My 3DS Game of the Month for June is a life-simulation game that may just be one of the most bizarre experiences one can have. The game has been out in Japan for more than a year, but has only recently arrived elsewhere. This game shares some similarities with Animal Crossing and The Sims.
Tomodachi Life is a life simulation game that uses Miis. You can create new ones from scratch or import Miis you have already saved onto your 3DS. If you’re not feeling creative, you can always scan the QR codes of Miis created by other people; MiiCharacters.com provides quite a selection of Miis.
The Miis inhabit an island which you name the first time you start the game. Once they have moved in, you can start helping them solve problems. Their problems range from being hungry to wanting a change of clothes.
As you solve their problems, the Miis’ happiness level increases and new places become available on the island. There are shops for food and clothes, a concert hall, the beach, an observation tower and many others.
The Miis can have relationships with each other. There was quite a stir around including romantic same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened, though Nintendo have promised to include that in a possible sequel.
It is possible for a male and female Mii to get married and have a kid. I haven’t had this happen yet, so I can’t really say much more about it.
Tomodachi Life is a very strange game. One particularly memorable scene had one of my Miis receive a letter from someone who wanted to meet them on the roof. They went there and found my personal Mii, disguised poorly with a pair of shades, who then asked what happened to them if I didn’t save the game.
The Miis’ dreams can be rather bizarre as well. One has a group of Miis walking around an object (a Game & Watch system being the most recent example I’ve seen) and chanting its name.
Tomodachi Life is easily the strangest game available on 3DS, and that alone makes it worth looking into.