Every Island to a Child is a Treasure Island
When Animal Crossing: New Horizons launched after much anticipation, the timing could not have been better. I’ve already written about how much of a blessing the arrival of the game has turned out to be for me personally but after 100 hours playing the game, I thought it would be fun to share some screenshots of my magnum opus.
As I wrote in my previous article, Animal Crossing: New Horizons occupies a niche in video games that normally wouldn’t interest me since it’s not a narrative-driven game and there’s no overarching goal— but I’ve quickly come to appreciate its magic due to the amount of control I have on every aspect of my island. I am honestly still amazed just how much I love this game and I’ve spent at least one hour every day playing New Horizons since it launched last month— some days, I’ve put in a good six hours or more.
After what feels like an eternity since I started playing the game, I’ve now completed the first phase of my island, and I couldn’t be happier with the results so I figured I would share some screenshots before I move on to the second phase.
That out of the way, welcome to Rekèe Island!
Those first few days in Animal Crossing were a bit bewildering but it didn’t take long before I got the hang of things and took advantage of various money-making opportunities and material sources in order to expand my home and beautify my island.
The third image seen below is still my favourite screenshot. It was taken back when things were simple and apart from Tom Nook and his sons, my villager was the only inhabitant of Rekèe Island.
I Love My Home
My bedroom has gone through several iterations over the past few weeks, some good, some bad— but it really came together when I was able to expand my home and add two additional floors.
Upgrading your home to the max will take a long time, but if you search the internet, you’ll discover several tricks that can earn you lots of bells real fast. The total for upgrading your house from start to finish in New Horizons is a whopping 5.696 million Bells so even with these tricks it will take several
hours days to complete.
The Main Floor
The main floor of my home is still a work in progress and while I do wish it was possible to make three of the rooms slightly bigger, I’m pretty satisfied with the results so far. My favourite room on this level is hands-down the kitchen followed by the dining room which features my prize possession, a beautiful white grand piano as well as an expensive harp, a gorgeous fireplace and a vintage grandfather clock. Meanwhile, my kitchen is fully stocked with an expresso machine, a rice cooker, a freezer, a microwave, a toaster, and so much more. I even have a cat tree, a food bowl, and a small bed for my furry friends. The only thing I’m really missing on this floor is a coffee table to place in my living room in between the couch and the television set.
The basement is by far my favourite room in my house. It features a big-screen TV; three arcade cabinets; a foosball machine and several musical instruments including a guitar and bass. What really sets the room apart, however, is the mysterious rug I purchased from Saharah, the traveling camel and the bright pink sofa which matches the color of my turntable set.
When I started playing New Horizons, I set out to try and create my dream home within the game. One of the first decisions I made was move my home to the top of the island on the cliff overseeing the waterfall. The entire top portion of the map is my property which means I have a huge yard and plenty of fruit trees. Being a huge basketball fan, one of the first things I added was a basketball court, but it was also important I added an outdoor pool, a hot tub, and my own private campground with a well. And to top it off, I also built a fence surrounding my home in order to keep strangers out.
Scenes of the Island
Below are a few random screenshots of my island. As you can see, I have two lighthouses and I keep the Nook’s Cranny and the Able Sister shop situated by the beach near the boardwalk. My island also has several parks where my villagers can gather and play music or simply sit back and relax. Surfing is popular on Rekèe Island and you’ll find plenty of palm trees surrounding the island on the beach. Unfortunately, these screenshots don’t show everything but all ten of my villagers live across the bridge on the west side of the island and next to the town square is a soccer field and a children’s playground.
I Created A Nightclub
Animal Crossing New Horizons supports local co-op. This means that you can play with friends using the same screen, a first for the series. This opens a lot of possibilities since it allows you to build an additional house for each player. I decided to take advantage of this and create a second user account on my Nintendo Switch. In doing so, I was able to add a new character to my island and with that character I was able to add a new home— only instead of making a house, I decided to create a nightclub called The Black Lodge. It’s still a work in progress but so far, the Black Lodge includes an arcade, a pool hall, a dance room and a basement that underground garage bands can use to practice.
Creating a Wrestling Promotion
As a huge wrestling fan, I couldn’t help but build my own wrestling set. As you can see below, my ring is situated on a hill that I made and alongside the ring is several TV cameras and other studio equipment in order to be able to broadcast a wrestling show live from the island. In the background, you’ll notice the Black Lodge is just across the river and thanks to Mable, I was able to buy my very own Luchador mask to wrestle with. Eat your heart out Vince McMahon!
Things Are Starting to Get Freaky
Before I sat down to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons, I initially planned on creating some horror-themed island but that quickly changed since I didn’t get any items that I could use to give my island a sinister feel. However, since New Horizons allows you and your friends to send each other gifts, I’ve since received plenty of items that I can use to create my own little twisted slasher film. As you can see, things are starting to turn dark on Rekèe island. My hope is that after another 100 hours of playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, I’ll be able to follow up this article with a short horror story.
To be continued …