OMGluie Game Review: Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer (Nintendo 3DS)

Launched in North America on September 25, 2015, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is a Nintendo 3DS game that puts you on the other side of the fence. When you once were a new villager in town who purchased your home from Nook’s Homes, now, you get to play as one of Mr. Nook’s new yet extremely hardworking employees. Your job? Simply taking care of interior and exterior remodeling of houses and buildings to erect a thriving town & community.

A fairly recent fan of Animal Crossing (I played Animal Crossing: New Leaf a few years back), it’s quite curious for me to be in charge of creating living spaces for the town’s anthropomorphic characters.  🙂

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As with every Animal Crossing game, you start off with a small introduction of yourself. You choose your gender and your basic physical appearance such as your character’s skin tone, eye shape, eye color, hairstyle, and hair color.

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Choosing your name and gender.
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There are various options for character customization. As per usual, I am the purple-haired person. LOL!

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After Mr. Nook is positive of your name and what you look like, you’re immediately dropped into the world of remodeling! Lottie, the niece of Lyle (who is one of the NPCs in AC:NL) will take you through the basics of the basics.

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Changing the orientation of furniture is done simply by tapping on the item with your stylus on the touch-screen. Make sure you have enough space if you want to rotate the item.
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All options for customization are available at the touch-screen. Tabs on the upper part of the screen will open different windows of furniture and items that are organized by categories. You can choose whatever item you think will suit your Client’s wants and needs.

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To move onto the following day, you’re required to “write a report” or simply save in Nook’s Homes HQ. There you can choose whether to save and continue or save and quit the game.

All in all, the gameplay is very simple.

Just fulfill the expectations set out before you and you’re pretty much good to go. This applies to the different jobs that you’re given, whether it’s a simple interior remodeling, an exterior AND interior remodeling, or a complete building remodel.

On a side note, it is important to KEEP whatever your Client has already on-ground. You can just rearrange and add items but those key items are the Clients’ treasured possessions and they would appreciate it if you incorporate them in your remodeling. 🙂

Here are some of the things that I’ve built so far:

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Lottie’s cute room, too much pink for my tastes, LOL!
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Lopez’s stylish, elegant, and minimalist pad!
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Over the course of the story, it’ll be part of your job to also remodel old buildings, the exteriors of houses and the layouts of their yards. This is the first town building that I remodeled both the facade and interior. It’s a school! 🙂

Well, there you have it! Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is simple and easy to play. I’d recommend it for those who like casual games that don’t take much of your time. AND It’s good for creative people who want to get their juices going.

Plus, it’s always refreshing to remodel one or two houses in one sitting and not be pressured to finish another quest or level up your character. 🙂

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