Review: Prynt Pocket Turns Your iPhone Into an Instant Camera

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Prynt Pocket, priced at $150, is a portable printer that’s designed to work with the iPhone, allowing you to print small 2×3 photos wherever you go thanks to ZINK paper, which does not require printer cartridges to work.

There are several of these iPhone-compatible miniature printers on the market, but the Prynt Pocket is unique because it’s designed to connect to the iPhone using a Lightning connector, a feature that has both benefits and downsides.

Design

Of all the portable ZINK photo printers that I’ve tested, Prynt Pocket has the most complicated design and the biggest learning curve when it comes to using the device. The ZINK paper needs to be loaded into a separate paper cartridge in the correct orientation, and then the paper cartridge needs to be loaded into the portion of the Prynt Pocket that attaches to the phone.


From there, you need to adjust the size of the Prynt Pocket using a slider and accompanying button in order to fit it to your iPhone of choice. Then your iPhone needs to attach to the Prynt Pocket via the Lightning connector built into the device. With other printers, you basically unsnap a single compartment, load the paper, and then snap it back into place.


Prynt Pocket is designed this way so you can snap a photo with the device attached to your iPhone and then print it right away. I found that connecting the Prynt Pocket to my iPhone in this way was time consuming, and it wasn’t a feature that I thought was useful as most of the time, I want to edit before I print. Editing with the Prynt Pocket attached to my phone was cumbersome, but there is a “Print” button right in the app if you want to snap a shot and then print sans editing.
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Apple continued its iPhone X advertising thrust on Saturday with a short ad highlighting the ease at which users can send money to friends with Apple Pay Cash.
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It’s Finally Luigi Time in ‘Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’

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Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp [Free] has been running a Super Mario event since March 10th, a day that has been designated MAR10 Day because everyone’s got to be cute these days. A handful of Mario-related items were made available for crafting, including Mario’s hat, a Super Mushroom, and so on. There were some noticeable exclusions, however. As always, poor old Luigi got left out of the spotlight. But worry not, fans of the Best Brother, because as of today? It’s Luigi Time.

Luigi always seems to get the short end of the stick. A perpetual Player 2 to his brother, Luigi couldn’t even catch a break when Nintendo decided to give him an entire year. It ended up being one of the company’s worst in quite some time in spite of all of the great Luigi content. And the less said about recent Luigi coverage on other sites, the better. If you want to show your support for this superstar, you can now craft some Luigi goods by doing tasks for campers and collecting 1-Up Mushrooms. A Luigi hat and Luigi shirt allow you to deck yourself in winning green colors. After that’s done, you can also collect a 1-Up Mushroom decoration, a Question Block, a Floating Block, and a Fire Flower. If you’re willing to shell out some Leaf Tickets, you can also nab a Super Star.

If you haven’t finished grabbing the Mario items, don’t worry. You’re still able to get Super Mushrooms and craft the initial set of objects, though they are a little harder to come by now that they’re sharing with the 1-Up Mushrooms. This current round of items will be available through April 10th, and another wave of Super Mario-related goodies will arrive on March 31st. But do you really need anything else after you have that sweet cap?

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GDC 2018: An Updated Look at ‘Pocket Quest’ from ‘Phoenix II’ Developer Firi Games

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The dynamic duo that is Firi Games is most well-known for their excellent shoot ’em up games Phoenix HD [Free] and Phoenix II [Free], but they’ve actually had another ambitious project in the works for quite a long time. It’s called Pocket Quest and you may remember our own Shaun Musgrave checking it out during the Tokyo Game Show last year. Well quite a bit has changed since then, most notably a change from being a landscape-oriented game to a portrait-oriented one to facilitate one-handed play on the iPhone. Firi was hesitant to show off Pocket Quest here at GDC 2018 since we’ve already seen it in the past and in reality it’s still quite a ways off, but I figure those who have had this on their radar will appreciate an updated look at the game and for anyone who missed it before then this is an opportunity to place it on their own radar. So without further ado check out the latest look at Pocket Quest and we’ll continue keeping an eye on this one and will post more about it as its development continues.

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Fishing Tourney: Everything you need to know!

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ACPC’s first fishing tourney is here. It’s about more than just catching the biggest fish. Reel them in for great new nautical themed furniture!

Chip has made an appearance at Saltwater Shores and he’s here for the fish. Join the Fishing Tourney to earn cool new stuff for your Campsite, like fishing takes, coral accents, and more. This event is very short, lasting just four days. It runs from March 15 – 19. Here’s everything you need to know about how to catch the biggest and most rare fish in Fishing Tourney #1.

