Parents' Guide to

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Cute, accessible home-design sim in popular series.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2015
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+

Not as good as it’s predecessor New Leaf...

It’s a game that is ok if you are a hard core fan who must play every game in the series. But for those who already own New Leaf but aren’t obsessed with the franchise will be disappointed. It can connect with amiibo and New Leaf but this is for more hard core fans and doesn’t represent the best the series has to offer (New Leaf and New Horizons take the top 2 spots in no particular order). Still an ok game. Not worth full price though.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (5 ):

It's incredibly rewarding to complete jobs for these cute animal friends, plus you'll be forced to use different styles, objects, and colors to keep things fresh. Also worth noting is the online "Happy Home Network," where you can upload the houses and buildings you've designed, visit other people's properties, and rate them (if desired). You'll also be inspired to go back to your own handiwork and tweak it. Unlike other Animal Crossing games, you don't have your own place to call home, which is disappointing. Perhaps the developers could have given you a place to decorate and provided a reason to do so: maybe with villagers who drop in for special assignments? Though it feels like this feature is missing -- and there isn't a role-playing game-like progression system to quantify your achievements -- the fun and fresh gameplay is worth your efforts. Overall, this game is based on construction rather than destruction, focuses on creativity and exploration, and cleverly adds fun amiibo cards to an already stellar simulation.

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