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  • Version:
    Not available
  • Total Downloads:
    3,843
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 25, 2017
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    20
  • Platform:
    Android

Editors' Review

Animal Crossing is a kid-friendly series of games that revolves around collecting items and giving them to characters in the game, in exchange for currency used to buy furniture, clothing, and home decorations. Pocket Camp marks the first time that the franchise has come to iOS and Android devices. Let's see how it compares to the console versions and to other similar games.

Pros

Charming game design: Animal Crossing has always had a very warm and fuzzy vibe; it might even serve as an antidote to gloomy weather. Gameplay revolves around being nice to people and animals, mainly by striking up conversations with them and finding things they're looking for. You can fish and collect shells at the beach, catch butterflies and beetles, buy a straw hat from a skunk, barbecue fish with a bald eagle on the beach, and have three Italian birds paint your van different colors. There's a lot of whimsy to go around, and it's perfectly safe for kids, though maybe not for vegetarians.

Game progress is saved and synced in the cloud: Your in-game currency, collection of crafting resources, and friendship statuses with the animals you meet are all saved in the cloud so that you can pick up on one device where you left off on another -- even if one is iOS and the other is Android. So you'll never have to retrace your steps or repeat activities if you play on a phone while on the go but prefer a tablet at home.

Cons

Game design is ultimately shallow: Maybe we shouldn't complain when the game is free, but when you look at developing your campsite in Pocket Camp versus the many layers of building and maintaining a farm in Stardew Valley or Harvest Moon, there's no comparison. If Pocket Camp is checkers, then the inexpensive and microtransaction-free Stardew and Harvest Moon (and the console versions of Animal Crossing) are chess. Ultimately, Pocket Camp feels like a demo for the rumored Nintendo Switch version. So while you may be tempted to pay real money for game currency to speed up certain timers, we recommend just playing through the game for a few days to see if you actually maintain a drive to keep coming back.

Can only be played in portrait mode: Pocket Camp is strictly a vertical game. If you turn your device horizontally into landscape mode, it doesn't respond. So if you want to use a case with a stand, you need the kind that lets you rotate your device into portrait mode.

Bottom Line

Although Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp isn't the most immersive game we've played, it can be a fun time waster, if you have ten minutes to kill.

 
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Full Specifications

General
Publisher Nintendo
Publisher web site http://www.nintendo.com
Release Date October 25, 2017
Date Added October 25, 2017
Version
Category
Category Games
Subcategory Simulation
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,843
Downloads Last Week 20
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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