Well my 13yr old daughter has played one version or another of AC over several platforms. She is now on a DS2 and I think she orignally got hooked on AC on the Wii. I know she wants a Switch, but she also wanted a drawing tablet that was more expensive than her laptop! We had to set up our backup laptop for that contraption to run off of since it needed more HDMI and USB ports than her laptop had…
So Mom is not very interested in playing an AC game. She has played alongside my daughter enough to know that.
The game my wife is playing on the tablet is called “Township.” And she now appears to be all back into it again. So maybe she just had a bit of frustration and was asking me (us) about alternative games at that time?
She looked into Stardew Valley quite seriously but was tempered by the quality of the graphics. She REALLY enjoys the Stunning Visuals ™ of the (top down isometric) Township game. She particularly mentioned that while watching characters walking around in that game she can tap on them via the touch screen and they will wave to her. I believe it is that kind of interaction that is drawing her into that particular game experience.
Either way, she appears to be back into Township after at least a period of frustration. But would still greatly appreciate any other suggestions! Personally I also like top down management games where what is going on in the visuals I see from my God perspective is fairly realistic for modern graphics capability.
Let me know if you guys have more suggestions!