With a lot of things to do that will have you playing this game all year around.
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When you start the game you are in a train, and a dog named Rover will come over, he will ask you if he can sit next to you. Later he will ask you what your name is, gender and what town you are moving to. Depending on your answers you will get different looks for your character and town. When you arrive to your town you have no money and Rover calls a local store manager named Tom Nook to loan you a house. You owe him quiet a bit of money and you have to work for him. He'll ask you to do a quiet number of tasks like delivering furnitures to your neighbors. After you do his tasks you are on your own. The game will not push you on paying the loan, you can take your time. Your house at the beginning is small, but after you pay the loan he will upgrade your house bigger. Upgrades will cost you but you can take your time on paying them. Each time you finish paying an upgrade he will make your house bigger. You are on your own on how you pay your loans.
In Animal Crossing you get to collect furnitures. There are over 200 furniture and clothings. You can arrange your furnitures inside your house any way you want. There are numerous ways to get furnitures, you can simply just do tasks for your neighbors, buy them from Tom Nook's shop (at fist the stock is low but later on the game his store will expand), or just find them on floor. You can also design your own clothes at the Able Sisters store. There you can purchase patterns for you clothes and home.
This game is about chatting with your neighbors. You can write them a letter (but most of the time they don't understand what it says), or just walk up to them and talk to them. Your neighbor will talk about random things. They'll sometimes insult you or other animals in the town. Sometimes you can make up a phrase for them to say after each sentence. If you are not a good neighbor they will move away and a new neighbor will take its place. Sometimes they return to your town.
During the game the seasons change like in real time. Animal Crossing uses the GameCube's internal clock to tell what time and month it is. Like in real life seasons and weather changes. It veries from a sunny, rainy, or snowy day. It will depend on what seasons you are. The game will have familiar holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. On holidays, the whole town celebrates and will give you gifts. Different times of the year will give you different kinds of furniture and clothing.
There is actually no challenge in the game. You can catch bugs, fish and grow plants. The only challenge in the game is fishing. Where you have to press the A botton rapidly if the fish took the bait. There are different kinds of fish and bugs to catch on the different times of year. You can find bugs flying around the sky, under rocks or plants. When you catch a fish or bug you can set them free, donate them to the town's museum, display them on your house, or sell them for an easy bell. Each species comes on it's own price. When growing plants (fruit trees or flowers) it takes days for the tree to become fully mature (exept flowers). There are seven types of fruit trees to grow.
Animal Crossing is intentionaly made for the Nintendo 64. As time went on Nintendo dicided to make it for the Gamecube instead. That is why the graphics for Animal Crossing isn't all that clear. When the camera gets to close to you and the neighbors the graphics starts to get fuzzy. Some of the bugs are so small that you can't actually identify them right away. The fish are flat like paper. The furniture on the game are colorful and simple but are a bit blurry at times. The characters look impressive with different kinds of animals. The weather effects looks simple and very precise.
The music in Animal Crossing gets repitative most of the time. While out side you might hear crickets at night and when your near the beach you can hear the ocean. You can change the town's theme song to what ever you want (but is limited). The song plays on each hour and when ever you talk to anyone.
This game should keep you busy for a long time. This is a really fun game and is family friendly. Since you want to collect every bug, fish, fossiles, and furnitures you'll want to play this game all over again. The game takes a while to finish but the point of the game is not to finish it but to entertain yourself.
Nintendo makes quality games, and Animal Crossing is one of them. This game entertained me for a long time. I have become fond of this game. I am sure you will like this game too.