Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Articles RSS Feed | Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Update Adds Two AR Camera Modes Fri, 20 Nov 2020 10:40:53 -0500 Josh Broadwell

A new Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp update brings campers closer to their favorite villagers thanks to two new augmented reality modes.

The first is AR Camera mode. It transports animals and even pieces of furniture into a real-world setting for some unique photo opportunities. Nintendo released a trailer alongside the information, showing a list of what looks like every animal in Pocket Camp usable in the mode, including Isabelle.

As with Pokemon GO, just make sure to keep safety in mind and be aware of the surrounding area.

The second mode is AR Cabin. This one lets players enter an AR cabin (of course) and hang out with their animal friends "face-to-face," or as face-to-face as AR can be. Players can customize the cabin to suit their tastes and invite eight animals to join them.

Pocket Camp lets players place the cabin door overlay anywhere, but again, keep safety in mind here.

The update also lets players decorate certain areas outside their direct campsite now, a la New Horizons.

Finally, Nintendo is offering a free month of the Furniture and Fashion Plan for new and veteran players alike. The plan adds more storage and chances for exclusive items among other things. After the free month, the subscription automatically renews for $7.99 per month until it's canceled.

Every Video Game Halloween Event in October 2020 Thu, 01 Oct 2020 14:41:13 -0400 Josh Broadwell


Torchlight 3 Halloween — Gears 'N' Goblins Update


The Torchlight 3 Halloween update brings the pets along for the ride. Players can rescue three new Halloween-themed pets from bosses and dungeons: the Midnight Cat, Spooky Retriever, and Dragonling Spirt. Each with a special skill that summons skeletons in battle, but the pets are only available until December.


Aside from battle-pups, the update introduces the Ancient Ember gear set and two new skills along with it, plus new fort decorations and two new weapons: Sword of the Lost and Lightning Baller mace.


And that's it for now! Feel free to bookmark this page for more Halloween event updates throughout October! If you found this list frightfully delightful, please consider sharing it! 


Hardspace: Shipbreaker Halloween: Haunted Frontier


Hardspace: Shipbreaker's Halloween event is Haunted Frontier, full of spooky haunted ships that put your bravery — and desire for salvage — to the test.


The update, which is live now on Steam, turns any ship into a potential ghost ship. Things start deteriorating as you gather materials and fend off rogue AI nodes. Lights flicker on and off. Air gets sucked out of the room. And somewhere deep in the ship, unsettling sounds can be heard...


Should you make it out alive, you can show off your hard-earned rewards with new stickers and badges.


Hunt: Showdown Halloween Event


Hunt: Showdown has its first-ever Halloween event on now until November 4, with a gourd-full of ghoulish events and treats to earn.


Players earn Event Points for special equipment and other items by doing the following:

  • Destroying pumpkins scattered through the world 
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  • Destroying the Butcher's pumpkin head 
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  • Investigating a Halloween-themed Clue or Rift 
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  • Destroying pumpkins mounted on scarecrows 
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There's only so many Event Points you can earn each day, but using the special Halloween item Wormseed Shot increases the points earned by 25%.


1,000 Event Points are needed for all the event's special gear. Any points earned over that will be converted into Blood Bonds once the event ends.


Minecraft Halloween in the Minecraft Marketplace


Minecraft Halloween celebrations run through November 2, with frights aplenty in the Minecraft Marketplace. Mojang's got Halloween-themed maps and items in store there, plus Halloween Collections to choose from in the Character Creator and Marketplace.


Until November 2, you can grab a free Halloween skin pack and Halloween character creation item for free. These will still be available to get after November 2, but they won't be free then.


[Source: Mojang]


Fire Emblem Heroes Halloween  Special Heroes (Dragons Harvest)


Fire Emblem Heroes' Halloween event runs through November 7 at 7:59 p.m. EST and offers a chance to summon four new Halloween-themed units:

  • Fall Vessel Robin (Awakening)
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  • Autumn Trickster Xane (Mystery of the Emblem)
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  • Harvest Goldoan Dheginsea (Radiant Dawn)
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  • Harmonic Hope Ninian and Tiki duo unit (Binding Blade and Shadow Dragon)
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As always, the seasonal Fire Emblem Heroes' units come with a new Paralogue event, Dragons Harvest.


No Man's Sky Halloween Update


Head back to the outer reaches of the galaxy to find some new loot in the No Man's Sky Halloween update. Brave explorers can scour Desolation's wrecked vessels again to find a new item, Tainted Metal, and have a chance to snag some Quicksilver. But it comes at a cost. The freighters are full of new treats and a security system gone haywire.


Trade Tainted Metal with the Scrap Dealer to get new base decorations and additional customization options, or you can stockpile it to exchange for the Horrific Flesh-Helmet.


Scrap Dealers also have Orange Pustules and Detoxified Slimes for infesting and purifying bases.


[Source: Hello Games]


PixARK Halloween


PixARK Halloween brings a spooky makeover to the survival game from now until November 2, with costumes and treats galore.


Things kick off at the main menu, which is getting a Halloween re-skin. The main attraction is the Pumpkin Soul Reaper though.


When you defeat the Pumpkin Soul Reaper, it might drop:

  • Pumpkin Seed
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  • Magic Broom
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  • Flying Firework
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  • Clown Costume
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The Firework and Broomstick only last seven days, but you have a slight chance of getting a permanent one from defeating Ancient Wyvern King, Beach Bully, and Aurora Butterfly King enemies.


Then there's candy grenades, Halloween decorations, a creepy scarecrow costume, and plenty of events to make the most out of the season.


[Source: Steam Community]


Apex Legends Halloween: Fight or Fright 2020


Apex Legends' Halloween Fight or Fright event is back with Shadow Royale and more from now until November 3.


Shadow Royale sees night fall on Kings Canyon and its trio matches. When a Legend falls, they're reborn in Shadow form with a thirst for vengeance.


This year's event sees several all-new skins plus re-imagined versions of last year's, including Sweet Dreams Caustic and Wicked Harvest Bloodhound. Skins from last year are available on rotation in the in-game store as part of bundle offers or special offers.


There's a set of exclusive rewards in the event's Prize Track too with skins, charms, and more.


[Source: EA]


War of The Visions Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Halloween Special


War of the Visions is celebrating Halloween with two featured UR summons and a bucketful of rewards. Players can summon UR Little Leela and UR Rairyuu from now until November 10, both in Halloween attire with appropriate skills to match.


The Halloween Special also includes a Rewards From the Producer reward period from now until November 10. It features:

  • 2,000 Visiore
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  • 20,000,000 Gil
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  • 1 Rainbow Fragment of Thought
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  • 3 Rainbow Vision Sphere
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  • 50 Adamantite (Large)
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  • 50 Burst Pot
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  • 50 Armor Pot
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In a separate update, new players who start the game get a 7-day free summon period where a UR summon is guaranteed.


From October 28 through Halloween, players can take advantage of 6-UR Guaranteed Step Up 10x Summon, which guarantees:

  • one UR unit or vision card on step 1
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  • two UR units/vision cards on step 2
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  • three UR units/vision cards on step 3
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There's also a  5-step 10x Summon which guarantees a MR+ unit or vision card on steps 1-4 and UR “Exorcists” on step 5.


And there's even more, from daily login bonuses and Halloween Challenge Missions to a spoopy new Halloween-themed game icon.


GTA Online Halloween Bunker Series


GTA Online has a bunker full of frightful delights this Halloween. Halloween Bunker Series features triple RP and GTA$ plus three Slasher maps: the depths of the bunker, the silo, and The Diamond.


Taking part in the Halloween Adversary modes such as Beast Vs. Slasher and Come Out To Play doubles your RP and GTA$.


The peyote plants are back, in keeping with the spooky season, though Rockstar isn't saying what they'll transform you into yet. Nightclub income rates are going up as part of the event, and there'll be an influx of Freemode Events with triple payouts through October 28.


[Source: Rockstar Games]


Mortal Shell Halloween: Rotten Autumn


Mortal Shell's first content update just so happens to be a Halloween update called Rotten Autumn.


After downloading the update, speak with Gorf to unlock a new mini-quest. Completing it earns you new shades to deck out your Shell with. And you can show the world just how you spruced up your Shell with Mortal Shell's brand-new photo mode.


There's also a separate download alongside Rotten Autumn that adds a new soundtrack for boss fights, courtesy of Rotting Christ.


Those who haven't jumped into Mortal Shell yet can do so with a limited-time 20% discount for the digital version on PS4 and PC. That same discount isn't live for Xbox players yet, but it will be come October 27. 


Mortal Shell's physical version releases November 3 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the U.S., then on October 23 for PlayStation 4 and PC (case containing a key) in Europe and October 30 for Xbox One in Europe.


Fortnite Halloween — Fortnitemares 2020


King Midas is back from the great beyond in Fortnite's Fortnitemares 2020 event from now until November 3, and he's giving you the chance to wreak havoc on friend and foe alike.


When you're eliminated in a Solo, Duos or Squads match, you get the chance to return as a Shadow in Nitemare Royal. Attack surviving players from the shadows and even possess vehicles to bring their game to an end.


That's the trick side of things, but the island has plenty of treats in store too. You can get your hands on the Pumpkin Rocket Launcher, Fiend Hunter Crossbow, a special Midas invention, and of course, candy.


There's a suite of Fortnitemares challenges where you can unlock costumes and weapon skins such as the Smash-O'-Lantern Pickaxe and Midas' Shadow Wrap.


Finally, on Halloween night (October 31) at 9 p.m. EST, award-winning reggae singer J Balvin kicks off the Afterlife Party at the Party Royale Main Stage.


[Source: Epic Games]


PUBG Mobile Infection Mode


PUBG Mobile's Infection Mode is back from the dead from now until November 9, with new content, themes, costumes, and plenty of zombies.


Infection Mode's classic combat returns, pitting a team of Defenders against a team of Zombies in an all-or-nothing fight. Zombies — sporting Halloween masks, if you so choose —  can only use melee attacks, but fallen Defenders transform into Zombies with chances for form shifts and stat buffs.


If it all gets too much for the Defenders, they transform into Vanquishers when their team is down to three members. Foes they vanquish can't be resurrected.


These hellish fights unfold across maps decked out with pumpkins, gravestones, and other seasonal paraphernalia. More costumes and decorations are planned before the end of the event.


World of Tanks Halloween — Burning Games


Free-to-play war game World of Tanks is hosting the Burning Games Halloween event until October in partnership with Korn and their new video for "Finally Free." It's a chance for Tier V and higher vehicles to complete challenges and earn special items and take part in the new Wasteland map.


In World of Tanks Wasteland, tanks start with 1 HP and have to attack others to replenish it. Players can attack allies to restore teammates' health, and respawning increases the tank's overall power.


From October 16 through October 31, players can join The Way of the Raider 60-stage event to earn XP, camo, and the two new tanks featured in Korn's music video.


Finally, from October 24 through October 31, World of Tanks brings back Mad Games, a limited-time chance to outfit your tanks with the wildest abilities possible.


