GAMES - Review
11:00 - 27th November 2015, by Michael Dodson

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

For this spin-off from the popular Animal Crossing series, Nintendo has foregone the real-time life sim aspect to focus exclusively on home decoration. As a newly hired employee of Nook’s Homes, your main task is to design rooms for the town’s animal residents, each of which will have specific criteria such as ‘a forest of books’ or ‘a terrace café’.
Since it draws from the vast Animal Crossing furniture catalogue, which expands gradually as you play, there are endless possibilities for how a home can look. However, the lack of a real grading system – and the fact that your clients are incredibly easily satisfied – means there’s really no challenge. Unlocking the ability to decorate public buildings such as schools and hospitals does a good job of adding variety, but there’s little incentive to revisit once each project’s complete.
Animal Crossing fans may appreciate the chance to revisit the series under a different guise, but it’s unlikely to hold even their attention for long.

Though packed full of the usual Animal Crossing charm, Happy Home Designer’s lack of challenge and repetitive nature left us largely unsatisfied.
SCORE: 2.5/5
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