5 chilled-out games to play before Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is out on 20 March 2020, but what are you supposed to do in the meantime?

Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. Because there’s still a little while to go until you can craft flower crowns, befriend adorable animals, and pay off exorbitant debts to one of the most conniving raccoons you’ll ever meet, we’ve put together a list of games to keep you occupied until your Dodo Airlines flight is ready to depart.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is out on 20 March 2020, but what are you supposed to do in the meantime?

Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. Because there’s still a little while to go until you can craft flower crowns, befriend adorable animals, and pay off exorbitant debts to one of the most conniving raccoons you’ll ever meet, we’ve put together a list of games to keep you occupied until your Dodo Airlines flight is ready to depart.

So in the runup to launch, scratch the itch to decorate houses and hang out with cute animal friends by casting your eye over these seven chilled-out (and completely adorable) games. And if you’re yet to get your pre-order in for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, make sure to check out the goodies you’ll get by pre-ordering at GAME, as well as the sweet new Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch.

1. Stardew Valley

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Stardew Valley sees you head to the titular valley to take over your grandfather’s dilapidated farm. If you’ve got time to spare between planting and harvesting veggies, taking care of livestock, and dressing your horse in stylish hats, take the time to befriend your local villagers – you never know where a simple conversation could lead.

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2. Pokémon Sword and Shield

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Instead of hanging around in a village full of cute fluffy creatures, take them with you on an epic adventure. Head off on a journey to become the greatest Pokémon Trainer in the gorgeous Galar region (which contains an absolute boatload of UK-themed Pokémon), dress up in the latest Galarian fashions, or take a break from adventuring to set up a campsite, play with your Pokémon, and cook delicious curry. Watch out for new regions to explore in the upcoming DLC too.

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3. Slime Rancher

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You’ve been looking for some peace of mind and space to yourself, and you’ve certainly found it on the Far, Far Range, your newly acquired veggie and slime farm, as you appear to be the only human on the planet. Between fulfilling orders for grateful customers, explore colourful biomes armed with your jetpack and hoover attachment, and suck up passing slimes to take back to your farm. Some of them glow in the dark, some of them have cat ears, and all of them are ridiculously cute.

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4. Temtem

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Welcome to the Airborne Archipelago, a series of floating islands inhabited by cute little Temtems. Look for new species, tame them, and take part in friendly battles against your fellow Tamers. If you’re up for a challenge, test your skills against the eight Dojo Leaders too in your quest to become the greatest Temtem Tamer in Omninesia.

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5. The Sims

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If you’re most excited about how you’re going to decorate your campsite and island in New Horizons, start practicing now in The Sims. Build stunning palaces or run-down hovels, decorate them as you see fit, and if you’ve got time between your architectural adventures, you’ve got endless Sims to guide through the trials of life as irresponsibly as you please.

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