Red Dead Online: The Halloween Pass


It's spooky time at the Red Dead Online corral, with the game's first-ever Halloween Pass. Now through November 16, players can get their hands on wagon-loads of Red Dead Online Halloween rewards, ranging from weapons and costumes to decorations for the tavern. Everything acquired during the event lasts after it ends.


The Halloween Pass is available in the progress menu or the Wheeler, Rawson & Co selection.


Pokemon GO Halloween 2020


Pokemon GO Halloween 2020 runs from October 23 at 9 p.m. EST through November 3 at the same time and offers the first chance to get your hands on Galarian Yamask among other things.


Completing the Halloween Special Research "A Spooky Message Unmasked" gets you one step closer to finding both Galarian Yamask and Spiritomb. Other Field Research tasks will also center around Halloween themes during the event.


Ghost-type Pokemon will be more common in the wild, in Raids, and in Eggs. You might even find a costumed Gengar in Raids or hatch a Sableye in costume if you're lucky.


Talking of Raids, Darkrai takes center stage for five-star Raids, but there's more Halloween Raid goodness in store.


On October 31 from 11 a.m. local time through 5 p.m. local time, there's a higher chance Alolan Marowak will show up in Raids.


There's a special Halloween Cup from October 26 at 4 p.m. EST through the end of the event where only Poison, Dark, Bug, Ghost, and Fairy Pokemon can compete, and they have to have less than 1,500 CP.


It just wouldn't be Halloween without costumes. Pokemon GO Halloween 2020 amps up the costume game with a Gengar onesie, Sableye goggles, Pikachu mask, and more, along with bundles in the in-game shop.


Finally, there's an all-new event on October 26, the Catch Mastery event, which we cover in more detail elsewhere.


Harry Potter Wizards Unite: Darkness Rising 2020


Harry Potter Wizards Unite is back for 2020 and, like its Pokemon counterpart, you can play it safely from home.


This year, Darkness Rising revolves around weekly events where completing tasks — brewing potions, collecting notes, and the like — earns you rewards such as extra XP, Portkeys, and books.


The ultimate goal is finding the Dark Witch, masquerading as a Brilliant Oddity. Other oddities abound, too, including Brilliant Witch, Brilliant Dark Wizard, and Brilliant Giant Stone Hand.


Dreams Halloween


If you're looking for a more atmospheric experience, Dreams' Halloween event, All Hallows' Dreams, may be for you. The whole thing is user-generated, like the rest of Dreams, and All Hallows' Dreams pops up at the top of the world list when you boot the game up.


Choosing it takes you to a dream world with different scary mansions to explore.


Some are reportedly very scary indeed, though they have their biggest frights confined to the upper floors. Others are just fun, creepy haunted houses to explore, complete with pumpkins carved by other Dreams players and a costume zone.


Call of Duty Halloween 2020 — Haunting of Verdansk


Call of Duty Warzone and Modern Warfare share a Halloween event in 2020: Haunting of Verdansk. The event runs from October 20 through November 3. It's a multi-pronged event featuring crossovers with SAW and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but some of it does come at a cost.


If you want the film crossover treats, you'll have to shell out for the SAW and Chainsaw Massacre bundles, both of which include skins, items, and weapons inspired by their respective franchises.


Activision promised more Halloween-themed bundles for the in-game store, including the new Dr. Karlov bundle focused on regional Verdansk folklore and a Grim Reaper bundle.


In addition to Trick or Treat crates with Halloween items galore, Haunting of Verdansk adds night modes to event maps, zombie battle royale, scavenger hunts, and much, much more.


[Source: Call of Duty]


Minecraft Dungeons Spooky Fall Halloween Event


Spooky Fall is coming to Minecraft Dungeons from October 26 until November 3 with challenges and rewards galore.


Seasonal Trials are summoning up ghoulish mobs for players to take on. If that weren't spoopy enough, the event turns down the lights with Night Mode — but only until the event ends.


Completing the Season Trials earns exclusive seasonal weapons and gear, whether Night Mode is enabled or not.


Elder Scrolls Online Halloween — Witches Festival 2021


Elder Scrolls Online's annual Halloween Witches Festival is back once more with double XP and plenty of treats to go around. ESO's 2020 Witches Festival runs from October 22 at 10 a.m. EST through November 3 at the same time.


If this is your first time taking part, you'll need to complete "The Witchmother's Bargain" quest from the Crown Store and earn the Witchmother's Whistle item. If you already have it, just select it from your collections to get started.


Using the Whistle kicks off a two-hour period of bonus XP, but there's a lot more.


Players can earn new mementos, furnishings, and Dremora and Hollowjack-themed items through Plunder Skulls earned in battle.


Bosses drop Dremora Plunder Skulls with extra goods, including treasure maps and pages for the Grave Digger weapon style.


There's the final evolution of the Indrik, a costume gala, grab bags, deals, and more. Check out the full details on the ESO event site.


Overwatch Junkenstein 2020


Overwatch's Halloween Terror 2020 event, aka Junkenstein 2020, is live now through November 3, bringing the Junkenstein's Revenge Brawl back alongside new skins and more.


Baptiste and Ashe are added to the brawl mix as playable characters this year, and there are weekly challenges to take on to earn new skins.


These are the new Legendary skins for the Halloween Terror 2020 event:

  • Karasu-Tengu (Genji)
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  • Dai-Tengu (Hanzo)
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  • Werewolf (Winsto)
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  • Flying Dutchman (Sigma)
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  • Shin-Ryeong (D.Va)
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That's in addition to three new Epic skins:

  • Fantasma (Sombra)
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  • Stone (Brigitte)
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  • Ragdoll (Echo)
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Here' the schedule of events.


October 13-20

  • Vengeful Ghost — get chased by ghosts
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  • Frenzied Stampede — chase down fast-moving zomnics
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October 20-27

  • Volatile Zomnics — zomnics explode when you get close
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  • Three They Were — take on missions with just three characters
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October 27-November 3

  • Mystery Swap — heroes get randomly changed
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  • Shocking Surprise — shock tires spawn from defeated enemies
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Overcooked! 2  Moon Harvest Festival


Overcooked! 2's Halloween celebration isn't technically Halloween-themed. It's in honor of harvest and autumn celebrations throughout eastern Asia, but it's fall-ish, so it works.


Better yet, it's a free update with no end time, and the content will appear in Overcooked! All You Can Eat for next-gen consoles.


Overcooked! 2's Moon Harvest Festival introduces new kitchens themed around water and lily pad obstacles. There are five new levels total, plus three succulent-looking mooncakes to add to the menu.


Doom Eternal Halloween 2020


Doom Eternal's Halloween 2020 event is pretty straightforward. Until October 29, log in every day, complete campaign missions to earn XP, play Battlemode, and complete weekly challenges to unlock skins. Challenges refresh every Thursday.


These Doom Eternal skins include:

  • Halloween Slayer
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  • Black Widow Mancubus
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  • Webenant Revenant
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  • Cultist Marauder
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[Source: Bethesda]


Dragalia Lost — Postmortem Panic


Dragalia Lost's Halloween event for 2020 is Postmortem Panic, a series of increasingly difficult challenges with a slew of rewards. It's live from October 12 at 2 a.m. through October 19 at the same time, but the event rewards can be claimed until October 26 at 1:59 a.m.


Postmortem Panic divides its missions by difficulty. Completing all the challenges at one tier earns battle charts and stratagems for unlocking the next level of quest.


Some of these are special dragon battle challenges, pitting adventurers against the toughest of foes like Astral High Mercury.


Victory earns wind and water tomes to unlock new skills for certain characters, while completing quests earns primal crystals used for treasure trading.


[Source: Nintendo of America]


Splatoon 2 Halloween Splatfest — Splatoween


Splatoon 2 is hosting a Halloween Splatfest called Splatoween, where the Tricks face off against the Treats. The special Splatfest kicks off on October 30 at 6 p.m. EST/3 p.m. PST and runs through November 1 at 5 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST.


During the event, players can get their tentacles on some Halloween Splatoon 2 gear, including:

  • Kyonshi Hat
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  • Li'l Devil Horns
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  • Hockey Mask
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  • Anglerfish Mask
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These will be available via a Switch News article, so make sure you're signed up to get Splatoon 2 news on your Switch system. 


Star Citizen: Alpha 3.11 High Impact and Halloween


Star Citizen's Alpha 3.11 update includes a bounty of additions, and among them is Star Citizen's first-ever Halloween event. It kicked off earlier this month and runs through Halloween on October 31.


During the event, players can earn Halloween helmets and a special Day of the Vara Cutlass skin. There's a cosplay competition and even a pumpkin carving contest with plenty of "sweet prizes" in store for those who take part.


Borderlands 3 Halloween — Bloody Harvest Returns


Borderlands 3's Bloody Harvest Halloween event is back for October 2020. The ghoulish festivities run through November 5, and it's easier than ever to get your hands on some sweet, ghastly gear.


To kick things off, head to Sanctuary III, and speak with Maurice. Maurice tasks you with collecting Hecktoplasm from haunted enemies, easily spotted by their ghostly green glow.


Defeating haunted enemies spawns specters you'll need to defeat as well, and that's when you finally get ahold of Hecktoplasm.


After collecting enough of Hecktoplasm, Maurice opens the gate to Heck, where you can chat with Captain Haunt to access a number of quests, through which you'll earn Bloody Harvest items and cosmetics.


This year, the Bloody Harvest quests are less demanding than before, making it easier to get loot.

  • 4 challenges completed  “A Shrinking Feeling" weapon trinket
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  • 8 challenges completed  "Message from Beyond" ECHO Device skin
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  • 12 challenges completed  "Haunted Look" shared Vault Hunter skin
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  • 15 challenges completed  "Porphyrophobia" weapon skin
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Destiny 2: Festival of the Lost 2020


Destiny 2 brings back the Festival of the Lost and the Haunted Forest for 2020, with new weapons, triumphs, armor sets, and cosmetics for Exotics to celebrate the spookiest season of the year. Festival of the Lost 2020 is free for all Destiny 2 players and runs from October 6 through November 3. 


Festival of the Lost 2020 adds new perk rolls for the Braytech Werewolf and Horror Story, plus new sets for a few classes:

  • Hunter — Lycanthrope Set
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  • Warlock — Daywalker (vampire) Set
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  • Titan — Promethean Set
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On the official Festival of the Lost blog post, Bungie provided more information on the Halloween event. The Spider is a new NPC that gives players Cipher Decoders that unlock special chests at the end of The Haunted Forest. The chests are worth pursuing because they contain Legendary items specific to the Festival of the Lost. 


Rounding things out, there are new Sparrow skins available, as well as festival masks and vanity items for various armor sets, including broomsticks and witch hats. 


Resident Evil Resistance October Update


Resident Evil Resistance has a big October update in store, which is basically a Halloween update without actually being called a Halloween update.


Jill Valentine joins the ranks of the Survivors, with powerful weapons and her characteristic dodge mechanic from Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake. And as is only fitting, Nemesis itself is a playable Mastermind for the first time. Players control Nemesis through playing as Nicholai, another new Mastermind.


The Prison is a new map added in RE Resistance's October update, and the Uptown Raccoon City and Bemusement Park maps get a remix with new layouts.


