Nintendo’s release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons became an instant favorite for all Nintendo Switch users with its laid-back and chill gaming experience. The trend started to boom not only to young audiences, but also to the kids at heart as you can decorate your island, grow your pets, interact with your neighbors, and use the facilities.

We understand that not everyone can lay their hands on a Nintendo Switch gaming console, especially when it’s out of stock everywhere. Many people started searching for a similar app on their smartphone’s Play Store but don’t know which one is the best that can match with the same customization, socialization, and gaming experience with Animal Crossing.

So to help you out, here are 8 games like Animal Crossing you can play as an alternative.

My Time at Portia

One of the most popular life-builder simulator games, My Time at Portia has cute graphics from its characters and town structures. Each character will find their way to their workshop to restore a neglected piece of land. You will also be doing crop planting, farming, and harvesting available resources throughout the town.

Furthermore, you will be spending time with the funny townsmen where you can even find your possible romantic partner. The chill gaming experience that you are getting from Animal Crossing will be upsized to some fantasy adventure. You will be traveling on horrifying ruins and battling with beasts before you can collect your treasures.

My Time at Portia is available on Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4, Switch.

The Sims 4

The SIMS is a classic game that you may have played more than a decade ago. It is an exciting game of virtual human connection and digital exploration. This fourth installation contains an advanced improvement from its predecessors where you can be a hardcore and casual gamer at the same time. If you are a fan of Animal Crossing, you will love its intense building system.

You can customize the look of Sim’s home or even find a job and upgrade your character from the life skills that you usually learn daily. In addition, you can explore several locations and attend social gatherings. Plus, once you find yourself worthy of a match, you can spend time with the other user or even be life partners.

The Sims 4 is available on Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4.


Similar to Minecraft, Terraria will let you collect more than 3,000 treasure items, fight with over 300 foes, and stroll on 20+ unique worlds. The game has been first created in 2015 which was developed into a massive hit among kids and teens.

Last May 16, the game developers added 1,000 more items plus a creative mode that combines the similar functions of Animal Crossings and Minecraft.

Terraria is available on Android, PlayStation 4, iOS, Xbox One, PC, Switch.

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Stardew Valley

Just like any farming game, Stardew Valley is crafted by its developer for a game filled with cute animals and characters. First, you have to clear up the fields and start planting fruits and vegetables. Then, you can explore the nearby dungeons and caves with surprising wild animals, or go to bodies of water for fishing.

After reaching the point where your home and farm are enough, you can join social parties and celebrations. To encourage players to join, there are raffles and competitions, too.

Stardew Valley is available on PC, Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Android, iOS.


Minecraft is arguably one of the most popular games in the world from kids and adults alike. It might cost a little bit from your online wallet, but it’s worth it other than just building customized structures. Did you know that you can raise pet animals or even build a farm similar to Animal Crossing? It’s all up to you.

Minecraft is available on Switch, iOS, PC, Android, Xbox One, PlayStation 4.

Rune Factory 4

The fourth installation of Rune Factory will give more action-packed adventure from the traditional romantic relationships, farming, and strolling. You can also spend time in slaying the wild beasts on the dungeons that you can find along the road. It may not be pretty for kids, but it can charm all teens and adults with the character’s attitude.

You can play, build, gather, and grow your resources conveniently. There are more animals to play than a regular gaming experience from Animal Crossings.

Rune Factory 4 is available on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch.

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope

Previously dedicated to pure farming games and adventure, Harvest Moon’s latest installation contains with great graphics content. However, some users complain about its goofiness but you can still access the same content that is found from its predecessors.

The regular methods of taking care of plants, watching over their growth, and harvesting crops for selling and upgrade your farm are also here. You can also socially interact with another user to finish your daily and weekly challenges. 

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is available on PC, PlayStation 4, iOS, Android, Switch.

Slime Rancher

This game might be the strangest alternative for Animal Crossings: New Horizons, but the fans of Slime Rancher love the first-person gaming challenge through Beatrix LeBeau. She is a young rancher who has traveled light-years from Earth to make her dreams come true on the ‘Far, Far Range’ land.

The game has four phases that you need to complete one by one. First, you have to grow your crops from the default resources. Next, you have to upgrade your character gear for a better outlook. Third, explore the open town which contains massive resources. Last, you can try to unlock more than 150 hybrids of slimes as your reward.

Slime Rancher is available on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4.

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