Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is ranked in the 99th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 117 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

90

Top Critic Average

100%

Critics Recommend

Based on 117 critic reviews

Score Distribution

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Eurogamer
Essential
Essential
Mar 16, 2020

An impressive suite of improvements combine with a more clearly defined structure for Animal Crossing's finest outing to date.

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GameXplain
Loved
GameXplain

Top Critic

Loved
Mar 16, 2020
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Player2.net.au
A or higher
A or higher
Apr 3, 2020

If you’ve never played Animal Crossing before, New Horizons will suck you into it’s ostensibly calm island world like nothing else. For series veterans, you will eagerly surrender to this whirlpool, only to emerge in time for the next entry in the series.

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Nintendojo
A-
A-
Apr 9, 2020

I could go on and on about New Horizons‘ numerous virtues, but I have fruit to harvest and islands to visit. I look forward to spending the next year, at least, building up my community. With additions like terraforming and crafting, the player’s capacity for expression and customization is greater than ever. Coupled with a huge array of neighbor animals to form bonds with, as well as activities to partake in, New Horizons will keep players busy for a very long time.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a respite from the current state of the world. I find my general anxiety slowly subside as I run through my town, water my plants, and build furniture for the sassy chicken gentleman living down by the beach. It’s exactly what I need right now.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Kotaku

Top Critic

Unscored
Mar 16, 2020

I know this can’t last forever. But in the meantime, I’m going to absorb as much from my time here as possible in the hopes of taking at least a little bit of Aurora back with me.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing games have always delivered a compelling version of self-quarantine, and this one overflows with quantity, without sacrificing quality, to do so at a scale series fans have never seen.

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EGM
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 16, 2020

For now, Animal Crossing: New Horizons feels like a no-brainer for fans of the franchise, and a perfect place to start for newcomers—with the exception of ruining every other previous Animal Crossing game, should you ever want to go back to them.

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NintendoWorldReport
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 16, 2020

Even after all these years, there is a daily routine that I hold dear and makes me adore the various elements that glue this game together. It has been sharply dialed up to eleven, without disagrading any newcomers.

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Scored Reviews

Forbes
10 / 10.0
Forbes

Top Critic

10 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

Know that if you’re overwhelmed with the world, stuck inside, or adrift in a life that you know will look totally different next week — get Animal Crossing.

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VG247
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is everything I hoped it would be, and it’s yet another stellar release that showcases a confident Nintendo at its best. It is excellent, and is easily another must-own Switch title – at least, if you can understand and embrace Animal Crossing’s uniquely lazy pace.

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Telegraph
Mar 16, 2020

While a deserted island is the setting for a shedload of games, from Fortnite to Far Cry, none have ever tried very hard to live up to the Desert Island Discs dream that most of us have fantasised about at one time or another.

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Daily Mirror
Mar 16, 2020

Long time fans of Animal Crossing will have plenty to love with New Horizons and for younger players who may be unfamiliar with past entries, the appeal will become immediately apparent in its presentation. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a must play for any Nintendo Switch owner.

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TrustedReviews
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the best game I've played this year, and immediately cements itself as one of the generation's defining experiences. Fans will be playing it for years, watching as the seasons roll by and unveil the true potential of what has been created here.

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Nintendo Life
10 / 10
10 / 10
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons takes Animal Crossing and not only drags it back onto home consoles, but improves upon every single facet imaginable.

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We Got This Covered
Mar 29, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the perfect getaway from daily life, putting players in a serene world where the only thing that matters is catching fish and arranging furniture. Its crafting system creates a sense of ownership over the island while also doubling as a creative outlet. It's an absolutely delightful and refreshing experience.

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CGMagazine
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons takes everything good about Animal Crossing, and improves it ten-fold.

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Cubed3
10 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

10 / 10
Mar 16, 2020

As in the past games, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is rich with culture, community, humour and charm. There's a reason why the series has such a dedicated fan base - and with such hype, there's always the worry that the expectations may not match reality. However, New Horizons exceeds expectations in every way! The perfect gateway game for many people and with added touches of magic, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the perfect for players old and new!

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GameSkinny
Mar 27, 2020

The latest Animal Crossing is also the best, full of life, charm, and near-endless ways to make your very own island paradise.

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Daily Star
Mar 16, 2020

Similar to how Breath of the Wild and Odyssey reimagined 3D Zelda and Mario, New Horizons represents an exciting new milestone for the Animal Crossing series.

