Animal Crossing: Getting Started

It is time. Animals are crossing in the Animal Crossing, peaches are gonna roll. I got started with this game earlier this month. It is the quintessential non-violent, casual, time-passing game in this year.

This game is for Nintendo Switch only! I should have mentioned that. In fact, this game is essentially the major reason I now have a Nintendo Switch. There are so many good games for Switch that are perfectly mindful and low stress, but the media circling around how wonderful this game actually did sell me in a moment of post-materialistic rebellion that I actually don’t really regret. This game took me to a new realm of peaceful gameplaying.

Okay, I Have Animal Crossing, Now What?

Animal Crossing Tent
Humble Beginnings

This is a collection and simulated-social-life game. At first, I’m like, ‘hmm, this tent is kind of meager next to all the fancy schmancy screenshots I online, but whatever I’m here.’ I just ran around and collected peaches for no reason. I picked up weeds and fished. The bug net I crafted was the first step. This was all fun and games, it really was. Every little thing in this game can entertain. Then when I started learning about Nook Miles…

You can play this game however you want, but with Nook Miles, the imaginary credit system based on how much fun you’re having, made me realize the scope of this game. I started doing tasks listed in my in game smart phone. Yes, my character has a smartphone!

Animal Crossing Inventory

There’s actually a lot of content in the beginning despite what it looks like. I earned enough to build my first solid house and started course for Nook’s Cranny. There are merits to just wandering around indefinitely and trying things out, which invariably you’ll have to do to some extent. You really cannot go wrong with aiming to complete achievements for Nook Miles. They drive everything in the game.


Animal Crossing House Pumpkins
Mr. Pizza the Ciderpunk Pumpkin King

From what I’ve learned, the main goal of this game is to just collect more and more stuff, which you’ll do until you have a vast array of creative activities and possessions so that you can pretty much do whatever you want within the imagination of the vast Animal Crossing universe. I’m not an expert in the massive customization skills some players have, but probably any moderate patience with that feature or any artistic nature could be fruitful. (there’s so much fruit, jeez)

You can really play however you like though. I am more into symbolic tasks, which makes the Nook Miles system really motivating for me to play this game. There is always something new though. Just this month there are several tasks for October because of Halloween. I can only imagine that Christmas on the island will be epic.

By the way, you are not obligated to stay on your own island forever. About a week in I got a furniture offer for something call Luna’s bed that allows you to enter another player’s island using an island code, it’s simply observational–and amusingly introduced. And you can always buy a Nook Miles Ticket using Nook Miles and go to a mystery island or wherever you want!

Settling Up Tom Nook in Animal Crossing

Nook Miles
Receipt from Tom Nook
Nook's Cranny
Nook’s Cranny

You’re never really stranded in understanding how the game works. The few times I looked things up, I realized that if I was just patient with the tasks I was working on I would know what to do very soon. As you see above, these in game goals are nothing to worry about. If paying your move-in fees seems daunting, don’t worry, it’s not as hard as you think. And Nook’s Cranny: not that problematic either! The one thing I did learn that helped tremendously was how to mine iron ore quickly to build Nook’s Cranny. The article I read was a Polygon article here: Where to find Iron Nuggets in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It was tremendously helpful.

Professor Blathers, I presume.

Pole Vaulting is another trick I learned to cross the rivers in my island. Those are obtained by showing bugs and fish to Tom Nook who will invite a friend that builds a museum. It’s kind of serendipitous story progression but very cool. Just experiment. And if you need a break, it is definitely not a big deal because there is a new experience every day, you won’t fall behind or anything like that.

“New Horizons”

When I gathered everything to build Nook’s Cranny

I decided to set Nook’s Cranny as the finish line for writing this article because it took about the right amount of time for me to figure out what this game is all about. And I’m confident that it will progress even more the more I play it. This game is non-violent, it is fun, and heartfelt. With all the media on it, it is probably not exactly what I thought it was, but it is probably more. Animal Crossing is a game that is suited very enjoyably to the format it is on, one more reason to love Nintendo.

Thanks for reading Feel free to look around. This was one of the first reviews I ever wrote, but there is a lot more content now. So, do some exploring!

Haunt The House: Terrortown – It’s A Very Colorful Game Worth Your Time

I wanted to offer something that is compatible with whatever affectation you have this All Hallows Eve, so I stumbled upon a game called Haunt the House: Terrortown. Or rather it popped up on my Steam store (although, bonus: it’s on macOS too!) This game has been around long before I started writing about games, but it has a timeless quality that simply needs to be shared. It’s basically a borderline Tim Burton funhouse-style game. Your mission, as the protagonist cartoony ghost, is to possess items throughout four moderately-sized levels. Try to scare as many NPC characters as possible by spinning around paintings or making decorations walk around. Nearly everything is interactable too, which has always been a plus for me in games.

Anything can happen on Halloween. I’m telling you, Tim Curry is telling you, this holiday gets me pump(kin)ed up! Luckily it doesn’t have to be an anxious one. I wonder if this year of our gourd 2020 would bring a less creepy vibe than years past, but I guess we’ll see. The decorations for sale in the big box store mail ads confirm that pretty much nothing is changing at all. Aside from socially distant candy chutes at least.

Spooktacular Observations in Haunt the House

It is really really simple, and quite fun. I absolutely love the graphics. It is kind of Nickelodeon-style flat graphics and very animated. The wonderful Halloween organ music sets the mood for your dastardly hijinks on the honest folk of Terror Town. This is not a game to get overwhelmed with. The levels are fairly small, but not at all lacking in content for a 5 dollar game. That’s right 5 dollars, whip out those laundry quarters.

Haunt the House Terrortown Circus
Haunt the House. The art in this game is so much fun!
Haunt the House Terrortown
Haunt the House: Terror Town
Haunt the House Terrortown Christmas
There’s even a North Pole level!

Basically, this game is not scary, and thats what I love about it. It IS a Halloween game, and a good one. I love the North Pole level because it just broadcasts its not meant to be scary but offer the same spooky mechanics. Actually I’m more scared of cooking with an Instapot than I am this game. And they do make delicious food and are basically not even dangerous, so make up your mind. I haven’t figured out how to scare enough people with substantial scariness to complete a level. I really don’t even mind though, because it’s fun to test things out. Obviously, the game has a Nightmare Before Christmas vibe, so the Halloween nostalgia is fierce!

Full disclosure, this game was released in 2016 and costs 5 dollars on Steam. However, that is not a flaw. If you’re somebody who goes full on Halloween mode, realistically creepy or cartoonishly creepy as preference, check it out! It’s also controller friendly if that is as much of a bonus for you as it is for me! I totally recommend this game.

Final Thoughts

Haunt The House has probably never had a review this long, but it is a really nice find, and that is what I try to do, find good games! I attempted to buff this review with a review of the Goosebumps-themed Halloween game for this review, but I couldn’t even get it to load, so forget that and just enjoy Haunt the House. I loved Goosebumps though, and if you’ve discovered the non-violent path of franchise fandom you know about these already, or remember them at least, which is why this game will appeal to you.

Thanks so much for reading I wrote this some time ago, but this game still holds up and I’d like to make more. In the meantime, feel free to browse around and look at whatever you like. Also, whatever time of the year it is, Happy Halloween! (at least for the baubles and snacks)