Where the mild things are: inside the phenomenon that is Animal Crossing

Róisín Kiberd on why Animal Crossing isn’t entirely an escape from life

7th June, 2020
Where the mild things are: inside the phenomenon that is Animal Crossing
‘The social side of Animal Crossing, both inside the game and on social media, is central to its appeal.’

It begins with a ‘Nook Inc Deserted Island Getaway Package’. You’re given a ticket, and are spirited away to the empty yet idyllic island you’ll call home.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers some very timely escapism, inviting the player into a placid, slow-moving world of gentle routine and exploration.

The latest in a series of games dating back to 2001, New Horizons couldn’t have arrived at a better time....

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