Christmas is my favorite time of year, but it tends to be one of the most stressful times of year for me.
Between financial struggles, finals at University, and the long ride between college and home, there are various things that all ball together and create a chain reaction of stressful events.
Of course, relationships and friendships all help to lessen the stress, but I remember one game that used to tune me in and calm me down during pressured times.
Animal Crossing is a relaxing game. Either of its iterations will be able to provide a relaxing and interesting world to players.
It offers a small, homey town with a house and friendly animals to talk to. The music, the characters and the environment are all cheery and uplifting.
Maybe it is just that, Animal Crossing provides a happy and cheerful environment to play through. No enemies or stressful events (except for the bees) to be found anywhere on the island.
It provides a second home experience.
Though someone may abandon the game for years, the town that players spend so much time in, is still there. Albeit, villagers may leave or relocate, and weeds will certainly destroy the grass but that familiar house, the stores, the animals, they will be there.
Animal Crossing provides a familiarity, a consistence that allows players a place to return when life becomes unfamiliar or inconsistent.
I think that is what makes it so relaxing.
I always have my town to go back to. I can check in on villagers whenever I want, I don’t have to play everyday but I have that choice.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is another experience to enjoy now, and on mobile. Now I am not confined to my 3DS to play, but I have my town with me wherever I go.
I can always quickly open up the app and pop-in to check on how the animals in the game are doing.
I can always shake a few trees or catch a fish.
With the Christmas event underway in the game, I am finding myself more and more relaxed as Nintendo promises snow to come to the game.
Pocket Camp, though a mobile app, has carved a special place in my heart and I will keep it as long as it is available for me to return to.