Welcome to Rekèe Island: A 5 Star Island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
When it comes to changes in the Animal Crossing series, what I like most about New Horizons is that unlike previous games, you’re not moving to a lived-in town. Instead, in New Horizons, the island is completely deserted when you arrive. There is no house; there isn’t a museum and there are no shops or anthropomorphic animal neighbors to visit. Save for a tiny airport and the town hall, it’s just you and your tent. Even, the raccoon entrepreneur Tom Nook himself operates out of a tent that he shares with his two nephews, Timmy and Tommy. The island here is pretty much a blank slate when you start the game which means that you have total creative control on how you to design and build your new safe haven moving forward.
New Horizons has a slower pace even than other Animal Crossing games, and at times, that can feel unnecessarily tedious. The first few days are all about establishing the basics and in all honesty, there isn’t much to do aside from catching bugs, going fishing, picking fruit, gathering resources to craft items, and recruiting a couple of animals to move onto your island. Eventually, you’ll unlock Blather’s museum, Nook’s Cranny, and the Able Sisters tailor shop which allows you to purchase all the hottest new clothes— and before you know it, your once deserted idyllic country life has boomed into a 5-star resort.
Getting that 5-star evaluation takes some time (for me it took 170 hours to be exact), but in the end, all my hard work paid off.
I’ve already written about why I feel Animal Crossing: New Horizons is one of the best video game purchases I’ve ever made, and why in ten, twenty, fifty years from now— people will continue to write about how and why New Horizons is a game that somewhat changed their life. And not too long after, I published a piece that showcased 65 stunning screenshots from my island after putting in a good 100 hours.
What I haven’t written about yet, is how I’ve been playing New Horizons by controlling not one; not two, but three characters on the same island. Thanks to the ability to play 2-4 player local couch co-op, I am able to create up to four characters within the same game— and so long as I have four controllers, I can juggle back and forth between each character. This means that while my island only has room for up to 10 villagers at a time, I was able to create an additional three houses for my other characters.
After nearly two months of playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, I’ve completely transformed my entire island using the game-changing terrain tools. This means that I’ve reshaped every waterfall, river, hilltop and square inch of terrain in order to create a more symmetrical layout. And along with the additional three homes, my island has its very own basketball court; soccer field; movie theatre; arcade; diner; jazz bar; rooftop swimming pool area; campground; TV studio, and so much more.
After 200 hours, here are 100 stunning photographs of my perfect island.