When most people think of art, the first that comes to mind is probably not a video game. However, when in production, thousands of hours go into 3D design, illustration, graphic design, musical scores, and so much more to create a piece of intricate art that the average person can interact with, enjoy, and make their own. Since I bought the game a little over a month ago, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has not ceased to impress me with its intricate details and beautiful designs, all wrapped up in a cute and accessible package.
The game, while somewhat different from its predecessors, mostly follows the same pattern: you find furniture and decorate your house (and now your own island), you catch fish and bugs, and interact with NPCs. The concept is fairly simple, but the execution is stunning in its beauty and details.
The game has also created its own little art community itself. With so much new customization and design options built in, such as being able to make your own cliffs and water ways on your island or laying down your own paths or even creating your own furniture and placing it around the island, Animal Crossing fans around the world have been given the opportunity to flex their creative muscles and show off their designs online to other players.
Besides being well made, this game has also become a great tool to use during these isolating times. While I can’t see my friends in person, we can travel to each other’s islands, trade clothes and furniture, and be in the virtual presence of one another. While it isn’t anywhere near as fun as being with them in person, it allows us to show off the creations we’ve made on our islands while also being able to be together in a virtual and creative way.
Overall, the game was executed in such an excellent way, with so much attention to detail and design. It allows for both independent expression on your own island and also opens the door to a growing community of those who want to share their creations and take inspiration from others. The style, simplicity, and charm of the game has personally brought me a lot of comfort in these difficult times, and I know it has done the same for countless others all over the world.