Finally is a slew of new costumes and weapon skins, Survivors' perks and customizable abilities, and Mastermind traps.


[Source: Capcom]


Grounded October Update


Grounded’s October update adds ziplines and more to the survival game, including some Halloween-themed items. The initial announcement is relatively light on details, but players can expect decorations, recreational items, and doodads to use with friends. These include harvestable Candy Corn and a new landmark in the Frankenline, which is described as "a creepy discarded Etch-a-Sketch you can actually draw on."


Aside from washing The Backyard in a spooky glow, the October update for Grounded does a lot on the backend as well, including fixing a handful of bugs, fine-tuning combat, and unlocking new perks. You can see the full patch notes here


Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath  All Hallows' Eve


Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath is getting some Halloween goodness with the All Hallows’ Eve character skin pack. It’s available now and is free for Aftermath owners. Those who haven’t upgraded to Aftermath yet would need to purchase the expansion, which also unlocks the Summer Heat and Femme Fatale packs from earlier in 2020. 


Mortal Kombat 11’s All Hallows’ Eve skin pack trailer highlighted three of the included skins. One is the “Blizzard King” outfit for Sub-Zero, and then there’s the part-werewolf part-school spirit “Beast Within” skin for Johnny Cage. Then there’ “Bad Medicine” for D’Vorah, turning the Kytinn fighter into a spidery nurse from hell. 


It’s not certain if Warner Bros. is adding anything else to Mortal Kombat 11’s Halloween event, but we’ll update if something new turns up.


Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Halloween


The Halloween fun isn’t limited to New Horizons, as Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp celebrates spooky season in its own way. The 2020 Pocket Camp Halloween event features a number of special activities with ghoulish treats on offer for those who complete certain goals.


Jack comes around and demands sweet treats. Hand over bat-themed lollipops to get bat furniture as a reward, and plant pumpkins during the month’s Garden Event to nab hatbats. Jack offers exclusive items such as mystical pumpkins in return.


Taking part in the October Fishing Tourney nets some goodies as well, with potion-themed furniture on offer every time players reach a size goal with the fish they catch.


Then there’s a fright night gyroidite scavenger hunt, new Happy Home classes and challenges, wall and carpet sets, special cookie items and more. The Pocket Camp Halloween and October events are live now.


Animal Crossing: New Horizons Halloween


Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Halloween update is available to download for free now, and it’s bringing more than just the Czar of Halloween to the island. 


Animal Crossing patch 1.5 paves the way for Halloween by adding Candy as an item players can purchase from the Nooklings’ store and pumpkins as growable DIY fodder.


The patch 1.5 trailer shows players planting, watering, and harvesting at least four different pumpkin varieties and then using them in various Halloween-themed DIY recipes.


On Halloween night (October 31), Jack himself visits the island. It’s not clear yet what he requires of the player, but all the residents will be lurking about, asking for Candy and showing off their costumes.


The patch adds new skin tone options for players to look their creepy best as well. We’ll update with more information about what New Horizons Halloween brings to the table as it becomes available.


Monster Hunter: World Iceborne — Fun Fright Fest


Capcom’s brewing up a special Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Halloween event called the Fun Fright Fest, part of the hefty Title Update 5. It runs from October 15 at 8 p.m. EST through November 5 at the same time and is exclusive to the expansion.


The Autumn Harvest Fest is returning to the base Monster Hunter: World game, but Capcom hasn’t said much about it yet.


Fun Fright Fest (starting at 7:06 in the above trailer) sees the Seliana Gathering Hub decked out with spooky furnishings, and the handler dons a Cute Demoness outfit to celebrate the occasion. There are two special ticket types to collect during the event and trade in for loot: the Fun Fright Ticket and the VIP Fun Fright Ticket. 


The former get doled out as daily login bonuses for the MHW Halloween event and can be used to craft armor with Decoration slots. Players can exchange the latter for in-game decorations and Layered Armor, but these are only available as random item drops. Both ticket types can be exchanged for Melding Tickets too.


There’s at least one new set of armor coming to the Fun Fright Fest, Demon Lord Alpha+. Wearing pieces of this armor set increases the chance of getting VIP Fun Fright Tickets.


Capcom may reveal more about Monster Hunter: World Iceborne’s Fun Fright Fest as the start date approaches, and we’ll update if that happens.


Killing Floor 2: Infernal Insurrection


It wouldn’t be Halloween without Killing Floor 2’s annual Halloween celebrations, and 2020 is no different. This year’s Halloween event is Killing Floor 2: Infernal Insurrection, and it brings treats galore, including new weapons, maps, and cosmetics.


Infernal Insurrection’s new map is Hallmark Station, a twisted take on London’s famous King’s Cross Station. Hallmark Station has been overrun by zeds, of course, and players must team up with fellow mercenaries to take down the demonic threat. Hellmark Station includes Survival, Endless, and Weekly modes.


Two new HRG weapons make their debut in Killing Floor 2’s Halloween event.

  • HRG Scorcher (Firebug class bonus) — a flare gun that marks targets by setting them on fire
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  • HRG Arc Generator (Survivalist class bonus) — fires EMP blasts in short bursts or powerful charges
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From now until November 10, Killing Floor 2 is also introducing a number of Halloween events, objectives, bonuses, and cosmetics.


October 2020 is upon us, which means it's time for scary movies, The Simpsons Tree House of Horror, and Halloween events in all our favorite video games! While we're still on announcements from Overwatch and Apex Legends, games like Killing Floor 2Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and MHW already have their in-game-event plans laid out for the spooky season.


From new weapons and outfits to new DIY recipes and Palico Halloween costumes, there are plenty of tricks, and even more treats, in store for the witching month. 


Games that haven't announced Halloween plans yet likely will in the coming weeks, and we'll update this list of Halloween events when that happens. Be sure to bookmark this and check back throughout October!

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp — How to Get Reissue Material Fri, 15 May 2020 00:24:38 -0400 Gabriel Moss

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has a ton of seasonal events. The only problem is, what happens if you miss one of them? And what happens if you can't get the special goodies that would have been rewarded to you had you shown up sooner? The answer to that problem is Reissue Material.

Reissue Material is rewarded to you when you complete specific tasks throughout Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

What can you craft with Reissue Material? You can craft items from sets like Rover, Wonderland, and more. This guide will give you all the details you need to know about it and how you can get it. 

How to Get Reissue Material in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

First of all, you'll generally only use Reissue Material when crafting items that appear in the stopwatch-shaped tab in your Crafting menu. Even then, you'll need to spend bells on top of spending Reissue Material to craft the seasonal item.

Getting the Reissue Material itself is the tricky part, however, as the method of obtaining it has proven to change a bit.

Reissue Material has been spotted as a reward in the following places:

  • As a challenge reward at Shovelstrike Quarry.
  • As a reward for playing Reissue Material maps in Blather's Treasure Trek.
  • Complete Happy Homeroom classes and craft items from previous events to earn Happy Homeroom (HH) medals.
  • In a $2.99 Reissue Starter Pack (which isn't currently offered as of this article's publication) that gives you 70 Leaf Tickets and 5 Reissue Material. In the past, this starter pack would cap at five purchases.

It's worth concluding that they really want you to savor these Reissue Materials, so be sure to spend them wisely!

And that's our guide on how to get Reissue Material in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Animal Crossing Pocket Camp guides to keep you company!

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp — How to Change Hair Color Thu, 14 May 2020 12:44:24 -0400 Gabriel Moss

In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, you have the ability to change your avatar's appearance at virtually any time. You can change your eyes, your skin color, and yes, even your hair color and style by accessing a special menu.

In this short guide, we go over how to access that menu and how to change your hair color on the fly. 

How to Change Hair Color in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

The first thing you'll want to do when you load into Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is to get the tutorial finished and progress to the point where you're asked to download the complete Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp game via update.

After you've bypassed this point, the rest is easy!

Looking at the main interface, which appears whenever you're walking around in the world, you'll see a button on the bottom right of your screen that contains four little "windows" inside of it.

Tap on that button. On the next page, tap "Settings."

On the following page, tap "Edit Character." Next, tap on the button marked with a palette icon (on the right) and scroll down to see a range of available hair colors. Choose the one you want and tap "Proceed" when you're ready to get back out into the world!

The TL;DR is: 

  • Tap the button with four squares in the bottom right of the screen
  • Tap Edit Character
  • Tap the palette icon (on the right)
  • Choose your hair color and hairstyle
  • Tap "Proceed" to confirm


And that's it! Changing your hair color in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is really that easy! Stay tuned for more Pocket Camp guides right here on GameSkinny.

8 Fun, Weird, and Scary Animal Crossing Fan Creations Sun, 09 Feb 2020 10:00:02 -0500 Josh Broadwell




Brutus the Bulldog doesn’t exist. That simple fact hasn’t stopped Animal Crossing fans from talking about, drawing, and fearing the purple bulldog hellmonster for 18 years. Back when Animal Crossing launched on the GameCube, sinister rumors swirled about a purple bulldog who may one day show up in your village.


What would he do when he got there? Well, like any good story, the tale of Brutus and his wrongdoings grows with every telling. He sends mysterious letters to some, letters in binary code. Others, he invites to his home, only to freeze their game and then disappear once it reboots.


Still others talk of Brutus kidnapping their favorite villagers (so, Hazel is safe for all time, in other words). But the worst of all is the Brutus who’d gleefully delete entire villages, sometimes all at once, sometimes doing it one row at a time like the true monster that he is.


Except he isn’t. Because he’s not real.




This doesn't even begin to cover all the fantastic Animal Crossing fan creations out there. But it does serve as an important reminder that whether it be funny, creepy, warm, or something else entirely, Animal Crossing means something different to everyone. And that's exactly how it should be.


If you liked what you saw here, make sure to give us a share or a retweet and pass the love around!


Tom Nook in Ghibli


This piece by Sea Knight doesn’t have a name, hence my attempts above, but it’s one of my favorites from the great deal of trawling through fan art done for this piece.


It imagines Animal Crossing in a very not-Animal Crossing style, but it gets to the heart of what makes the series so special: that warmth characterizing so much of Studio Ghibli’s work (unless you’re a film called Tales from Earthsea). It helps that Ghibli deals in snapshot, daily-life moments like this in many of its films too, where venturing down the dirt road to the general store is as much of an event as setting out on an adventure.


That’s what Animal Crossing is all about, finding beauty in the small things.


Isabelle the Witch


Here’s another Isabelle-centric piece, because she’s just so darn wonderful. Here, we get to see Isabelle cutting loose for a change, freed from the responsibilities of work and able to pursue whatever task catches her fancy. Jessica sees her pursuing the life of a witch, which probably explains why that one spot in the woods was mysteriously not a good place for your jungle gym.


It’s okay, though. Because this is Isabelle, she’s naturally a super-cute witch who paints the world pastel with her starry-eyed spells, and that’s okay by us.  What could she be cooking up in the cauldron? Kibble, perchance?


No, I suspect it’s a potion to help her beat you down even harder in your next Smash Ultimate match.




