We all know what the answer to this is going to be right? Yeah, my current favorite mini game is the new World of Warcraft Battle Pets system, which is the perfect mix of challenge, simplicity, and collecting; a quite distractingly fun mini game.
But its been pointed out that the list is a bit MMORPG heavy. Thankfully one of my all time favorite games, Animal Crossing, is basically a collection of mini games.
The overall goal in Animal Crossing is to decorate and pay off your house; the mini games are the means by which to earn money. Fishing, harvesting fruit, digging up fossils, catching bugs, and selling turnips are some of the main ways to earn money in the game and each is its own fun little mini game.
What made the entire game so brilliant is that it wasn’t as simple as catching fish and selling them for profit, the game also tracked which fish were caught (or bugs, or fossils) and totally encouraged completing the entire collection. There was even a museum that would display donations, but only one of each.
But catching bugs and fish was quite tricky. The game was set in real time, meaning it used the console’s internal clock to simulate the real passage of time (one day in the game was twenty four hours long). Bugs and fish and fossils were also based on real life versions, which made the museum quite a learning experience.
The game also simulated the seasonal nature of these animals. Some fish could only be caught in the spring while others were only found in the winter, some preferred the lake, and others were only found in the ocean.
This meant that completing a full collection of fish or bugs was quite challenging but in the end really fun.
I might not like it in real life, but fishing in Animal Crossing was awesome!! It is certainly one of my favorite mini games of ALL TIME!