Have you ever wanted an Animal Crossing game on your phone? Then this game is for you! This cutesy simulation game has made it into the mobile market for iOS and Android. Even though Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (AC:PC) was released in 2017, there are still current event updates and regular game updates. I only stumbled across this game recently and I’m sad I didn’t know about it before.
Since AC:PC has been out since late 2017, I will only be talking about the events I have played through, and the game as it currently is in early 2019. Similarly, I will only be talking about the animals and progression that I have unlocked up to level 44, which I am currently at. Anything that was added before I started playing, such as events, and anything that will be added in the future will not be covered. I will be covering a lot of the game, but not some of the simpler mechanics for brevity.
The game starts with character creation (hairstyle and color, eye shape and color, and skin tone) and then you pull up to a campsite. Isabelle greets you and goes over all the tutorials for new players. The game railroads you into going to Breezy Hollow to meet your first animal friend. This triggers the gathering, trading and interacting tutorials. Back at the campsite, Isabelle introduces you to Re-Tail on the Road owners Cyrus and Reese who show you how to craft items with materials. Then you are ready to invite over the animal you met at Breezy Hollow. After all the tutorials are said and done it’s your choice how you play the game. You are the campsite manager now, but it is yours to customize and to invite the animals you wish.
With seasonal events changing and rotating quite often, the story of AC:PC is ever-changing. Every event offers a new mini-story with animals, currency and rewards.
Depending on when you start playing AC:PC, the events will be different. It seems like every month there are new events or even multiple events at once. Here are the recent events I have encountered, which included crafting, gardening, and gathering events:
Katie’s Time Out was focused on your garden. You planted seasonal flowers and this attracted butterflies specific to the event. After collecting the butterflies from your garden you could give your friends the butterflies so they could fulfill their event goals for rewards. You could also water your friends gardens daily to help their flowers bloom for the event. You received rewards based on how many butterflies of different varieties you were able to collect during the event. In this event specifically there were picnic blankets, cherry blossom trees and picnic food/drink items as rewards.
Bunny Day Egg Hunt is an event focused around Easter. You collect eggs around the four main areas in the game and you are able to craft event specific items and apparel with the egg currency. There is a Happy Homeroom event where you use the items you crafted to rank higher.
Reissue Goals is an event based on items/events previously in the game that you can craft for a limited time. Most items require a lot of Bells and a stockpile of crafting material. They also require the reissue essence, which can only be earned by completing specific tasks, such as passing a class in the Happy Homeroom. Other items can be bought with Leaf Tickets.
This game is free to play but there are currencies you will need to play the game. In Animal Crossing the currency of the world is Bells. This is the money that you earn from selling items to vendors and selling items to other players through your Market Box. You may also use Bells to upgrade your camper and take out a loan for upgrades. Leaf tickets are the micro-transaction currency of AC:PC. You are able to earn Leaf Tickets through doing tasks for events or the Daily Login rewards, but other than that you will need to purchase them with real life dollars. There are currencies for every event as well, but since there are tons of events I will not go over event specific currency.
There are 4 main areas you go to for resource gathering and to fulfill the wishes of animals as well as some other important landmarks.
The four main map areas
- Lost Lure Creek
- Fishing and fruit gathering
- Sunburst Island
- Coconut gathering and bug hunting
- Gulliver resides here, who you can trade 10 items to in return for snacks and in a rare instance he will bring a new animal back with him
- Breezy Hollow
- Fruit and perfect fruit gathering
- Saltwater Shores
- Fishing, shell collecting and coconut gathering
Other areas of note
- Pete’s Parcel Service
- Fast delivery of animal requests
- Blather’s Treasure Trek
- Play through treasure maps for items and unlock new animals
- Happy Homeroom
- Complete design classes with normal and event furniture
- Leveling up your Happy Homeroom score grants you rewards
- Shovelstrike Quarry
- Mine for unique crafting materials and rare rewards
- Rewards are on a timer
- To unlock an expedition you need help from 5 friends or use Leaf Tickets
- O.K. Motors
- Giovanni, Beppe, and Carlo
- Customize your camper style, exterior design and color
- Play Brake Tapper (using Friend Powder) and earn caps that can be exchanged for crafting materials and items
The marketplace is where you buy clothing, items, and fortune cookies. Timmy Nook looks after the furniture sales, where he has 3 items for sale and he will also buy furniture you no longer want. Reese and Cyrus are in charge of the item crafting and amenity crafting. Either Kicks or the Able Sisters will be at the marketplace at one time. Kicks is a shoe vendor and the Able Sisters are clothing vendors. Isabelle is also at the marketplace where you can ask her about events or basic game information.
