Similar to previous Animal Crossing games, New Leaf follows a player-controlled human moving into a town populated with animals and doing various tasks, such as supporting characters, collecting items and visiting shops. Unlike previous games, New Leaf takes place in real-time, meaning the game's in-game time and year correspond to the current time and year of the system clock. As such, the towns' population grows more slowly in summer, and players won't have to work as long to pay off their home loan.
Animal Crossing is an open-ended role-playing game where a player will toggle through the seasons as a human who lives in a town where animals visit, live, and play. The player interacts with creatures by scheduling various activities for them, such as taking them fishing and showing them new sights, purchasing items, paying off home loans, and collecting items. In some features, players will earn money called Bells through interactions with townsfolk and purchasing items, with different amounts of Bells earned for more interactions. The in-game time of day and year affects gameplay; days grow warmer, and rainy days will include notable events such as the falling of Circles or Butterflies. Players can also visit Craftsmen to exchange gifts and employ and pay off loans. Among the items players can buy are items that can be used in real life, such as a portable fish tank, which encourages fishing expeditions and pays off home loans. The game takes place in real-time, mirroring the system clock.
Compared to the previous Game Boy Advance version of the game, New Leaf entails a much newer Graphical User Interface, though the plot and gameplay remain the same. New Leaf also sports an easier tutorial and smoother gameplay. Like the previous games in the series, the game is synced to the system clock, which affects its gameplay based on the current time and year. New to the game is the player becoming the mayor of “Sandy Shores,” a town inhabited entirely by animals, and gaining certain control over it. Unlike the previous iterations in the game series, players can now swap between four different houses, each of which has a different purpose, and can also have multiple houses. d2c66b5586