Nintendo Direct did not disappoint and in fact, it far exceeded fans expectations showing a very robust demo. Pocket Camp looks more like a full console game than a mobile game. Very exciting news then for those of us who love the Animal Crossing series. It’s still a mobile game though so…
Isabelle is back to give us a new adventure in the Animal Crossing universe. If you’re unfamiliar with the Animal Crossing series then here’s a good explanation:
It’s a “community simulation” game meaning that it’s a life simulation game focused on social interactions with different AI. The human player lives in a village which is filled with anthropomorphic animals. The players interact with these animals and have a large number of activities they can complete on a daily basis. There are also special events that happen on certain days of the year and there are usually seasonal changes in the village.
When Nintendo announced that the Direct will be focused only on the mobile game, fans were sceptical and disappointed. It has been 5 years since the last mainstream AC game… assuming you ignore that flop of a game for the Wii U. Nintendo is on a roll at the moment however as even Animal Crossing fans seem to be pleased. The Nintendo Direct went far above expectations with a very robust demo which looks more like a full console game than a weak mobile spin-off.
You start off in a campsite similar to the big download in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. You are in charge of styling it and getting lovely animals and other players to visit it much like your house in other games in the series. There is still the same old activities you get to do to earn bells such as fishing, catching bugs, breaking rocks, and selling fruit. However, you get to travel in a camper across different maps to do certain tasks for the animals as opposed to just staying in the town. Each region appears to have different items for you to collect and different things to do. You can even find other players and friends to trade items with.
Pocket Camp offers new mechanics to the series including Leaf Tickets which can be used to build new things for your campsite and other uses around the game. You are now able to buy these with real money aka microtransactions. Such a surprise! There are at least other ways to earn Leaf Tickets though.
There are now more efficient ways to catch fish and bugs with the all-new fishnet and honey. Being able to catch fish and bugs easier is a great and needed change to Animal Crossing. In adition to this, trading with villagers can now provide you with materials to craft items. Crafting items is brand new to the series and crafting an animals favourite item will make them more likely to show up at your campsite. Perfect for getting a nice big community going.
Players can also expect to have lots of ways to customize and upgrade their playable character and the campsite. We don’t quite know much about this yet, however.
It is no question that Nintendo has really stepped up in the mobile game department much like they promised. This game looks very promising and a huge step in the right direction for Nintendo for mobile games.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is set to launch in late November 2017 for iOS and Android devices