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But Why Tho?
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Mar 26, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is an incredible experience and is, without a doubt, my favorite in the whole series. The formula is familiar for returning fans, yet still manages to feel like an enormous breath of fresh air. It truly is a distinctive, positive, and rewarding simulation that lets you become fully immersed in a fun, colorful, stress-free environment. While it still has its confusing moments, especially for new players, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was definitely worth the seven-year wait and is better than I could have ever hoped for.

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Final Weapon
Mar 27, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a jam packed game that I consider to be one of the best games on the Switch. This game has blown me away at every turn, and I can't put it down.

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WellPlayed
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is an addictive mix of creativity, collectables and customisation in an endless beautiful island escape

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VDZE Media
10 / 10
10 / 10
Apr 2, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a masterpiece. I have no doubt that it would be a smash hit no matter when it released, but coming just as the world went into a lockdown has played to it’s advantage also. It is giving people a routine when they otherwise wouldn’t have one and honestly being ill myself over the last week, it has been a life saver. The greatest compliment I can give it is that earlier tonight the sequel to my favourite game of all time (Last of Us) was delayed and my first thought was; “More time for Animal Crossing”.

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AnaitGames
10 / 10
10 / 10
Mar 16, 2020

Creative as always, polished as never before, the new Animal Crossing is bound for becoming a true phenomenon, one of the most important video games of 2020.

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SmashPad
Apr 29, 2020

Make no mistake, while this game is definitely casual-friendly and easy to pick up, it is not pure fluff. There is so much depth here. Many players will spend scores upon scores of hours enjoying island life both playing solo and with others online. There aren’t many other games out there providing this level of return on investment!

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God is a Geek
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

A beautiful, welcoming game that is everything and anything you want it to be. This is one you'll play all year and beyond, and it's exactly what the world needs right now.

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Cheat Code Central
4.9 / 5.0
4.9 / 5.0
Mar 24, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons could end up being the most important game of 2020. It certainly will be one of its best. It will be the coping mechanism that helps people both recover from and overcome the dark things around them.

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GamesBeat
95 / 100
95 / 100
Mar 16, 2020

The best thing I can say about New Horizons is that I think it's going to win over some players who previously bounced off the franchise. And it will do so without losing any longtime fans in the process. Those players will find more to love than ever before.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9.5 / 10.0
Nintendo Enthusiast
Daniel Thompson

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons ultimately helped me better appreciate the importance of being able to spend time with others. With or without a pandemic, this is one of the best games to have graced Nintendo Switch yet. It's the purest and most engaging form of Eguchi's vision, and there's an unparalleled belonging and meaning that'll draw me back in for a long time to come.

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Pure Nintendo
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons hit every checkbox for me. It's clear in their handling of New Horizons that Nintendo truly cares about this series and understands its value to its audience.

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TechRaptor
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 30, 2020

It's the best Animal Crossing yet, with the best visuals, unparalleled customization, wonderful villagers, and so much content that it isn't even funny. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is Nintendo at its best.

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GameGrin
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2020

New Horizons is simply the best Animal Crossing game to date. New features have been expertly developed, the pacing is perfect whilst retaining the magical charm the series has always been based upon. The latest in a growing line of must-own Switch titles.

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Gamerheadquarters
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the sequel I’ve been waiting for, providing countless hours of gameplay and being a near perfect experience.

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Nintendo Times
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 30, 2020

EXCELLENT - I absolutely adore Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Fans of the series will appreciate numerous quality of life improvements, especially when it comes to interior decorating. The new crafting mechanic and Nook Miles Rewards system are welcome additions to an already addictive experience. With beautiful graphics, charming characters, memorable soundtrack, and an unbelievable lasting value, this one will be on my Switch HOME screen for years to come.

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Luis Alamilla
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2020
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GotGame
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Apr 21, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a vast improvement when comparing to its predecessors; with impeccable detail (like kneecaps!) and beautifully integrated new features, it offers a charming experience. Veterans and newcomers alike can experience a moment of escapism, being whisked away to a faraway island for relaxation.

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Nintendo Wire
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2020

Whatever the case, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is magic reinvented. It’s been seven years since the last mainline entry, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and 12 years since the last console entry, City Folk. To all long-time fans and newcomers, let me tell you: It was well worth the wait.

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GamingTrend
95 / 100
95 / 100
Mar 29, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is easily the best Animal Crossing game to date. This life simulator is the most immersive, feature-filled, and customizable to date, having exponentially amplified all the charm and addicting qualities of New Leaf. A must have for any fan of the series, or anyone who simply needs a distraction from the current state of the real world.

