“Animal Crossing Pocket Camp”: The new “Pokemon Go”

A camp inside the game.

A camp inside the game.

Ellie Schmidt

Ellie Schmidt

A camp inside the game.

Lisa Lilianstrom, Staff Writer

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Have you ever wanted to run your own camp? A camp that can be styled the way you want? Have the activities you want? Invite whoever you want? Well, you can have that feeling but with animals as your campers. That’s right! We are talking about Animal Crossing Pocket Camp.

On Nov. 21, Pocket Camp became available for download and I was one of the people that downloaded the game on that day, and when I started I was already addicted to it. Like most Animal Crossing games the game is very addicting because there is always stuff you can do.

The game begins with you making your character the way that you choose, then you put your name as it will appear to other users. Then you start with a tutorial on basically what you did when you played the other Animal Crossing games. It is a free game, but you do have the option to spend real money on “Leaf Tickets” which is the rare kind of currency in the game.

One of the main things that you do in the game is you run your own camp where different animal friends can come to, you sometimes have to get certain items so that they will come, some of which cost a lot of coins, but it is worth it when your camp is crowded with animals. You also have to do favors for them, but its basically what you have done in the previous games, like fishing, collecting shells, catching bugs, and shaking fruit off of trees. You do get supplies and money in exchange for completing these tasks, so there is a plus to it.

You can also customize your camper, you can go to the market and buy something from the famous Tom Nook, you can get help from Isabelle the local poodle, and you can also go to the quarry with some help from either your friends or a certain amount of Leaf Tickets.

One main element that I like is that you can add friends, you can connect your Facebook and Twitter account to see which of your friends are playing the game, and I was happy to see that most of my friends were playing it. You can visit their camps and give them kudos, buy some stuff from them in their little marketplaces, and you can even get some inspiration for your own camp.

What I am hoping to maybe see one day is, some competitions with friends, mini-games, more appearances by original Animal Crossing characters, an option to design your own clothes like in New Leaf, and of course more of KC Sliders original songs!

This game is definitely a good way to pass some time but I would not recommend playing in long stretches otherwise you would get bored just waiting for the requests to fill up and the objects to finish being crafted. Other than that it is a really good game and I cannot wait to see what they have planned for the future.

Pocket Camp is currently available for the Andriod and IOS.

About the Writer
Lisa Lilianstrom, Writer and Photographer
My name is Lisa Lilianstrom and I am getting my Associate in Arts degree with an intent to transfer and major in Journalism. Besides the Observer I am also the service officer in United Students of All Cultures (USAC), I am also an ally for the LGBTQ+ club Students Who Are Not Silent (S.W.A.N.S), I...
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“Animal Crossing Pocket Camp”: The new “Pokemon Go”