Hey there, a while back I posted an extensive amount of slides full of my ideas and illustrations for an Animal Crossing game. I frequently think of new ideas for my own and existing games, and especially since i’m playing it, Animal Crossing is no exception. So let’s get straight to it!
So thanks to New Leaf, you can now swim in the ocean and dive for Diving Creatures. I have thought about how they could expand this newer feature and this is what I came up with.
I figured you could purchase a scuba mask from the island, which when combined with the Wet Suit would when you dive, allow you to swim to the ocean floor. There you could perhaps find shells, furniture, bells and even treasure chests. Treasure chests would come as both small and large, large requiring you to also find a key to open it.
The plain mask would give you 5 minutes to spend underwater, after which you must surface and will have to wait 55 minutes for it to recharge. Silver, Gold and my own Diamond versions of the mask would extend this to; 10, 30 and Unlimited.
As a further extension, you will notice that underwater there are shadows of Sea Creatures that appear more often than the surface. You can unlock another new tool, the Diving Net, with which to catch them with. Silver is larger, Gold lures them in and Diamond increases the chance of them being larger, thus sell for more in the Diving shop.
Finally, an underwater cavern may appear at random. This would have a chest with the Golden mask in, you would immediately resurface after visiting here.
Four new shops dedicated to; Bug Catching, Fishing, Diving and Digging. All would purchase what you collect based on size/weight. They would also sell items based on each specialty. They would unlock after you started to fill your encyclopedia.
In-Game Mobile Phone/Tablet
This is based on a feature I saw in a mobile game I used to play, Pocket Planes. Your passengers would make automated posts based on where they were going and what cargo you were transporting, and I thought it was such a nice little touch. I figured since I really want Animal Crossing to be even larger, with more places for you and Villagers to go. If there was a way for you to see where they were, this would be a good way to track them. The device itself would be a tab on your touchscreen/pause menu where you could select the Leafbook app where Villagers would post what they were up to among other preset status updates.
Perhaps a phone function could be good for you calling your neighbors to arrange to meet them, ask how they are doing and other activities and tasks. I feel with the game world ever expanding, this would be a cool way to keep connected to your villagers.
I was also thinking of perhaps having things like the Encyclopedia, Town Pass Card, Chat and Inventory in the Phone/Tablet UI as well. I still am thinking about other apps too.
Other ideas of note, were shops for Wendell and Sahara that would sell rare/unique designs and would unlock after meeting the characters enough times much like Katrina in New Leaf.
How about body accessories? Like belts/backpacks/bracelets/necklaces and so on. Every time I think about the game, I see more and more things that could be expanded upon.
One final thing, a Library. Inside the Town Hall portion of the Town Bureau from my designs, you could read books that would have info on both basic and advanced tips on how to play and make the most of the game. I think this would help players get to grips with the finer details and lighten up the dialogue from NPC’s so that experienced players can plow through, and newer ones can brush up on their knowledge at their leisure.
That’s all for now though, thanks for reading!