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Nintendo just released their newest app game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on iOS and Android. This is Nintendo’s latest project to hit app stores after they announced a new focus on app games. This game follows the release of Pokemon Go, which was a worldwide hit during the summer of 2016. So, what is this game about?
Animal Crossing is one of Nintendo’s hit franchises. In most of these games, you are given a customizable player character who moves to a new town inhabited by animal villagers. The game is meant to explore themes of community and friendship. As the player, you can choose what you want to do, whether that be making money to expand your house, doing favors for the other villagers for rewards, or decorating the interior of your home. The series has been a fan favorite for a long time. My first interaction with Animal Crossing was the Nintendo DS game version. My sister, my mother, and I constantly fought over whose turn it was to play Animal Crossing. Overall, I would say the best part of the game is its charm. The adorable character design matched with a relaxing soundtrack makes these games very enjoyable experiences. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp may be a great introduction to the franchise.
The app does differ from the original game in some ways. In the app game, you play as the manager to a campsite, you can customize the area and your camper. You interact with the other animal campers by doing favors and talking to them to raise their friendship level, then you can ask them to come to your campsite. Much like the other games, some of the main activities include fishing, catching bugs, and collecting fruit and seashells. This is a free-to-play game that has in-game purchases available. But don’t worry, I have been playing the game for a few days, and I have been able to make a lot of progress without spending any money. This is definitely a game that you play for a bit then come back to in a few hours or so. If you are like me and used to play the original Animal Crossing game for hours on end, then be ready for a change in play-style. For veteran Animal Crossing players, I will warn you that there are a lot of features from the previous game that are not present in the app like picking and planting flowers, digging up fossils, or going to the museums. The pool of villagers available is also much smaller than the original games. There are currently 40 villagers in Pocket Camp as opposed to the 333 that were in the last game, New Leaf. I would not be surprised however if Nintendo releases more villagers to the game as time goes on. You do get to see some of the franchise's most beloved characters. So far I have seen Isabel, Reese and Cyrus, K.K. Slider, and the Able Sisters.
As mentioned before, I have been playing Pocket Camp for the past few days, and I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised. I was not originally that excited for the game due to how much it deviates from the classic Animal Crossing game. After playing it, I do find myself invested in the wellbeing of my campsite and the campers. It is a pretty laid back and relaxing experience.I expect that updates will add more content to the game. Nintendo’s last breakout app game, Pokemon Go, had several updates that added new Pokemon and mechanics to the game. I look forward to seeing what Nintendo adds to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp in the future.
I would recommend this game to anyone. I think it has a lot of appeal, it has adorable graphics, it has a great soundtrack, and it makes me very happy. I think this game would be great for new players. It basically gives the player the bite sized version of a normal Animal Crossing game, making it very easy for new players to pick up. Animal Crossing players old and new will love it, and if this app is anything, it is a cute pastime. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is currently free to download for iOS and Androids.