Event details

During the Fishing Tourney, you’ll catch special fish at Saltwater Shores (identified by their sparkle). The goal is not to catch all the fish, but to catch a cumulative size of total fish. For each combined size goal you reach, you’ll earn a reward. For example, if you reach 250cm in length for all of the Tourney fish you’ve caught, you’ll earn a Clown Fish Hairpin. The longer the length, the more rewards you earn. This is cumulative. Your measurement does not start over each time you have your fish measured.

The best way to reach the highest cumulative size (4,250 cm and up) is to catch as many fish possible during the Tourney.

You’ll then talk to Chip, who will measure the current round’s catch and reward you with items if you’ve reached the size goals. Prizes range from Sea Throw Nets to Seaweed Screens and tropical fish tanks.

Total fish size of 250, 500, and 750 cm give the following items awarded at random:

  • Clown Fish Hairpin
  • Clown Fish Tank
  • Sea Throw Net

Total fish size of 1000, 1250, 1500, 1750, 2000, 2250, and 2750 cm give the following items awarded at random:

  • Seaweed Screen
  • Coral Bench
  • Surgeonfish Tank
  • 5 Rustic essence
  • 5 Harmonious essence
  • Sea Throw Net

Total fish size of 3000, 3250, 3500,3750, 4000, and 4250 cm give the following items awarded at random:

  • Decorated Coral
  • Barred Knifejaw tank
  • Seaweed Screen
  • 5 Harmonious essence
  • 5 Hip essence

Once you’ve reached 4850 cm, and every 600 cm past that, you’ll be randomly awarded the same list as above. You won’t receive duplicates until you’ve been given at least one of each of the above. After that, you’ll start seeing duplicates of these items.

You can also earn rewards by completing Chips Challenges. These are similar to Timed Goals but are specific to fishing. Once you’ve completed specific goals in Chips Challenge, like catching 45 Squid or a Red Snapper that is 95.5 cm or larger, you’ll earn something special from Chip. Most of these challenges reward items like Tourney Sea Nets and Leaf Tickets, but Chip will also hand over a few furniture items.

Furniture items rewarded in Chips Challenge:

  • Catch 16 Clown Fish – Clown Fish Tank
  • Catch 4 Surgeonfish – Surgeonfish Tank
  • Catch 33 Clown Fish – Seaweed Screen
  • Catch 45 Horse Mackerel – Seaweed Screen
  • Catch 45 Squid – Barred Knifejaw Tank

Leaf Tickets rewarded in Chips Challenge:

  • Catch 8 Barred Knifejaw – 5 Leaf Tickets
  • Catch 4 Red Snapper – 10 Leaf Tickets
  • Catch 45 Olive Flounder – 10 Leaf Tickets

Sea Throw Nets rewarded in Chips Challenge (one net for each goal achieved):

  • Catch 8 Surgeonfish
  • Catch 16 Barred Knifejaw
  • Catch 8 Squid
  • Catch 8 Squid at least 37.0 cm
  • Catch 1 Red Snapper
  • Catch 1 Red Snapper measuring 95.0 cm
  • Catch 8 Olive Flounder
  • Catch 8 Olive Flounder at least 85.0 cm each
  • Catch 8 Horse Mackerel
  • Catch 8 Horse Mackerel at least 420 cm

You’ll also earn one Sparkle Stone for catching 125 Clown Fish.

Check in with the Fishing Tourney every three hours

The Fishing Tourney plays out in rounds similar to the way the campground guests move in cycles. In fact, it’s the exact same as the visitor cycle. Every three hours you’ll be able to fish another round of about seven catches.

Tourney Fishing rounds reset at:

  • 2:00 AM
  • 5:00 AM
  • 8:00 AM
  • 11:00 AM
  • 2:00 PM
  • 5:00 PM
  • 8:00 PM
  • 11:00 PM

Talk to your Campsite visitors

Animals in your Campsite will randomly give you Tourney fish. Talk to them every three hours, too. Remember, the time you talk to a Campsite animal starts when you talk to the first one. The three-hour timer starts after that. It’s different than the Tourney rounds or the campground visitor movement because the timer resets when you talk to an animal at your Campground.

Rent the Golden Rod

If you’ve got Leaf Tickets to spare, I highly recommend spending them on renting the Golden Rod. Every single time you fish, you catch two Tourney fish. Every single time. This always doubles the measurements you’ll collect in each round.

The Golden Rod costs 80 Leaf Tickets, which is not small potatoes, but if you’ve been frugal with your Leaf Tickets, you’ve got a lot to spare. This is the perfect occasion to use them. You’ll complete the Tourney and Chip’s Challenges much faster and be able to start working on duplicate rewards. If you’re hoping for two Coral Benches, this is how to get them.

