Animal Crossing is a popular franchise that has been around for over two decades. In the early 2000s, the series exploded in popularity and has stayed strong ever since.
Being a fan of Animal Crossing, here is a list of the 25 best games like Animal Crossing you need to try!
25. A Short Hike
This game is about a bird flying high, making friends, and live a pretty happy life. When life’s pretty hard, or you need to chill after work, this game is perfect for building a world and having fun going on different adventures and making friends. A short Hike is a pretty easy game where you can proceed with world-building with no real difficulty.
A Short Hike is available on PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Linux, Microsoft Windows, macOS, AND Macintosh operating systems and was released in April 2019 by developer Adamgryu.
24. Castaway Paradise
Castaway Paradise is a life simulation game released in October 2019 by developer and publisher ‘Stolen Couch Games’.
Castaway Paradise is an adventurous game similar to Animal Crossing but isn’t a copy of it. In this game, you can populate an entire island and do whatever you like to get your mind off of problems in real life.
Here you have some objectives that you can do to unlock other things to progress your game and story. You can do farming, swimming, breeding, and anything that you like. It has pretty cool features that allow you to make your dream island into a sort of reality where you can live for as long as you play.
It is available on PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Linux, Microsoft Windows, web browser, MacOS, and Macintosh operating systems.
23. Go On Vacation
Go vacation is a single-player, multiplayer game released in 2011 by Bandai Namco. This is a game for all ages where you can play sports, race, build an ideal world. In this game, you can play with as many as four players on the same console.
In Go vacation, you can play minigames based on 50 sports on different islands. Kids play this game mainly when they come from school, hang out with their friends, and empty their minds from stress.
You can play with Wii and other motion-sensing controllers. Games like mini golf, car racing, skating, surfing, volleyball are the most popular players.
This game is available on Wii and Nintendo Switch.
22. Don’t Starve Together
Don’t starve together is a survival game released in April 2016 by a developer and publisher, Klei Entertainment. This gameplay is a bit more challenging than the rest is filled with action and adventure.
This game demands the player’s attention and understanding of how to survive in the wild, and to do that, you must learn its mechanics, which aren’t complicated, but one must learn it.
Being a player, you have to take care of your body by eating, sleeping, and keeping it warm enough to survive. It requires work, craft, and creativity to expand your dominance in the game. This game teaches real-life survival techniques that may help in the future. Initially, this game was about a single-player game, but now you can play it with four other friends.
It is available on PS4, XBOX, PC, PS3, Android, and IOS.
21. Garden Paws
Garden Paws is a role-playing game released in October 2018 by developer and publisher Bitten toast games. This game is said to be a mixture of Minecraft and Animal Crossing by fans. In this game, you can be a shopkeeper and earn and invest in various activities and necessities such as building or buying a house, fishing, farming, playing sports, etc.
In this game, you can make all kinds of relationships such as friends, family, husband-wife, kids, or even adopt kids. You can also have pets who can play with you.
You can do mining, questing, and even breed dangerous creatures. If you think this game is too childish or easy to play, you can also access a more complex model with more challenges and a higher difficulty level as it requires high skills.
This game can be played alone and with friends in a group of 4. You can explore the world and expand your life by finding more things to get more fun.
It is available on Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh operating systems, and PC.
20. Little Dragon Café
Little Dragon Café is an adventure-filled game released in November 2018 by TOYBOX Inc., Aksys Games, Co Picola LLC, and Rising Star Games. This game is different from most of the games on the list as there is not many farming, fishing things involved.
This game is about opening a café with your twin sibling, learning how to cook, manage customers and keep them satisfied. We have to work with some employees who help us with our work and let us go on journeys to find ingredients for the food.
Although it includes farming, it just isn’t centered around it; you can explore everything you desire and learn and collect things that can be useful in your journey.
Another thing you need to do is to raise a Dragon so that our mother wakes up who won’t wake until we present it with care and love. We have to learn to visit residents, deal with them, and earn a decent amount to survive.
This gameplay is available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, and PC.
