Do you want to play Animal Crossing, but don’t own a Nintendo device like the Switch? 

Good news: Animal Crossing Pocket Camp is Nintendo’s free version of their popular series – and it’s available on mobile. 

It offers the standard experience that you’d expect from an Animal Crossing game, from the cute characters to being able to construct your very own camp that the animal villagers will visit. 

Animal Crossing Pocket Camp: What is it?

Pocket Camp is a free mobile game that is available for both Android and iOS devices and was released in 2017. There are a number of in-game purchases available that will provide you with some useful resources, but these are entirely optional and are not required to play the game. 

All of the controls that would normally function using the A, B, Y, and X buttons on a Nintendo console have been replaced with tapping functions, to better suit the mobile platform. Pocket Camp has become so popular solely because it is an Animal Crossing game, but free. 

All of the standard game mechanics are there – fishing, collecting fruit, catching bugs, crafting, tending to your flower garden. You can also interact with your favorite animal Villagers, like Isabelle, the Nooks, and many others. There are plenty of seasonal events to enjoy, like flower growing and fishing tournaments.

Unlike Animal Crossing: New Horizons, though, they won’t completely derail your daily routine as you move from the fruit forest to the seaside. There are also plenty of opportunities to receive some extra resources and special islands via balloons, but the presents will appear in the corner of your map page, rather than having you wildly fire slingshots. 

Multiplayer Support

There is some level of multiplayer support for Pocket Camp. If you connect your Nintendo account, you’ll be able to see which of your friends are currently playing Pocket Camp and can visit their campsites and interact with them in other ways. 

You will also occasionally encounter random users placed in different camp locations, whom you can befriend, purchase items from, water their flowers, and receive kudos. They will also help you get into the Shovelstrike Quarry, which is another minigame where you can collect resources managed by Lloid, a hollow stump. 

How to Download Pocket Camp

Animal Crossing Pocket Camp is available for both Android and iOS devices. Simply open up the App Store or Google Play Store, type ‘Animal Crossing Pocket Camp’ into their respective search bars, and download the app.

Alternatively, click here to go directly to the Pocket Camp App Store page, or here to go to the Google Play Store page. 

iOS users will need to be running iOS 9.0 or later on their devices. It requires 229.2MB of storage and offers several in-app purchases.  

Android users should be running Android 4.4 or later on their devices. It requires 139MB of space and also offers in-app purchases. 

Gameplay

If you are totally new to the Animal Crossing Franchise, then things will probably seem quite daunting. We’re going to explain some of the core gameplay mechanics within Pocket Camp to help de-mystify this adorable mobile game. 

When you first load up the game, you’ll notice that there’s lots of… stuff. Shells on the beach, fruits in the trees, bugs on the ground – you’ll want to collect absolutely everything

Animals will regularly request things from you, and if you start stockpiling from the get-go, you will be more likely to fulfill their requests before you even talk to them. Most collectible resources respawn within a few hours, so leaving them alone will only make them take longer to respawn. 

Bug catching and fishing is also a core part of the Animal Crossing franchise, and in Pocket Camp, it’s easier than ever. You will automatically take out your net when in an area with bugs, and your fishing rod when in an area with fish. All you need to do is tap the creature, then tap again when prompted. 

Summary

Animal Crossing Pocket Camp is an adorable little game that offers hundreds of hours of time-wasting fun that will have you cooing over each and every character and creature. Whether you choose to play alone or with friends, it’s guaranteed to make you smile.