Review: Tomodachi Life
Reviewer: Olen Bjorgo
I’m not entirely sure how to describe Tomodachi Life. To say it’s like the Animal Crossing games ultimately seems like an unfair comparison, but to say it’s closer to those old Tamagotchi digital pets sells the game drastically short of what it is. Even saying it’s some strange “missing link” type of game between these two might not catch the essence of what this game is, but unfortunately that’s honestly the best way to explain it without simply saying it’s “unique,” because that alone means almost nothing to encompass everything. Needless to say, you probably have a decent idea of what to expect if you have any knowledge of how drastically different those comparisons are.
In short, Tomodachi Life is a game in which this is not weird.
Gettin’ the picture yet?
Visually, Tomodachi Life is much better than you might expect for a handheld game
based around your Miis. You have the basic looks for your Miis, but you also have
an option to customize them in hundreds of outfits ranging from outfits I could quite
honestly find in my own closet to strange and exotic looking costumes. And your Miis
aren’t the only ones that are customizable; their apartments can be decorated a certain
way too. See, all the Miis live in a single apartment building on a tiny island,
and that’s where the Animal Crossing comparison comes in, but while you have a lot
of control over who is on your island, how they look, and how their apartments look,
the island itself is a constant, and serves more as a hub for you to pick certain
services or visit certain areas. While the details are astounding, seeing as how
this is a Nintendo game made for a Nintendo console, it’s unfortunately not eye-
Tell that to Captain Panic-
Perhaps it’s best to say this right now: the music is bland and forgettable. There’s
really no track that is noteworthy, nothing that truly stands out. Not even the island
theme really stands out. The only exceptions you might argue for are the songs that
the Miis can sing at the concert hall, which you can alter the lyrics of to make
them sing amusing or vulgar things that Nintendo wouldn’t even put in a T for Teen
game (because let’s be fair, they’d only publish games that are rated M rather than
make them), but even then the tunes are still generic and forgettable. The Miis can
also talk aside from sing, and their voices sound more like Microsoft Sam or any
The controls are laughably easy. Except for the very few instances of using the gyroscope
functions, the game is played entirely with the stylus and touchscreen. The only
buttons that will see any possible significant use are the X and Y buttons because
they are the buttons that allow you to take pictures anytime during gameplay: the
X button takes a picture of the top screen while the Y button takes a picture of
the bottom screen. As far as in-
“I AM THE DANGER.”
Much like the stereotype of island life, things are simple and easy-
People will say that games like Harvest Moon or Animal Crossing really don’t have
goals, but the fact of the matter is that they do have goals. They’re self-
Controls & Mechanics: 5
Atmosphere & Experience: 6
Entertainment Value: 6
This gameshow knows what’s up!
And yes, that’s a an Atty Mii on the back row.
Isn’t he adorable, ladies?
Consoles: Nintendo 3DS
Developer: Nintendo SPD
Release Date (U.S.): June 6, 2014
Release Date (U.K.): June 6, 2014
Release Date (JP): April 18, 2013
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