Paralives is a creative role-playing simulation game where you build houses for other people and design and control how everyone lives. Consider yourself as their controller or a governor but with 100 times more power.
Paralives is not yet released, but it has already amassed enormous attention from gamers and is looking to become one of the most popular on the list. The game is designed by, developed, and published by Alex Massé and Paralives Studio. It is a game with unlimited outcomes and infinite choices for you to experience anything you’ve ever dreamt of lets your creativity go wild.
It has a budget on which you must work and plan out everything from the get-go. Any mistake and you’ve ruined someone’s house, so you must not go overboard on things and take it easy and relax and build a world centered around you, their controller. This game is available on Mac and PC.
18. Stardew Valley
Stardew Valley is a role-playing indie game released in February 2016 by Eric Barone. The game Stardew Valley is a game in which the story follows your character who leaves his old office job and starts working at a farm he owns.
The character moves to a town (where his Farm is), builds lots of friendships, develops trust among residents, provides them with his expertise, and helps them daily.
You can do farming, mining, fishing, digging, talking, traveling, fighting, etc. Although most of the time, peace is maintained, sometimes you do need to fight for your town, but if not, you can avoid the battle and let it slide past you.
This game is available on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android and has a rating of 9.5/10.
17. Cozy Grove
Cozy Grove is an indie-casual game released in April 2021, developed and published by Spry Fox, The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild. Relaxing Grove is a simulation game where you camp on an island and help ghosts with all the problems they face before passing on to the next world.
Like others, this game is a help-based reward system game in which as much as you help others, the more you get rewards and chances to explore larger areas and complete more missions. The player can enjoy this game at any pace as it doesn’t force the player to do the task at a specific time.
You can play whenever you want and relax your brain from all the stress. The island itself changes often and must be intact to have peaceful gameplay and a fun way to kill time.
This game is available on PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iPhone, and iPad and has an overall rating of 9/10.
16. My Time At Portia
My time at Portia is an all-around game covering many genres in one, released in January 2018 by Team17, Nurse. My time at Portia is a slow-paced, time killer game in which you start as a primary human who wants to build stuff but has limited materials to do so.
In this game, you gradually learn the craft of building and help your customers get a better house than they had last time around.
In this game, you can earn and increase your skillset and move to bigger and better things. You can fight in the dungeon and win exciting prices and move to more enormous bosses who may give you a bit of a tough time.
This game is available on PC, XBOX, PS, and Nintendo Switch, and its rating is 9/10
15. The Tourist
The Tourist is an action-adventure game released in November 2019 by Shin’en Multimedia. It is a puzzled-based game in which you solve the mysteries revolving around an archipelago. This game has an island-type theme in which the more you explore, the more secrets you uncover.
You can play this game at the desired pace so that you can get as much fun out of it as possible. You solve the puzzles that are left to be solved by you. The more you play, the more islands you unlock, resulting in more things to do in the game. You can play minigames as well and enjoy your time on the sunny island.
You can do recreational activities and set the mysteries aside for a while and try different things to uncover more secrets in the process.
This game is available on PC, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series and has a rating of 8/10.
14. Farm Together
As the game suggests, Farm Together is a farming game released in February 2018 by Milkstone Studios. Farm together provides you with an empty farm that you run, grow crops, and breed animals from scratch.
You have different seasons in which other crops can be raised and give you good revenue to upgrade your Farm, like building fences, roads, etc. You can also keep a pet that assists you at all times.
The more you play, the more items you unlock and apply to your Farm. Farm Together is the ultimate experience for a farm-growing gamer who can do anything his imagination takes. It has a decent pace where you can play with no worries about losing or winning but more about growing, breeding, and building.
This game is available on Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One and has a rating of 8/10.
13. New Super Lucky’s Tale
New Super Lucky’s Tale is a 3D platform game developed and published by Playful Corp. in November 2017. New Super Lucky’s Tale is a world exploring game where you explore different worlds, find secrets about them, and earn rewards.
