The Famitsu review scoring for Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is here [UPDATED WITH REVIEW TEXT]

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UPDATE: We now have the translated review text from Famitsu.

The latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has revealed their review scores for Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer earned an overall score of 35/40 in the latest issue, with the score breakdown of 9/8/9/9. Famitsu review scores are calculated by the review scores of four different critics added together. The review text is below from the four critics:

Reviewer 1 – 9/10

Although this is a spin-off game, a great deal of content from the Animal Crossing series, like characters and furniture, is used smoothly and you get into a trance while creating elaborate rooms. It’s also nice that you can coordinate things like schools and hotels in addition to homes. It is comfortable to arrange furniture with the touch pen. You get new things such as furniture and wallpapers from the villager requests even after seeing the staff roll for the first time, so it seems like you can enjoy the game for a long time.

Reviewer 2 – 8/10

I’m glad that you can design exteriors of buildings and gardens in addition to indoor furniture. It’s also nice that you can coordinate interiors of schools and shops. You can also take pictures inside finished buildings while changing the owner’s roles and clothes. The evaluation after finishing a task isn’t particular, as the client’s reaction doesn’t change if you put in the required furniture, so it feels a bit desolate if you put a lot of effort to the design.

Reviewer 3 – 9/10

Since the game is specialized in room building, arranging furniture is greatly easier to do than in a traditional game of the series. You can upgrade items that go to institutions and shops or establish windows, doors, gardens or even environmental music, so you will unconsciously get absorbed into the game. When you’re going this far, you’d want to have a house of your own, but that unrealized dream feels real somehow. A daily report finishes the tasks of that day, and while there is also the aspect of work experience, it’s also good how you can connect with your earlier works with the report.

Reviewer 4 – 9/10

As this game is specialized in the home designing of the Animal Crossing series, the game isn’t as deep as the traditional series since you can’t experience the general village life. A special thing to mention is the conversations with different characters whose personalities overflow with ambiance. It’s great that thanks to these, you can enjoy the game so that it doesn’t feel repetitive. It is interesting to catch a glimpse of how a past client is living his/her life, and that also makes it worthwhile to come back to the game.

For comparison, here are the previous scores for all past Animal Crossing titles, including Animal Crossing: New Leaf:

GameFamitsu Score
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer35/40
Animal Crossing: New Leaf39/40
Animal Crossing: City Folk33/40
Animal Crossing: Wild World37/40
Animal Crossing (Gamecube, not E+)37/40
Animal Crossing (Nintendo 64)32/40

Keep in mind, Famitsu doesn’t exactly have the best reputation for their reviews in some gaming circles. There’s a consensus from many people that their reviews are mostly a joke based on some past reviews. That said, it’s still news that I know people want to see so I report on it accordingly anyway, with this disclaimer. Big credit goes to Nintendo Everything for providing the translation.

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