Animal Crossing: Wild World
Owners of the Nintendo
DS can now rejoice as Animal Crossing arrives for another thrilling
experience in this wondrous and thoroughly enjoyable universe as players
make their own stories. Animal crossing in its essence is a strange game that combines elements
of the "Sims" style of simulation plus a touch of RPG as players "live"
their lives in this animal world. Even though you basically live the
life of your human character, the gameplay mechanics of the title are quite
addictive and best of all, it has a whole world for you to explore that
does make for some challenging gameplay.
In this sequel to
the wildly popular Nintendo GameCube game, players and up to three
friends can hang out in the same village and interact in real time -
either through wireless LAN or over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Now
players can visit a friend's village from thousands of miles away.
The touch screen
makes item management and world navigation a breeze. Typing letters
and designing patterns are now just stylus strokes away.
Days and seasons
pass in real time, so whether players want to decorate their homes,
catch bugs or fish, collect brand-new items like hats and sunglasses
or just chat with the wild and wacky characters in their villages,
there's always something to do.
Although originally a
Nintendo GameCube game, Animal Crossing: Wild World on the DS still
follows the main aspects of gameplay from the original game, however
slightly slimmed down for the portable console world. Best of
all, the developers have ensured to add a variety of new items,
characters and functionality into the franchise that also include Wi-Fi
and online play.
When you start, you must customise your character before entering the
town of Animal Crossing and on your way, your taxi driver named Kapp'n
asks you a variety of questions which will determine your character's
gender and appearance. Once in the town, you meet with Tom Nook, a
raccoon business man who will be your main point of call early in the
game. Tom is also a real estate agent and owner of the local
shop where you can buy a variety of items and objects.
Tom will also
organise you a new house, however you will need to pay him back and this
is where the "Sims" aspect of the game begins. By performing a
tasks, jobs and by finding items, these can then be sold for cash to
purchase other items.
The tasks for "money
making" include a variety of things from fishing to catching butterflies and of
course performing a wide variety of tasks for the local residents. Of
course, each of these tasks are mini-games and generally rely on timing,
reflexes and audio cues.
My favourite task is excavating for fossils and
then bringing them back to the local Museum for them to be identified.
As you can see, the tasks are quite varied and diverse, ensuring a great
sense of variety and entertainment.
As you explore the gaming
environment, the tasks become more suited for the areas that you are
located in. Your main goal for performing all these tasks is customise
your house and of course your character, however each time that you pay
your debt to Tom, he will perform additional modifications on your home
and your debt begins again.
The amount of items that you can purchase
your house and customise is quite remarkable and is only limited by your
own imagination. As with the Wii version, the DS version also uses the
internal date and time of the console which means the game progresses in
real-time and you need to keep this in mind while playing as certain
parts of the game will be closed to you at certain times.
As with the "Sims", you also need to ensure that your
with neighbors and townsfolk remain amicable as each encounter has their
own personality, some fun and some boring, just like
real-life. As with life, these citizens do move, however the main
characters in the game are always there. The interaction with the
characters is probably the most enjoyable aspect of the title and each
interaction can be quite different, however it's always a pleasure to
see what your favourite person is up to.
The control system of Animal Crossing: Wild World is perfect on the DS
that truly uses the touch screen to its advantage. This does help with
tasks such as fishing or catching insects. Both screens
are used well in the game and it's probably one of the most well thought
games for this console in terms of controls and playability.
For lovers of multiplayer, the title does offer some great features such
as the ability to share a single cartridge, however up to four players
live in the same house and you have one combined debt. You can also
visit other people's towns via the Wi-Fi connection of the DS and is
great for exploring and seeing what others have been up to. You can even
chat with friends while visiting or even perform activities together.
Visually Wild World looks almost like the GameCube version in some
aspects, although it has been graphically toned down to suit the
console. The game still contains that cartoony appearance with colourful
characters and some "cute" special effects. The sound effects contain that animalistic gibberish which made the original game so fun
plus an interesting MIDI inspired soundtrack that does suit the game
In conclusion, Animal Crossing: Wild World is a brilliant conversion to
the portable gaming system and features a good control system and
graphics to match. The star of the game are the multiplayer options and
if you're a fan of the original or a fan of "Sims" games than this is
definitely the title for you.
A truly inspired game with first class