Explore a world filled with the magic of Disney as you discover rich stories and build the perfect neighbourhood alongside Disney and Pixar Heroes and Villains in this new life-sim adventure game. Welcome to Disney Dreamlight Valley.
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Pretty much a mindless grind-for-resources mobile game but with better graphics and some sandbox-esque design elements. Personally, I find this type of do-nothing game really relaxing, but if the meaningless gameplay loop isn’t appealing to you, there’s not much to recommend here other than extremely basic repackaged Disney nostalgia. I shudder to think of the inevitable microtransaction buffoonery once it goes full free-to-play in 2023.
Tried on PC (via Xbox Game Pass) and Switch. Looks pretty on PC though seems poorly optimized with some stuttering. On Switch? It… uh... Runs. Except when it doesn’t. Frame rates are nigh unplayable in certain areas when raining. It has crashed every time I’ve played; luckily it autosaves frequently. Hopefully Switch optimization improves, because the touch-screen features are handily implemented.
Gonna be honest here, didn't like this one that much. I didn't really feel much like Animal Crossing to me, rather than making friendships and connections with villagers (which in my mind is the main point of Animal Crossing) you mostly just grind for materials that you then craft stuff with or give it to the villagers who need 6 of X or 11 of X. It felt more like Farmville with how pointlessly grindy it felt at times, the only interesting aspect this game has is its Disney characters but to me it's very superficial and doesn't add that much to the overall game.