What’s Appening?! – Animal Crossing Pocket Camp
I never really care about any gaming news, but I will admit that I actually watched the Nintendo Direct on Day 1 of E3 specifically because I needed to hear some sweet, sweet Animal Crossing news. I’ve recently become completely addicted to Animal Crossing: New Leaf (my house is almost fully expanded, thank you very much – and I only owe Tom Nook both kidneys and my first born male! What a steal!) and while it’s very fun and adorable, but at some point, I know I’m going to climb as high as I can go in the illustrious town of “Kawaii”. (Yes, that’s my town’s name, and the town song just so happens to be “Spooky Scary Skeletons, too!) So, to prevent myself from burning out on the franchise before April 2020, I’ve decided to switch up my Animal Crossing games.
Full disclosure, this game’s been out for a while now, but the first time I tried to play it, I got bored really quickly. This may have been because the first time I tried to play it, I had barely played any Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and I found it rather confusing. That being said, I don’t know if this game is suitable to newcomers to the series. But for veterans of the Animal Crossing series, this game is definitely worth your time. While it’s got a completely different feel to it, there are some airs of familiarity in the game play.
Your main objective in the game is to befriend the other campers in the campsites, and to raise your friendship levels. To do this, you will have to complete requests, similar to in the previous games, but they are on a time limit, as the animals move after an allotted period of time. There are also different events where you can earn special items. They also use a “crafting” function, which reminded me a bit of the other popular mobile phone game weebs like to play, “LoveNikki”, in the sense that you can create special items after obtaining different materials.
One of my favorite things about the game is the graphics. It still has the distinct Animal Crossing style, but with a more sophisticated flare to it, I kind of see it as a teaser for whats to come when we finally get Animal Crossing for the Switch. I love the way terrain is set up also – you can customize your camper, have two additional tent-like structures added to your campground, as well as customize the area in front of your tents as well. Since decorating the house is one of my favorite parts of the entire game, that’s probably why I enjoy this so much. It’s also kind of a humbling experience to have to create and craft your own pieces of furniture, in a way.
While the game has some “pay to play” options – it’s very fair in my opinion about the way items are distributed in the game. While you’ll be able to maximize the time you spend on the game by paying for more Leaf Tickets (think of them as MEOW coupons, but for the app), if you’re a casual phone gamer, you won’t be logging nearly as much time on it as you would for the 3DS/Switch version of the game, so it doesn’t make much of a difference.
Overall, this is a fun game that doesn’t take too much concentration to play, and it’s a great way to avoid eye contact with strangers while out in public, so it comes super highly recommended from me! If you decide to play – send over some friend codes, I’m looking for more people to play with and my friends list is embarrassingly empty! Definitely check out Pocket Camp to play in the car on long car rides or as a way to avoid family interaction at awkward barbecues this summer! Cheers!
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Posted on July 2, 2019, in Apps, Features, Recommendations, Reviews, Tech, Video Games and tagged Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, Apps, mobile games, Nintendo, Pocket Camp, What’s Appening. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.