5 Games Like Animal Crossing

Updated on January 13, 2017

Animal Crossing - Create Your Own World

Animal Crossing is a social simulation video game series developed by Nintendo. The series is immensely successful, selling over 16 million units worldwide.

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 performing different activities such as collecting items, planting 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


In case you haven't heard yet, there's a new Animal Crossing game set to be released in June 2013. So if you're a huge Animal Crossing fan, here's one you wouldn't want to miss.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the latest game of this popular series. It contains a lot of new features that will surely make fans happy. Character customization, which has always been a favorite feature, has been enhanced. You can now modify your character's shirt, pants, shoes, hat and accessory. 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 new 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 have been highly regarded until today. The latest game of the franchise comes with an interesting title: 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 everyday to raise crops and livestock. You set foot on 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, embellishing it with different furniture.

Harvest Moon: A New Beginning lives up to its name. Long-time Harvest Moon fans are surely going to have a lot of fun playing this game.

3. Rune Factory


4. The Sims 3


Rune Factory is a role-playing simulation video game 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 this game, you can plant crops, mine for gold and collect foods. 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.

Harvest Moon fans that are looking for a little more action should definitely try Rune Factory. The latest game of the series, Rune Factory 4, became the best-selling game of the franchise in 2012.

5. Happy Street


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 own Sim's activities and relationships. The game world is large and continuous, 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 life simulation game.

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 makes this game all the more amazing! 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 wouldn't feel like a task 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.

Happy Street for Android

Happy Street for iOS

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        Kali 4 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:-(