This is definitely one of the odder creations out there. Instagram user Welcome to Thizzle Crossing decided to create a Pocket Camp prison, housing the worst animal offenders in the village, staffed by animals as well. Bob’s the thug guard with a water gun (gasp!), while Truffles happily mans the front of the prison, keeping all grody evildoers inside with, like, impeccable style.


The real mastermind of the operation sits almost out of sight monitoring the computer system, back turned to the camera, shades on inside. It’s Animal Crossing dystopia, the Panopticon come to life.


What’s especially fun here is how you can easily imagine a story behind each character’s participation since Animal Crossing has such distinct personalities. Goldie: “I… I bit Timmy Nookling after he tried selling me the doghouse I already lived in! *sobs* I’m so ashamed!”


Jack's House


Animal Crossing is full of special characters, from the everyday ones like Tom Nook to holiday figures we only see once a year. But, apparently, they don’t live anywhere because we never get to see their houses. Tom Nook gave his fortune to an orphanage, so maybe he lives in a hostel paid for by the local Business Association, but the travelers who make your holidays jolly have no such luck.


Fortunately, Pretty Pretty Pixels dreamed up a house for our favorite Halloween trickster, Jack. It’s suitably creepy, with a dark tone (what else would you use for Halloween?) and blurred textures. Blurred though they may be, we can still get a glimpse of the Creepy furniture Jack hands out if you do his bidding on Halloween.


That the clock’s teeth stand out the most is a particularly nice touch, along with Katrina’s glowing red eyes.


Rainy Day Friends


Poor Digby didn’t get too much attention after he was introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, unless you were really keen on the design showroom. Despite his important role in Happy Home Designer, you still didn’t get to see him do much then either. 


Why does that matter? Because this GIF from sarcastically exists to show us how much we need to see his adorable interactions with sister Isabelle. Both puppers shoulder a ton of responsibility — which is one reason why we showcased Isabelle for International Dog Day last year. But it’s just too cute seeing Digby in the role of responsible brother. Poor Isabelle, probably too busy thinking about where your next Public Works project should go, forgot her umbrella, and got caught in the rain. 


Luckily, Digby happened by with one to spare, seeing as he’s got his raincoat. If you’re really in a Ghibli mood, as I apparently am at the time of writing, you can see a parallel between this and the iconic cover for My Neighbor Totoro — though this isn’t confirmation Kapp’n’s vehicle in New Horizons is the cat bus.


The Main Street


At the beginning of this piece, I mentioned we’d be covering a variety of Animal Crossing fan creations, both good and potentially disturbing. This one happily straddles both categories. It’s a Roblox fan game called The Main Street. On the one hand, it's well done to the person who made it ... since that had to be a lot of work.


On the other… it’s kinda' creepy. It somewhat faithfully re-creates AC: New Leaf, but there’s just something slightly off about the environments. They’re eerily empty most of the time. Some of the models seem a tad off, too, like they might follow you to the train station and do something horrible once your back’s turned.


I don’t think it was designed as a vehicle for disturbing Animal Crossing fan stories, though. Apart from the scary-looking locations themselves, a big part of the creep factor probably comes from the perspective. 


Still, this is all coming from someone who probably couldn’t render a shoebox in Roblox, so again, respect to the creator here.


Will The Train Ever Arrive?


Will The Train Ever Arrive is a gorgeous lil’ GIF from @huttaburger. It hearkens back to the first Animal Crossing game — well, the first in the West at least — by placing the focus squarely on the Train Station, a fixture not seen since 2002.


It’s a rainy spring day, the flowers are blooming, and you’ve even got messages waiting on the bulletin board. But when will the train take you to meet your friends? *sigh*. It perfectly captures the low-key yet colorful life that is Animal Crossing.


What’s more, the artist even created it in a GBA style, further adding to the nostalgia of it all.


The world is full of weird and wonderful things, and that goes triple for the world of fan creations. The nature of Animal Crossing means there are tons of different ways to interpret the game and its lovable talking animal inhabitants, all without even venturing near rule 34.


For this piece, we've gathered up eight of the most outstanding Animal Crossing fan creations. Some show the darker side of the Crossing world, others are about Isabelle, while some others are also about Isabelle. Then, of course, some just remind us why we love the game so much.


First up is a bit of nostalgia.

The Tea: Falling Out of Love with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Thu, 26 Jul 2018 11:10:01 -0400 Jackson Ingram

I put Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp down about two weeks ago and haven’t opened it once since. That’s kind of big for me.

I’d been playing it every day since it’s release. Every. Single. Day. I was even one of those Americans who gamed the system by registering for an Australian iTunes account so I could get an early crack at what I thought could be something really special. Something just like every AC before it (except for maybe City Folk, which felt a little meh, to be honest).

And for a while, I loved it. But just for a while.

I’ve written before about how Animal Crossing has been a critical form of self-care for me. In my sophomore year of college, I spent an hour of every day in New Leaf. This was an hour I absolutely did not have. I had way over-committed myself that year with advanced coursework, extracurriculars, and internship applications. Each day was a numbers game: nine cups of coffee, three hours of sleep, one hour of Animal Crossing. Clearly, I could’ve been using that time more wisely, but I wouldn’t have traded those 60 minutes for anything.

It was a step out of my life and into something better. It was like releasing a breath I didn’t know I was holding. For that one hour, I felt unconditionally safe and loved and accepted -- and it got me through the other 23 hours of the day.

So when Pocket Camp came out, and I was back on my usual BS of counterbalancing sleep deprivation with caffeine, I thought I was downloading a new kind of salvation right into the palm of my hand. By then, I’d basically put my New Leaf town on hiatus, just like so many negligent mayors before me.

I was a Responsible Adult™ with reverse senioritis (that’s when you start taking school way too seriously in the last year) and I just couldn’t afford that time anymore. I had to power through without it. But with a mobile game, I could escape whenever I had a spare minute. If I was waiting for a meeting to start or getting ready for bed or just eating breakfast, I could log into my campground and breathe. And for over half a year, Pocket Camp was the breath of fresh air that I could take with me wherever I went.

Lining Tom Nook’s Furry Pockets

For a long time, I ignored the criticism. Yes, it did seem like Animal Crossing had bought into the then-recent trend of releasing a free-to-play, watered-down mobile game to buy themselves some time (and rake in some “Leaf Tickets” from in-app purchases) before fans could start demanding a new main title.

Okay, we had already been demanding one before that point, but this was Nintendo. If Super Mario Run could capture the spirit of its side-scrolling plumber with just a single button mechanic, surely AC could take me back into the warm, magical world I’ve come to love. It would be enough just to feel like a valued part of that community and to see my familiar animal friends (still waiting on Alli though, tick tock, Nintendo).

Plus, the new furniture themes were (are still) incredible. From modern to historic to elegant and shades of everything in-between, it’s been such a joy to mix-and-match the new materials. If only Queer Eye’s Bobby could see me now. And if only moving furniture in real life could be as easy as swiping it from one corner of the room to the next. My apartment would basically decorate itself.

The only real issue in Pocket Camp is space. We have a whole new palette of options, but essentially only one (tiny) canvas. There are worse problems to have, of course, but with just a single campsite to makeover (and over and over), I looked ahead to when a Switch announcement would promise me the mansion-sized expansions of a main series title.

So while I waited, I went all in with Pocket Camp. I did every event. I collected ALL the things -- even the really hideous fish chairs from Chip the Beaver, all of which I’d very much like to stick right back into the ocean. I redesigned my camp again and again. Just when I thought I had it perfect, Isabelle would slide into my DMs telling me about some new furniture series that I just had to have.

Gothic Roses. Alice in Wonderland. Jello. The special event themes piled up, each more demanding on my schedule than the last. Sometimes I’d even set an alarm for 3 a.m. to wake up, replant my garden, and then fall back asleep, knowing I’d have new flowers waiting to be picked in the morning. I was obsessed. Once again, Animal Crossing’s cartoon brand of capitalism owned my soul.

Shut Up and Stop Taking My Money

But now I, too, have finally felt the event fatigue that’s been plaguing so much of the AC community. These timed contests and tasks just… don’t mean anything. Especially when it’s one right after another after another. I don’t care enough to pick up the 800th “gyroidite” (the somehow shittier version of a regular gyroid), and I sure as hell won’t spend money on those ridiculously overpriced fortune cookies (which just give me the same piece of furniture again and again anyway).

I’ve poured so much time into this franchise, and the one game that promised me convenience just doesn’t respect that.

There have been improvements since its launch, of course. You can finally sort your campers by level and theme, which makes so much more logical sense than by species. And thank God you can tap through the endless onslaught of friendship-leveling animations. But when half the game is unveiling parties and the other half is errand-running, it’s way too easy to burn yourself out on just going through the motions.

I don’t want to catch another common butterfly or harvest another orange or collect another conch shell. Yes, day-to-day request-filling has always been a staple of the series, but it’s supposed to be mixed in with charming dialogue that makes you feel genuinely connected to these animals (even though you know they’re programmed to like you) and the freedom to shape your environment into a personal safe haven (even though you know someone is going to move in right on top of your hybrid flowerbeds).

That’s gone, and it feels like AC’s heart has gone with it.

Pocket Camp is the sixth spin-off in the franchise. New Leaf came out in 2012, the year half the world prepared for a Mayan apocalypse. Do you remember where you were when the Mayan apocalypse didn’t come? I don’t, because that was a long time ago, and while Welcome Amiibo was a surprise expansion of what’s become one of my favorite games of all time, it’s left much to be desired (and even now, a bit of a bad taste in my mouth).

How long will they keep us waiting? How many more E3’s and Nintendo Directs will go by before I can dig up my waning hope for Animal Crossing on the Switch? A little longer, it seems.

In the meantime, I’m hitting snooze on Pocket Camp. I should’ve known it wouldn’t last. I mean, that game doesn’t even let you talk to Sable, so really, what’s the point?

Fandom Freak-out

Though Pocket Camp has fallen out of my favor, the warm, supportive, unbelievably creative AC community has not. One of my favorite members has to be YouTube’s MishaCrossing, whose Let’s Plays generously invite you into her world and whose tutorials show you, step-by-step, how to build your own (shoutout to those hacking guides, ayyyy).

While her repertoire has extended well beyond AC, my favorite project of hers is a 172-day-long Let’s Play of New Leaf that shows her bewitching town of Kodama grow from the planting of the town sapling into a truly magical world, one you can then visit via New Leaf’s Dream Suite. As I discussed last week, Let’s Plays don’t have to be an endless cacophony of outdated “noob” jokes and offense slurs. Sometimes they can be really special. And they show you how video games can create communities that are special too.


That's it for this week, folks. In the meantime, chime in the comments with your thoughts/critiques/defenses of Pocket Camp. Do you still play? Which event ruined your life? Spill the tea friends.

The Tea (never timely, always hot) is a weekly column steeped in gaming culture and the fandom experience. Tune in Thursdays for another cup of content!

Friendship Levels in AC: Pocket Camp Take Away What Made the Series Fun Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:24:17 -0500 Will Phillips

When I originally heard that Nintendo was in the process of making an Animal Crossing game for mobile devices, I was ecstatic. I am a huge fan of Animal Crossing and love to tap incessantly on my phone screen to receive imaginary digital loot. On top of that, out of all the IPs that Nintendo is planning to bring to your phone screen, Animal Crossing seemed as though it was the most fitting for the mobile platform.

