5 Simulation Games Like "Animal Crossing"

Updated on September 6, 2019
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"Animal Crossing" is a cute, worry-free and addicting game to play when you want to escape reality for a little bit.
"Animal Crossing" is a cute, worry-free and addicting game to play when you want to escape reality for a little bit. | Source

Animal Crossing: Create Your Own World

Animal Crossing is a social simulation video game series developed by Nintendo. The first game came out in 2001 on the Nintendo GameCube and was immensely successful, selling over 16 million units worldwide. The series only got better from there.

In all the games, you play as a human living in a rural village inhabited by anthropomorphic animals. There are no real objectives to accomplish. You spend your time doing different activities such as collecting items, planting trees and interacting with the villagers. The game features an internal clock and calendar, making the passage of time in the game similar to that in reality.

Are you looking for other simulation games like Animal Crossing? Here are some suggestions that you may also enjoy.

5 Games Like Animal Crossing

  1. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  2. Harvest Moon: A New Beginning
  3. Rune Factory
  4. The Sims 3
  5. Happy Street

For those who are looking to be less stressed after playing a game, I guarantee you'll be gaming your troubles away with these great titles.

1. Animal Crossing: New Leaf

If you're a huge Animal Crossing fan, here's one you won't want to miss. It's an upgraded version of the classic title.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf contains a lot of new features without losing the essence of what has made fans happy. Character customization, which has always been a favorite feature, has been enhanced. You can change your character's shirt, pants, shoes, hat and accessories. You also begin the game in a tent instead of a house, which you can upgrade and expand as you progress through the game. Another cool feature of New Leaf is the game mechanic which allows you to become the town mayor. As the leader of the town, you can collect funds from villagers for Public Works Projects as well as pass laws and ordinances such as the Early Bird, which requires the townsfolk to be active during the day or the Night Owl which dictates the opposite.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf continues the huge success of the franchise, becoming the first 3DS game in Japan to sell over 2 million units. Make sure to check out this amazing game!

2. Harvest Moon: A New Beginning

Harvest Moon is a farm simulation role-playing game. The series has been in existence for almost two decades now, and all the games are highly regarded. One of my favorite installments of the series is A New Beginning. That might make you wonder: what sets this game apart from the rest?

Similar to other Harvest Moon games, you start as a farmer with nothing, and you work every day to raise crops and livestock. You set foot in Echo Town, which is almost unpopulated, save three other people: the shopkeeper, the shipping bin operator and Dunhill, your guide who teaches you everything you need to know about the game. The game starts slowly, but things pick up as the village rebuilds. NPCs appear and old villagers return. Another new feature is the enhanced character customization. You can now choose from a variety of hairstyles, hair colors, skin tones and eye shapes. You can also design your house and decorate it with different furniture.

Harvest Moon: A New Beginning lives up to its name—it truly is a new beginning in terms of how the series is designed. Long-time Harvest Moon fans are surely going to have a lot of fun playing this game.

3. Rune Factory 4

Rune Factory is a role-playing simulation series developed by Neverland Co., Ltd. The gameplay is very similar to Harvest Moon. The producer of Harvest Moon, Yoshifumi Hashimoto, described the game as "Harvest Moon where you wield a sword."

In Rune Factory 4, you play as a prince or princess that can plant crops, mine for gold, collect food and complete quests. You can defeat and befriend monsters from dungeons. If you are able to do this, the tamed monsters may aid you in battle, produce goods and help you tend your crops. Your stamina is indicated by your Rune Points, which depletes slowly as you perform different tasks. RP can be replenished by using runes. The game has a linear storyline. You interact with other villagers, sometimes talking to them or doing tasks for them. In some games of the series, you are even required to get married.

Rune Factory 4 became the best-selling game of the franchise in 2012. Animal Crossing fans that are looking for a little more action should definitely try Rune Factory.

4. The Sims 3

When talking about simulation games, one title immediately comes to mind: The Sims. One of the best-selling video game series of all-time, The Sims continues to entertain millions of fans worldwide with its open-ended and indefinite gameplay. The latest game in the series, The Sims 3, has sold 1.4 million copies during its initial week of release, and over 10 million copies to date.

Similar to the previous games, The Sims 3 lets you control your Sim's activities and relationships. The game world is expansive—encouraging you to spend an endless amount of time exploring and interacting with other Sims. The Sims 3 also introduces the Wishes system, where wishes can add points to your lifetime happiness. Creating characters has also never been more fun and exciting as the game features a larger selection of body types and hairstyles. You can now even choose your Sim's shoes.

The Sims 3 is considered by many as the best game of the series. Make sure to grab your copy now and enjoy this fantastic game.

5. Happy Street

If you are looking for a building game with cute and irresistible characters, then Happy Street is the perfect game for you! You can find enjoyment just by staring at the adorable characters and the beautiful environment, but you will also find that the gameplay is what really completes this amazing title! Beware, though, Happy Street is extremely addictive!

In this game, the main objective is to build your street, attract dwellers and establish new businesses. The transactions made by your inhabitants earn you coins, while completing quests and mini-games earn you Flooz. You can use coins to expand your street and buy buildings. Flooz is used to purchase premium items. There is never a dull moment when playing Happy Street because there is always something to do. You are in complete control of your street, and making sure that your street remains prosperous won't feel like a chore because of the simple, yet in-depth gameplay.

Happy Street is truly an enjoyable building game. This game is so cute in all places and it's going to put a smile on your face every time you play.

Which game like "Animal Crossing" will you play next?

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De-Stress With These Great Games

Simulation games can help you disconnect from the stressors of life and utilize your creativity through role-playing. You can also feel accomplished by shaping your own virtual world and completing a plethora of objectives. So what are you waiting for? It's time to start playing these great simulation games!

© 2013 Caleb Melvern


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      4 weeks ago

      people answering animal crossing to that question is not stpd but beyond that....................

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      17 months ago

      "The Sims 3 is considered by many as the best game of the series." Lmao, yeah right. Might very well be the most unstable and laggy game I've ever played.

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      18 months ago

      New Leaf isn't LIKE animal crossing, it is animal crossing. It's right in the title lmao

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      6 years ago

      I would like to play on animal crossing new leaf but I have a dsi xl how am I gonna play it my mom and dad will not let me get a 3ds:-(


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