Tomodachi Life

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Jun 7, 2014

Tomodachi Life does its best to cut through a lot of society's hateful garbage to produce an incredible island paradise of distraction and more often than not succeeds, but not without stumbling all over itself, revealing too many embarrassing inner thoughts. Just like that kid in gym class, it's possible to cross a line trying to prove a point. There's no progress in Tomodachi Life without you and maybe that's to the game's advantage. It puts no pressure on you to keep playing if you really hate the game, but revisiting your island paradise later won't leave you feeling guilty since you don't have to worry about picking a bunch of weeds.

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Unscored
Jun 6, 2014

Try it if you're a tween (or a tween-at-heart). Otherwise, avoid it.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 5, 2014

Ridiculous, hilarious and full of the unique surrealism that Nintendo does so damn well, it's hard not to fall in love with Tomodachi Life and the characters you create. The sedate pace and minimal interaction might not be everyone's cup of tea, but this is guaranteed to be a cult hit. Worth experiencing at least once to see something genuinely funny and unusual, this is the kind of game that reminds you how imaginative Nintendo can be.

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90 / 100
Jun 6, 2014

Tomodachi Life reminds me what I love about Nintendo. Another developer might try an experience like this on iOS or Android, but it's unlikely they would leave it unsullied by in-game purchases. I also doubt that many other studios could nail the effortless humor that makes this so refreshing to play. It's not about shooting people. It's not even about jumping on heads. It's about mixing people together to see what happens, and I'm not sure anyone but Nintendo could figure out how to make something that simple so much fun.

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7 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2014

Tomodachi Life might not have the lasting appeal of a title like Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but the game certainly offers up an interesting experience

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Jun 6, 2014

Nintendo's 'Tomodachi Life' is not only one of the most controversial titles in recent memory, but one of the oddest.

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80 / 100
Mar 1, 2014

Tomodachi Life is more toy than game, but it's an intriguing, colorful, and consistently surprising one.

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7.4 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2014

Tomodachi Life isn't for everyone, but it's still a fun game that can also be enjoyed in short bursts when pressed for time.  While the main goal of the game is to basically keep your residents happy, it's a slight disappointment that you can't control their actions directly.  I feel bad for a Mii who was shot down after asking for a relationship as I can't do a whole lot for them, but there's still enough to do in the game to keep things interesting.

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Jun 11, 2014

Tomodachi Life is a promising concept, and its abstract sense of humor can be very charming. It does, however, get old fast, and you'll find yourself making the characters say lewd things to keep yourself amused.

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Jun 5, 2014

A bonkers life-sim with bags of personality and lots of charm, the entertaining Tomodachi Life is let down only by its limitations as a gaming experience.

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