- Release date: 6/6/2014
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Genre: Simulation
- Content rating: ESRB E
- Features: 1 player
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Tomodachi Life Review. Humorous, Weird and Addictive All Wrapped In a Bundle
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When you first play Tomodachi Life, it’s hard not to think instantly of Animal Crossing, its 3DS life-sim counterpart. However, this game manages to hold its own and even stand out.
The cartoony effect and distinct Miis all serve the purpose of the game well, which is to deliver potential social interaction with fun. There’s nothing realistic about the game, aside from a few occasions where real-life pictures are used to augment the humorous effect of the game. There are also lots of menus which you can use to customize your Miis. These are effectively uncluttered and easy to navigate.
Tomodachi Life places you on an island which you can aptly name and place up to 100 Miis. You can then import your own “look-alike” Mii and customize it to your liking. Although quite repetitive, you have a lot of control over the character and personality of your Miis, and you can alter every aspect such as their voices, age, gender, etc. This aspect of attribute control is one of the best and most distinct on Tomodachi Life.
Your Miis can interact as ordinary human beings do: they can date, fight, gossip, dance, eat and dress up, etc. You control most of their interaction, but at some point, they’ll do so independently, which adds an element of surprise to the game. Each Mii has a happiness bar which gradually fills up. When it does, you can reward your Mii with anything from food, a new catchphrase, etc. As you fulfill more objectives and keep your community happy, other areas of the island become available.
The 3DS stylus makes Tomodachi much easier since you’ll be dealing with lots of on-screen prompts which you’ll need to select on the relatively small screen. Customizing your Miis and naming them also requires you to enter attributes manually, which is effective with the touch input. The circle pad, D-pad and face buttons come in handy if you’re moving your character, interacting with other Miis, or if you need to navigate the numerous menus.
Replay Value: 4.5
Tomodachi Life is best taken in small amounts is what I learned. If you try to do too much at once, you won’t be able to keep your community happy. It’s best to start small and gradually introduce other Miis into the fray. This means you have to keep replaying the game if you enjoy the intended social progression fully, test different Mii attributes or see the outcome of the experiment.
I was afraid that Tomodachi Life was another attempt at Animal Crossing, but was quite pleasantly surprised at how much this game holds its own. It doesn’t require any skills to play, making it a great game for both adults and kids alike. It is also a great attempt at testing social interaction in an artificial environment, and some of the actions of your Miis will leave you in stitches.
If you want a fun way to relax and test how different personalities would turn out, Tomodachi Life is the way to do it.
Pros : Humorous.
Natural progression takes off any gaming pressure.
Cons : Gameplay is repetitive.
Synthesized voices are annoying.
Replay Value 4.5