Summary: I had never heard of this game until recently after looking at an online post about games like animal crossing. I've played New Leaf off and on for over a year now and I'm on one of my off seasons. I got lucky and was able to buy this game used at GameStop for a lot cheaper. While I am really enjoying this game I feel I just can't give it four stars. The game really isn't user friendly.
Summary: Some of the reviews about this game is a bit misleading. I bought it thinking that it would be similar to Animal Crossing, but in fact, the game was very different. The graphics seem rough, and it's hard to make out certain details on the characters in the game. (I'd say it's kind of like Animal Crossing: Wild World, but probably less advanced.) But I'm not surprised, since this game is for the Nintendo DS.
Summary: I originally got this game to help me wait for Animal Crossing: New Leaf. 4 months after that game was released and I still heavily play this game, often times more than New Leaf. It improves on the Animal Crossing formula in many ways, including the addition of a story (but it's not forced on you) and very complex social interaction with classmates. There is a 3DS sequel for this game, but it's in Japan only right now.
Summary: Yes, it's an Animal Crossing rip off. I got it because I was bored and needed something to make fun of. The only parts of the game I enjoyed were things stolen from Animal Crossing.The magic spells you learn are useless.The puzzles are like something from a DOS adventure game, cryptic, and difficult to solve without outside help. Also, the game lags if more than three characters are on screen. Fantastic.