Only fish at Saltwater Shores for Tourney fish

To be clear, the Fishing Tourney only takes place at Saltwater Shores. Lost Lure Creek will not help you here.

Catch all the fish, not just the sparkly ones

Because Chip’s Challenge includes catching standard fish at Saltwater Shore, you’ll want to catch all the fish you can by the sea, not just the ones for the Tourney.

Chip wants a lot of standard fish, so make sure you spend as much time at Saltwater Sea as you can stand. 45 each of Squid, Horse Mackerel, and Olive Flounder is no easy feat.

Use Tourney Sea Nets

Those Tourney Sea Nets you get as rewards from the Tourney and from Chip’s Challenge? Use them! Use them all up. There is no reason to save them. They don’t work on standard fish.

I personally recommend waiting until you’ve earned a silver trophy before you start using them. It gets more difficult to reach new size goals once you pass that mark.

The great thing about Tourney Sea Nets is that you can use them any time you want, whether you’ve caught all of the fish in the sea with your fishing rod or not.

I also recommend you don’t buy Large Tourney Sea Nets. They don’t produce larger fish, just more of them. Save your Leaf Tickets until toward the end of the Tourney. If you still haven’t completed all of the size goals and Chip’s Challenges, then you can try to make it by buying larger nets.

The difference is from about four fish with the normal sized Tourney Sea Net to about 10 with a Large Tourney Sea Net

The game will tell you when you’ve caught all the Fishing Tourney Fish for the current round

If you don’t see any fish in the sea, or you see fish, but they’re not sparkling, that doesn’t mean the round is over.

You’ll get a clear notification in the game in the form of a thought bubble that you’ve caught all of the fish in the sea for that round. You’ll be directed to talk to Chip at this point.

That doesn’t mean you can’t still catch Tourney Fish, though. Don’t forget, you can use the Tourney Sea Nets any time you want, whether you’ve caught all of the fish in the sea with your fishing rod or not.

Use regular Sea Nets to meet your Red Snapper goal

One of Chip’s Challenges is to catch a Red Snapper that is 95.0 cm or larger. Catching a Red Snapper at all is a difficult task in ACPC, but one so large is even harder. Reddit users noted that using a standard Sea Net seems to yield more Red Snapper than normal and larger Red Snapper, at that.

I tested this theory and caught a 97.5 cm Red Snapper with my first standard net.

It’s not a guarantee. Some Reddit commenters noted that they tried it without success.

If you’ve got a lot of standard Sea Nets in stock, go ahead and give it a try. You might get lucky!

Don’t sell your sea fish in your Market Box

Do yourself a favor and don’t drop Olive Flounder, Squid, or Horse Mackerel into your Market Box for sale. Guess what? Everyone else is playing the same Fishing Tourney and will have dozens of those fish in their inventory, too. If you run out of room, sell them to the Market for 10 Bells each instead. You don’t want to end up with a Market Box full of fish you can’t sell.

Any Questions?

Do you have any questions about the Fishing Tourney? Put them in the comments and I’ll help you out.

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‘Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’ Has a New Fishing Event Running Right Now

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I’ve been a little grumbly at times about Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp [Free], I’ll admit. Perhaps I’ve just been frustrated that what seemed like a slam-dunk franchise for a mobile game seemed to almost completely miss the point. But I also haven’t exactly been quiet about my main gripe with the game, which comes down to just how little there is to do in it. Even the events have mostly had you doing the same old things and getting rewards. The gardening event was neat the first time, but now that we’ve had a few, it’s getting a little boring. Well, the latest update to the game hit yesterday, and it seems to have brought a new type of event with it: a fishing tournament.

Sort of, anyway. Unlike in the mainline Animal Crossing games, you’re not actually competing with anyone here. Instead, the goal is to catch as many special tournament fish as possible. The total quantity of the fish you deliver is calculated when you hand your latest catch in, and you’ll be rewarded with prizes at various intervals. One interesting note is that we can see a new type of monetization with this event. The host of the event, Chip, will rent you his special golden fishing rod, which allows you to catch twice as many fish each time. The cost? 80 Leaf Tickets. Well, it’s something to do with Leaf Tickets, I suppose. It’s too early to tell how the event is balanced, but it may be the case that you’ll need that rod to get every prize.

Also interesting is that this event is overlapping the month-long event being run in celebration of MAR10 Day. We’re still in the first part of that event, which has players collecting Super Mushrooms to craft special Mario-related items. The Super Mushrooms aren’t quite as easy to come by as the special items in previous events, but the pace is slow enough that most players should be able to get the things they want without too much trouble. The trick will be in balancing the two on-going events, I suppose.