First of all, it’s a game in which things unlock slowly over real time (for example, having to wait a while after starting your town for a coffee shop or a shoe store to open). I felt as though this fit perfectly with the nature of mobile games since they typically give you short bursts of gameplay followed by a waiting period, hoping to keep you invested over a longer period of time (or to get you to spend money).

 Time for celebration

On top of that, the activities in the game (e.g., fishing, bug collecting, and digging) were all relatively simple and seemed as though they could easily be adapted to the mobile format. All of these reasons led me to believe that I would love Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

Well, I’ve been playing it over the past couple of weeks, and sadly, I’m pretty disappointed.


I wanted to love this game so badly that for the first couple of days, I honestly thought I did. But as time went on, as with many mobile games, the tasks simply got too repetitive, and pretty soon I was just mindlessly tapping my way through the game every couple of hours without really taking in the experience. This was so upsetting to me that it's been on my mind the past couple of days, but for a while, I couldn’t quite figure out why I wasn’t satisfied.

The micro transactions are an easy scapegoat, but they weren't quite the problem. I’m usually willing to throw a couple of dollars at a game if I enjoy it enough, and even with that mindset, I never felt compelled to buy anything. (Although I don't know how I feel about them using Isabelle to push their in-game currency.)


It was once I started to really pay attention to what I was doing in the game and why it felt so unrewarding that I finally came across the answer: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is boring because they measure your friendship with the campers.

Before I get into how this takes away from the game, let me clarify that I understand why Nintendo did this.

The crowd for mobile games has come to expect certain things from the games they play. And while an avid Animal Crossing fan like me might understand why there aren’t any clear goals in the game, for someone whose first Animal Crossing is Pocket Camp, it might feel as though the game is a lacking experience, or they may desire a better sense of progress. So Nintendo's solution to this problem was having a visual indicator of your friendship. In other words, the better friends you are with the campers, the more you progress. While seemingly a great fix, I feel as though it has some effects on gameplay that take away from what I’ve come to expect from an Animal Crossing experience.

The most noticeable effect it had on the game is the pitiful amount of fish and bugs that there are.

For context, in Animal Crossing: New Leaf there were 72 fish and 72 bugs. In Pocket Camp, there are a measly 16 fish and 7 bugs. And I don’t believe for a second that there are so few for any reason other than to make it easier to fulfill camper requests. Given that fish and bugs stop spawning after farming in the same area for a while -- as well as campers rotating in and out multiple times a day -- if you had a larger pool of things to catch, the chances that you would actually have what the campers wanted at any given point would be fairly slim. One of the main joys of New Leaf for me was filling out the encyclopedia and museum. Now, there is no real sense of building a collection.

 I miss this

Now, catching fish is just a means to raise my level and get resources, which makes the experience feel more like a grind akin to those of Runescape or World of Warcraft.

Another way in which friendship levels negatively impact gameplay is that they make it so that everything you do revolves around one activity.

Whether you’re picking fruit or catching fish, the only reason you’re doing it is to be able to fulfill requests. And even the actions that aren’t directly related to increasing friendship are still facilitated by camper requests. This wouldn’t be that bad if there were other activities to do in the game, but all that’s really left are shopping and decorating. Not surprisingly, the main way to get bells and resources for that is through giving the campers what they want. I’m not going to make the claim that basing a game around one mechanic is an intrinsically bad idea, but what I loved most about previous Animal Crossing titles was the freedom to do as I please. Whether I was sending a letter to my residents or getting a new haircut, I wasn’t doing it for any reason other than that I wanted to do it. In Pocket Camp, it feels as though some of these small joys are nonexistent.

 Good ol' Harriet

To summarize, I enjoy the Animal Crossing series due to its abundance of activities that were fun in and of themselves. Come to think of it, the only activity I didn’t enjoy in New Leaf was going to the island to farm beetles to sell for bells. That whole experience of grinding is pretty much all Pocket Camp has to offer, outside of decorating your camp and van. And given how well their last game, Happy Home Designer, sold, that is clearly not the main reason people enjoy this series.

And if I'm being completely honest, even with all I’ve said, I’ll still more than likely hop into Pocket Camp every now and again, but probably just to collect seasonal and limited-time items. I do have hope that since it’s a mobile game, it can get better with time. But we as players have to let developers know what needs to change. I’m not saying they need to get rid of the friendship level, but don’t let its existence spoil other aspects of gameplay.

Animal Crossing Pocket Camp Tips to Camp the Day Away Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:52:57 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Holy moly, I love Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Yeah, okay. It doesn't have as many features as typical Animal Crossing games, and getting your friendships up is a pretty big grind, but I just can't get enough. I'm in love.

After playing over the past week and grinding it out (Level 27 now, and more to come!), I've decided to toss out some tips from me to you. Maybe you're brand new to the game, maybe you're just lost on how to do certain things -- whatever the reason or need, I've probably got some tips for you.

We're going to go over the answers to some of players' most commonly asked questions, as well as provide some additional tips to help you get along. If you find my tips helpful, please take a look at my other snazzy Animal Crossing Pocket Camp guides!

How to change clothes

Tap on the 'Items' tab, then look for the clothing icon at the top of the menu and tap it.

You can change clothes by tapping on them and then tapping -. Mix and match to get your perfect look!

How to change what you look like

Tap on the 'More' tab at the bottom right, then tap 'Settings'.

From here you can tap on the 'Edit character' button to change your hair and face.

When installing or upgrading an amenity, make sure to have animals of that same type in your campsite

When you either install or upgrade an amenity, it grants 5 points to each animal of that nature who is currently visiting your camp. That's nothing to sneeze at, especially at higher levels.

Installing or upgrading an amenity also increases the maximum friendship level you can have with the amenity's nature (cool, sporty, natural, cool). Plan your amenities accordingly.

Keep animals at your campsite for materials, let them roam free to level them up

I like having Filbert at my camp. He's a cool guy, and I've had him as a visitor since my first day. But leveling my relationship with him has been deathly slow, mostly because he hasn't had many requests.

Animals at your campsite do not have requests for you very often -- this is something you're better off finding out sooner rather than later.

You can talk to them every two hours or so to gain one point toward your friendship and get some crafting materials, but their requests will not refresh every three hours. Without requests, leveling crawls to a snail's pace.

Keep animals in your camp who grant materials you need regularly, and let the rest run free so you can level up your relationship with them. If you don't want to pay attention to all that, just make sure to rotate your camp visitors regularly.

Animals always give a particular material

Did you know each animal will always give you one particular type of material? They'll give you some extra materials of another type sometimes, but each one has a material they specialize in.

I highly recommend choosing which animals you prioritize in your campsite based on the materials they grant.

Rare bugs and fish can show up anytime.

This is probably my biggest problem with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, though it definitely makes gifting easier.

All bugs and fish can be caught at any time of day. Weather, season, and time have no effect on which collected items will appear.

Know when items in the Market Place restock/refresh

The Able Sisters sell clothes and hats while Kicks sells shoes and socks, but when do they rotate?

It seems it's random whether the Able Sisters or Kicks will be at the Market Place, but the Market Place does rotate at a steady rate. Here are the times the stock rotates:

  • 1AM Eastern, 10PM Pacific
  • 7AM Eastern, 4AM Pacific
  • 1PM Eastern, 10AM Pacific
  • 7PM Eastern, 4PM Pacific

Always fish, catch bugs, or pick fruit when you're in their respective areas

To avoid running out of any specific collected item, always be sure to do some gathering when you're in an area that will allow it.

Don't stress about your inventory space doing this -- just sell some of the items you have the most of when your inventory is full.

Absolutely buy at least one additional crafting slot

Being able to craft more than one thing at a time will speed up your progress exponentially, and at least one should be your first Leaf Ticket purchase.

I bought both and haven't regretted it one bit.

The best use of your Leaf Tickets is on inventory space

Speaking of inventory space and Leaf Tickets, you absolutely want to pump all or the vast majority of your Leaf Tickets into expanding your inventory, which you can do by tapping on the plus sign icon at the end of your inventory list.

How to use a Calling Card

Go to your 'Contacts' menu and tap an animal who is neither visiting your campsite nor on the map. You can tap the 'Call' button to be presented with the option to use a Calling Card and invite the animal to come by for 3 hours.

How to use a Request Card

You can only use a Request Card on an animal if you've already fulfilled their three requests for the three hour period they're around.

If you've already fulfilled all three requests, you can talk to the animal and choose the top option asking if they need anything. You will then be asked whether you want to use a Request Card.

If you always seem to not have enough of a certain fruit or fish, buy from friends

Having friends is pretty useful. You ask them for help to enter Shovelstrike Quarry, and you can easily check out the first part of their Market Box from the Friends menu before you decide to visit them and spend your hard-earned Bells.

Buying collected items from other players costs more than if the game sold them to you, but it's an easy way to keep your progress moving along.

To sell regularly or via Market Box? That is the question!

You can easily make more money selling your collected items via your Market Box than selling it to the system . . . but there is no guarantee people will buy your goods.

If you have a lot of friends, going the Market Box option is almost a no-brainer as long as you price your goods reasonably. But do note: Once you put something in the Market Box, you can never get it back.

Ask as many people to help you in the Quarry as you can

I recommend this not because it raises the chances of people helping you out (it does), but because of a theory that may increase your winnings in the Shovelstrike Quarry.

Though yet to be proven, the theory is that the amount of friends who help you affects the maximum Bells and Essence you can get from the Quarry. The more who help, the more you can get.

I haven't tested this extensively enough yet to say this is a certainty, as your rewards are based on the ore you dig up. After testing over another week or so, I will update this section.

You can use My Nintendo points for some tasty freebies

Did you know you can get 50 free Leaf Tickets without even trying? What about the fact you can earn My Nintendo points by playing the game and spend them on some goodies? You have to make a Nintendo account first, though.

Tap on the 'Misc' tab and then tap on 'My Nintendo' to find your way to the rewards panel.

If you tap on 'Missions' you can collect points for in-game activity and also for linking your account to your My Nintendo account and social media accounts.

This is also currently the only way to get the OK Motors jacket and cap, each costing 300 My Nintendo points. Plus there's a 5,000 Bells repeatable purchase that's way too tasty to pass up.

Is Pocket Camp eating your battery too fast? Turn on Power-Saving mode

This can be done from the 'Settings' menu found in the 'More' tab. Just head there and scroll down to find the Power-Saving Mode option.

How to see if animals will interact with an item at your campsite

You can check to see if a piece of furniture or an item can be directly interacted with by your visitors before you put it down. Heck, you can even do it just perusing your inventory.

Whether in the 'Place Item' menu or your inventory itself, tap on the item you're curious about and then tap on 'Details' to the right. Items with interactions will have something under the 'Animal Reactions' section of the item info.

This is good to know if you want to see your campers active when visiting. I know I like watching them cook!

