Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is out now

Nintendo’s small-community-em-up is available now for Android and iOS worldwide. The app was originally due to launch 22 November, but ended up being released a day early. 

Nintendo’s third smartphone game follows in the tracks of Super Mario Run and Miitomo. While Super Mario Run faced some criticism for squashing Nintendo’s character into a relatively uninspiring running game, this smartphone take on Animal Crossing seems to have many of the same elements as its console precursors. Instead of developing a town and appeasing its animal inhabitants, you’ll be building a campsite and…well, appeasing its animal inhabitants.

This involves everything from catching butterflies to crafting swing benches. Tom Nook, the series’ capitalist overlord, makes a return, and here’s where Pocket Camp gets its most controversial element. Players can buy Leaf Tickets to speed up construction projects, which can be bought from Nook using in-game currency – or real money. Plenty of smartphone games are based around in-app purchases, but it nevertheless injects a very obvious money-making core to an otherwise pleasant fantasy.

Players will also be able to interact with their friends online, and there are a load of customisation options for how your avatar can look. Australians have been able to play the game since last month, but it won’t be long now until you and your friends can pretend to live with sentient animals in the woods. Of course, you could always do that before 22 November, but we don’t condone the use of LSD on Alphr. Nope. 

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