Open-ended fun and relaxation, years of play!
A great game for children and even adults. It is a relaxing, slow-paced game with no linear story and open-ended goals that allow you to choose your own path with no one expecting anything from you even though the animal villagers welcome you as their town's mayor. There's lots to do, many things to collect if the player wishes to, and cute villagers to interact with. You can have fun decorating your house, landscaping your town, designing clothes, and donationing art, bugs, fish, and fossils to the town museum. Game time flows with real time, with in-game holidays and events to celebrate many real-world holidays and even birthdays for you and your fellow villagers. The graphics and sound are both lovely, and even after several years of playing I am still not tired of it. Also, this game is a nice escape for individuals who suffer from things like anxiety and depression, like I do.
Parents of younger children should be aware that there is an online component, though it is not a default mode or a required state (most gameplay is offline and done solo). To interact online, players must be within range of another 3DS/2DS or would have to exchange Friend Codes on the 3DS/2DS in order to purposefully interact with other players, or they can acquire an in-game item on the island that will allow the player access to an online version of the island (called Club Tortimer) in which random people from around the country/world can be found. There are of course options to leave if the interaction is not fun or making the player uncomfortable, and options to block a particular person on the island. Disable the wifi on the 3DS/2DS and there definitely won't be an issue.Read full review
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: Pre-owned