Games the staff is playing during quarantine

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Bored during quarantine? Here are four games our staff recommends.

Maria Ranger: Animal Crossing – Pocket Camp

Since I unfortunately don’t own a Nintendo Switch to play Animal Crossing: New Horizon on, I’ve been playing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on my phone again. It’s free to download, and I’ve had it for a while.

Since I hadn’t played it much, I started to get back into it right around when everything shut down, because it’s a cute and wholesome game that makes for the perfect distraction. While it doesn’t have as many features as the console Animal Crossing games, it’s still enjoyable, and is definitely a healthier activity to do on my phone than endlessly refreshing Twitter.

Brooke Elward: Animal Crossing – New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch is the best game in quarantine. It’s a closed sandbox game that has a player-controlled character. In the New Horizons game, the player settles into their island home, pays off their mortgage, catches fish and bugs, grows flowers and become friends with animals.

Unlike the previous games, the player builds their village from the ground up. They can now reroute rivers and add in terrain, as well as pick which villagers live with them and exactly where they live. Even though it has no final boss or level to complete, the game encourages you to grow.

Instead of causing violence and anger, Animal Crossing provides a peaceful land for the player to escape the real world. There are no walkthroughs required, and the game allows for multiple people to go online to visit their friend’s island. In the past three weeks, the ability for people to connect has been very limited, and it is almost like we are suddenly traveling the world again through a virtual game.

Melissa Vennix: The Sims

The Sims is a great game to play if you’re self-isolating because you can live vicariously through an animated version of yourself or an imagined character. Sims is fun to begin with, but it’s a nice distraction from sitting in the same place all day every day.

It’s also a game you can play alone, so you don’t have to worry about connecting virtually with other humans or getting those sharing your living space in on something. The best part of playing the Sims is that you can do whatever you want with no consequences. If there was anytime to start a career of (fictional) crime, it’s now.

Morgan Couchman: Town of Salem

I’ve been spending a lot of my quarantine time playing Town of Salem. Town of Salem is an online game based off of the Salem witch trials, and it’s great to pass time. The basis of the game is a small town of 15 people trying to find the evil. The first game mode is classic, which has roles like mafia, arsonists, werewolves and more. The expansion pack is coven, with all the same roles of classic, with additional town and evil roles such as coven, pirate and plague-bearer.

However, the game’s chat mode keeps you connected with other people during quarantine. You can even play with your friends for a little game night together. If you’re willing to take the time to learn the game with its several modes, roles and strategies, it’s a really good way to pass some time. You can even up your detective skills and kill it at next year’s Easter egg hunt. This game can keep you interacting with other and give your mind something to do other than endlessly watch TV shows.

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