You can play it at any pace and explore and take on separate journeys to uncover more secrets about this vast universe. You can have an HD quality experience as you travel to different realms and see what beauty holds. The game is about the character Lucky. In the gameplay, he wants to find his sister, and, on his journey, Lucky does all the adventures.
This game is available on XBOX, PC, Nintendo, and Microsoft Windows and has a rating of 8/10.
Ooblets is a game released in July 2020, published and developed by Slumberland and Double Fine. This game has a feel of Animal Crossing, Minecraft, and Pokémon. In this game, you explore the world and conquer different creatures befriending them and keeping them with care, using them in battles and upgrade them for our use.
We can go on foreign conquests and find weird things that we may or may not supply in the Farm that we own. We can make upgrades to our items, farms, creatures, and all sorts of things.
We can also buy and sell all kinds of stuff to make money or make upgrades. You can also join the Ooblets club, in which you can upgrade your house and decorate it with furniture and decorative.
This game is available on Xbox One and PC and has a rating of 7.5/10.
11. Meep City
Meep City is a popular Roblox interactive game where you talk and communicate with other players. The game was released in February 2016 by developer Alexnewtro. It’s a world-building game in which you choose your appearance, clothes, how you look, and who you would like to interact with within the game.
The player can be at the pace you choose. If you feel like just hanging out with other players and not do anything, that’s fine, and if you decide on going on adventures and explore stuff, that’s also on you. You can visit shops, malls, restaurants, stadiums, games and everything you can imagine and see in the real world.
You can even have jobs like teacher, shopkeeper, and anything you like, plus you can make great friends with whom you can have fun and party with them to pass the time.
The game is available on Android, PC, Xbox One, and iOS, and its rating is 7.5/10.
10. Sneaky Sasquatch
Sneaky Sasquatch is an adventurous game released in September 2019 by RAC7. In this game, we have to travel to different campsites and steal food and water without people finding out. You can earn rewards that help you upgrade your living standards such as house, car, food, etc.; getting food isn’t easy, so you have to plan out everything from the start so you don’t fail and don’t sleep hungry.
Sleep is another thing you must take care of; less sleep means less activity, affecting your playing experience when the character is dull.
The game is available on Mac and iPhone, iPad, it has a rating of 7/10.
Littlewood is almost an all-in-one genre game containing many things at once. This game was released in June 2019 by developer Sean Young and publisher SmashGames.
Littlewood is a bit different when it comes to the story. Unlike most games, it doesn’t start with a generic peaceful start; Littlewood begins when our character comes from his journey of defeating a boss, but now he has nothing to do, so he decides to make a community in a messy town.
When he arrives in the city, it’s all grassy and muddy, and the player could do nothing productive. As time passes, you can harvest crops, build houses, make a community where everyone lives peacefully and no fighting happens.
This game is, as you could say, a life of a hero after he retires. When there is nothing to fight for, the world thrives, and this is what you do as you mine, fish, dig, Farm and do everything that makes the town better.
This game is available on Mac, Nintendo Switch, and PC, and its rating is 8.7/10.
8. Island Saver
Island Saver is a free action-filled game released in May 2020 by developer Stormcloud Games and publisher NatWest, NatWest Group. Island saver is all about preserving the island. They made the game intending to teach kids the importance of keeping things that our Earth has.
In this game, you learn to manage the money you gain by cleaning different areas and saving animals in danger. The more you keep, the more regions you can explore and clean, consequently earn cash. We recommend parents give this game to their children so they learn how vital these things are and must be kept safe from the start.
This game is available on almost every gaming platform, Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and iOS, and it has an excellent rating of 9.5/10.
7. Moonglow Bay
MoonGlow Bay is an Indie-adventure based game released in October 2021 developed and published by Bunnyhug, Bunnyhug Limited, and Coatsink. In this game, you live in a fishing town that has stopped fishing due to the fear of sea monsters—seeing that you and your partner set out on various journeys to hunt fish and get enough food for you and your town.
The trips are always different, but there isn’t any great difficulty that puts extra pressure on. You also run a business where you sell fish and cook them by yourself. You also make different items necessary when venturing out on journeys in the sea, such as boats, nets, and rods.
