I’ve played Animal Crossing: Wild World so much 10 years ago on the Nintendo DS! I can’t believe it’s been so long... The original game is even older, released in 2001. I’m super excited to see Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on smartphones now!
It’s a simplified version of the original game. Again, you play a human in a world of anthropomorphic animals. Instead of having your own house, you’re now a camp manager and you have a camper van. You can upgrade and decorate your camp but also your camper!
The game still revolves around meeting animals, collecting items and acquiring furniture. Collecting fish 🐟, shells 🐚, insects 🦋, fruits 🍎 will let you fulfill requests for the resident animals, who in turn reward you with precious materials and essences to craft furniture and other cool objects to decorate your camp with.
Depending on the animal, different kind of « essences » can be received: nature, cool, sporty, cute. It mostly defines the style of the furniture/object. For example, cute will have pink and girly furniture. Crafting items require « bells » and crafting material (steel, wood, paper, cotton, etc).
The dialogs are still as humorous as in the original series: the animals are still always kind of bashing your character or saying something witty. You need to make friends with them to level up. Levelling up gives you access to upgrades and unlocks items.
One of the goal befriending them is so that you can invite them to your camp. In addition to a certain relationship level, they will also require you to craft specific items before they accept going to your camp. For example, an animal in the cute category can ask you to craft a teddy bear.
Everything comes to a full circle: you need crafting material to get furniture, you need to do favors for your friends by catching insects, fish, fruits to get crafting material, you need furniture to host your animal friends. Rinse and repeat.
Pocket Camp universe
In Pocket Camp, the map is quite small and easy: there’s your campsite, the market place, the Shovelstrike Quarry, OK Motors and four other areas dedicated to specific activities. It's no longer one big map, unfortunately, the areas are quite small and the actions are very simplified.
- Saltwater Shores, where you can catch saltwater fish and pick shells
- Lost Lure Creek, where you can catch freshwater fish
- Breezy Hollow, where you can pick fruits
- Sunburst Island, where you can catch insects
Those areas often have one visitor (it can be a friend or a stranger) as well. Like in the original game, after you shake a tree to grab its fruits, you will need to wait a couple of hours before the fruits grow back, or you can use a fertilizer.
The Quarry is a special mining area where you need 5 other players to enter with you or pay 20 leaf tickets to get in. There, you can break rocks to see if you won prizes. It's kind of a mini-game but to be honest, 20 leaf tickets to enter is a bit expensive 😛 And I don't have enough friends yet 😅
In the market place, you will see some familiar faces: the Able Sisters and a Tom Nook franchise!
OK Motors is a shop for your camper van. This is where you can redesign it and make it bigger. You can even add another floor, it really looks like your old house in the other games. You pay the Giovanni brothers in cash (bells), but it relies on a loan system. Fortunately, there's no interest! You can repay however you like, at the rate you want. This is pretty cool!
Add other people using the friends system and visit their camps or trade with them. Each player has a market box where they can put items for sale. You can also visit other people’s campers and give them kudos for their camp. Unfortunately, the old « leaving a message » system is gone and you can't really communicate with others. Are they going to add a massaging system one day? That would be a really cool addition.
By the way, if you want to add me, my user ID is:
8760 9631 132
Let's play together and achieve stretch goals! 😁
Monetization: leaf tickets
Of course, Nintendo monetized the game by introducing micro-transactions: one currency in the game is leaf ticket. Those enable you to speed up crafting, craft things without having all the material, add storage slots, use bigger fishnets, etc.
Some people are not happy that Nintendo introduced this micro-transaction scheme. To be honest, I don't mind: I don't usually pay for those boost packages. I've been playing without buying anything for hours and so far I've managed to level-up steadily (lvl. 17 playing two evenings). I think you can still play without spending money: you just need to play more, wait more and accomplish more favors for your residents.
You can earn leaf tickets pretty regularly by leveling up, accomplishing stretch goals, etc. The only things I probably won't be able to get are the special furniture that cost 250 leaf tickets each to get K. K. Slider and Tom Nook's appearances!
Timed and Stretched goals
There’s the concept of timed goals and stretch goals. Those are basically achievements. To reap the awards of timed goals, you must complete them within the allocated hours. Stretch goals are more on the long run. It’s goals like: « pick up 100 shells ». Completing those goals will give you leaf tickets or crafting materials.
Develop your relationship with each animal by talking to them or fulfilling requests for them. By selecting a red option in the dialog, you receive relationships points. Talk to the animals often to receive gifts as well.
Often, after you give animals what they want, there will be a short animation of you and them doing activities together.
If you craft furniture they like and have a good relationship with them, you can invite and host them in your camp. Hosting an animal means that they're always hanging out in your camp. They don't go away when it's « moving time ».
New animals will regularly move in different areas of the map, and animals that are not « hosted » will go away. You can always call them back though and they may re-appear later on. New animals that appear typically give you 3 requests. Once you fulfill them all, one way to get new a new request is to use a « request card ». Otherwise, you need to wait.
I found that fishing, catching insects is easier than in the original game. Basically, you need to click once to initiate and when « tap » appears on the screen, click a second time.
See more screenshots in my Flickr photo album.
The server has been having some issues but it’s not so bad and Nintendo even sends leaf tickets to those affected. Honestly so far it’s been really fun! It brings back good memories of the original series. It’s a cute little game ideal for people who like to collect things. It’s addictive because you want to collect all the animal friends, all the furniture, insects, fish, etc.
Have you downloaded the game already? What do you think? 😊