That's it for my tips for now. If you enjoyed the tips and found them useful, please take a gander at our other Animal Crossing Pocket Camp guides to learn about fish, how to make a particularly troublesome piece of furniture, and other useful tidbits to help you on your way.

Animal Crossing Pocket Camp: Animal Material Guide Sun, 26 Nov 2017 14:22:19 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Sure, the football fish might be rare, but crafting materials are used so often and require so much effort to get, they certainly count as rare, too. This guide is for you if you want to know who to focus on to get Wood, Cotton, Preserves, and so on.

Each of the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp animals give you certain crafting materials to be used to build new furniture for your camp. Knowing which ones grant which items will help you choose which animals to keep at your camp and which ones to focus on leveling at a given time.

Animals will give you materials under three conditions:

  • You fulfill a request for them
  • You talk to them when they've got something to say (red dialogue option seen below)
  • You level up your relationship with them

Animals staying at your campsite won't often have requests for you to fulfill, but you do get to talk to them all every couple hours to get a gift of either Bells or materials.

Having an animal at your camp is an easy and non-resource-intensive (fish, fruit, etc.) way to get materials from them with minimal effort.

We're going to be listing off each animal's primary material gift, which is the material they will always give if you meet any of the three conditions listed above.

Every animal also periodically gives other types of materials alongside its primary. For example, sometimes you may get Preserves to go along with the Wood that Bunnie usually gives. These seem to be random, but they are definitely welcome.

Animal primary gift materials

You'll notice below that, for now, there are not many animals that primarily grant Paper or Preserves. For this reason, you may want to have at least one animal for each of those materials stays at your campsite. The earliest you can get for Paper is Apollo and the earliest for Preserves is Jay.

Animals that grant Cotton Agnes (Cool)
Bitty (Cute)
Bud (Sporty)
Maggie (Cute)
Rex (Natural)
Roald (Natural)
Animals that grant Paper Apollo (Cool)
Charlise (Sporty)
Stella (Cute)
Animals that grant Preserves Angus (Cool)
Jay (Sporty)
Animals that grant Steel Beau (Natural)
Butch (Sporty)
Carrie (Cute)
Cheri (Sporty)
Cherry (Cool)
Eloise (Natural)
Fauna (Natural)
Flip (Sporty)
Goldie (Natural)
Ketchup (Cute)
Kyle (Cool)
Peewee (Sporty)
Roscoe (Cool)
Sandy (Cool)
Animals that grant Wood Alfonso (Natural)
Apple (Cute)
Bunnie (Cute)
Chrissy (Cute)
Filbert (Natural)
Hamlet (Natural)
Hopkins (Sporty)
Kid Cat (Sporty)
Lily (Cute)
Moe (Sporty)
Peanut (Cute)
Punchy (Natural)
Rosie (Cute)
Tad (Sporty)


I don't know about you, but I almost have a shortage of Preserves . . . and keeping Jay hanging around my campsite does help. Hopefully, this information will make it easier for you to prioritize certain animals if you need particular materials.

If this guide to the Pocket Camp animals helped you out and you're looking for more info on the game, check out GameSkinny's other Animal Crossing Pocket Camp guides.

How to Craft the Lovely Pink Remake of the Lovely Chair in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:29:15 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Most of the stretch goals you have to complete in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp are pretty self-explanatory. You know -- harvest fruit, have an entire furniture set in your camp, use certain items. Easy stuff. But one goal is more obtuse, and those with no other stretch goals left are wondering how you complete it.

The stretch goal in question is "Craft the Lovely Pink Remake of a Lovely Chair," which just sounds bizarre to an old player like me who hasn't played any Animal Crossing games heavily since Wild World. What does that even mean?

Let's get into how you can even unlock crafting a Lovely Chair (Lovely Pink), which is more time consuming than anything else.

Be at least level 19 and have met Agnes or Bitty

In order to unlock being able to even craft this item, you need to have unlocked one of two villagers: either Agnes or Bitty.

Both Agnes and Bitty unlock the Lovely Pink variation for the Lovely Chair, but you only need to know one of them. Both of them unlock at a random level after level 19.

Luckily enough, this is also an item you need to get them to visit your campsite, so consider all this to be killing three birds (sorry, Jay) with one chair.

Craft or have a Lovely Chair

If you've met Bunnie, you'll have the recipe for this. If you've gone through the motions to get her to come to your campsite, you'll have made one of these anyway.

You need 30 Steel and 1480 Bells to craft the Lovely Chair (Basic) itself. Crafting it takes 7 hours, so plan ahead!

Making the Lovely Chair (Lovely Pink) will consume the basic variation.

Craft the lovely pink remake of the Lovely Chair

If you've fulfilled the criteria above, you will be able to go into the crafting menu and make this item. It will be easy enough to find!

Crafting the Lovely Chair (lovely pink) requires a Lovely Chair (Basic) as well as 10 Steel. Crafting is a three-hour-long endeavor, so keep it in mind.

And that, my friends, is how you craft the Lovely Chair Remake. It's a lot more simple than it seemed, right?

If you found this information helpful and are hungry to know more about getting around in the game, check out GameSkinny's other Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp guides.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Fish Guide Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:41:39 -0500 Ashley Shankle

You may come into Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp expecting the fishing system to be similar to other games in the series, but you're in for a surprise.

Like many of the game's other systems, Pocket Camp's fishing, and the aquatic life it entails, has been simplified for the mobile experience. Nonetheless, there are things to know about fishing you'll probably want to store in your memory banks.

There aren't a lot of fish to be found in the game at the time of writing, but that is sure to change with updates. Because you need so many items to give the camper animals, it's a good idea to fish whenever you visit the two areas that allow it.

Differences from mainline Animal Crossing games

If you've been dipping in and out of the series for as long as I have, you probably have some expectations about fishing. Let's go ahead and dash those now:

Fish spawns are not tied to time of day, season, or weather in Pocket Camp.

This can be a bit of a downer for those who enjoy the thrill of the fish-hunt like I do, but for those with a tight schedule, this means they don't have to wait until the time is just right to get certain fish.

You also cannot scare fish away in the game -- so feel free to run right past them. They won't go anywhere.

And lastly, every fish will turn and go to your fishing line if tossed near them, regardless of rarity.

Getting a rare fish in Pocket Camp is just about getting lucky, as there's always a chance a fish spawn will be rare.

Fish available in Lost Lure Creek (Freshwater)

Lost Lure Creek hosts two fruit trees, but the main reason you come over here is to add some freshwater fish to your inventory.

Common fish

These fish will bite regularly.

Pale Chub
Sells for 10 Bells

Yellow Perch
Sells for 10 Bells

Crucian Carp
Sells for 10 Bells

Rare fish

These fish bite less often but sell for significantly more than common fish. These are listed in order of rarity.

It's a good idea to hold onto one rare fish just in case, but I've yet to get a single request for a single rare fish from a camper. Something to keep in mind.

Black Bass
Sells for 100 Bells

Rainbow Trout
Sells for 1500 Bells

Sells for 4000 Bells

Fish available in Saltwater Shores (Saltwater)

There's a lot more to collect at Saltwater Shores than Lost Lure Creek. Shells, coral, coconuts, and fish -- that's certainly a longer list.

This area's rare fish tend to be even harder to find than those in Lost Lure Creek.

Common fish

Horse Mackerel
Sells for 10 Bells

Sells for 10 Bells

Olive Flounder
Sells for 10 Bells

Rare fish

These fish bite less often but sell for significantly more than common fish. These are listed in order of rarity.

It's a good idea to hold onto one rare fish just in case, but as mentioned above, I've never gotten a single request for them.

Red Snapper
Sells for 100 Bells

Sells for 1500 Bells

Football Fish
Sells for 3000 Bells

Sells for 5000 Bells

These all make for a total of 13 fish for you to catch and make good-ish use of. With luck, more will be added with updates. But as it stands, this is what we've got.

The big question for most players is what they should do with rare fish for the time being. I've seen players well above levels 30 and 40 stating they've never had requests for rare fish. Being at level 20 myself, I'm inclined to believe it.

For the time being, I recommend holding on to a single of any rare fish you get and selling the rest. Why waste inventory space on items you can't use when you can make bells off them instead?

More fish will be added here as they are added to the game! If you found this guide helpful, you may find some useful info in the other Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp guides on GameSkinny.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Questions Guide Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:19:19 -0500 Ashley Shankle

There are three phases to the character creation and tutorial process in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp:

  1. Answering K.K's questions
  2. Choosing your starter face and hair
  3. Answering Isabelle's questions

If you're familiar with the Animal Crossing series, the question portions at the start of the game can be a little stressful. Traditionally these sorts of questions have had permanent effects on a character, and no one wants to walk into this sort of long-term game without knowing what's going to affect what their character looks like.

KK Slider question

K.K.'s question is one that seems particularly important, especially since it's the first thing Animal Crossing Pocket Camp throws at you.

The question you see to the right is one with no "right" answer, but surely there's a "right" one for your Pocket Camp life. Right?

Oddly enough, nobody knows what the answers to this question actually do. The consequences of your first questions are generally obvious in the Animal Crossing series, but this time around, the first question seems absolutely pointless.

We may be wrong for now, but as far as anyone can tell: This question does nothing. Maybe this was the original question that chose your campsite theme? Who knows. All you need to know for now is not to stress over it.

Choosing your face and hair

Did you know the face you choose at the start dictates which shirt you start with? Check out my Pocket Camp starter face and shirt guide to see your options.

Isabelle's question

Isabelle wants to know what your ideal campsite might be -- and, much like the above sections, it can be kind of an overwhelming question for longtime Animal Crossing players.

The choices are natural, cute, sporty, and cool. The option you choose will affect the starter look and theme of your campsite as well as which villager you interact with first. That's not so bad, is it?



Your campsite's theme will affect the types of villagers that will want to swing by for a visit and affect how long they'll hang around. Each villager has a specific theme it's attracted to, and it is possible to feature more than one theme on your campsite (though it's best to focus on one or two).

So while Isabelle's question does affect how you start Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, it absolutely does not have any long-term effects. Just choose which you think will attract the villagers you like to start, then pick and choose from there. Be sure to check out our other Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp guides

Animal Crossing Pocket Camp Starter Face & Shirt Guide Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:19:16 -0500 Ashley Shankle

It may seem like K.K. Slider's question at the very start of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will affect what you look like, but it's actually a much more direct process.

In Pocket Camp, players can choose their face and hair colors and styles at the very start of the game (as well as later), but that less-than-fateful decision does have one effect some players may not know about: The face you choose determines the shirt you start with.

This is a lot more straightforward than K.K.'s question, which (as far as most can tell) doesn't seem to have any bearing on anything for the time being. Choosing your starter face does dictate the shirt you start with, which isn't really a huge deal, but it's definitely something to be aware of if you're about to get started.

Boys and girls not only have different face and hair options in Pocket Camp, they also start with different shirts. The two tables below are separated by boys' faces and girls' faces.

You can buy all of these shirts (and other clothing) from the Able Sisters when they're at the Marketplace. In addition, several of these shirts also have short-sleeve variations. This is all something to know, but don't let the starter shirt make you stress out at character creation!

