List of games similar to Animal Crossing on Xbox One

Posted 30th Mar
Stardew Valley £11.99

Say "cute and cosy" three times and you'll summon Stardew Valley. To be fair, you can't go into this one expecting the same biased affection as your Animal Crossing neighbours will give you. They'll applaud you for anything, whereas Stardew Valley residents won't hesitate to tell you that your gift of hard-earned and homegrown produce is trash. Stardew Valley has farming elements that Animal Crossing doesn't, but one thing each game does share is that sense of community: you can just as easily spend the whole day just forming relationships with the various townspeople, running errands for them, and building friendships. If they like you, they'll write to you and send you gifts. You'll attend events with them and watch the community grow together. Like Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley has the option for co-op and multiplayer. It also has that same sense of escapism. You can spend your time however you like — what happens in the game is entirely up to you. You can get totally lost in it, and since you can progress the days and seasons as fast as you'd like — whereas Animal Crossing runs on real time — you might find yourself looking up and seeing that hours have passed while you've just been chilling in Stardew Valley. (trueachievements)

By far, the game with the most similarities is Stardew Valley, owing to its relaxing atmosphere, therapeutic gameplay loop, and light community-building mechanics. Set on a farm you've inherited, you must build it back up to its former glory, making friends with the local townsfolk along the way. (windowscentral)

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles £24.99

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is another game which blends the adventure and management aspects. It seems especially perfect for this list, since when Mark reviewedit, he called it a "happy medium" between Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley. It also seems pretty fitting for a list of games which revolve around wholesomeness and escapism; your main mission seems to be to improve the lives of everyone living in Gemea. Like Animal Crossing, it has some seasonal events, and like Stardew Valley, it has a broader range of activities to do: you'll be joining guilds, crafting, cooking, brewing, and farming, as well as helping the community. It has that irresistible premise of starting out with nothing and building your way up, coupled with what looks to be an entirely safe and relaxing game world — especially since there's no combat. You're just there to enjoy the world and help others to do the same. (trueachievements)

My Time at Portia £24.99 (also on Game Pass)

My Time at Portia mixes management and role-playing elements. As with Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing, and Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles, you're starting a new life. These games are always littered with convenient and generous relatives ready to leave you properties in a new town far away; in My Time at Portia, it's a workshop left to you by your Pa. There's gathering, mining, and farming to be done, and the crafting system itself is taken further — you join an official Guild, completing tasks and commissions to build your reputation within it. Community is again a bit part of the game: your workshop is plonked right next to a big town, and there's a friendship system to follow to build relationships with its resident NPCs. My Time at Portia feels full of possibility: there's always something to do, but the game doesn't necessarily signpost it for you. It's entirely up to you where to go and what to do. As such, this is definitely one which you'll lose a lot of time to — and, bonus, it's in Xbox Game Pass. (trueachievements)

My Time at Portia is clearly directly inspired by games like Animal Crossing, set in a vibrant world full of eclectic characters. In Portia, you arrive on inherited land and have to start a business from scratch, complete with light RPG combat and community-building elements. (windowscentral)

Farm Together £16.74

As you might have guessed, Farm Together is, first and foremost, a farming sim. You'll have the management of a small plot, building it up over time into a major farm with crops, trees, and animals. As with Animal Crossing, time passes in the game even when you're not playing. Whereas in Animal Crossing that might mean you miss a neighbour's birthday party and feel guilty about it forever, in Farm Together, it's intended to make sure there's always something to do. Like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which lets you visit islands belonging to your friends or to strangers, Farm Together does exactly what it says on the tin: it lets you open you open the farm to the public, so that you can farm together. If you're looking for a game where you and your friends can pass time tending to livestock and crops, this is one for you. (trueachievements)

Farm Together emphasizes co-operative play and farming, but the chillaxing gameplay loop bears some similarities to Animal Crossing. Set up your very own farm, and grow it from simple plantation to bustling business, all with your pals on Xbox Live. (windowscentral)