Tommy Nook runs the fortune cookie store. You can buy 2 fortune cookies daily, which are bought using Bells. Usually these cookies are item or clothing related, but occasionally there are event cookies that can be bought as well. Event fortune cookies are also bought with Leaf Tickets either individually or in a pack of 5. Every time you buy a cookie with Leaf Tickets you earn a stamp. If you collect a pile of stamp cards you can trade them in for the specific items in the event fortune cookies without having to take a random chance.
This game is about customization and collecting, as most of the other games in the series are. You are able to customize your campsite, cabin, and camper. The animals you invite to your campsite are your choice and you choose which other players you want to befriend. The collecting of materials is the result of daily quests and event quests through Isabelle, and gathering is done at the 4 main map areas.
Your camper is the way you get around in the game and does not serve any other purpose. You are able to expand the camper’s bottom level and top level depending if you have a savings of Bells or not. Additionally, you can take out a loan with O.K. Motors. The furniture, floors, and walls are all up to you as to how you decorate. The camper has 2 designs you can decide from as well as a customized paint job for the exterior.
The cabin unlocks when you hit level 15 and is a place where you can gather with your animal friends. The floor and walls are customizable and you can choose if you want to display the windows. Unlike the camper, the cabin cannot be expanded. You can invite up to 8 friends to the cabin, but they do not ask for clothing changes or give you random gifts.
This is the area of the game with the most customization and socialization. You can invite up to 8 friends if you have leveled your friendship up to level 5. Your campsite has an area that you are able to fully customize with flooring, rugs, and items. There is a background, foreground and sky that are all customizable as well, however, most of the options need to be bought with Leaf Tickets. The campsite can have 2 amenities, which increase your max friendship level with animals of that theme. Every amenity differs, and can be leveled up to increase the friendship cap again.
The garden at your campsite can be host to certain in game events like Katie’s Time Out. Lloid the gyroid watches over the garden and he is able to fertilize your flowers, order seeds (regular and seasonal), and trade flowers for items. You can also cross pollinate flowers in the garden to make rarer colors.
There are currently 136 animals and by level 76 they are all unlocked. They come in all different sizes, shapes, and breeds. You will meet animals in each of the 4 main areas, and by completing requests for them you will level up your friendship. The animals are on a 3 hour rotation. Their requests can be fulfilled once every 3 hours and can be refreshed by using a Request Ticket for 3 more requests. You can also increase your friendship with them by giving them snacks. Every animal has favorite furniture that matches their theme. Crafting these and placing them at your campsite will allow you to invite them there after your friendship level is 5. You are able to change what your animal friend is wearing at level 6. At level 8 you will unlock their corresponding amenity to craft. By level 15 there is a special item that you need to craft and place at your campsite for you to advance your friendship level any further.
You will encounter other player characters in AC:PC. There will be one at each of the 4 main map areas and when you approach one you can either view their Market Box, view their campsite or make friends with them. When a player becomes your friend they will show up on your friends list. Once they are on your friends list you are able to lend a hand, which helps them get into Shovelstrike Quarry. You can also water their flowers or give them kudos. Additionally, you are able to see how many kudos they have received, their Happy Homeroom rank, their Market Box, whether their garden needs watering, and their favorite photo.
Despite the average/mixed reviews of AC:PC on Metacritic, I absolutely love this game. I have played previous Animal Crossing games and I am excitedly anticipating the new game coming out. This game was a great time filler until the new game releases. I find myself logging in everyday to get my log in bonus, as well as greet the animals, gather my fruit, bugs, and fish, and check on my campsite. I’ll be honest, it is another time waster game but it does have the cute factor. Now that I’m done writing this review, I have to go check on my campsite!