Boys' faces and starter shirts


Blue-Stripe Shirt

Tan Dogtooth Shirt

Blue Tartan Shirt

Blue-Grid Shirt

MVP Shirt

No. 1 Shirt

Red-Bar Shirt

Fall Plaid Shirt

Grape-Stripe Shirt

Painter's Shirt

Flame Shirt

Jungle-Camo Shirt


Girls' faces and starter shirts

Gelato Shirt

Picnic Shirt

Rugby Shirt

Red-Grid Shirt

Icy Shirt

Folk Shirt

Winter Sweater

Mint Gingham Shirt

Lively Knit Shirt

Bubble-Gum Shirt

Dapper Shirt

Spring Shirt


This is just one part of the character creation process! K.K. Slider and Isabelle both ask you questions that may or may not affect your gameplay. Check out what they do in my Animal Crossing Pocket Camp starter questions guide.

5 Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Tips for Beginners Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:55:38 -0500 spacechaser

At long last, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is out! After getting through the tutorial, you may be wondering, "What's next?" Well, here are a few pointers to keep in mind as you start crossing those animals.

1. Head to OK Motors for one free camper makeover.

The kind birds at OK Motors are more than happy to help you customize your camper! When you start the game, you can only change its colors, but the more you play, the more customization options you unlock.

2. Don't be afraid to pick up loads of items.

Try to pick up multiples of a variety of items. Sooner or later, you'll find an animal or two that will ask you for them. You start with an inventory capable of holding 100 items, and that number increases at specific level milestones. If you find yourself having trouble holding all your items, don't be afraid to list them for sale, or to sell them to the vendors in the market place.

Chances are, your friends just cannot get monarch butterflies to spawn, and seeing one or two in your market box will save their hide!

3. Once you have acquired an animal, you can remove their coveted items.


Love the look of an animal but LOATHE the items you need to invite them to your camp? Easy -- once you've successfully invited them, chuck out their furniture! You do unfortunately waste bells, resources, and time in crafting those items, but you can always hold onto them in case another animal needs them, or sell them to vendors at the Market Place to regain a few of those bells.

4. You don't have to stay married to the "style" of camp you pick at the beginning.

No matter how you answer the questions at the beginning of the game, you'll be able to build any and every kind of furniture you want. The only things that question determines are what furniture Isabelle gives you and what animal you'll befriend first. 

5. Keep helping animals even after they've started visiting your camp.

Help as many animals as you can, and you'll be leveling up and bringing in bells like crazy! I like opening the map and checking every area to see what folks are needing. That way I don't have to go to every area and talk to the animals to see what they need.

Have fun! The more you play, the more you'll streamline certain activities and figure out what works best for you. I've spent a lot of time playing so far (as you can tell by my level hiking up so dramatically between screenshots), so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp tips and tricks!

7 Best iOS Games to Play During Thanksgiving 2017 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:46:16 -0500 spacechaser

7. Tiny Bird Garden

Fans of Neko Atsume will recognize the concept of Tiny Bird Garden. Decorate your garden with a variety of bird toys to attract a huge cast of adorable, tiny birds! The more the birds visit, the more they like you. Unlike Neko Atsume, however, you can also meet some human neighbors that will help you on your quest to make friends with all the tiny birds! You can download it here!

Have Fun!

GameSkinny has given you the weapons, but only you can arm yourself. We hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving, whether you'll spend it avoiding family interactions or reveling in them!

6. Animal Crossing Pocket Camp

Animal Crossing comes to mobile for the first time ever in this new, adorable title. Craft items, decorate your campsite, and make friends with all your favorite animals in this free-to-play Animal Crossing adventure!


Fans of the series will be happy to know that Nintendo has finally announced a launch date for locations other than Australia!


You can download Animal Crossing Pocket Camp now, just in time for Thanksgiving. 

5. The Witness

At $10, The Witness may feel like a pricey investment to make on a mobile title, but this game is well worth it. This first-person puzzle game was initially released last year on PC and PS4, and received critical acclaim and had record-breaking sales. Explore a vibrant world and make your way through the different areas by solving hundreds of puzzles and discovering secrets that sometimes are so clever they'll leave you gaping.


Best played on iPad, The Witness will certainly keep you, and possibly a few of your relatives, very busy throughout family reunions.


You can download The Witness here!

4. Fire Emblem: Heroes

Released early this year, Fire Emblem: Heroes has become many mobile gamers' favorite tactical time-waster. Assemble an army of characters from various Fire Emblem games to overcome obstacles and enemies, saving enslaved heroes from the evil Emblian Empire and summoning them to fight on your side. 


Download Fire Emblem: Heroes here and join the battle against boredom!

3. Steven Universe: Attack the Light

With the release of Steven Universe: Save the Light on Xbox One and PS4 last month, now would be an excellent time to play its prequel if you haven't already. Dive into the world of Steven Universe in this adorable RPG, following Steven and his alien friends Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl in an adventure to save the world from an ancient, sparkly foe.


You can Believe In Steven and download Steven Universe: Attack the Light here! Who knows, if you enjoy Attack the Light, you may end up adding Save the Light to your holiday wishlist.

2. Fate/Grand Order

Those familiar with the Fate series may recognize the characters in the above trailer. Fate/Grand Order is a continuation of the series and a reboot of Fate/Apocrapha.


Featuring an original story written by Kinoko Nasu and Yuichiro Higashide, this RPG-style game has you assemble a team of characters from the Fate series, summoning them as "servants" via gatcha, and leveling them up as you go through the game's story.  


It just so happens that now is an excellent time to join in on the fun, as the GUDAGUDA Honnouji is currently in progress and will be ending the day after Thanksgiving. During the event, a mini story centering around Oda Nobunaga will be available, and you'll be able to obtain exclusive servants.


You can download Fate/Grand Order here!

It's that time of the year again...

The time when many of us are forced to attend holiday dinners and family reunions, when we'd rather just stay home yelling at our Overwatch teammates and delighting in earning Play of the Game. Sure the food may be good, but is it really worth the awkwardness?


Here're 5 iOS games to help alleviate boredom when you're stuck in those uncomfortable parties. Oh, and never fear, Android users, we've got you covered too.

1. The Room

Fans of games akin to Myst will enjoy our first entry on this list. The Room is a point-and-click (point-and-tap?) puzzle game focusing on exploration and problem solving. Open hidden compartments and drawers on a mysterious safe, chipping away at its secrets until it's finally unlocked.


This iPad game was first released in 2015, and still holds up beautifully. With three entries in the series so far, you're sure to have plenty to do while avoiding social interaction.


You can download The Room here.

Games to Look Forward to in November 2017 Mon, 06 Nov 2017 17:33:11 -0500 Kieran Desmond

After a stellar October for video games, including the much anticipated October 27th video game buffet of Wolfenstein 2, Assassin's Creed: Origins, and instant classic, Super Mario Odyssey, the games industry is in no way ramping down as we head into November.

There's such a variety of awesome games coming up in November and there really is something for everyone. So check out this run through of which games are coming out, to help you make the big decision -- what to spend your hard-earned cash on.

Call of Duty: WWII - November 3

PS4, Xbox One, PC 

Call of Duty's reinvention of itself/return to its gritty, boots on the ground roots is definitely going to help it be the biggest seller this month -- if not the entire year. Peeling back from their more futuristic themes has certainly paid off the franchise, with Infinite Warfare just last year becoming the most disliked video game trailer of all time.

Serving up its tried and true multiplayer focused gameplay, set in the grim World War II setting, and featuring far less parkour elements this time around, fans of the franchise will not be disappointed with Call of Duty: WWII. And with Sledgehammer Games back behind the wheel in this iteration, I think we're in for a treat when it comes to the single-player campaign.

.hack//G.U Last Recode - November 3


A fully restored and remastered collection of the PlayStation 2 ARPG, .hack//G.U. trilogy, released in celebration of the beloved franchise's 15th anniversary. As well as the original three titles, Rebirth, Reminisce, and Redemption; in Last Recode, CyberConnect2 are including an all new and exclusive fourth chapter, Reconnection, continuing Haseo's adventure from where Redemption left off. 

If you were into these games back when they released, then it's a no-brainer to check out this definitive version. If you're unfamiliar with the series, the premise is essentially that you're controlling a character who is playing an MMO called The World. Think Sword Art Online, but without the part about being trapped in the game by a psychopathic game developer. 

Steven Universe: Save the Light! - November 3

Xbox One

A direct sequel to mobile game Steven Universe: Attack the Light, Save the Light expands upon everything the first game did in almost every way. Save the Light is a beautiful recreation of the popular Cartoon Network show and really nails the tone, which is really the main draw.

Assuming that you're a well versed Steven Universe fan, which Save the Light most certainly does, I'd suggest picking this one up.

Xbox One X Console Launch - November 7

It's not a game, but this is definitely something to look forward to. "The Most Powerful Console Ever Made" is finally hitting store shelves to compete with Sony's PS4 Pro. Boasting "true 4K" gaming, a sleeker design, and a six-teraflop AMD Radeon GPU, the Xbox One X lives up to it's claim, shadowing the PS4 Pro's performance capabilities.

It's a hefty investment at $499, but if having the best performance and visuals is what you care about, then it'll be worth the price of admission.

Nioh - November 7


Good news for PC gamers -- the PS4 console exclusive, NIOH, is making its way to PC. Set during the fictionalized Sengoku period of Japan, you play as William, battling evil yokai (spirits) who are growing in power due to the chaos of civil war. If you're into Dark Souls-likes, don't miss out on this unique take on the genre.

Sonic Forces - November 7

PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch

Sonic Forces has a lot to live up after the fantastic Sonic Mania which released earlier this year. Featuring character customization and three different stage types (modern, classic, and avatar), it's shaping up to be a sort of all-in-one version of Sonic, taking inspiration from past mechanics and adding some new things too. 

Taking a crack at another 3D Sonic game that I guess someone, somewhere is asking for, the pressure is on for Sega to deliver something that none of us are expecting -- a good 3D Sonic game. Sonic Team are trying to do something different with the once hugely popular series, so it'll be interesting to see how it turns out.

Horizon: Zero Dawn - The Frozen Wilds - November 7


Guerilla Games' robot dinosaur hunting game is getting its first DLC expansion this month in the form of The Frozen Wilds. This DLC pack adds an estimated 15 hours of extra content, which includes a new area for Aloy to explore in the far north of the map, new mid-game story content, a new tribe, and some new robot beasties to hunt.

Possibly the best new addition, however, and just in time for the holiday season, you can now make snow angels in Photo Mode. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. 

Super Lucky’s Tale - November 7

Xbox One, PC

A cutesy 3D platformer exclusive to the Xbox One, Super Lucky's Tale has you guiding the adorable fox, Lucky, through a series of levels to collect four-leaf clovers while solving a variety of puzzles.

The release date, overall premise, and even the inclusion of the word "Super" in its title, suggests that Super Lucky's Tale is meant as Microsoft's answer to Super Mario Odyssey. But I suspect that it's going to take more than a lucky fox to topple Nintendo's moustached mascot.