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The Games Machine
9.4 / 10.0
9.4 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

If you've never played a game in the series, New Horizons is a great start. On the other hand, if you are already familiar with Animal Crossing, you will find a good amount of nostalgia but also pleasant little news, which will make this new adventure worthy of being lived day by day.

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GuiltyBit
9.4 / 10.0
9.4 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2020

Animal Crossing New Horizons perfectly combines what was seen in the saga, adding details that make it unique. The best way to evolve one of Nintendo's most beloved franchises.

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Wccftech
9.4 / 10.0
9.4 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

I adore Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and this is quickly becoming one of my most-played games on Nintendo Switch. If you've ever had a love slow-paced social sims like Animal Crossing or The Sims, this game is essential.

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Areajugones
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing is back with New Horizons. A game that feels big, polished and absolutely addictive. Ninteno has managed to create yet another entry in the series that has enough changes without leaving behind the feeling and philosophy of Animal Crossing.

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Spaziogames
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons easily wins the "best entry in the series" title, bringing in much needed new content in the franchise.

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LevelUp
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2020

Thanks to new customization possibilities, a lot of classic charm and many QOL improvements, Animal Crossing: New Horizons stands as the best of the franchise so far. This game builds a community sense in different levels, something that we need at present time.

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IGN Italy
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons change the game in a lot of subtly but meaningful ways, giving it more depth, freedom and a better flow.

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COGconnected
92 / 100
92 / 100
Mar 16, 2020

If you’ve ever had even a whiff of interest in this franchise, Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be an absolute slam dunk. Don’t sleep on this one for a second.

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Atomix
92 / 100
92 / 100
Mar 19, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is just the game we wanted and much more. This franchise demonstrates once more why it is so special.

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Cerealkillerz
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2020

Good things take time, a luxury that benefits Animal Crossing in particular! New Horizons extends the life simulation with an impressive island building simulator that is bursting with creativity and richness of detail. This makes the trip to your own oasis of wellbeing a fantastic gaming experience that knows how to inspire for many weeks and months.

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IGN
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is an expanded, polished, next-generation reboot of a classic Nintendo game that's full of surprises.

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing finally gets a sequel that moves the franchise forward, in a surprisingly timely release that is perfect for this year in terms of both its gameplay and its philosophy.

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GamesRadar+
Mar 16, 2020

There continues to be nothing quite like Animal Crossing, and New Horizons proves that there's life in the old Nook yet.

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Easy Allies
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 8, 2020
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Game Informer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

A new challenge system reinvigorates the familiar core, providing a wonderful incentive to explore all of Animal Crossing's myriad activities. This cheerful life sim is the next best thing to an actual vacation

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USgamer
Mar 16, 2020

With real-world headlines more harrowing than ever, there's never been a better time to go on vacation within Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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Game Revolution
Mar 27, 2020

Despite some of Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘ new features disappointing, in almost every other department this is much more of what series’ fans love.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the perfect island escape, drawing you in to play day after day. All of the charms of the series' previous games are here, but with gorgeous new graphics, DIY crafting and the eventual ability to remodel your island, you can really create the island settlement of your dreams.

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Shacknews
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 24, 2020

If your Switch has been sitting in the corner collecting dust since the last big Nintendo release, and you want something to sink your teeth into, I highly recommend picking up Animal Crossing: New Horizons and getting lost in the beautiful – if not sometimes menial – work that Tom Nook has waiting for you.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Apr 8, 2020

It's an exceptional game, with few faults to speak of, and players who have even the slightest inkling of interest should check it out as soon as possible.

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VideoGamer
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is beautiful and peaceful, offering safe harbour from the stresses of everyday life. There's so much to do and so much to see, so what's wrong with making a back seat?

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Game Rant
Apr 5, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons revitalizes the series formula with a fully customizable island that players get to design from the tent up.

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

9 / 10
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons significantly expands the functionality of New Leaf, but remains the same familiar game in the genre of contemplative life simulator. It is a very competent, detailed project of amazing, subtle beauty, which must be in the collection of every owner of the Nintendo Switch.

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Tech Advisor
Mar 23, 2020

The hype for Animal Crossing: New Horizons wasn't an exaggeration - it's relaxing, heart-warming and an all-round beautiful game for the Switch that is likely to sit up with other legendary Nintendo games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey for years to come.

