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Matching game for kids - Animal crossing

Play with more than 250 animals from the video game "Animal crossing" and find matching pairs of identical villagers.

Discover also our Animal crossing cards to print in PDF format to make your own Memory and play at home, with family or friends!

If the Animal crossing game has been wildly successful with young people it's largely due to the charming animals that you meet in the village, that's why this Matching game is especially dedicated to them with a lot of animals! They are all cuter than each other, enough to make you fall for them! There are so many villagers that in each game you will discover new characters: dogs, cats, squirrels, horses, rhinoceroses, elephants, birds, penguins... all the animal species are there, will you be able to find the pairs of your favourite villagers?
To know more about the World of Animal crossing or to see the list of the most popular animals, read our article below.

The World of Animal crossing™

History of this video game series

Nintendo, one of the world's leading video game companies, created the fantastic world of Animal Crossing, a series of life simulation games. This world populated by adorable animals was born in 2001 with the release of the games Dōbutsu no Mori® and Dōbutsu no Mori+® in Japan only. This release was very quickly followed by the game Animal crossing® in 2002 on Nintendo gamecube in North America and soon after in Europe. Due to the success of these first games, a series of video games followed. Here, we will only tell you about the 2 best-selling games:

  • Animal Crossing New Horizons® (on Nintendo Switch): released in 2020 and sold more than 22.4 millions copies*
  • Animal Crossing New Leaf® (on Nintendo 3DS): released in 2012 and sold more than 12.5 millions copies*

* October 2020 figures

Animal Crossing New Leaf®

You start in this world by taking a train to a village populated by animals where you dream of moving. One of the peculiarities of this village is that you are the only human villager, the other inhabitants are animals resembling humans in their personality, the way they stand, speak etc. When you arrive at the station, you are greeted by these charming inhabitants and you are surprised to learn that you are the new mayor, what you didn’t expect! And instead of a house you are going to live in a tent.

As mayor, you will be able to make decisions about development and regulation for the the village. You will need to save some Bells (the local currency) earned in various ways. This bells will allow you to build your house and improve the village. This is a real-time game with a real day/night cycle (when it is night in your house it is also night in the game) and seasons (if you play in July, it will also be summer in the game). One of the strengths of this game is that you can do what you want and when you want! You can hunt for butterflies, catch various species of fish, chat with the villagers, garden, collect fossils for the museum's collection and much more... Even if one of the objectives is to collect money to be able to evolve, there is no urgency or obligation, everyone can go at their own pace, get to know the inhabitants better and enjoy this peaceful village.

Animal Crossing New Horizons®

This world has common features with the New Leaf version such as the real-time game, the village populated by animals (but without being mayor this time) and it is also a game without any imposed objectives, and without any competition. It is however distinguished by the location of the village on a small island paradise. There too you will be able to earn bells. For that, you can sell the the plants you have dug up, the fish you have caught, the objects you have collected (branches, weeds, fossils...), for example.

Thanks to this money raised you can go to a shop to buy gardening accessories (shovel, axe, watering can...), a fishing rod, a butterfly net, tree shoots or bags of seeds, among others.
A new feature in "New Horizon" is the appearance of another type of currency called Miles Nook, which is similar to a reward because you earn it by doing certain tasks: saying hello to a villager, collecting wood... These Miles can be spent at an ATM and will allow you to make other types of purchases than those made with bells. You will have the possibility to improve your backpack (so that it can hold more items), to buy other equipment. But what is by far the most interesting is that this currency will allow you to buy Miles Nook tickets (the equivalent of travel tickets). These will allow you to visit other islands, whether it is a friend's island or a mysterious island. These trips will be an opportunity to bring back plants or objects that do not exist on your island. As for the activities on the island, you will be able to swim and scuba dive, which was not possible in "New Leaf".

The Animal crossing villagers

In the world of animal crossing, there are always many species of animals. If "New Leaf" had 333 different animals, with "New Horizons" it is the 333 characters of New Leaf and 58 more animals making 391 animals in all.
There are 35 large categories of animals: cats, dogs, squirrels, wolves, deer, horses, bears, rhinos, alligators, elephants, hippos, monkeys, gorillas, mice, hamsters, birds, ducks, eagles, hens, ostriches, cows, bulls, pigs, goats, rabbits, sheep, lions, tigers, kangaroos, koalas, penguins, anteaters, frogs, octopuses.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of the most popular villagers and their names (English/French):

NameFrench nameSpeciesGender
MerengueMerenguePatty Rhinofemale
K.K. SliderK.K. SliderKéké LaglisseDog
( Jack Russel)
Kid catKid catCâlinCatmale
(Arctic Wolf)
(Arctic Wolf)
(Mallard duck)
FloraFloraJustine Ostrich
(Pink flamingo)
(Golden Retriever)

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Last modified on 25 october 2020

About this online Matching game

How to play our Online Matching games for kids?

Just click on "START" to start the game. You can increase the number of cards, and thus the level of difficulty, thanks to the buttons located below the game.
If you think that the game is too fast or too slow, you can adjust the speed using the "QUICK", "STANDARD", "SLOW" or "VERY SLOW" buttons. With the "VERY SLOW" speed, you will have more time to memorize the cards.

For this online matching game, 3 game modes are at your disposal:

  • Single player mode (SOLO): You can play quietly, at your own pace, until you've found all the pairs.
  • 2 players mode with a friend sitting next to you (WITH A FRIEND): It's the perfect opportunity to share a good time and have fun with a friend, brother or sister.
  • 2 players mode against the computer (AGAINST COMPUTER): In order to win, you will have to find more pairs than the computer. If you find it too hard, you can set the difficulty level to "EASY".

In the top right-hand corner of the game, a black button allows you to turn the game sound on (Unmute) or off (Mute).

This game is compatible with all devices: desktop, tablets and smartphones, IOS or Android. The content and the game adjust automatically to your device, so don't hesitate to play on a tablet or a smartphone.

The purpose of this memory game:

The purpose of this memory game is to memorize the locations of the cards in the game and to make pairs of cards by turning them over 2 by 2. When the 2 cards match, it's a pair! You win the pair and have the right to play again, otherwise the cards are automatically turned face down and you have to make a new try.

  • For the "SOLO" mode, the purpose of the matching game is to find all the pairs in the least moves and in a shortest time.
  • In the 2 players mode: the player who finds the most pairs wins.

Every time you start a new game, a random selection and a random positioning of the cards ensure you a different game than the previous one, so you can play as many times as you want!

For more details, see the Matching game rules here, or you can also Download the Printable game rules in PDF format.

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Last modified on 28 October 2020  /   Read 1372 times