Set up your very own virtual campsite in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
Fulfill requests and forge friendships with the various animal campers around
Craft a wide range of furniture and decor and use them to spruce up your camp
Animal Crossing is one of Nintendo’s biggest success and after long last, it has finally come to your mobile devices in the form of a fun campsite management game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. In addition to having your own virtual campsite to customize and decorate as you wish, this free-to-play game will have you traveling from location to location to fulfill various other campers’ requests to forge a friendship, and eventually invite them over to your camp as guests.
To begin, you’ll first need to create your avatar. The customization allowed in this game is somewhat limited. Aside from choosing its gender as well as other physical features like hairstyle, eye shape, hair and eye colors, and skin tone, you don’t get to choose which clothes to wear. You can purchase new clothes later on by visiting the marketplace though.
Anyway, once you’ve got your looks fixed, you can then choose your starting campsite theme, be it Cool, Sporty, Natural or Cute. Different themes will naturally attract different types of animal friends more strongly, but you should still be able to host all sorts of animals at your campsite. Don’t worry though - You will still be able to place everything you want in the game regardless of the theme you chose.
That said, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a really simple game to play. You’ll basically be managing your own campsite by deciding which animal friends to invite to your place and decorating your camp with a variety of furniture and beautiful decor. You can buy some of these items at the marketplace using Bells (game currency), but most of the time, you’ll need to collect the necessary materials to craft these items instead. However, you will only have 1 free crafting slot. You’ll need to spend Leaf Tickets to buy the extra 2 slots available or you can use the tickets to speed up the crafting process.
Now, to get yourself some materials to craft with, you’ll need to dive into the game’s somewhat RPG aspect. There are goals in this game, both Timed and Stretch, where you can complete to earn extra materials and Bells. The game also contains plenty of quirky animal characters who will have requests that you can fulfill to earn some crafting materials.
Requests mostly require items that can be picked up in the many locations around the map – they aren’t very difficult to complete. The requests will also keep coming until the animal in question is content. But if you have some request tickets, you can use these tickets to get 3 more requests.
Completing requests or simply chatting with your new animal friend will increase your friendship meter with that particular animal until it is full. Your friendship bond will then level up. Once you reach a certain level, you’ll then be able to add the animal as one of your close contacts and invite that animal to visit your camp. The friendship levels you get will also be credited into your own experience meter that will level your avatar up as well. Every level up will earn you tons of freebies, and unlock a variety of new crafts and more animals to make friends with.
One of the best part about Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is how easy it is to get into the game. Everything is just so simple to grasp, be it moving from one place to another, or catching fishes by the beach. Customizing your camp or your camper (a small van-sized trailer) is a very easy task as well. Simply tap on the Grid icon to go into the editor mode, and hold and drag to move things around. You can also customize the outside look of your camper at OK Motors.
This game is a very social game and hence, it offers plenty of incentives for players with a lot of friends. Friends are important since certain locations will require friends’ help to access (every single time you want to get there), and you can also earn Friends Powder, a rare crafting material, only by doing friends’ stuff.
I really like the visuals in this game as it is obviously designed with both adults and children in mind. The sound in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is quite unique as well. I think young kids will find the game’s machine-generated gibberish “language” hilarious.
In short, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is definitely the sort of simulation game that will attract fans of the game franchise. The gameplay is fun and relaxing to enjoy, and the cast of animal friends you can meet have enough personality to be engaging. Some players might find the game a bit boring after a while though, since the gameplay mainly consists of somewhat repetitive farming. It’d be nice to have special weekly events, or anything really, to spice things up from time to time.