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Review: Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival

Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival isn’t a video game at all and can’t be judged as one to be honest. If you’re looking for a game like Mario Party with an Animal Crossing theme, this Amiibo Festival won’t bring you any pleasure. The ‘game’ isn’t filled with mini-games but offers a more traditional board game experience. If you like to spend your evenings playing board games with friends, this Amiibo Festival might be a game for you.

Enter the Festival

You can’t start the game without scanning your Animal Crossing Amiibo first. Once you’ve scanned one Animal Crossing Amiibo, the Festival is open for everybody! You don’t need to own a lot of Amiibo to enjoy the game; other players can control random villagers if you don’t have enough Amiibo figurines. The bundle comes with two Amiibo figurines so you’re set to go without any delay! Selected the characters you wanted to use? Time to jump into the Festival!

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This Festival is played in a classic Animal Crossing town with a traditional board game look. The town looks great on Wii U and shows us how a true Animal Crossing might look like on the console. The characters and houses all look great in high definition and form a pleasant background for your board game. If you own Happy Home Designer, you can even import your houses to Amiibo Festival to replace the standard houses. It isn’t much but being able to import your own houses is a great little feature for the Animal Crossing fans. Once you decorated to board to your liking, it’s time to start playing.

It’s all about luck

Once again, Amiibo Festival is a different game than Mario Party. Where Mario Party introduces a lot of mini-games, based on where you land on the board, Amiibo Festival uses a more traditional approach. Each player throws the dice in turns. Throwing the dice happens by scanning and removing your Amiibo figurine on the Wii U GamePad (or by pushing the button if you control a Villager). Based on the amount of eyes, you advance on the board, landing on a positive or negative square. The goal of the game is to collect the most Happy Points and Bells. At the end of a session, you get an extra Happy Point for every 1000 Bells you collected. But how do you collect those?

 

A fun traditional board game

 

Well, it’s all about luck. Depending on where you land, you’ll see a typical Animal Crossing situation. For example, Tom Nook was able to sell his furniture so he gained more Bells. Or Mabel performed well during Karaoke night and gained some extra Bells and Happy Points thanks to her performance. These are examples of positive squares, negative squares will take away some of your money and Happy Points based on the situation you land on. These situations brought a smile to our face multiple times since they’re filled with classic Animal Crossing humor and are written to amuse.

The core board game can best be compared to the chest cards found in Monopoly. You’ll need a lot of luck to end first in Amiibo Festival but there are some things you do have an impact on. The inclusion of the Stalk Market is the best example.

The Stalk Market and other visitors 

The game plays in a classic town and covers an entire month, each week opens up special squares and the Stalk Market. Joan comes to town each Sunday to sell turnips. You can buy these in sets of ten and sell them starting Monday. Turnips need to be sold before the week ends and can gain you a lot of money if you gamble right. Once Joan visited the town, you’ll see the selling price of turnips on every square. Depending on where you land, you can sell your turnips with profits or losses. Gambling and keeping your turnips to aim for a higher price is a great tactic but note that the Stalk Market can change during the week, increases or decreases in turnip prices will happen a lot. The ability to gamble on these prices is a lot of fun and gives you ‘power’ to increase your amount of Bells drastically, if played right.

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Aside of the Stalk Market, your town will get visitors from time to time. Most of these offer you some special cards in return of money. These cards can give you certain advantages such as double dices. Buying the right card can be crucial to win the game and gives the board game an extra layer of unpredictable fun. Other visitors award you with extra Bells or free cards depending on where you land on the board. The visitors keep the sessions fresh and enjoyable until the very end of the month.

Mini-games

Once you completed two board games, you’ll open up the mini-game section of the game. These mini-games are unlocked using your Happy Points, points you earn during your regular sessions. Let’s take a look a look at what those mini-games have to offer:

  • Desert Island Escape – By far the best mini-game in here. Scan three Animal Crossing Amiibo cards and escape the island before the 7 days run out. You need the right equipment to escape, this equipment can be found on certain spaces on the island. Each character has three spaces to move each round. Gathering food meanwhile is necessary to keep your energy. A very strategic and fun game for the solo players.
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  • Acorn Chase – Collect as much Acorns before Resetti stops you. You move your character by placing the right color Amiibo Card on the GamePad. Played like a combination of Jungle Speed and Memory.
  • Quiz Show – Another one of our favorites. Answer Animal Crossing questions as fast as possible to gain points. Your Amiibo Cards are used as the buzzer to answer the questions. A great extra mini-game!
  • Balloon Island – Land on the perfect spot in this mini-game. The cards are used to time the decent of your character. By timing this correctly, you’ll land on some score multipliers.
  • Mystery Campers – A digital version of MasterMind. Scan six Amiibo cards and guess their order by scanning them one by one. A game of trial and error.
  • Fruit path – Use the dice symbol on the Amiibo Card to advance your character. Be the first to finish!
  • Amiibo Card Batle – Select six Amiibo Cards and draw them in turns. The player who matches the symbol in the middle of the screen, takes the point.
  • Resetti Bop – A ‘Whack a Mole” inspired game. Match the color of the Amiibo Cards to activate the hammer. Also be sure to win the Rock-Paper-Scissors challenge before you attack.

As you see, the mini-games offer a wide variety of gameplay elements and use the Animal Crossing Amiibo Cards in a great way. Not every mini-game is as enjoyable but Desert Island Escape and Quiz Show sure bring in some extra fun to the game. These mini-games aren’t the main attraction of the game but we’re sure a lot of gamers will be happy Nintendo included them anyway.

It’s all about style 

This brings us to the last part of our review, the style. As said before, the game uses as classic Animal Crossing style and this has some effects on the board as well. Since you can select the month where you want to play, the board will change depending of the selected month. Every month has its own special days and challenges where you can compete. Fans of the Animal Crossing will certainly recognize classic festivals and bug-off competitions. It’s great to see that Amiibo Festival stays loyal to the Animal Crossing style.

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Aside of this you can also store your points after each session on your Amiibo. Collecting points will give you extra outfits and emotions for the next round. A small extra feature but it feels right at home in an Animal Crossing game.

Conclusion: 

Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival isn’t bad at all. It isn’t as bad as many others are saying but it can’t be judged as a traditional video game. If you’re looking for a fun and unpredictable board game, this Amiibo Festival is certainly worth your time. The bundle comes packed with two Amiibo figurines and three Amiibo Cards so you’re set for a lot of family evenings. Are you a fan of traditional board games? Try this one out for sure! Looking for a lot of interactive mini-games like the ones in Mario Party?This isn’t what you’re looking for.

6.5/10

Got interested in games since I could read. Started with Nintendo but evolved into an all-round gamer. I love all kind of games; triple A games to Indie. If the vibe is right, I'll enjoy playing it.