Hokko Life on PC is a blatant Animal Crossing clone

Hokko Life – that does look a little familiar (pic: Robert Tatnell)

First it was Temtem copying Pokémon, now a PC clone of Animal Crossing is entering early access and it looks surprisingly good.

Copying Nintendo is not something that most games companies usually dare, not only because they’re notoriously litigious but because if rustling up a clone of Mario or Zelda was that easy everyone would be doing.

Some of Nintendo’s less action-packed games do offer an easier target though and the turn-based battles of Temtem do manage to do some things better than Pokémon.

There are also some obvious benefits Hokko Life has over Animal Crossing, simply by being on PC, which allows for more complex customisation and interface options.

Animal Crossing is one of Nintendo’s most laidback franchises and there’s no goal as such, beyond expanding your house and filling it with as much interesting bric-a-brac as possible.

Making friends with your animal neighbours, and collecting bugs and fish, is also a big part of it and Hokko Life seems to have all that too.

The game isn’t some cynical clone by a giant company though, but instead a one-man project by former Lionhead and Sony developer Robert Tatnell.

Apart from the novelty of it being available on a non-Nintendo format the big draw of Hokko Life is that you can design your own furniture, clothes, and wallpaper in a much more detailed way than any Animal Crossing game.

There’s also a crafting element, which is being introduced in next month’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and some Stardew Valley style farming, which isn’t.

Hokko Life plans to enter early access later this year, while Animal Crossing: New Horizons is out for Nintendo Switch on 20 March.

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