Hokko Life (Early Access) Review

I’m going to be honest here. Hokko Life is a complete knockoff of Animal Crossing. Right after you create your character, it’s like you are entering the world of Animal Crossing, and I love it. Yes, it is almost the same when it comes to so many things like fishing, Bug catching, even running, but it has a couple of added features that might actually make it better.

The feature that puts Hokko Life above Animal Crossing would have to be its customization. You can literally make whatever you want to a certain extent since you are only working with set shapes and cant manipulate them completely. None the less you can make your own furniture, decorations, and even craft tools instead of having to drop loads of bells at MR. Nooks.

Hokko Life also has other things that set it apart from Animal Crossing. Since you can customize pretty much anything in the game, you can make your furniture as big or as small as you want. You can also rotate it to fit your room to get that perfect fit—no more cookie-cutter dull rooms. You can now design to your heart’s desire. With all this customization, Hokko Life would have been better off called Home Designer Sim because that’s what it feels like.

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Even though Hokko Life has an Animal Crossing feel with the ability to customize more, the developers tried hard to make it different in so many ways. Obviously, its crafting system for one, but they also gave it a more realistic feeling with realistic trees and other environmental aspects. Another thing I liked, even though it took me some time to figure out, was fishing. It wasn’t just your simple point and click and wait for a bite. It was more of a mini-game than a task.

With plenty to do In Hokko Life, like help out your neighbors or just completing a fishing competition given to you by the bear wandering around the beach, Hokko Life is easy to spend hours playing. It doesn’t hurt that it has fantastic acoustic guitar playing that is calming and very well done. I had a great time getting to know and growing the community of Hokko Life, and I think this game could be a big hit with everyone who doesn’t have a Nintendo.

If this review isn’t enough to get you to try Hokko Life, remember, It’s like Animal Crossing but for the PC. I have to say I ran into a couple of bugs, but it is still in early access, so that is to be expected, and none of these bugs affected the gameplay whatsoever. Also, just a heads up, the beginning of the game can be a little slow to start but picks up once you learn how to make money and grow the town.

So what do you think? Are you going to pick up Hokko Life during its Early Access phase and help the developers turn this game into something special? Or are you going to wait and see what its developers turn it into and pick it up once it fully releases? We want to know and hear your opinions down in our comment section. Don’t be shy; this is The Gamer’s Opinion, and I would truly love to know your honest opinion on everything gaming.

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