Who likes to live in a cute town and take care of cute animals? I do! So I was very excited when Nintendo released their newest version of Animal Crossing on November 22nd, especially because they moved it from gaming consoles to an app.
Animal Crossing Pocket Camp has you be a manager of a camp, and you can design and place furniture that invites certain characters into your site. You complete their requests and gain bells (the currency) as well as supplies that are needed to craft what you want. You level up by gaining hearts through getting the daily tasks being completed that fill up the bar. That process is also shown in the photo of gameplay, on the top left corner.
The original Animal Crossing games allow you to be a part of the town as the mayor, and the objective is to cater to the people and have everyone be happy, which equals a successful town. Pocket Camp was switched to have a slightly different story, how you are placed in a campground instead of a random area with homes. You get to name your character and design the way you look, but the animal characters are specific and made for the game. Previous characters (cats, dogs, birds, etc) from other games are set in the game randomly and there is no way to select one to come to your town.
The first one was on the GameCube, and the other was on the 3DS. I was lucky enough to have the chance to play both of the games throughout my life. They all have had the same plot, in the sense that you’re helping out citizens and making your town more beautiful. The original animation and design have stuck throughout all of the games, and in the app, it shows the highest quality of graphics than ever before.
I really enjoyed this reboot of Animal Crossing, because Pocket Camp lets you add your friends, and visit their camps and get inspiration for how to setup your site. The only other way you can interact with friends is by being able to sell and buy items they put up in their mini-market.
I’ve always thought that the animals and characters were cute, so I’m really glad that Nintendo decided to keep it the same throughout the years without making any drastic changes. So far, I don’t have any complaints or complications involving the gameplay, I thought it would have crashed due to the number of people logging on but it has been handled pretty well.
When writing this review, I was surprised how many people had never heard of Animal Crossing at all. I recommend the game to you if you like to have constant movement and a constant list of things to do in a game because there is so much to do while playing Animal Crossing.
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