This game is available on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series and doesn’t have any rating yet as it’s a new game.
6. Alba: A Wildlife Adventure
Alba: A wildlife adventure is an adventurous game released in December 2020 by publishers and developers Ustwo, Plug In Digital. In this game, you play a character ‘Alba’ who visits her grandparents on an island and is excited to have fun with her friend.
Still, when she sees the condition of the island and how the people and animals are living, she decides to help the island by doing all she can do. This game provides good education that children should get, and this game could very well become a source for children’s education.
You learn how to save islands and it’s wildlife. You know to take care of the trees, water, people, and animals. Your character takes pictures on the journey, so it becomes a memorable summer for her. Alba: A wildlife adventure is available on PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad and has a rating of 9/10.
5. Style Boutique
Style Boutique is a role-playing simulation video game released in October 2008, published by Nintendo and developed by Syn Sophia, Nintendo Software Planning and Development.
This game is a fashion game in which you are a fashion shop owner where you do all sorts of stuff related to fashion. You explore cities to look for new clothes, hairstyles, and anything that’s trending.
You make customers by providing them with good designs and excellent customer service. You learn how to manage your store, upgrade it to fulfill your needs, and advertise your items in the gameplay.
Additions in the game have made online playing possible which increases more fun as you deal with real-life people and learn how customers in the real world behave.
The game is available on Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 2DS, and Nintendo DS and has a rating of 9.5/10.
4. The Sims (Series)
The Sims is a real life-simulation game in which you are in control of every character’s life. Initially released in 2000, this game was developed and published by Maxis, Electronic Arts, Edge of Reality, EA Mobile, Aspyr, Software & Services GmbH.
After its success when the first game was released, the developers have released plenty more fun with added updates in each of them many times. This game allows you to live a life like the real world, except you can do anything in your life.
You can make friends, enemies, husbands, wives, children, brothers, or anything you want. The game gives you the freedom to acquire anything you don’t have in real life and get some enjoyment. You can even have a job, favorite sports, home, etc.
The game is available on Amazon Fire, Android, PS3, PS4, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and iOS and has a rating of 9/10.
Terraria is an action-adventure game released in May 2011, developed and published by Re-Logic, 505 Mobile S.r.l, Codeglue, Pipeworks Studio, DR Studios, Engine Software. Terraria is an almost similar game to Minecraft, yet it still has millions of fans who love to play it and spend their leisure time on it.
Terraria is a world-building game, where you can build a world which you can design yourself. You will have to work hard, mine, dig, breed, Farm, explore the world and find different minerals and items that help in world development.
Although this is a bit complex to understand initially, it’s pretty chill, and we can play whenever we have free time after learning its mechanics. The game is available on Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and iOS and has a rating of 9/10.
Roblox is a role-playing game released in September 2006 by Roblox Corporation. The game allows you to play games and create games for others to play. You can play different types of games that others have developed. You can link with players, communicate with them, virtually hang out with them, and create special bonds.
Roblox can be played with friends, too, as it allows multiple players to join in the same console. It is a pretty popular game that has collected some outstanding games that millions of fans play every day.
The gameplay is available on Microsoft Windows, Android, iOS, Xbox One, macOS, Fire OS, Macintosh operating systems, Classic Mac OS, and 9.5/10.
Minecraft is a game that does not require any introduction, but if you still don’t know what Minecraft is, Minecraft is a world-building game where you build things with blocks, mine minerals, and different items, and make more items from them. It requires craft and creativity and attention from the player.
In this game, you can make anything, enter any world, join your friends’ world, raise animals, make waterfalls, lands, ships, towers, or anything that you can work.
Minecraft gives some freedom to players who can develop different modes to play uniquely and try other things. You can play this gameplay with your friends and have a good time. Minecraft is probably one of the most played games of all time.
It is available on Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 2DS, Wii U, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS Vita, PC, and iOS.
I will give it a whopping rating of 10/10, making it the only game on the list with a score of 10.