This all follows on the heels of the game’s latest update, which added a few new features. First of all, fish and insects you catch will now have a size attached to them, and your best catch of each type will be recorded. Gardening is easier than ever now as you can harvest, water, and plant in batches rather than the maddeningly slow one-at-a-time method from before. The update also fixed a few bugs and presumably laid the framework for the current event.

Only time will tell if Nintendo can get Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp in the shape it needs to be in to last as a long-term app, but I will say that I’m at least a little interested in the new event. Perhaps once Nintendo has a good mix of activities to bounce between for events, it’ll be a little easier to keep players engaged.

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Pocket updated with reading time estimates

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Pocket seeks to organize web content so you can read it later—in fact, “read it later” used to be the name of the app. But I digress. The Pocket app just got an update with a long-awaited feature. Now you can find out about how long it’ll take you to plow through the articles you’ve saved.

Here’s the changelog, such as it is. It’s really just a single item.

By popular demand, Pocket now shows time estimates for your saved articles and videos!

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How to get everything in the Animal Crossing: Pocket Super Mario Crossover event

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Super Mario Crossover event is here. Here’s how you can get all the goodies!

The Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Super Mario Crossover event is here and we have a whole month to collect a Campsite full of blocks, mushrooms, and Piranha plants. This event takes place in three rounds across 30 days, so don’t waste time gathering the mushrooms you need to craft your furniture.

March 10 is Mar10 Day!

In honor of our favorite mustachioed man, the Super Mario Crossover event begins today!

The Super Mario Crossover event lasts a full 30 days, but rolls out across three rounds. Though you’ll be able to continue to craft furniture and clothing from the first and second round until the event ends on April 9, the Timed Goal event challenges only last 10 days in each round.

All of the furniture and clothing items in the first round are craftable with mushroom materials except the Mario Rug, which costs 120 Leaf Tickets. Luckily, many of the Timed Goals for this event earn Leaf Tickets as a reward. The first round yields 90 Leaf Tickets total. The Mario Rug can be crafted up to four times during the 30-day event (though I’m not sure why you would need four since you can only place two rugs down at a time).

Crafting Super Mario Crossover furniture and clothing costs Mushrooms, which you get as a bonus for completing requests from your animal friends or completing Timed Goals in the game.

How to stock up on Mushrooms to craft all the Super Mario Crossover furniture and clothes

You can earn Mushrooms in two ways. One is from completing requests for animals in the campground or your Campsite. Animals will give Mushrooms as a bonus item along with typical crafting materials. Mushroom rewards appear to be random. Sometimes, you’ll receive 1 – 6 Mushrooms for all three requests, but other times, you might complete 10 requests without being rewarded a single Mushroom. Come on, Curt. Don’t be so stingy!

Another way to get big stacks of Mushrooms is to complete timed goals. Luckily, these particular timed goals last 10 days. You don’t have to complete them within one 24-hour period. Mushroom rewards for Timed Goals in the first round are:

  • 10 Mushrooms – Complete 1 request for visiting animals.
  • 10 Mushrooms – Complete 2 request for visiting animals.
  • 10 Mushrooms – Complete 3 request for visiting animals.
  • 10 Mushrooms – Complete 5 request for visiting animals.
  • 10 Mushrooms – Complete 10 request for visiting animals.
  • 10 Mushrooms – Complete 15 request for visiting animals.
  • 10 Mushrooms – Complete 20 request for visiting animals.
  • 10 Mushrooms – Complete 30 request for visiting animals.
  • 20 Mushrooms – Complete 50 request for visiting animals.

We don’t yet know what the Timed Goals for Round 2 and Round 3 are. I’ll update this guide as soon as I find out.

Craft furniture to earn Leaf Tickets

While your earning lots of Mushrooms for completing requests for visiting animals, you should begin crafting furniture. For one reason, that’s why you’re participating in this event, right? For another, you’ll earn Bells and Leaf Tickets for crafting furniture. Bell and Leaf Ticket rewards for Timed Goals in the first round are:

  • 1,000 Bells – Craft Big Bro’s Hat.
  • 1,000 Bells – Craft Big Bro’s Tee.
  • 3,000 Bells – Craft Big Bro’s Mustache.
  • 20 Leaf Tickets – Craft Coin.
  • 20 Leaf Tickets – Craft Block.
  • 20 Leaf Tickets – Craft Green Shell.
  • 30 Leaf Tickets – Craft Super Mushroom.

We don’t yet know what the Timed Goals for Round 2 and Round 3 are. I’ll update this guide as soon as I know more.

