The Classics: ‘Animal Crossing’

Classics Animal Crossing

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Imagine a game where there’s only a limited amount of tasks for you to do each day. Some, like growing fruit, take days of real world time to complete. You can send gifts to your friends and one of the biggest selling points is the ability to decorate your own little virtual dwelling. Now imagine that the year is 2002, and the game is made by Nintendo, not Zynga. Welcome to Animal Crossing: the first (and best) social game to never hit Facebook.

The game begins with you moving into a small town populated by weird animals, before setting up…

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