Welcome to EXPlay, (Explain & Play) the review series where we care not for scores but tell it how it is when it comes to every game we get our hands on, whilst also taking the time to include some lengthy gameplay, to give you the reader, the chance to shape your own impressions and views whilst watching and reading. In this installment, we’re covering Hokko Life by developer Wonderscope.
Hokko Life: (The Explanation)
Hokko Life is a life simulation game similar to Animal Crossing New Horizons, Stardew Valley, and Disney Dreamlight Valley. You start off Hokko Life by creating your character in a simple-to-navigate character creator where you can adjust skin color, hair style, eye colors, and more. The opening sequence has you taking a boat trip that leads you to the island of Hokko. When you arrive you meet several characters, all bipedal animals, some of which can look slightly creepy due to the way they look like people dressed up as animals.
Once you get settled into the town, you are tasked with fixing up an old house and begin to create your own little area to live in. You have basic means of chopping trees, collecting items on the ground, and later building items to fill up your house as well as some of the neighbors’ houses. As you complete tasks and build items you can sell them to raise money and use that money in turn to buy new items.
Crafting in Hokko Life takes a bit less time than New Horizons, which makes creating benches, fences, bridges and less of a chore compared to New Horizons. One main difference with Hokko Life is that once visitors move into the town you are able to move around all of the furniture within their home and create a space that you would like to see.
Within the game there are also goals that are set for you like chopping and collecting wood, catching bugs and fish, and more. Reaching goals unlocks new abilities and areas of the town which helps to dole out more and more game mechanics and unlock new zones for you to explore. Mining and farming can also be done within the game and there are also new stores that unlock as you play through the game’s main story.
If you are looking for a game that is similar to Animal Crossing New Horizons and Stardew Valley adding to the variety of tasks you can complete, Hokko Life may be the next cozy game for you to purchase for your Nintendo Switch.
Hokko Life: (The Gameplay)
Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)
Category: Adventure, Simulation, Role-Playing
No. of Players: 1 player
Release Date: September 27, 2022 (EU & NA)
File Size: 1.1 GB