Complete requests every three hours

Animals move in and out of the campground every three hours. That means four different animals appear “in the wild” (around the campground) requesting three tasks each, and a random number of animals will give you some items in your Campsite. This will help you earn the Timed Goal quests and have a chance to get those bonus Mushrooms from animals.

I recommend setting an alarm (not while you’re sleeping, of course) to remind you at each of the times below so you can log in and quest up.

  • 7AM ET
  • 10AM ET
  • 1PM ET
  • 4PM ET
  • 7PM ET
  • 10PM ET
  • 1AM ET
  • 4AM ET

Chat with animals in your Campsite

In addition to completing quests every three hours, you can chat with the animals in your Campsite. Sometimes as many as five of them will give you items or bells. If your lucky, the Campsite residents will drop a Mushroom or two in your lap.

Keep in mind that the three hour cycle for animals at your Campsite begins after you speak with the first animal. The best way to keep the pattern similar to the campground cycle is to talk to the animals in your campsite first, at the same time as the cycle switch noted above.

Stock up on fish, fruit, shells, and bugs

As many as you can hold in your item storage. If you’re going to make it through all of those quests every three hours, you can’t expect to just log in at 7AM and then again at 10AM and have all of the items that every animal will request. You’ll have to keep the game going as often as you have time for. Every free moment should be spent grinding (AKA: farming) for items that animals will ask you for.

It’s important to have a balanced item storage box. If you have too many Olive Flounders and very few Peaches, you’re going to be up a creek without a paddle. Try to make sure you have a lot of everything, even if it means selling 10 of those Crucian Carps back to the in-store market for a measly 10 Bells each.

Fruit is the most difficult to stock up on in ACPC, especially oranges, peaches, and pears. There are only one tree each of those. Now is the time to check your friends’ market boxes and see if anyone is selling off some fruit. Stock up on nature’s candies because you’ll be giving them all away again to animals after the next campground turnaround.

PSA: Do your friends a favor and list some of those extra peaches and pears you’ve got lying around. It’ll make them so happy.

Request help from friends the first time you open the game

In order to enter Shovelstrike Quarry, you need to pay out 20 Leaf Tickets or get help from five friends. Asking for help from friends is easy. Just tap the banner that says, “Enter with help from friends!” and then tap “Ask for Help!” to send requests to up to 10 friends at a time.

The hard part is getting your friends to help you. On the receiving end of the request, the other person has to notice that you need help by checking their friend list and tapping your name, then tapping “Lend a Hand.” You need five other players to lend you a hand.

Not everyone plays at the same time, so the easiest way to ensure that your friends will help you out is to ask first thing in the morning. That way, you have plenty of time to receive the help you need. You can hold on to those helping friends for future Shovelstrike Quarry visits. They don’t have to be used for the current reward.

For example, let’s say you open the game for the first time at 7:00 AM. Call on your friends for help right away. Let’s also assume that you receive help from five of those friends by 8:00 AM, but the Shovelstrike Quarry reward is a stack of wood. Don’t enter the Quarry during this cycle. Wait until the next one to see if the reward is Mushrooms. You can hold on to those helping friends until the end of the day. The friend request cycle will restart after midnight ET.

Previous Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp events

The Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Crystal Collection event is over, but we’re keeping the information alive, just in case you want to see how it worked. The same event might take place again in the future, so you can bone up on your crafting skills early.

Crystal Collection event open!

Turn your campsite int a world of glittering crystal during the Crystal Collection event, going on now!

The Crystal Collection event lasts just 10 days and ends February 24, 2018. You can find sparkly furniture and a full Snow Princess outfit. You can even add a crystal gazebo to your Campsite. The Snow Princess dress is a Timed Goal reward that you can only get by crafting a specific event item.

Crafting Crystal Collection furniture costs Crystal Shards. You can get them as a bonus for completing requests from your animal friends, or by completing timed goals in the game.

How to stock up on Snowflakes to craft all of the Winter Sports furniture and clothes

You can earn Crystal Shards in three ways. One is from completing requests for animals in the campground or your Campsite. Animals will give Crystal Shards as a bonus item along with typical crafting materials. Crystal Shard rewards appear to be random. Sometimes, you’ll receive 1 – 6 Crystal Shards for all three requests, but other times, you might complete 10 requests without being rewarded a single Crystal Shard. Hey Francine, what gives? Don’t be so stingy!

