Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Stardew Valley is probably the most obvious choice when it comes to games like Animal Crossing. You’re dropped in a new town, and given a huge, run-down farm to renovate. Just like Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley is a game that you can take at your own pace and tackle however you want. If you don’t feel like farming, fine; you can enjoy spending time around town, talking to the townspeople and befriending them. Though the crops you grow on your farm can be sold for profit, which will let you buy decorations and upgrades for it.
Unlike Animal Crossing though, Stardew Valley also throws in some adventuring elements: you can explore the mines, which makes it feel more like an action-platformer game. I suppose you could liken it to finding the tarantula island when you use a Nooks Miles Ticket…