Animal Crossing: City Folk

Game review by
Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media
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Life sim has homey charm, but similar to others in series.
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Parents say

age 5+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 66 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

You become a citizen of a small town and the game teaches you how to live and communicate in a small community. Various characters have different personalities, and you have to listen to all kinds of animal folk. They're all kind of funny and no one is nasty.

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This is part of the Animal Crossing game series.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a life simulation game in which you become a citizen of a small community of anthropomorphic animals. If your child is old enough to have played the original Animal Crossing on the GameCube, this game is not that different. But if they haven't played the game before, prepare for hours in front of the TV set while your children move around this new world full of funny animals. This is the first game that utilizes Nintendo's new WiiSpeak microphone, an option that lets you speak to friends and families who are also playing this game in another location. While this opens up the possibility of chat-abuse, you can only chat with people you know, since you have to have exchanged "Friend codes" offline. Online capabilities let also allow you visit towns of friends and family. Reading is a big part of this game so it is not playable by non-readers.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 10 and 18+ year old Written byHansi10 July 14, 2009

WHAT?

Common Sense is rating things WAY too high The Sims 3 is rated 15 iffy!?!?! What do they think they are doing? I am really 10 in 2 weeks and my Mom thinks now... Continue reading
Parent of a 13 year old Written byZyplexer August 15, 2009

NOT GOOD FOR ONLINE PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

My daughter is getting harrased by a older teen he does bad things while shes there they trap her a pertend to kill her and insult her dont do online play if u... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 19, 2011

Animal Crossing= Good game

It's a really fun game. It can get boring after you've played it for 7 years, but I still play. There's no language, violence, or anything else b... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 16, 2011

Yeah, that's right. This is my obsession

This game is my obsession. I play it every day, and I have a very well built town! :) You start as a kid, (roughly 12 years of age probably) and you are moving... Continue reading

What's it about?

When the original Animal Crossing was released for Nintendo's GameCube back in 2002 , the combination of cuteness and fun made you want to live in that animal world and do even the dumbest of tasks. Now comes ANIMAL CROSSING CITY FOLK, a sequel for the Wii that includes a console first, voice chat. The story here is a simple one: you go from city to village and back doing chores like catching bugs or cutting hair. Essentially, the story is what you make of it, and it happens in real time, so you'll celebrate festive days like the 4th of July and Halloween.

You'll employ the Wiimote to catch fish in fishing events, dig around with a shovel to find treasures, and customize your town. You can also visit the towns of other pals via the online capability. You'll talk to all the quirky characters, and occasionally you'll titter. Some of these personalities have been in the previous games, like Katrina, a kind of cat who's a psychic. You'll collect bells along the way, which is the currency of City Folk.

Is it any good?

Disappointingly, if you've played the GameCube offering (or a more recent DS game), Animal Crossing City Folk is not that improved or different. Yet it does make you feel a range of emotions. Sometimes, characters you've become friends with leave your village for the city, and you'll feel an abiding sense of loss. You can go to the city (via a virtual bus) as well, but it's basically to shop and do doll-like things to your character like dress him or her up with new clothes. It is fun to find the shoe-shining skunk.

One of the cool things you can do is play as your Mii, which you can customize. So that makes the experience more personal. If you purchase the WiiSpeak microphone option (for an extra $20), you can chat with pals and if you have a USB keyboard, you can text to mobile phones. But for fans of the other games, City Folk offers too much ddjj vu. It's truly a missed opportunity for Nintendo to innovate. For the price, the game should have far more original and inspired elements. If, however, this is the first time you've played an Animal Crossing game, you'll enjoy its homey, funny charm.

 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their favorite animal characters. Do you like Grace the Hedgehog, who works at the clothing shop, or Katrina, the fortune telling feline? If there were any character that you could take out of the game and make real, which would it be? Did the game give you any ideas for things that you could do to help people in real life? Like what?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: November 18, 2008
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief

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