Animal Crossing is a laid-back franchise focused on letting the player live the life of a villager in a town full of animals. It is a relaxing game that allows you to do whatever you want with your time. However, the only way to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons is to own a Nintendo Switch and buy the game for $60.
If you do not have a Switch, can’t afford the game, or are just looking for something new, here are eight games that give a similar experience to Animal Crossing.
Garden Paws is a Kickstarter success on Steam (coming to Switch as well) that has you inherit your grandparents’ farm as they set off to travel the world. Juggle running a shop, exploring islands and caves, and building up the town to let animals move into your town. This is easily the closest you are going to get to an Animal Crossing game without buying New Horizons.
On the surface, Stardew Valley looks like a simple farming game. A closer look reveals a deep game with RPG mechanics, relationships, and more. You inherit a farmhouse and from cleaning up and progressing your produce, you interact with the community around you. While being created by one person, this game will have you smiling and busy for hours at a time.
Doraemon Story of Seasons
Doraemon is a popular Japanese franchise that made its debut in American video games with Doraemon Story of Seasons in 2019. Typically, Story of Seasons is your traditional farming simulation game already. You get to plow and plant fields, raise livestock, go fishing, decorate your home, and capture insects. While playing, you unlock gadgets from Doraemon that gives you access to features like controlling the weather and fast travel.
My Time at Portia
My Time at Portia is a game set after human civilization has fallen, and humans are beginning to rebuild their lives. Your job is to collect resources and build items to help remake the society in Portia. As you progress and get better equipment, your job slowly gets more comfortable to obtain the proper resources to fulfill your commissions of workshop creations.
The Sims 4
The Sims is the original real-life simulation and continues to be beloved today. You create your person or family and control their everyday life. Reaching their goals, meeting new sims, and much more are available alongside the numerous DLC content. Whether you play it the way it was meant to be played or use cheats, this series has an immeasurable amount of replayability for you.
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope
Light of Hope is the latest game in the Harvest Moon series, a long-running farming simulator that has had an impact on many of the games on this list. Your main goal is to save a lighthouse. Do so by growing crops and livestock, get married, have kids, and help villagers.
Little Dragons Café
Made by the same Designer of Story of Seasons and Harvest Moon, Little Dragons Café follows a twin brother and sister learning to manage their mother’s café. When their mother becomes ill, they have to juggle raising a dragon and managing the café to save her life.
This first-person open-world game has you take control of a ranch designed to raise slimes on an alien planet. Your main objective is to build your slime community and gain the money to upgrade your equipment to continuously better your ranch. You will need to combine slimes to get the most cash for your efforts.