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Gameblog
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 16, 2020

The fresh thrill of discovering an uninhabited atoll tends to fade once such wild life gets cosier with crafted items, buildings, shops and incoming residents, until it looks like a village from the previous iterations. But the larger size of this wholly reshapable island, the customization's vertiginous level and the improved community interactions create an even more fertile ecosystem, hence Animal Crossing can slowly though decidedly stare further, towards New Horizons, equipped with an ever updating NookPhone.

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GamePro
90 / 100
90 / 100
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing New Horizons creates a versatile and deep life simulation despite peaceful island life.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Mar 30, 2020

New Horizons is the definitive Animal Crossing experience—that much is clear after a relatively short amount of time spent with it. And with the promise of future holiday updates, it’s guaranteed that fans both new and old will return to their islands again and again for many years to come.

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FNintendo
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 1, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons marks the return of the much appreciated series to a Nintendo home console and this new episode is an achievement in every way. With its familiar formula but adding some new mechanics, New Horizons features a fantastic sense of progression, a lot of generosity in its rewards and puts the player in a wonderful environment, all these being major pillars of creating a marvelous experience where we most expect it.

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DualShockers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2020

By bringing players into their own island, Animal Crossing: New Horizons works the series' charming, wholesome magic like never before.

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Gameplanet
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 6, 2020

New Horizons is the near-perfect installment ahead of the 20th anniversary of the series. There is so much to do in this game, and Nintendo has really pushed the limits for the series with the amount of creative freedom they've handed over to the player. The only thing that lets it down is the clunkiness of an otherwise delightful multiplayer feature. Still, this is exactly the kind of game I want to be stuck at home with.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 21, 2020

If you loved the Animal Crossing games of the past, New Horizons will definitely scratch your itch for the series and then some. And if you’ve never played the game before, now is as good a time as any to start. Admittedly, Animal Crossing isn’t for everyone, especially if you’re the type who craves more heart-pumping action. If you want a charming, laid-back game that tickles your creative fancies, however, this latest entry in the Animal Crossing series just might expand your horizons.

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GRYOnline.pl
9 / 10.0
GRYOnline.pl
Adam Zechenter

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

In case of Animal Crossing, a dull slogan like “this game is addictive” becomes true. I have been, with utmost pleasure, fishing, and planting flowers; I have decorated my house and talked to the residents of the island, and it was all fun. And even though I've spend more than 50 hours with New Horizons, there are still lots I of things haven’t seen. If you own a Switch and like splendid grind, you simply have to play it.

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Just Push Start
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Mar 23, 2020

There is no denying Animal Crossing: New Horizons won't appeal to everyone. However, given how so many things have changed, it's nice to have a routine and other mundane tasks that give your life a sense of normalcy. Not only is it relaxing in general, it's the kind of escape that is perfect in a time when things are everything but. It might not be the best in terms of pacing, but anyone willing to invest in this adventure and give the simple charms a genuine try will likely be surprised by just how fun it can be.

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Jump Dash Roll
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 13, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons provides a level of freedom unheard of in most titles, leaving players the opportunity to do whatever they want in any given day, and despite a few bumps they succeed spectacularly in letting you create your own experience.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the culmination of the series' formula, the zenith of everything Animal Crossing is about, and one of the best games Nintendo have produced in years.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Apr 5, 2020

Animal Crossing has always been a series where every little thing leads to something productive.

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GameZone
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is easily the most personal and customizable game in the franchise.

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Impulsegamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Apr 16, 2020

Animal Crossing New Horizons is the must have game of the year for the Nintendo Switch!

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GameSpew
9 / 10.0
GameSpew
Becca S.

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2020

It cannot fix what’s going on in the world right now, but Animal Crossing: New Horizons gives us the joyful, meditative escape that so many of us desperately need right now. Whether you’re young or old, you’ll find something to like.

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Digitally Downloaded
Mar 26, 2020

We all need games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and while I don't think it's perfect by any means, and some of the new elements this time around come at the expense of what made previous titles so wonderful, the winning charm is still there in full.

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Worth Playing
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 26, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers players a plethora of things to do at a very measured pace. The slow build does well to lull players into a cadence and get them used to some of the basics before going full bore — while still managing to be a relaxing jaunt. Solo play is near-perfect with the new additions that make this feel different from previous outings, while multiplayer is a treat even if some of the methods can feel slightly archaic. Ultimately, this is the kind of long-term game you want to get addicted to because it has a wealth of things to discover and do.

