plenty of fishing, bug-catching, fossil collecting, and crafting to do! Also, it feels great seeing your island expand more and more each day you play. However, if players want to add even more to their game or just want to chat with friends while maintaining social distancing, there is always online multiplayer! Players can explore their friends’ islands, as well as share custom clothing patterns and items with each other. 


Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a real treat, and I cannot wait to see what else I discover on my island adventure!

A celebration my island held for the opening of the clothing shop!