The best games like Animal Crossing to play in 2022

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A blocky adventure that proves delightfully laid back. Catch bugs, fish, and tend to crops as you restore a farm in this lovely little sandbox.

7. Staxel

Platform(s): PC, Switch

Enjoy designing homes for your animal friends? This iconic life sim takes that to the next level with satisfying and intuitive house-building tools.

6. The Sims 4

Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One

An ultra adorable simulation that's all about building relationships, running a cafe, and... um, raising a fire-spitting, flying pet.

5. Little Dragon Cafe

Platform(s): PC, PS4, Switch

With features such as fishing, mining, cooking, and crafting, many of its activities will feel familiar to Animal Crossing fans. Oh, and it gets all the bonus points for having Remy in it.

4. Disney Dreamlight Valley

Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch

Like Animal Crossing, this farming sim's residents lie at the heart of its charm. Forming friendships (while you're not too busy fishing) is one of Stardew Valley's most rewarding aspects.

3. Stardew Valley

Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Mac, Apple Arcade

If Animal Crossing and Pokemon bred, Ooblets would be the adorable end result. This gentle creature-collecting adventure is charmingly odd.

2. Ooblets

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One

Few other games capture the unbridled charm of Animal Crossing: New Horizons like Cozy Grove. Cook, fish, make friends, and tend to critters in one of the cutest video games ever made.

1. Cozy Grove

Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Mac, Apple Arcade
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