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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.


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.


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

Publisher Nintendo
Publisher web site
Release Date November 20, 2017
Date Added November 20, 2017
Version 1.0
Category Games
Subcategory Simulation
Operating Systems
Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements An internet connection is required to play Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Cellular data charges may apply. This application is free to download and offers some optional in-app purchases. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Wi-Fi (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi?Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi?Fi + Cellular and iPod touch (6th generation).
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File Name External File
Total Downloads 796
Downloads Last Week 4
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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