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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer - 3DS

4.1 out of 5 stars 230 customer reviews
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  • Design the interior and exterior of hundreds of homes for animal villagers
  • Leave your decorative touch on the school, hospital and other public facilities
  • Collect and Connect - Collect and share amiibo cards of your favorite villagers, and invite them into your game
  • Tap amiibo cards to invite up to four characters into a room to hang out
  • Tap the amiibo cards of special characters to call in animals that would otherwise not appear in your game with requests

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Platform: Nintendo 3DS | Edition: Standard

Design your own Animal Crossing home
Show off your style by designing homes for all of your favorite Animal Crossing villagers! Use your creativity to design the perfect house —inside and out—for both old and new friends. With the new amiibo cards, you can call your favorite villagers into the game.

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  • Design the interior and exterior of hundreds of homes for animal villagers
  • Leave your decorative touch on the school, hospital and other public facilities
  • Collect and Connect - Collect and share amiibo cards of your favorite villagers, and invite them into your game
  • Tap amiibo cards to invite up to four characters into a room to hang out
  • Tap the amiibo cards of special characters to call in animals that would otherwise not appear in your game with requests

Product Information

Platform:Nintendo 3DS  |  Edition:Standard
ASIN B00ZS2HFVW
Release date September 25, 2015
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4.1 out of 5 stars 230 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
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Product Dimensions 5.4 x 0.6 x 4.9 inches
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Platform for Display: Nintendo 3DSEdition: Standard Verified Purchase
This game feels more like a mini-game than a complete game. I'm tempted to return it, but I'll first see if my mom likes the game.

Pros:
- Huge range of furniture/accessories to use as decorations
- Easy design interface
- Ability to decorate front yards + choose location

Cons:
- There's only one save file
- Limited interactions with characters
- Shows the "working life" but you don't get to use your money that you earned (this means you don't have a house or any property)
- No ranking/point system to determine how well you designed a home (I find this surprising because New Leaf had a point system to rank your interior design)
- No penalty for putting little effort into designing (only using the requested 2-3 items will automatically result in a satisfied home owner)

EDIT (10/15/15):

I actually did give the game to my mother. I've changed the rating from 2 stars to 4 stars because she LOVES this video game. She told me would rate this game 5 out of 5 stars and that I should consider updating my review.

She designs at least one house per day in this game. She has unlocked new features, such as refurbishing furniture (changing the colors, like how New Leaf lets you do this with Cyrus's help) and changing the windows/curtains. To my surprise, she likes that the home owner does not give her a design rating, time limit, or budget. She appreciate that the lacks of such risks makes the game "more relaxing" and "an overall great experience."

In short, I'll say that this wasn't the game I hoped for... but maybe the target audience is for very, very casual gamers (like my mother).
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Platform for Display: Nintendo 3DSEdition: Standard
Even for those who enjoyed the home decorating aspects of past Animal Crossing Games this will rapidly demonstrate that it lacks any form of depth or breadth.

As a huge fan of the AC games (I still have every one of them and play them all even many years later!) I was aware that this Happy Home Designer (HHD) focuses solely on designing homes. I eagerly anticipated getting home design requests and finding out how I did on meeting the villager's goals. I thought of all the hours I spent collecting unique items in the other games - often traveling to stores to download limited time special items and happily enjoying visiting so many other players' towns hoping to find a rare piece of furniture at their Nook's. How I loved to send letters to my villagers and eagerly wait for their letters back - with the attached presents - some of which would be items I wanted for my house. As I progressed in the games and catching (or purchasing) needed museum items became more rare, my attention turned to satisfying Lyle and the Happy Home Academy. Pursuing expansions, going to flea market's, and exchanging thousands of bells with other players just to get that last item in a set were weekly activities. I feel like AC should come with the warning that you *might* need to go to a 12 step program before long as I found myself hopelessly addicted within minutes of every new offering.

So - 2 stars. One is just because it is Animal Crossing and there is some, albeit limited, charm in designing in this game. However the long list of woulda, coulda, shoulda built up by the minute of playtime - until I was spending much more time noting everything that could have been but isn't. Incredibly disappointing. So below I've expounded on all the things things that could have been.
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Platform for Display: Nintendo 3DSEdition: Standard Verified Purchase
So as everyone should know, this is an Animal Crossing spin-off. It's not a main AC game. That means they took the universe of Animal Crossing and made a whole new game. No fishing, no bug hunting, nothing like that. You basically decorate. But there is a little bit more than just that. You end up building the town, with a hospital, cafe, boutique, etc, and all to your choosing with the pretty vast Animal Crossing catalog (furniture, wall papers, even gyroids, and insects even if you don't catch them).

I've built all currently available buildings, and remodeled one. Not sure if there are more after that, or if it's just more of the same. This is a bit concerning, because right now, as cute and fun as this game is, I'm worried about longevity and replay. I have well over 350 hours logged in AC:NL, and I doubt I will achieve that here.

The designing is interesting. You select items from the catalog and place them however you wish, within certain limitations. It's much easier to move things (unlike the pull/push in AC:NL). Each job has an overall task. Like Dotty wanted a two-toned room. Villagers will give you visual clues how much they like the items you give them, and some of them will provide a few basic pieces to start with. But it's more fun designing the town. e.g., my schoolhouse has two classrooms and a hall, so it's a lot of tun to pick themes, even if they are obvious.

There are still a lot of good points to the game. Miiverse is fully integrated in the game, as in it now has an in-game button. No longer pressing Home, and logging into to Miiverse. Yea, it's a small thing, but it helps streamline connecting and is less distracting. There is the Happy Home Network. After you've done a job, you can upload your designs for the world to see (and rate).
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