2Grow: Song of the Evertree
Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
The newest entry on this list of games like Animal Crossing is also one of our favourites. From Prideful Sloth, the developer of Yonder (which you’ll find further down this list), Grow: Song of the Evertree casts you as an alchemist with the power to, well, grow new worlds. You’ll plant seeds in the titular Evertree that grow into completely new worlds, along with develop new villages and settlements at the base of the tree.
Grow does provide you with missions and objectives to complete, but for the most part you’re completely free to take the game at your own pace. Up in your new tree worlds, you’ll spend your time weeding, watering seeds and singing to them to help them grow. You can also befriend animals, pick fruit and gather resources by chopping down trees. In your villages, you can attract new people to live there by building houses, cafes, libraries and more. There’s plenty of places to explore, too, such as mysterious caves with hidden treasures waiting to be found.