Pocket Camp didn’t stick with me, maybe it was too obviously a mobile free-to-play exploitation machine, but I am glad that Nintendo announced a new Animal Crossing for the Switch for 2019. They did it with a goofy bait-and-switch during the most recent Nintendo Direct by announcing Isabelle as a playable character in the upcoming Smash Bros. Ultimate first.
Nintendo’s iOS and Android adventures continue late next month with Animal Crossing Pocket Camp.
I love Animal Crossing in general, it’ll be interesting to see if Pocket Camp really gives us a good experience but it looks pretty limited and full of traditional mobile game shenanigans.
The game is limited, because you’re just decorating a campsite and a camping van instead of a multi-story home and village. There’s “crafting” but it looks like just another type of in-game thing to collect and trade for furniture in addition to bells.
The animal characters are more likely to visit if you have the furniture they like best, and your character travels around to different areas trading goods and making new friends.
The shenanigans are countdown timers and in-app purchases for “leaf tickets” that act as a wildcard when you don’t have the right crafting materials, or to speed up those timers.