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Animal Crossing: City Folk: Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides) Paperback – November 16, 2008
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I played Animal Crossing a few years back when it was released for the Game Cube. It was a fun distraction that my partner and roommate spent a lot of time on. So when I heard it was being released for the Wii, with added features, I was kind of excited.
After ordering the guide, and while waiting for its arrival, I made my town, and jumped right in... for any "important" tips I needed, I checked online Wiki's. I discovered that there is a pattern to the questions Rover (the Cat on the bus) asks you, which would determine what style of face your character gets... after the fact, of course. So I deleted myself, and made my character over.
Then after a few days, the "guide" arrived... It's a cute book... and it does have some good information... but nothing really important other than the lists of items, accessories... insects and fish.
The really "important" things.. like the question pattern for your character creation... not there. The question pattern from the Poodle in the City to change your hairstyle... not there. The fact that if you speak to the Pigeon in the cafe over the course of a week (once a day for seven days) he will offer to store your gyroids for you.)
It was also online that I read that the guide has many mistakes in it. I am not sure exactly how many mistakes, or what all they are... But I do know that the Town Fund amounts are not accurate. By going by what they have listed, you end up losing hundreds of thousands of Bells...
So, I've been using the book as a sort of catalog. To keep track of items that I've found so that I can refer to it, instead of seeing Nook any time I need to check my inventory.
If you are completely new to Animal Crossing... this may be of some use to you. If you have played either the GC or the DS version... and have an idea of what the game play is like.. and what is expected of you as a resident... skip this. For any real information... hints... face/character creation guides... etc, I'd stick to online wiki's, [...] is a good one. They are free. They are more accurate. And they have people that list the friend codes, so you have a better chance of making friends and expanding your game play that route.
I hope this review is helpful.
However, as others have stated, it doesn't have cross-breeding information which I would have liked. The fish/insects chart is difficult to read. And it doesn't help with character faces or hair guides, but all of this is available online for free.
There are mistakes in prices for buying and selling. My Redd always charges almost twice what the guide says he will charge for Redd only items. That part has never been accurate. The price for selling bees is incorrect. What you will get for depositing bells is wrong. The day you will get your New Years shirt is wrong - the guide says Tortimer will pass it out on New Years Eve but it really happens the next day on January 1. There are really too many errors to list in a review.
So while the checklist portion of the guide is helpful and the pictures are nice to have the guide itself is not really necessary to playing the game easily. You can get any information you need online for free.
If I could see through some of the writing, I'm sure it would be a great guide
It was a huge disappointment. Not only does it not explain things in enough detail for you, it has erroneous information about the game in it. Little details are wrong, but still, quite annoying.
I'd recommend new players of AC just find information on the many websites and wiki areas created for the game. There is quite a big community and they have been very helpful to me so far.