Animal Crossing fans, look no further. These eight rural alternatives to the city life provide peace, honest labor, and the potential for love.
Interested in a PC version of Animal Crossing? With the introduction of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Nintendo finally delivered on its promise to Animal Crossing lovers. A successful debut for Nintendo has brought us to this point, two years later. The Nintendo Switch, on the other hand, isn’t inexpensive. Animal Crossing is a particular favorite if this is something you’re like.
Animal Crossing is a blessing, but fortunately for PC fans, there are many games on PC that emulate what Animal Crossing does quite effectively. Look no further; we’ve highlighted eight of the best AC-free options on our favorite social media site in the following paragraphs.
What would happen if Animal Crossing made it to the personal computer? Let me tell you, that would be fantastic. As long as we’re here, why not play Advance Wars on PC? Take a shovel and a net with you on your fossil hunt, and don’t forget an open mind when it comes to interior design. These PC games follow in the footsteps of Animal Crossing, which offers a unique approach to relaxing.
1. Hokko Life
If you’ve heard this one before, please let us know. After stepping off a train, you’re whisked away to an animal-populated settlement. You can converse with these beings, decorate your home, and then amass an enormous collection of bugs and fish. The legal ramifications are unclear to us, too…
Because you may collect crafting materials from the world and create your own furniture, as well as remodel the game’s existing goods, Hokko Life is your best bet for getting the full Animal Crossing: New Horizons experience. Adding throw pillows to a couch could be as simple as that, but if you’re especially inventive, you could build something entirely new. Because it’s a single-player game instead of a multiplayer one like New Horizons, and because the days in the game don’t correspond to one day in real life, you can go at your own pace without fear of missing out on important events. In June of 2021, Hokko Life will be launched as an Early Access title on Steam.
2. Stardew Valley
That much is apparent. It’s hard to believe we didn’t discuss this. You inherit your grandfather’s farm and leave the corporate rat race for a life of honest work and a chance at love in the best-known PC love letter to Harvest Moon – and hence to Animal Crossing – now available. Make your farm into a home and start raising livestock. Become accustomed to small town life and meet the love of your life.
With the release of Stardew Valley in 2016, Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone extended every aspect of Yasuhiro Wada’s invention and put the rural sim back on the map. There have been a number of new single-player and multiplayer modes, as well as a strong modding community, since its release.
3. Doraemon Story of Seasons
Since Marvelous and Natsume parted ways, we’ve been anxiously awaiting any new developments. A mix of Japanese anime Doraemon and Story of Seasons, a popular farming simulation series, is the answer to this question.
In addition to the obvious farming tasks, Animal Crossing enthusiasts can also assist enhance the town, participate in activities with the town’s residents, fish and collect insects, and spend hours agonizing over their home decors.
4. Harvest Moon: Light of Hope
In 1996, Yasuhiro Wada of Marvelous Interactive created Harvest Moon, a rural life simulation game. A sad fact about the series is that it hasn’t been developed by the same studio since Marvelous and Natsume parted ways.
It’s still possible to see Natsume’s most recent attempt in this series that still carries the original name, despite all of the controversy and confusion. Many consider Harvest Moon: Light of Hope to be surpassed, yet the game still has a lot of nostalgia.
5. My Time at Portia
Rune Factory, Stardew Valley, and Animal Crossing all come together in My Time at Portia. Along with the city-building aspect, it includes relationship mechanics like minigames, marriage and dungeon exploring. Although Portia is jam-packed with substance, it is still an enjoyable game to play.
As in Animal Crossing, you can farm, fish, befriend villagers, and dig for materials, but the focus here is on the construction of your own home or other structures from the ground up. When your father disappears to become a hoodlum, he leaves you in charge of his farm and workshop. For the fine residents of Portia, the local town, you’ll repair them and take on commissions. Restore the town’s glory, become one of its model inhabitants, and maybe even meet someone to settle down with while you go about your quest for this goal.
In spite of the blocky appearance of Staxel’s aesthetics, it’s a calming experience in the Animal Crossing tradition. You’re given a neglected farm to restore once more as part of the basic gameplay cycle, which focuses on developing the settlement. It features an open-ended voxel-based sandbox world, so you can change the landscape as you see fit. Throughout the game, you’ll be able to interact with NPCs, gather materials, create, and explore, all while listening to a fun music.
There have been several community-driven upgrades to Staxel since its release from Early Access earlier this year, as developer Plukit continues to pursue its vision.
After installing the recent “Hideaway Hollow” update, players who have not played it recently will find a wealth of new content.
7. Garden Paws
You play an animal in Garden Paws, a game that looks and feels a lot like Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Rather than a wild animal in the traditional sense, this is a very cuddly creature that has also happened to inherit a farm from its grandparents. Among the animals that can be summoned are foxes, rabbits, badgers, and even a dragon. To expand the surrounding village in Garden Paws, you must first open a shop, then go throughout the world and collect various goods in order to make money to reinvest in the local town. This loop is simpler than others on this list.
Garden Paws, a Kickstarter project by Bitten Toast Games, raised over three times its goal of $20,000 (approximately $60,000). Late last year, it became available on the Steam platform.
8. Castaway Paradise
To pay respect to the Nintendo series in a more direct way, Castaway Paradise simplifies many of the systems that inspired it. In Wild World or New Leaf, you’ll find villagers, adventure, changing your appearance, and even catching bugs. Animal Crossing: New Horizons ‘borrows’ the desert island setting of Castaway Paradise from Stolen Couch Games, which is a bit of an amusing coincidence. It’s a fun game to play with the little ones.