Viva Piñata £11.99 Viva Piñata: Trouble In Paradise £11.99

Viva Piñata is another simulation game. This time, you're in charge of a garden on Piñata Island. Restoring and improving this garden will attract various species of Piñata; at first a black and white outline, and then in all their neon glory. The majority of your time will be spent in taking care of your garden, beautifying it with flowers, vegetables, and ponds, to tempt Piñatas into taking up residence, and protecting it from the Ruffians. By all accounts, it's a colourful, absorbing, and entirely addictive game about Piñatas and plants; however, unlike Animal Crossing, it's probably not a good idea to get too attached to your residents: Pinatas have a food chain, and you might have to let your residents get eaten if you want different animals to move in. (trueachievements)

Graveyard Keeper £15.99

Ok, so at first glance, Graveyard Keeper seems like an odd fit for this list. But hear me out: this game has a lot of the same elements as the other titles on here — it just approaches these elements from entirely different angles. It has management, community, farming, and fishing, but within a more sinister world, darker humour, and with more ghoulish aspects. Basically, if you're looking for a game to get lost in, but want something a little less twee, this would be a good one for you. You are in charge of a cemetery. You've got to keep it tidy and manage burials. But as time passes, Graveyard Keeper will prod you repeatedly, just to see exactly how long it takes you to shed any moral quandaries. It gleefully describes itself as a game of capitalism, and the first dilemmas it pitches in its description cover cannibalism, poisoning, and more: "Do you really want to spend money on that proper hotdog meat for the festival when you have so many resources lying around?". You'll be overseen throughout all this by a sarcastic talking skull, with occasional input from a communist donkey. If you were looking for a game with the same comforting management systems but completely different in tone, this was probably it. (trueachievements)

If you ever looked at Stardew Valley and thought, "hey, that looks cool, but it's too happy and sunny for my tastes," check out Graveyard Keeper instead! With all the same gameplay loops as Stardew Valley, Graveyard Keeper takes it in a spooky direction, allowing you to maintain your very own graveyard business (windowscentral)

Astroneer £23.74 (also on Game Pass)

What if Animal Crossing was set in the cold reaches of space? Well, Astroneer is probably the closest thing! Featuring cute characters, light, relaxing gameplay, and building and customization mechanics, Astroneer's sci-fi similarities are undeniable. (windowscentral)

Minecraft £16.74 (also on Game Pass)

Of course, it's Minecraft! While Minecraft survival mode can be tough, you can tailor the difficulty to meet your own pace. Farm crops, build anything you want and even create communities of villagers. This is an excellent option for chilling. (windowscentral)

Slime Rancher £15.99

Slime Rancher leans more into sci-fi again, but the gameplay loop is light and relaxing, with a dash of farming and social play. In Slime Rancher, your job is to ranch slimes! Go on the hunt for cutesy critters and build up your very own slime farming business. (windowscentral)

Cities: Skylines £31.99 (also on Game Pass)

While it lacks the social and RPG elements of some of the other titles on this list, it does have a chill atmosphere with a creative edge. In Cities: Skylines, your job is to become the architect of your very own dream city, along with all the managerial aspects that entails. (windowscentral)

Castaway Paradise £10.39

Castaway Island comes with many similarities to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, complete with a tropical island setting, light community-building gameplay, and colorful design. Decorate your town, farm crops, make friends, and more, in this cutesy adventure. (windowscentral)

Moonlighter £16.74 (also on Game Pass)

Moonlighter does put a much bigger emphasis on combat and dungeon crawling than the other games here, but it also has a light shop-keeping and community-building gameplay loop that should satisfy those who want a little bit of both. Moonlighter is what happens when Stardew Valley meets classic Zelda gameplay. (windowscentral)
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Nice list mate. Thank you for the effort that went into compiling this
Maverick7723/04/2020 00:29

Nice list mate. Thank you for the effort that went into compiling this

Appreciate the comment Hopefully it helps out someone without a Switch or Animal Crossing.
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