Mario Party: The Top 100 - November 10


Drawing from a whopping 21 Mario Party installments, the folks over at Nintendo have painstakingly crammed 100 of the best Mario Party mini-games, into one fun-filled experience in Mario Party: The Top 100.

It's a shame this didn't make it onto the Switch, as it would be the perfect party game to play with a group of friends. I'd wager that we're not far off from getting a fully fledged Mario Party game on the Switch for this very reason.

Doom - November 10

Nintendo Switch

If you thought that the Nintendo Switch was just for little kiddy games, think again. Released in 2016 to critical acclaim, the fast paced, first-person gore-fest is a must play for any fan of the genre.

With a great single-player mode full of awesome level design, cool guns, and a kick-ass soundtrack, Doom is a difficult one to say no to.

Need For Speed: Payback - November 10

PS4, Xbox One, PC

Need for Speed: Payback is the latest entry into the arcade-style street racing game. Heavily story focused this time around, you play as former street racer Tyler Morgan, who after being betrayed and exiled, is looking for guessed it -- payback. Build up a crew, collect cars, and take down "The House", the cartel in control of the city.

Payback sounds like the most RPG-ified Need for Speed yet, with cars belonging to one of 5 classes, having the most amount of customization ever in a NfS game, and finding and collecting abandoned vehicles. If you're bored of real-life simulation racing games then Need for Speed: Payback should be a good one to try out.

Football Manager 2018 - November 10


Live the dream and take a team from League 2 all the way up to become Premiership champs, or push out the manager of Manchester United and use their insane budget to create your dream team. There's so much you can do with this mindbogglingly deep management sim.

Popular as ever, the latest Football Manager debuts a new graphics engine, boasting improved lighting and better stadium and player models than ever. 

The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs - November 10


Nearly three years after The Sims 4 came to PC, it's finally getting a much requested pets DLC. As the title of the DLC suggests, the Cats & Dogs update allows you to create your own cat or dog, choosing between different breeds, fur colors and patterns, and outfits to dress them up in. 

Your new pet will develop it's own personality as you interact with them and you'll even be able to open your own veterinarian business. Another cute addition the bizarre world of The Sims.

Batman: The Telltale Series - Season 1 - November 14

Nintendo Switch

First Minecraft: Story Mode and now Batman: The Telltale Series. It looks like Telltale Games are going all in on their support for the Switch.

Take control of Bruce Wayne, as you deal with juggling his public persona as head of Wayne Enterprises, along with his Caped Crusader alter-ego. Decisions will be thrown at you that will affect both of Batman's identities, and it's up to the player to decide when its best to keep up appearances by playing nice with shady villains as Bruce, or how far Batman should go in service of justice.

L.A. Noire - November 14

Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One

The Rockstar developed 40's detective game that faded into obscurity is getting another chance in the spotlight. L.A. Noire was well received back in 2011, with particular praise for it's facial animations gameplay that helped you determine a suspect's true intentions. Using a combination of evidence and your own judgement based on how you perceived a suspects expressions, you attempt to solve a few gritty crimes.

The Switch version will feature motion controls and HD rumble support, whilst the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X versions will run at 4K for enhanced visual experience.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 - November 14

PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch

According to TT Games, the sequel to Lego Marvel Super Heroes promises to be bigger in every way. Featuring new (and more obscure) playable characters, a bigger open-world to play around in, and a longer story, it's clear that TT intend to honor that promise.

The villain this time around is Kang the Conqueror who will be bringing different times and realities together, which rallies Marvel's greatest heroes to save all Lego reality as we know it. 

RiME - November 14

Nintendo Switch

Once upon a time, RiME was set to be published by and exclusive to Sony. Thankfully for us Switch owners, Tequila Works reacquired the rights to their game and it was picked up by Grey Box. Now after it's May console release, this beautifully-styled adventure-puzzle game is coming to Switch.

Regularly drawing flattering comparisons to Wind Waker and Ico, RiME stands out as more than just an homage to these genre giants. With a wonderful story full of little discoveries and emotional beats, RiME is a joy to play through and is recommended to all Switch owners looking for something a bit different.

Rocket League - November 14

Nintendo Switch

Finally! Football Cars: The Video Game is coming to Switch. Rocket League is one of those games that's great for killing 5 minutes, because that's usually how long it takes to open up and get through a match. Combined with the whole concept of the Nintendo Switch, I think Rocket League will retain it's world-wide popularity for a long time to come. 

Also, think of the sweet Nintendo themed cars and accessories that will inevitably come to the game! 

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon - November 17


Featuring new Ultra Beasts, altered island trials, and some new story elements, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon look like familiar re-releases of the most recent Pokemon adventure. At least that's what we thought before November.

Now it's been revealed that Team Rocket will be making a come back in the form of a new organization called Team Rainbow Rocket, with no other than Giovanni himself at the helm. It also looks like other lead villains from previous games, such as Archie of Team Aqua and Lysandre of Team Flare, have been incorporated into the biggest criminal organization in Pokemon history.

Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, is that Legendary Pokemon from previous games will be obtainable through Ultra Wormholes, each having their own Ultra form which changes a Pokemon's stats and appearance in some really cool ways. A perfect send off for the main Pokemon series on 3DS.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 - November 17

PS4, Xbox One, PC

After a financially successful but heavily criticized first attempt, DICE's second bout with the Battlefront series looks to have addressed many of the main concerns had by fans. 

Introducing a 6-8 hour long campaign mode, more offline multiplayer modes, and more weapon and class variety, Star Wars Battlefront 2 could well be the droid you're looking for. 

Including heroes, vehicles, and planets spanning the prequel, sequel, and original trilogies fans, won't be short on content for good while. But when the time comes that you've had your fill, DICE will be releasing free DLC expansions including new planets, vehicles, and heroes. It sure is an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - November 17

Nintendo Switch

Nearly six years to the day since its initial release, Skyrim is making its debut on yet another new platform. Featuring motion controls and some exclusive Zelda-inspired gear, Skyrim for Switch is the best and only way to slay dragons on-the-go. 

The Sims 4 - November 17

PS4, Xbox One

After being available on PC for 3 years, Maxis has delivered the ultimate life simulation game to consoles. The vanilla console version features some content that was missing from the PC version at launch such as pools, ghosts, toddlers, and dishwashers. So don't worry, you can still trap your Sims in a pool and have their ghosts torment their remaining family members. Because that's what you do in The Sims, right?


Resident Evil: Revelations Collection - November 28

Nintendo Switch

Including both RE: Revelations 1 and 2 this Nintendo Switch re-release comes with a few extra features -- mostly in the form of tabletop-mode motion controls.

By holding ZL on the left Joy-Con, you aim your gun by moving the right Joy-Con around. You can also quickly reload you weapon by simulating putting a magazine into a gun with the left Joy-Con and use your knife attack by slashing horizontally with the right Joy-Con.

The Revelations Collection also supports local mulitplayer across two Switch consoles.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp - Late November

iOS, Android

The highly anticipated Animal Crossing mobile game isn't what a lot of us expected, but I for one am glad. Nintendo changing things up and subverting expectations is one of the reasons they've managed to successfully re-invent their roster so many times over the years.

Now with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, fans will be able to run a camp site from your phone -- along with all the usual Animal Crossing activities. That includes fishing, finding shells, befriending lovable guests of the site, and of course, paying off debt. I haven't seen any sign of Tom Nook yet, but the slightly suspicious looking Giovanni seems like he may be the slime ball giving players grief this time around. 

It's available in Australia right now, but the rest of us will unfortunately have to wait, though there are ways to play Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp early


And that's every game worth mentioning that's coming out in November. Man, it is good to be a gamer right now. Like I said, there's so many awesome games coming out this month that it's going to be tough to choose how to spend my limited free time.

How are you going to spend yours? Let me know in the comments section below!

How to Download Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Early! Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:30:58 -0400 spacechaser

Last week, Nintendo announced Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, an entirely too adorable mobile entry to the beloved series that will be released at the end of November. However, the same day as its announcement, the game went live in Australia. Of course, almost immediately, the internet was swamped with instructions on how to download it if you happen to not live down under, but still would like to get your hands on it early.

Keep in mind, if you download the Australian version of the game and later decide to play it when it comes out in your region at the end of November, none of your save data will transfer over. Otherwise, there's nothing illegal about this process!

On iOS
  1. Log out of your Apple ID on your phone by going to Settings, tapping on your name, and then "iTunes and App Store". The next screen should show your Apple ID at the top, and tapping on it should allow you to sign out.
  2. Go to the App Store and try to download a random app. It'll prompt you to sign in to your Apple ID or create a new one. Create a new one, and set your location to Australia. Make sure when you put in an email that it's one you own and can access, so you can actually use the Apple ID!
  3. Click here to go to directly to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp's App Store page. It will tell you that the app is only available in Australia. Hit "change store", and you should be able to access it. If it doesn't leave you on the app's page, you can find it easily in the Games tab.
  4. Download it and enjoy!

On Android
  1. Download an APK file of the app, locatable with a quick Google search (be wary of the website you download this from). We recommend this one from XPK.
  2. On your Android device, go to Settings, then "Security" and then "Unknown Sources." "Unknown sources" are your apps from third party developers, and may be called "Third Party" depending on your OS.
  3. Browse to find the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp APK that you downloaded.
  4. Tap "Install".
  5. Once it's done installing, it will ask you to select a country. Select Australia. It will also ask you if you'd like to install the latest version of the Google Play store, but it is not necessary.
  6. Hit "open" and enjoy!

For now we're not sure whether or not the Australian version is meant to be an Alpha of the game, or if it will be the build that will release worldwide at the end of November. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp news!

Nintendo Announces Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Tue, 24 Oct 2017 23:52:57 -0400 Jonathan Moore

The first mobile game in the Animal Crossing franchise has been revealed during a recent Nintendo Direct presentation. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp was first teased in early 2016, but is now confirmed for a November release on mobile devices. 

In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, players manager their own campsites, which they can fully customize and upgrade with furniture and other amenities, such as swings and pools. Furniture can be crafted by gathering collectibles throughout the Pocket Camp world and from visiting other campsites, while amenities can be commissioned after collecting a certain number of materials through in-game actions, such as completing NPC quests. 

Decorating and improving the campsite helps players increase their friendship levels with animals, which is a new feature for the series. Different animals will have different furniture and amenity preferences, so building a wide variety of each will only attract a more diverse set of animals to a player's campsite. 

In addition to finding collectibles and materials in the Pocket Camp world, players will also be able to buy certain items and increase build times with in-game currency called Leaf Tickets. Players will be able to both earn Tickets through play or buy them from the Pocket Camp shop with real-world money. 

Players will also find that in addition to being able to fully customize their characters, they also have access to a fully customizable camper. This mobile home will not only be a bragging right, but it will also help them get around the game world faster -- and in style.  

Pocket Camp will feature a multiplayer element where players can share their game IDs and visit each other's camp, giving kudos based on the furniture and amenities the other player has built. 

Returning elements include fishing, Kicks, paying mortgages, Timmy and Tommy Nook, and the Able Sisters. You can watch the 15-minute showcase here (skip ahead to 29:50 for the beginning of the presentation). 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp as it develops.