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Animal Crossing Happy Home Paradise takes all that was innovative, fun, and satisfying from the original Happy Home Designer, fixes what made the game complete, and expands on the original game altogether creating a DLC expansion that, despite a few set backs, is well worth it for any owner of Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Happy Home Paradise is, ultimately, a chance for anyone who favored the game’s home design to dive into it without all of the hassle. It’s also the perfect solution for anyone who has core island fatigue — whether from having an already full island or being unsure of how to proceed with design. It’s also great for anyone looking for a structured way to play New Horizons post update. Happy Home Paradise streamlines New Horizon’s intimidatingly open-ended gameplay so well that it’s made it even easier to chill out. Though it may be presented like a job, it really does feel like a vacation.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Happy Home Paradise Expands on the creative freedom introduced in the base game and gives players a big vacant island with more to do and customize to their liking.
Happy Home Paradise makes Animal Crossing: New Horizons feel like a 'definitive' edition, especially when considered alongside the substantial free additions of version 2.0. It's beautifully polished - and that's not a reference to the ability you earn here - and provides even more variety and depth to your daily AC island life. You may discover new villagers to call friends, and perhaps even learn a little about how to better decorate rooms and homes. Most importantly, it simply makes us smile - that alone is the best recommendation we can give.
Happy Home Paradise is the answer for those who feel fatigued by Animal Crossing New Horizons. It has a rhythm and a premise that stimulates creativity and generates satisfaction more quickly than the base game, but it is still a relaxing experience that each player will make their own, practically inexhaustible and full of charm and surprises.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
And I do intend to keep the fun going for as long as I can because I truly enjoy what it is I’m doing as an employee of Paradise Planning. As I said above, there is nothing I like more in Animal Crossing than fidgeting around my house and changing the layout on a whim. That’s all you’re going to do in Happy Home Paradise, and for me, that’s more than enough to keep me logging in every single day.
The first expansion of New Horizons is therefore a convincing operation, recommended to all players who have loved Animal Crossing and are curious to experience the unmistakable peculiarities of the Nintendo title from a completely new point of view. The only regret is that Hapy Home Paradise will be a unique experiment, as it is the first and last paid DLC from New Horizons.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Happy Home Paradise is an extremely breezy and relaxing add-on to the base game, that remains quintessentially Animal Crossing, and quintessentially New Horizons, imbibing their respective strengths, and letting players exercise their creative aesthetic with few limitations whatsoever.
Once players complete every milestone in their career, they can continue to update facilities, remodel homes, and offer new designs to visiting clients. This gives players a lot of content to discover and play through. When combined with the 2.0 update, the Happy Home Paradise DLC offers players a variety of new mechanics to unlock and use both at the resort and on their own island. Each new feature in Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 and Happy Home Paradise adds to the players' overall experience by creating new customization options and different areas to explore.
Unlike the main game, you don’t have to take it slow. The game just encourages you to do so. This may be a simple addition to the game, but it’s also a valuable one. You’re given new tools in a new setting, with new rules that spread to the whole base game. Rather than a coat of paint, this DLC is more like an extra room added to the ground floor. Whether you want to build a couple houses or a whole map full of them, the Happy Home Paradise DLC has you covered.
For those who expected more than a Happy Home Designer sequel in DLC form, unfortunately Happy Home Paradise doesn't offer much more than that. In my case, the decoration is not the point that attracts me the most in Animal Crossing, so the process tends to get a little repetitive and tiring over time. I know a lot of people, however, who do not get tired of decorating and prefer to spend their time with the game frequently changing the look of their house and island. If you fit into the latter group, you will enjoy the expansion.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
Happy Home Paradise gives you the easiest job in the world. Creating holiday homes for various Animal Crossing characters is about as pressure-free as it gets when you're given a clear direction, a curated set of furniture to choose from, and the knowledge that the customer will love whatever it is that you do. There's no risk of a Changing Rooms disaster here. It's another avenue to express yourself in New Horizons, just don't expect much challenge, critique or need to think too far out of the box.
Despite its clear downfalls, Happy Home Paradise is your first-class aerial ticket to design heaven. While the game does little to incentivise players, it ticks all the intended boxes of a near-sequel to Happy Home Designer. Perhaps the biggest advantage of the DLC is that it allows players to have their own vacation islands, so they can experience the story individually. On the other hand, the complete lack of personality from the characters means Animal Crossing fans may yearn for the hazy days of New Leaf. A classic case of paradise, lost.