Another way to get big stacks of Crystal Shards is to complete timed goals. Luckily, these particular timed goals last the entire 10 days. You don’t have to complete them within one 24-hour period. Timed goals for Crystal Shards are:

  • 5 Crystal Shards – Craft Crystal Mist.
  • 5 Crystal Shards – Craft Crystal Mist Elite.
  • 10 Crystal Shards – Completed 3 requests for visiting animals.
  • 10 Crystal Shards – Complete 10 requests for visiting animals.
  • 10 Crystal Shards – Craft Blue Rug.
  • 20 Crystal Shards – Craft Snow Princess wig.
  • 20 Crystal Shards – Craft Large Crystal.
  • 30 Crystal Shards – Complete 20 requests for visiting animals.
  • 40 Crystal Shards – Craft Crystal Bed.

To get the Snow Princess Dress and Crystal Countertop, complete two Timed Goals.

  • Crystal Countertop – Craft Crystal Tree.
  • Snow Princess Dress – Craft Crystal Lamp.

You can also earn Leaf Tickets for completing the last Crystal Collection event Timed Goals.

  • 20 Leaf Tickets – Craft Crystal Gazebo.

One of the best ways to earn large stacks of Crystal Shards is when the Shovelstrike Quarry is offering them. You can earn 30 or more Crystal Shards from one trip to Shovelstrike Quarry. Crystal Shards are offered as a reward a couple of times each day, so be sure to check back often.

Craft the low-cost, fast-finishing clothes first

Getting all of the Crystal Collection items is a bit of a balancing act. In order to get more Crystal Shards, you can craft some of the lowest-costing fastest-completing items. These items cost 10 Crystal Shards and only take one minute to complete. They yield 5 – 10 more Crystal Shards each, once crafting is complete, thanks to the timed goal reward, which means you can immediately craft the next item after you’ve collected the reward from your Mailbox. After you’ve earned your first 20 Crystal Shards, craft the following items, one after the other.

  • Crystal Mist
  • Crystal Mist Elite
  • Blue Rug

This will only take a few minutes, including the time it takes to collect your reward from your Mailbox.

After you finish these three items, you can continue your daily grind of completing requests and visiting Shovelstrike Quarry to earn more Crystal Shards.

Winter Sports event Open

Get into the spirit of the season, and turn your campsite into a winter wonderland during the Winter Sports Event, going on right now.

The Winter Sports event lasts just 10 days and ends January 30, 2018. The clothing items are available as rewards for timed goals. You can get them by completing such tasks as completing a certain number of requests for the animals.

Crafting Winter Sports furniture items cost Snowflakes and nothing else. You can get Snowflakes as a bonus for completing requests from your animal friends, or by completing timed goals in the game.

How to stock up on Snowflakes to craft all of the Winter Sports furniture and clothes

You can earn Snowflakes in three ways. One is from completing requests for animals in the campground or your Campsite. Animals will give Snowflakes as a bonus item along with typical crafting materials. Snowflake rewards appear to be random. Sometimes, you’ll receive 1 – 6 Snowflakes for all three requests, but other times, you might complete 10 requests without being rewarded a single Snowflake. Come on Agnes, what gives? Didn’t I do what you asked?

Another way to get big stacks of Snowflakes is to complete timed goals. Luckily, these particular timed goals last the entire 10 days. You don’t have to complete them within one 24-hour period. Timed goals for Snowflakes are:

  • 10 Snowflakes – Complete 10 requests for visiting animals.
  • 10 Snowflakes – Craft figure-skate shoes.
  • 10 Snowflakes – Craft snowboard pants.
  • 10 Snowflakes – Craft snowboard jacket
  • 10 Snowflakes – Craft figure-skate outfit
  • 30 Snowflakes – Complete 20 requests for visiting animals.
  • 30 Snowflakes – Craft pearl tiara.
  • 30 Snowflakes – Craft beanie with goggles
  • 30 Snowflakes – Craft mini skate ring.

You can also earn Leaf Tickets for completing some Timed Goals

  • 10 Leaf Tickets – Complete 3 requests for visiting animals.
  • 20 Leaf Tickets – Craft snow park.

One of the best ways to earn large stacks of Snowflakes is when the Shovelstrike Quarry is offering them. You can earn 30 or more Snowflakes from one trip to Shovelstrike Quarry. Snowflakes are offered as a reward a couple of times each day, so be sure to check back often.

Craft the low-cost, fast-finishing clothes first

Getting all of the Winter Sports items is a bit of a balancing act. In order to get more Snowflakes, you can craft some of the lowest-costing fastest-completing items. These items cost 10 Snowflakes and only take one minute to complete. They yield 10 more Snowflakes each once crafting is complete thanks to the timed goal reward, which means you can immediately craft the next item after you’ve collected the reward from your Mailbox. After you’ve earned your first 10 Snowflakes, craft the following items, one after the other.

  • Figure-skate shoes
  • Snowboard Pants
  • Snowboard Jacket

This will only take about 3 minutes, maybe four including the time it takes to collect your reward from your Mailbox.

