24 Games Like Animal Crossing

Games Like Animal Crossing
These games like Animal Crossing offer open ended adventures where you can build your own community on PC, iPhone, iPad, Android and other platforms.

Animal Crossing is a long running game series from Nintendo that allows players to develop their own towns and villages. The series has seen many games being released for various Nintendo consoles including the Wii, DS and 3DS. As a Nintendo game the availability is limited to Nintendo controlled consoles which makes games like Animal Crossing for PC in high demand among fans (and would-be fans who don’t own a supported console).

While the Animal Crossing games vary there are a number of core elements that have stayed the same throughout the game series. This includes using human like animals as characters, seasons, holidays, activities, communication with other players, collecting and most importantly a huge amount of customisation.

Much of this customisation is centred around your character which can be customised with a variety of different accessories and clothing items. Your house has a similar level of customisation available through furniture and other decorations.

The games like Animal Crossing on this page offer other simulation games that place a high level of customisation in the hands of the player.

Games Like Animal Crossing

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World’s Dawn

Inspired by Harvest Moon, World’s Dawn offers up a colourful seaside village in need of your assistance in a social simulation game that will pull you in for over two dozen hours of gameplay. Players will immediately recognise the familiar top down graphic style as you quickly become ench... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(1 votes)
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Stardew Valley

After a hyped development phase Stardew Valley is finally here and is living up to all the hopes and dreams of Harvest Moon fans everywhere. Drawing large inspiration from the franchise Stardew Valley delivers a new farming experience that takes the well known formula but sprinkles its own impr... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(42 votes)
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Magician’s Quest: Mysterious Times

Magician’s Quest: Mysterious Times will take you on a fantasy adventure that is similar to the Animal Crossing series. The game is known as Enchanted Folk and the School of Wizardry in Europe. The game is set in a magical school where the player attempts to master all the spells needed to achie... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(13 votes)
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Fantasy Life

Fantasy Life packs in a huge amount of customisation, cute graphics and a large open world. With a dozen different lives (classes) that each have their own activities and quests it’s easy to get lots of replay value from the game as each life promises a unique experience. Set in the world of Re... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(26 votes)
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Wandering Willows

Wandering Willows offers a world full of quests and wildlife where players will enchant pets, train them and much, much more. If it’s a game packed full of variety that you seek then Wandering Willows has it in spades, while packing it into a 20 something hour experience. The uniqueness of Wand... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(13 votes)
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Rune Factory 4

Rune Factory 4 continues the popular mix of farm simulation and role playing game that its predecessors set. The game is the first to be released on the Nintendo 3DS platform with a 2013 North American release. The game features some of the biggest overhauls to the Rune Factory series yet to en... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(12 votes)
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Shepherd’s Crossing 2

Shepherd’s Crossing 2 is farm simulation game available on the Nintendo DS that has many similarities to the popular Harvest Moon series. Development of Shepherd’s Crossing 2 was completed by Graffiti Entertainment with a 2010 release. The game features the beautifully crafted anime inspired gr... Read More »

User Score
7.6
(11 votes)
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Castaway Paradise

Castaway Paradise brings an Animal Crossing like experience to your mobile device with a game set on your own tropical island. From helping the animal like villagers to catching fish and planting crops there is a lot to do in this free to play experience. At the start of the game players will l... Read More »

User Score
6.1
(39 votes)
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Rune Factory 3

Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon takes the Harvest Moon series into the fantasy realm and features the same simulation/role playing experience that was made popular by the HM series. The game was released in November 2010 with development completed by Neverland Co. The game is actually th... Read More »

User Score
9.3
(19 votes)
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Rune Factory Frontier

In terms of chronological order Rune Factory Frontier is the third game to be released in the Rune Factory series. The game is available for the Nintendo Wii making its way to North American shores in 2009. Just like the previous games in the Rune Factory series players find themselves in a fan... Read More »

User Score
9.3
(15 votes)
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Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning

Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning is the second game in the franchise for the Nintendo 3DS. For the most part the game is the same as previous games in the Harvest Moon series but there is enough new content that long time fans will enjoy the new adventure. This time around players will be in ch... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(12 votes)
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Rune Factory 2

Rune Factory 2 was released in North America one year after the success of the first game and continues to offer the same mixture of fantasy and Harvest Moon style gameplay as the original game did. In Rune Factory 2 players will return to the same universe as the first game but with a whole ne... Read More »

User Score
8.9
(9 votes)
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Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon

If you love the Harvest Moon series but wanted something with gameplay outside of farming simulation then you’re the target audience for Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon. As the name of the game suggests it combines the farm simulation aspects of the popular Harvest Moon and mixes in fantas... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(11 votes)
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Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise

Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise is the Xbox 360 exclusive sequel to the widely popular Viva Pinata. With similar gameplay but additional biomes and co-operative play the title is everything you loved plus a little extra. The game was eventually made available on Xbox One through the Rare Repla... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(2 votes)
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A World of Keflings

A World of Keflings is the second game in the series and once again combines the management and building genres very successfully. The game was originally launched on the Xbox 360 but Windows and Wii U versions are also available. The game is all about creating a huge castle and helping out the... Read More »

User Score
7.1
(16 votes)
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Happy Street

Happy Street will let your imagination run wild as you develop your own unique, charming, colourful and fun village from scratch. With a huge amount of decorations and activities available within the game Happy Street is one of those games that you’ll be playing again and again. In the game pla... Read More »

User Score
6.4
(12 votes)
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Viva Pinata

Viva Pinata turns a unique game idea into a fun sandbox simulation game with beautifully crafted graphics that can be enjoyed by all ages. Viva Pinata is published by Microsoft Game Studios and is available on PC and Xbox 360 (with spin-off games on the Nintendo DS). The focus in Viva Pinata is... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(13 votes)
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A Kingdom For Keflings

A Kingdom for Keflings is predominantly a city builder developed by Ninja Bee that was released on the Xbox 360 in 2008 with a PC release several years later. In the game you’ll take control of a giant in the land of Keflings. These Keflings are based on humans but are much smaller resembling g... Read More »

User Score
7.3
(13 votes)
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Wild Season

Wild Season is a Kickstarter born game title that intends to take the Harvest Moon formula and add its own spin on the life simulation genre. Available for Windows and Mac players will find Wild Season succeeds in some areas while falling in short in others. Wild Season opens with players takin... Read More »

User Score
7.3
(3 votes)
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Gemini Lost

After a beam of light transfers you and your friends to a mysterious world players must pick up the pieces and find their way home. Along the way you’ll rebuild a civilization, conduct research, gather resources and keep your small community happy. Gemini Lost is highly puzzle and goal or... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(10 votes)
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Virtual Villagers (Series)

The Virtual Villagers series is a collection of life simulation games originally developed by Last Day of Work for the PC and Mac. There is also an iOS and Android version of the various games which replicate the computer versions, some of which are available for free. The current games in the ... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(19 votes)
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Funky Barn

Armed with a weird name and Wii U exclusivity Funky Barn enters into the simulation genre, challenging players to build a farm of cute animals and manage your farm economy. Starting at the basics as one would expect players are given a fairly barren plot of farm land, limited resources and only... Read More »

User Score
6.0
(1 votes)
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Harvest Moon 3D: The Lost Valley

Winter is the only season left in The Lost Valley and it is up to players to bring back the remaining seasons. With a whole world at your disposal and the ability shape the landscape like never before the experience is definitely different from the other Harvest Moon experiences that you’... Read More »

User Score
5.4
(13 votes)
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MySims Kingdom

MySims Kingdom is based on The Sims series but offers unique and very different gameplay to the original series making it definitely worth your consideration. The game was released in 2007 for the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo DS. The gameplay of the Wii and DS version are quite similar althoug... Read More »

User Score
7.1
(13 votes)