Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch

Reviewed by Max

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Ever felt the desire to get away? To sojourn to a remote island that exists on no map, build a community from the ground up, and invite total strangers to your island paradise? Make these and more dreams come true with Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch! In New Horizons, players use a wealth of their island's natural resources to craft tools, build structures, and cultivate flora to improve the life of their island residents and visiting friends.

The latest installment of Nintendo's ever-popular Animal Crossing series, New Horizons is the casual simulation game that debuted exactly one year ago, just as social distancing guidelines were being put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19. The impressive multiplayer functionality of the game was just what the doctor ordered, making it as easy as could be to hang out with friends while staying safely apart. Simply create your island, invite friends to visit, and enjoy a quiet night in of fishing, bug catching, or shopping, all without leaving the safety of home. The game's lighthearted nature, calm vibe, and tropical atmosphere was also the perfect escape from the cultural anxiety brought on by the uptick in COVID cases worldwide.

As long as you're OK with being indebted to a slumlord raccoon of dubious intent, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is your safe solution for staying social while social distancing. Don't have a Nintendo Switch? Remember that the Library offers this and other gaming systems for loan with your Merrimack Public Library card!

Rating: 5/5 stars