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BaziCenter
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 30, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is yet another title that you can clearly see Nintendo's mark on it. It aims only to entertain, and it succeeds. If you are looking to distant yourself from all the violence and adrenaline that most games on the market are offering right now, then this is a perfect match for you.

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SECTOR.sk
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2020

This island is full of adventures. You can spend a lot of time here. Becouse there is so much fun... well and it is slow.

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Pardis Game
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2020

With New Horizons, once again not only we have a great next step in the Animal Crossing Franchise, but also one of the most polished and visually appealing games of this genre. A great daily activity to make your own ideal life in a soon-to-be populated island

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Screen Rant
Mar 16, 2020

Tom Nook's latest venture is profitable for fans and villagers alike.

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Glitched Africa
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is not for everyone. Its snail-pace progression may turn you off and its tedious mechanics can be an issue to get through at times. However, it acts as an escape from the world for a few hours where you can build your dream island, run around in the rain in your undies and catch a whale shark with a flimsy fishing rod. There’s a lot to love about the game but there’s also a lot to hate. One thing is for sure, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is like adopting a pet, you will be stuck with it for months and years ahead as you nurture it and love it every single day.

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twobeardgaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 28, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons was probably up with Pokemon in terms of the 2019 games I was most excited about, then Nintendo broke my heart by delaying it until 2020. Well… it’s here now and I’ve obviously purchased it and given it a solid play over the last few days, certainly enough to formulate some opinions. I’ve played every iteration released since the Gamecube and there are some obvious similarities and quite a few new features.

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Checkpoint Gaming
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 20, 2020

"... if you want a relaxing lifestyle experience that’ll last you years, I can’t recommend this enough."

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Merlin'in Kazanı
90 / 100
90 / 100
Apr 8, 2020

Animal Crossing New Horizons, the new stop for those who are overwhelmed by city life, opens the doors to a new life for players

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Cultured Vultures
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2020

New Horizons is a great continuation of an already fantastic series of games, and paying back Tom Nook’s loan has never been so fun.

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Player.it
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2020

My seven days on Ciroxland Island proved to be a relaxing and excellent experience to alternate my forays into the Palace of Persona 5: Royal and the ruthless demons on Doom Eternal. In short, Animal Crossing is a bit like when you come home from work and, exhausted, you throw yourself on the couch not to think about anything, completely turning off your brain. Speaking of home: the possibility to virtually visit our friends' islands and interact with them is a great way to exorcise the current isolation due to the epidemic emergency. That sounds ephemeral, but I guarantee it has helped a lot. Objectively speaking, it is an excellent product in every respect that inherits and expands all aspects of the saga that began back in 2001. I recommend it to everyone, both enthusiasts and newbies.

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DASHGAMER.com
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 15, 2020

With an established franchise that has had its fair share of mixed emotions in prior entries, it’s wonderful to see it reach new heights, and garner a wider appeal amongst gamers. Animal Crossing New Horizons is no doubt, an essential staple to the growing Nintendo Switch library, and will be marked as such a memorable social tool in a time that humanity, truly needed it.

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Geeks Under Grace
9 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Karen Kennedy
9 / 10.0
Apr 8, 2020

If you are looking for a chill, happy game to play during your stay-at-home time during the COVID-19 global crisis, this is the perfect choice.

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Rocket Chainsaw
Apr 5, 2020

While there are some frustrations around the online and multiple-residents side of things, this slice of life is better than ever and you should make getting a hold of it a priority.

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Fintendo
Apr 2, 2020

"Time to craft some hardwood."

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GameSpace
9 / 10.0
GameSpace
Kelley

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
May 5, 2020

Animal Crossing New Horizons  is the best game that could have launched during this pandemic being so family friendly and offering the best brand of distraction you could think of without any violence.

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INDIANTVCZ
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 14, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is an amazing successor. It has beautiful graphics, great gameplay and perfect music. Sometimes it lacks in certain aspects though and sadly, it also lacks in one big aspect, the co-op. It still is an almost perfect game, that we would recommend anyone, who loves relaxing games, and might need something calm in his life.

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Hobby Consolas
88 / 100
88 / 100
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing New Horizons adds new customization elements, tools, objects and activities to the classic formula. It´s not a game for everybody, but fans will love it.

