Ever since the unveiling of Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U, whenever you think of the Villager, you think of this.
Creepy and disturbing, I know. Yes, it's a bit terrifying that a supposed innocent anonymous villager is potentially an axe-wielding psychopath, but this my friends, is barely the beginning. There exists a darker side, a truly horriffic town, that is straight out of the Twilight Zone on a very, very bad day.
One of Animal Crossing: New Leaf's new features is the Dream Suite. Once you approve and fund this public works project, the Dream Suite allows you to visit someone's town via a dream. In it, you can roam around and mess with things without worrying about destroying or upsetting their town. There have been some inventive towns, but none so mysterious, so intriguing, so ... god damned unnerving, as this one. What you're about to experience is a handful of shots I took from my trip... in Aika's Village.
You arrive in Aika's Village with the ground covered in what can only be described as shiney. Aiko, pictured in the Mrs. Santa Clause outfit, always seems to be close by. I would assume she's only stalking me, waiting for the perfect moment to kill me in my sleep. The age old question: if I die in a dream, do I die in real life?
Roaming through Aika's Village, endless rows of cloned flowers and golden peach trees (not shown) line the northern border of the town. To the southwest, a graveyard is peppered with trash, rotten turnips and dead saplings that never made it. Husks of what used to be beautiful Perfect Pear trees are all the evidence that remains of a once flourishing paradise. If I'm not tripping over dead vegetation, I'm stubbing my toes on one of the many tombstones.
A hedgemaze pock-marked with holes and laden with pitfall traps baits and snarees unwary trespassers. Candy litters the ground, accompanied by cake. Yes, there is cake, and one needn't think twice whether it is a lie or not. Coffee can also be picked up and imbibed, but no matter how many sips you take, it will not wake you up. Not here, and especially not while you're struggling to climb out of a pitfall.
Before we continue on with our trip into madness, I want to show you a pic of one of a room from one of the four player's main residences. This is the Garden of Eden room.
Unfortunately, the forbidden fruit didn't make it into the picture, but you get the idea. Now, I'm actually surprised to see these uncensored pieces of art, and I'm rather pleased to see they weren't. I wasn't expecting to see this at all in Animal Crossing. As for the room, it obviously has some symbolic meaning in Aika's Village; a representation of Paradise existing in a world far from it.
Back to madness. There is house more disturbing than the other three combined. A house that literally gave me goosebumps, something I rarely get from games unless I'm playing a Silent Hill game. These next shots came from this house.
A room full of bookcases forming a maze. Before you even step foot in the path-obscured room, you are greeted by a lifeless doll, with an axe sitting in front of her. What the hell...
The same doll, with the same axe, sitting next to Mr. Clause, who is actually a mannequin. Did it HAVE to be a mannequin? The barricades.. is that to keep me from messing with Aika's display? Or is it meant to keep the doll from killing me with the axe?
That freaking doll again, with that freaking axe! Those paintings! Everyone but two people crossed out! Who are those people? Why are they crossed out? What will happen to them? Has something already happened to them?
This one really gave me the creeps. The picture doesn't even do it justice. For one, I couldn't even capture all the furniture that had the child paintings all over them. Two, you don't really get the sense of it without hearing the static coming from the TV. Honestly, I was ready to leave at this point, but I had to delve just a bit deeper...
I should not feel this way about an Animal Crossing game! I mean, I'm incredibly freaked out right at this moment! Who does that outline belong to? Her brother? Sister? Aika herself? Did Aika kill that child? Or did someone kill her?
You are god damned right, I want to wake up!
Ladies and gentlement, what you've seen is only a small fraction of what's out there in Aika's Village. There's also a small piece of shoreline that contained something buried that I wasn't able to get to because I couldn't find the wetsuit to swim over there, and I also had a present waiting for me by the side of the bed. It was that damned doll. The town was designed by a Japanese player. If you own the game, her Dream Code is 2600-0218-7298. I suggest you visit it. It will be even more disturbing for you when you hear the music that plays in each house.
Even though I'm immensely creeped out by this town, I'm also incredibly impressed by it. It's given me a new understanding of the power Animal Crossing holds for creativity. It also makes me quesiton if the person who designed the town is mentally stable. Taking something as innocent as Animal Crossing and twisting it so, well, it makes you think regardless.