Animal Crossing Noir is a surprisingly captivating You Tube series that features an ‘alternative’ Animal Crossing adventure.
The Animal Crossing series is known for two things: letting you have adorable animals as your neighbors. As well as throwing you into one of the most predatory loans in any video game. So it’s jarring (to say the least) when fans use the universe as their setting for a ’40s style mystery drama.
Follow one character’s surreal journey through the world of Animal Crossing New Leaf, with the characters, events and town presented in a way you’ve never heard before. Join me on a journey through the darker side of Io Falls.
Not only is the series cleverly written, it NAILS every single feel a player has while starting to play Animal Crossing.
The series, created by Christopher Jarvis and the Radio Theatre Workshop, will run for 10 episodes and be published over the following weeks. We’re up to episode 6 right now, and the tension is palpable. Isabelle knows more than she’s letting on. And the townsfolk seem determined to keep the narrator imprisoned within their blissful little village.
Think of Animal Crossing Noir as “Children of the Corn meets Misery, by way of Humphrey Bogart”. Skillfully voiced, and the still images with fake scan lines help sell the old-timey feel. You can check out the full playlist here.