Animal Crossing: New Horizons gives players the freedom to design and develop their getaway islands as they please. Although large parts of the island are inaccessible early on because of cliffs and rivers, crafting a vaulting pole helps in getting across these natural obstacles temporarily.
This is where bridges play an essential role, as they make navigation around the Animal Crossing town easier permanently. However, building bridges can be quite expensive, as it requires dishing out plenty of Bells. Also, players are limited to eight bridges per island, which can be inconvenient if there are several water bodies.
Moreover, players cannot build bridges connecting two chunks of land on the second or third tier. Keeping these factors in mind, content creator consolecaito came up with a clever solution for the bridging problems in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. In a YouTube video, she demonstrated how to incorporate various types of land bridges to connect the island’s different areas.
The first land bridge Caito demonstrates is a simple one. All it requires is a strip of land going across a thin stream of water. She used four custom design tiles to make this land bridge resemble a fallen log placed over a stream. Despite being pretty straightforward, this structure stands out because of the cute log pattern applied to it.
The YouTuber then showcased two different styles of a particular land bridge she used to connect two cliffs. To create this structure, she made the connecting piece of land two tiles wide, put down a wooden plank custom design on it, and placed some jail bars on its adjacent sides.
For the second type, she brought the cliff connector down to a single tile width. The rest of the process is the same as the aforementioned one, although she showed two distinct custom patterns that give this structure the look of a cozy wooden plank bridge.
Caito goes on to show a couple more techniques for designing land bridges across rivers. Setting up a few hopping stones is a clever and convenient way for creating an avenue to get across a body of water. With a bit of strategic terraforming, she created two tiles of land over water. These tiles act as stepping stones that let the player’s character jump across easily.
To give it a natural look, she curved the land edges and suggested applying suitable custom patterns for decoration purposes. Last but not least, she displayed another style of land bridge perfect for areas too long for the regular bridge to connect or if players have reached their bridge limit in the game. Implementing these two techniques not only makes the structures look impressive but also adds more interest to the island’s river areas.
Check out Caito’s full video for more useful ideas regarding setting up land bridges on your island paradise in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. She was even generous enough to drop the codes of all the custom design patterns used by her in the video’s description.