You can now go on a virtual Sentosa island getaway in Animal Crossing
You can now go on a virtual getaway to Sentosa island in Animal Crossing
Under lockdown? Miss going on vacations? No problem!
The Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) has announced that everyone can now revisit Sentosa island - in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, that is. The entire island has been painstakingly remade in the highly popular Nintendo Switch game - and it’s open for everyone to visit!
Nicknamed Sentosa Crossing, the island is packed with flavour familiar to anyone who’s visited the real-life State of Fun. Animal Crossing: New Horizons encourages its players to build a village from the ground up on an island paradise, and gives them the tools to do so in whatever form they'd like. Imaginative players have turned their islands into urban wonderlands and macabre cemeteries - proving that there’s barely any limit to what people can create in-game.
So, you can probably imagine what the SDC have managed to do here - it's incredible. I had the opportunity to visit Sentosa Crossing myself, and while my coverage will only barely live up to the real thing, I did do what all tourists do; I took a metric ton of pictures.
According to a news release, a few highlights of this island trip are:
Sunset Therapy, a daily dose of golden-hour-calm hosted on Sentosa’s Instagram page.
Guests who are looking to liven up their video conferencing parties can tune in to the Sentosa Cocktail Club, a tutorial series on Sentosa’s Instagram page featuring expert tips on how to recreate some of the cocktails offered on Sentosa.
Virtual Yoga by the Beach, hosted on Sentosa’s Facebook page every Saturday at 4pm until 30 May.
If you just want to hop right into the island, I don’t blame you. Players can register for one of 36 free slots that are available daily to visit the island. Sentosa Crossing has opening hours, too - 10am to 12pm, 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm. These two-hour windows consist of three 30-minute sessions, with each session limited to just four visitors.
You can register on this page for a chance to visit Sentosa Crossing, but you’ll have to answer a ‘question of the week’ correctly first. You’ll receive an email confirmation if you’ve successfully registered for a game session, and another one containing the island’s Dodo Code 15 minutes before the visit - which you’ll need to input in the in-game airport.
If you’re wondering why the opening hours are so tight - it’s largely because of the awful way multiplayer gaming is structured in New Horizons. As I noted in my review, Nintendo hasn’t exactly crafted the most user-friendly multiplayer experience here. The game freezes when players enter and leave the island, and you can’t even enter other islands if players are in the middle of character dialogue or looking at their NookPhones. It’s bonkers.
However, Sentosa Crossing is definitely worth the trip! A lot of love was clearly put into crafting this island - from the detail seen in its custom-made designs, to the sheer accuracy of its hotels. It’s a five-star island, too! You’ll find a Lily of the Valley - a rare flower that only grows on five-star Animal Crossing islands - in a really cosy place.