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a game that manages to be wholeheartedly cathartic, relaxing and adorable for every second you play despite some legacy flaws and clunky menus that may vex just a little too much

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Everyeye.it
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

It's a special game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. An addictive diversion that allows you to escape from the daily routine to discover an alternative, made of flowers to plant, of strange talking animals, of a wandering disengagement between rivers and beaches.

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Paste Magazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 30, 2020

That head might naturally drift towards the hellishly contorted world we live in, and not the delightfully cartoonish one of Animal Crossing, but escapism is overrated anyway. I'd rather worry about every aspect of modern living while quietly reflecting on the rhythmic roar of a videogame ocean than while sitting slackjawed in a living room I won't ever be able to leave again. Give me these New Horizons—rigid, commercial, and staid—over the chaos of the last decade.

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WayTooManyGames
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2020

After a month of playing New Horizons daily, I’m surprised I’m still not sick of it. The hard part is the first couple days, when you need to learn all the new mechanics that differ from the previous installments, but after that, it’s pretty much smooth sailing.

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Explosion Network
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2020

It doesn’t matter how mundane and tedious the tasks can seem at times, I constantly feel like I’m achieving or working towards something while playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Doesn’t hurt it’s heckin’ adorable either.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

Honestly, 18 days is far too little time to generate a comprehensive assessment of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. There is still much I don't know about this game, including how in-game purchases will ultimately be incorporated. But based on what I have been able to experience, it's what I've wanted Animal Crossing to be for many years. While it fumbles its camping-inspired opening, New Horizons makes a nice recovery with a strong focus on player accomplishment, creating a potent sense of achievement in this idyllic piece of escapism.

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IGN Spain
8.2 / 10.0
IGN Spain

Top Critic

8.2 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing debuts on Nintendo Switch with New Horizons, a game that draws heavily from users of previous titles feedback, but with too slow a progression in comparison.

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Video Chums
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Mar 28, 2020

This latest Animal Crossing delivers the same charm and laidback fun that fans love. Plus, it provides more structure with its nifty Nook Miles system. In the end, this is a game that you'll be glad to pick up and play in short bursts for weeks, months, or even years.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons gives you more creative freedom and more to do on any given day while preserving what makes the series special.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

Nintendo's adorable life simulator is blissfully free of anything more stressful or worrisome than rain showers and bug bites

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Digital Trends
Mar 17, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the escapism we need right now.

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GameCrate
8 / 10.0
GameCrate
Angelo M. D'Argenio

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2020

New Horizons is a great evolution for the Animal Crossing franchise. As always Nintendo has integrated some amazing innovations into the formula, but in the process made some really weird design decisions that detract from the fun.

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SelectButton
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 7, 2020

Animal Crossing is a bonafide amazing single-player experience, especially for those that haven't played the series since the Nintendo GameCube, which was a remaster of the Japanese only N64 title. The awkward shared island implementation and limitations put a damper on those playing on a single Nintendo Switch.

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AusGamers
8 / 10.0
AusGamers
RachelWu

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Apr 7, 2020

Perhaps it's the result of the current state of things, but with all the vibrant and adorable charm that permeates Animal Crossing, I almost wish there was a slightly more sinister secondary storyline to contrast with the saccharine world.

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Niche Gamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 30, 2020

Lots small details and progress, that build up over time into something greater. If you’re looking for a challenge or an epic quest, you won’t find it here. If you want a way to chill out, and build something you can take pride in (albeit, once), then Tom Nook has the perfect package for you.

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New Game Network
80 / 100
80 / 100
Apr 4, 2020

New Horizons draws from familiar Animal Crossing elements while building upon and redecorating them with its fun island motif. It's still fairly minimalistic, but I liken it to a warm honey tea - it may be simple and subdued, but still provides a relaxing, enjoyable experience.

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Saudi Gamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 6, 2020

New Horizon might be the best in series so far! with brand new additions & features it's quite fun and addictive for both fans and newcomers

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VGChartz
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 18, 2020

Those that gravitate toward serene sandbox simulation will find in New Horizons a game to play for weeks, months, and even years.

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KeenGamer
7.5 / 10.0
KeenGamer
Dakota Gordon

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2020

You've been invited to a new horizon: will you take it? The first console Animal Crossing game since New Leaf, New Horizons allows the player to civilize a deserted island, review its structure, and build themselves from scratch. Though the title implies otherwise, not everything here is as fresh as advertised.

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Slant Magazine
Apr 12, 2020

After a while, the game inadvertently becomes about the cost and upkeep of civilization.

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