Animal Crossing - New Horizons (Nintendo Switch)
Animal Crossing - New Horizons (Nintendo Switch)

For most parents, Coronavirus has created a number of challenges when it comes to our kids.

My son, Jacob, has been doing his schoolwork independently while still checking with his teacher via Zoom three times a week.

In between I've been keeping him well-fed. I also try to shoo him outside for a little exercise and to "blow the stink off" as my mother-in-law, Cindy, always says.

Knowing it was going to be a long quarantine, I purchased Jacob a game he'd been talking about for quite sometime and surprised him with it upon my return home from work a few weeks ago.

It's called Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Sure, it doesn't have the zing of a Super Mario game, but Jacob was over the moon to get it.

To start you create an avatar of yourself and pick an island to build your community on. From there you are given a tent and visit the town raccoon, named Tom Nook. He gives you the layout of the island and what missions you need to accomplish to earn the island currency, bells.

With bells, you can then purchase items like a fishing pole, ax and net. With these you can fish, cut down trees and catch bugs. You can then sell these items and get more bells. You continue to finish chores and missions, build new buildings and items and meet the character inhabitants of the island.

If you choose to put your Nintendo online, you can visit other player's islands via a Dodo Code.

I know, it's a lot to take in. If you grew up in the 80's or 90's, think SimCity.

Jacob has me playing now, too. As you can see in the picture above I have a good looking avatar... (lucky for me there's no bald option for characters). I reside on Jacob's island, "Sunshine." As you can see, Jacob bought me a new set of turntables with his bells and created a Y105 logo for the front.

If you have a lot of time on your hands you might want to check it out. Likewise, if you have kids that own a Nintendo Switch but are worried about questionable content, this game checks out just fine.

Are you playing Animal Crossing? Let me know and I'll be glad to share our Dodo Code with you. You can stop by to fish, shake our trees for fruit and visit our museum.


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