Animal Crossing New Horizons: Happy Home Paradise

Rating Summary

Based on 15 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

64%

Critics Recommend

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Metro GameCentral

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8 / 10
Nov 24, 2021

A charming paid-for addition to New Horizons that doesn't feel exploitative even as it comes off the back of one of the best free updates in recent gaming history.

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Unscored
Nov 11, 2021

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.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2021

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.

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85 / 100
Nov 8, 2021

‎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.‎

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7 / 10
Nov 11, 2021

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.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2021

Animal Crossing New Horizons: Happy Home Paradise allows players to get creative, adding new furniture and design choices at every turn.

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75 / 100
Nov 7, 2021

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.

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GameXplain
GameXplain

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Nov 11, 2021
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8 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2021

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.

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9 / 10
Nov 12, 2021

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.

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