Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tomodachi Life and Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Chloe's Review

Okay, so this post couldn't have come at a better time, now that Christmas is less than a week away!  Is anyone else freaking out about that as much as I am?  Yikes!
Anyway, so I'm sure you all know by now how much of a gamer girl my daughter Chloe is.  She loves playing board games, apps, video games and as long as she's running on full power, she will ignore you until she's ready to acknowledge you or until her power runs out.

Recently, she got a chance to download and review two new games for Nintendo 3DS.  Chloe was pretty excited (as a kid should be) and so was I because one of the games, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, is a newer version of one that I had played and loved when I was younger.

According to Chloe, in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, basically you're the new mayor in a small town of animal residents.  You're responsible for making the town a great place to live.  You can talk to the other residents, find a home, go fishing, catch bugs, earn money and spend money.  She says:  "It's like you have your own town to do whatever you want!"

Chloe loves this game so much, she wouldn't really stop playing or help me out with taking photos.  She said her favorite thing about the game is being able to fish, catch bugs and dig up fossils to donate to the museum.  My favorite thing is that it builds her reading skills because there are a LOT of words that go across the screen, especially when communicating with other residents.  The game runs in real time so if it is 8pm when you're playing it, it'll look like it's 8pm in your town too.

The second game we received was Tomodachi Life.  It's a game where you create Mii characters to populate your island community.  It's sort of like a simulation game where you have to feed your characters and keep them happy.  She says she loves feeding them different things to see what they like and what they don't like.  Also, she said that sometimes when you make them happy, you get something or you can make them level up.  I don't really know what that means, but...

So far, Chloe enjoys this game as well because there are different things happening every day on the island and a lot of secret items and activities as well as mini-games to play.  I've been watching her play it all week and I'm itching to get my hands on it to try it out.  It looks so fun!  Tomodachi Life is the type of game that can grow and expand with her as she plays it and I love that because it's something that she'll be able to continue playing throughout 2015.

I quickly asked Chloe her thoughts on both games to which she replied:  "I love them both!  They're both so fun because I get to do whatever I want!"  She also said that even though its a little hard because she's still learning to read, "At least I'm sounding it out and practicing!"  I have no doubt that she'll use that excuse when I tell her it's time to put it away and go to bed.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


  1. So glad she likes both games, especially since she can do whatever she wants because it doesn't follow rules like traditional games. I once read this book "Everything bad is good for you" and it talks a lot about these role playing / community-building games because it does offer kids the chance to practice their critical thinking skills.

  2. Look at that face of pure bliss! shes loving those games!

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