After you finish these three items, you can continue your daily grind of completing requests and visiting Shovelstrike Quarry to earn more Snowflakes.

New Year’s event Open!

A limited-time New Year’s Event is going on right now!

During the event, you may get Countdown Charms when you complete requests for animals.

Collect enough and you can craft special New Year’s-themed items.

You can also unlock New Year’s-themed clothing by completing animal requests!

Have fun, and happy New Year!

The New Year’s event lasts just 15 days and ends January 10, 2018. The clothing items are available as rewards for timed goals. You can get them by completing such tasks as completing a certain number of requests for the animals or crafting specific New Year’s items.

Crafting New Year’s items cost Countdown Charms and nothing else. You can get Countdown Charms as a bonus for completing requests from your animal friends, or by completing timed goals in the game.

How to get the traditional New Year’s outfit

There are new crafting items and clothing as part of the New Year’s event. Clothing items are only available as rewards for completing requests for the animals that visit your campground or are hanging out at your Campsite.

Kimono Sandals – Complete 10 requests for visiting animals Kimono – Craft the Fancy Mochi Pestle Haori – Craft the Fancy Osechi

How to stock up on Countdown Charms to craft all of the New Year’s- themed furniture

You can earn Countdown Charms in three ways. One is from completing requests for animals in the campground or your Campsite. Animals will give Countdown Charms as a bonus item along with typical crafting materials. Countdown Charm rewards appear to be random. Sometimes, you’ll receive 1 – 6 Countdown Charms for all three requests, but other times, you might complete 10 requests without a single Countdown Charm. Come on, Maggie, what gives? Didn’t I do what you asked?

Another way to get big stacks of Countdown Charms is to complete timed goals. Luckily, these particular timed goals last the entire 15 days. You don’t have to complete them within one 24-hour period. Timed goals for Countdown Charms are:

  • 10 Countdown Charms – Complete 3 requests for visiting animals
  • 10 Countdown Charms – Complete 10 requests for visiting animals
  • 10 Countdown Charms – Craft the Fancy Kadomatsu
  • 10 Countdown Charms – Craft the Basket of Tangerines
  • 10 Countdown Charms – Craft the Zodiac Dog
  • 30 Countdown Charms – Complete 30 requests for visiting animals
  • 40 Countdown Charms – Craft the Flowery Kotatsu
  • 40 Countdown Charms – Craft the Fancy Kagamimochi
  • 40 Countdown Charms – Craft the OK Motors Kite
  • 70 Countdown Charms – Complete 70 requests for visiting animals

You will also earn one special request gem for crafting the Kadomatsu Screen and 20 leaf tickets for crafting Isabelle Kite.

One of the best ways to earn large stacks of Countdown Charms is when the Shovelstrike Quarry is offering them. You can earn anywhere from 13 – 34 Countdown Charms from one trip to Shovelstrike Quarry. It appears that Countdown Charms are offered as a reward a couple of times each day, so be sure to check back often.

Holiday Event Open!

A limited-time holiday event has begun!

If you fulfill requests for animals, you can get candy canes.

Collect enough and you can craft special holiday furniture.

Completing selected Timed Goals can unlock special holiday clothing, too!

Here’s to a happy holiday season at your campsite!

The holiday event lasts 25 days and will end on Christmas Eve. The clothing items are available as rewards for timed goals. You can get them by completing such tasks as completing a certain number of requests for the animals or crafting specific holiday items.

Crafting holiday items cost Candy Canes and nothing else. You can get Candy Canes as a bonus for completing requests from your animal friends, or by completing timed goals in the game.

How to get the Santa suit

There are new crafting items and clothing as part of the holiday event. Clothing items are available as rewards for completing requests for the animals that visit your campground or are hanging out at your Campsite.

  • Santa pants – Complete 30 requests for visiting animals
  • Santa skirt – Complete 70 requests for visiting animals
  • Santa boots – Craft the Jingle checked rug
  • Santa coat – Craft the Jingle fence

How to stock up on Candy Canes to craft all the holiday furniture

You can earn Candy Canes in three ways. One is from completing requests for animals in the campground or your Campsite. Animals will give Candy Canes as a bonus item along with typical crafting materials. Candy Cane rewards appear to be random. Sometimes, you’ll receive 1 – 6 Candy Canes for all three requests, but other times, you might complete 10 requests without a single Candy Cane. I use this time to cuss out my animal friends.

