Just one more week before Animal Crossing: New Horizons sails into view on the Nintendo Switch. This beloved social simulation game has delighted its fan base for years and the reason is because of its idyllic vibes. Life in Animal Crossing is just so much simpler, you can fish, make friends, decorate your house. It’s a no-pressure game that’s beautiful and gives you those warm fuzzies inside. Well while we wait for the latest Animal Crossing: New Horizons here are a few games for you to play with similar vibes. Here is also our New Horizon Nintendo Direct Highlights in case you missed it earlier.
Animal Crossing Pocket Camp
Of course the first on this list would be another current Animal Crossing game. Animal Crossing Pocket Camp is what you can consider a Lite version of the actual game. It has all your favourite Animal Crossing activities such as making friends, fishing, bug catching and decorating your campsite. But on a bit of a smaller scale. The team has done a great job compressing the little joys of Animal Crossing onto your mobile. Best of all it’s free to play, without any intense paywalls. Animal Crossing Pocket Camp is frequently updated with new activities and events just like the full version as well.
Instead of being the lonely human in a world full of animals, you get to be an animal too in Garden Paws. Play as a bunny, cat, bird, badger, horse, dog, fox, chipmunk or if all that’s too basic for you, you can even choose to be a dragon. The game starts off Harvest Moon-esque with you inheriting a farm from your grandparents. Build up your farm, go fishing, cook, craft and explore there’s plenty of things to do every day. You’ll use your hard-earned monies to refurbish your farm and the town. So put your paws together and get cracking.
Platforms: PC and it’s coming soon on Nintendo Switch
My Time At Portia
One of my favourite games from 2019, My Time at Portia is more akin to Harvest Moon than Animal Crossing but still has a lot of the same activities that will make you feel right at home. From its bright cartoony design to its open-world full of fishing, farming and mining. My Time at Portia is a relaxed game that lets you craft, gather and make friends to your heart’s content. For those of you that wish to progress a bit further, there’s even an underlying mystery that encapsulates the town. There is some combat but all in all, still feels very gentle and slow-paced. If you’re thinking of getting the game check out our beginner’s guide to My Time at Portia here.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Imagine if Tom Nook had an adventurous alter-ego that only came out at night. Well, that’s what Moonlighter would be about. By day you’re Will the shopkeeper, you have to manage your shop, price your items and watch out for those thieves. You’ll have to make friends with the residents of the town, as well as craft equipment on the side. But by night you’re Will the aspiring hero and adventurer. There’s a gate in your fair town that leads to different realms and people have been mysteriously disappearing through it. Moonlighter is a fun shop management sim but it’s mixed up with high stakes action.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac