Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Tobidase Dobutsu no Mori A.K.A. Animal Forest: Jump out, was released in Japan November 8th, 2012.
7 months later, it was released to the states in June and was put under a different name Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
Please note this ds game plays only on the 3DS .
When immersed in the real time single player game, you get sucked in.
Expect the same style of game play with a several new twists.
Anyone who has played older versions of Animal crossing will be expecting traditional recurring characters. You get this and more.
This version allows for more npc interaction, and is a rewarding treat for those who are new and returning to the AC world.
It plays homage to previous releases and recurring characters. And many epic Nintendo games make sure you play the fortune cookie lotto, so save up your play coins it’s worth it.
There are many similarities to the AC: City Folk, and yet so many differences.
The main character comes in again by train as in AC: City Folk, though in the other releases the main character came in by bus/cab. Talking to Kappa they could figure out their base character set ups. The main character once again gets his introduction questions from Rover the cat. Who makes references to the last time he was on the train without actually saying Animal Crossing: City Folk, But City Folk players will catch the reference.
The character design is similar to previous releases but you are taller more realistic to human stylization. The main character (you) is not the traditional little guy/girl from previous releases.
However the gameplay is still the same stylization in how the main character uses their tools, and wears their clothes and accessories.
The town folk have a familiar yet more diverse feel to them. You help them buy things, decide on items and as per usual think of witty or funny things to say.
Though no longer just a resident, but the town’s mayor in the game makes for an interesting plot twists, however, this create a heavier financial burden on the main character, because now the main character is not just paying off nook but is also financing all the towns projects and ordinances.
Makes you wonder how Tortimer did it, maybe he is rolling in the dough.
Previous AC players will wonder, what happened to Tortimer the previous mayor?
Tortimer has always been the mayor but not to worry as the storyline plays thru the main character gets a house visit from Tortimer who explains he retired for newer blood to take over, and is living on his own island and giving tours. Then Tortimer invites the main character to come visit his island so that he can give him tours and to bring his friends.
Tortimer’s Island is definitely a change in pace, you can play it in single player when you go to the island. When you invite friends over this is where the multiplayer comes in more than just your visitors running around the town. The Main character is encouraged to bring up to three friends on Kappa’s boat ride over to Tortimer and his family’s island. Once on the island, the main character goes to the desk and asks to go on the tours, but these are not tours; they are games that give you a status and medals. The medals are the currency and they are just as good as bells, you can buy items on the island that you can use on the mainland.
There are perks to being Mayor:
1. Your own spacious office, the town hall is all yours no more is it part of the post office or the banking system.
2. Your own secretary, before you ask, no, you don’t get Pelly. Instead you get a lovely blonde poodle named Isabelle, formerly known as Hisho and Shizue in other AC games who, though, a little twitchy about certain things is very capable.
But where’s Pelly then? Have no fear she runs the actual post office you will find once you cross the train tracks. Yes her sister, Phyllis is still running the night shift as disgruntled as ever over her job. There is a fun twist in Pelly and Phyllis story a fellow named Pete, no he is not their brother. :D
Blathers is still running the museum, though at first his sister is not there, but the storyline plays out she’ll be there soon enough.
The good doctor Shrunk is around though now he is not just being a psychiatrist. He is also running the night club “Club LOL”.
And what’s any A.C. release without K.K. Slider’s music; well he’s back and works as a D.J. at Club LOL.
All 3 Abele sisters are together, though Mabel and Sabel are in one room and Labelle is in the room adjacent, Labelle also showing up from AC: City Folk as per her norm, she sells more specialized clothes where the other two girls continue to do what they have always done.
Kicks the shoe man from City Folk is also in this release and he is next door to the Abele sisters.
And what is any A.C. release without the iconic Nook or his nephews Timmy and Tommy.
Nook however has passed his store over to his nephews and has settled into real estate, working hand in hand with Lyle and the Happy Room Academy.
Digby Your Secretary’s brother runs the Happy Home Showcase, which allows to you see other AC: New Leaf players homes they have built and buy furniture out of them, while in your town.
Overall the gameplay is very satisfying if you have a fondness for any previous animal crossing releases.
The new additions and twists and turns will keep you decently busy day or night.
This version gives the Main Player more control of the town, and allows you to watch it unfold pending on how you design the town, the towns folk living there or the ordinances.
Game play – 5/5
Controls – 5/5
Music – 5/5
Sound Effects – 5/5
Complete Experience – 5/5