Another way to get big stacks of Candy Canes is to complete timed goals. Luckily, these particular timed goals last the entire 25 days. You don’t have to complete them within one 24-hour period. Timed goals for Candy Canes are:

  • 20 Candy Canes – Complete 3 requests for visiting animals
  • 20 Candy Canes – Craft the Jingle checked sofa
  • 20 Candy Canes – Craft the Mountain of presents
  • 40 Candy Canes – Complete 10 requests for visiting animals
  • 40 Candy Canes – Craft the Jingle checked bed
  • 80 Candy Canes – Craft the Jingle snow globe
  • 80 Candy Canes – Craft the Festive streetlight

One of the best ways to earn large stacks of Candy Canes is when the Shovelstrike Quarry is offering them. You can earn anywhere from 13 – 34 Candy Canes from one trip to Shovelstrike Quarry. It appears that Candy Canes are offered as a reward a couple of times each day, so be sure to check back often.

Your suggestions?

How are you planning for the next Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp event? Put your suggestions in the comment so we can all learn some new tricks.

Updated March 10, 2018: Added information about the Super Mario Crossover event and moved the Crystal Collection event guide to the Older Events section.

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Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It’s time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. There were some interesting and controversial updates this week, and I’ve gathered up a nice bunch of them for you to look at while you’re getting your week on. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let’s dig in!

Dan The Man, Free Valentine’s Day is over! The Lunar New Year is all wrapped up! And Easter isn’t for at least a few more weeks! What is a game that prides itself on event-based updates to do? Oh wait, that’s right. St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. That’ll do, pig. That’ll do. This update adds some St. Patrick’s Day arenas to the Survival mode, a leprechaun you can catch for Gacha Tokens, and a couple of changes to the Weekly Events. You might even be able to play as Barry Steakfries sometimes even if you haven’t bought him. Not a bad deal, eh?

CHRONO TRIGGER (Upgrade Ver.), $ 9.99 Hrm. Hmm. Hmmmmmm. Well, this new version of Chrono Trigger got a lot of talk last week, mostly from PC players who were justifiably ticked off at the changes made from the original game that seemed mostly done in service of mobile players. But what does this update mean for mobile players? Well, the issues with the new scattershot high-res sprites are less noticeable on a smaller screen, and the pre-Retina graphics of the earlier version really didn’t look very good on modern displays. The new UI works fine with touch controls, and added features like MFi support, iCloud support, and the ability to save anywhere are definite positives. I still think the new graphics look hideous in places, but this one is a net positive for mobile players compared to the 2011 version.

Pocket Build, $ 0.99 Pocket Build has quietly become a huge hit, and it’s easy to see why. For one low price you can build away to your heart’s content without having to worry about having to refresh your stamina, check in every two hours to collect Wigglybucks, or other stuff like that. That shouldn’t be a rare experience on mobile, but here we are. Anyway, this new version adds more than 150 new items including fences, modern buildings, farm animals, a new tile type, forts, new plants and trees, and a whole lot more. This update also adds IAPs to the game, but don’t worry! The IAPs are nothing more than a way to tip the developer to support further development. You get nothing from them except a sense of happiness at backing a good developer. You know what? This is a coveted UMMSotW award-worthy effort, I think. Congratulations, MoonBear!

Gardenscapes, Free Okay, but suppose you like collecting Wigglybucks? Well then, you’d probably like Gardenscapes, an enjoyable hybrid of match-3 and sim that seems to have caught the attention of the not-small F2P puzzle fan demographic on iOS in recent times. This new update jumps right on to Easter, tasking you and Austin the Butler with organizing a massive Easter feast for the entire town. There are new decorations and rewards to earn in this event, so get cracking. You can also look forward to a new garden, complete with new obstacles and gimmicks. I will not rest until Austin is confirmed for the next Smash Bros. game.

Subway Surfers, Free It’s always interesting to see how the developers of Subway Surfers choose to depict the various locations the kids visit on their never-ending world tour. This time, they hit Tokyo, which isn’t too far from where I live. Cosmically speaking, anyway. Cherry trees in bloom lining the tracks? Sure, that works. Collecting Hina dolls to earn rewards? Accurate and timely! An unlockable schoolgirl character with an unlockable catgirl outfit and a kitty (but not That Kitty) board? Well, that’s not too bad I suppose. That schoolgirl’s socks are too colorful, though. She’d definitely be sent home to change.

Rules of Survival, Free Oh, hello lady with impeccable make-up who is glistening with sweat and eating her bandage. We missed you last week! So what do you have for us this time? A battle jeep? That’s neat. You say it holds five people and has a gun turret passengers can use to shoot at fools? I like it. On top of that, players can now shoot and jump during glider fights? Well, if I am ever in a glider fight I’m sure I will appreciate that. What’s that? This rhetoric device is played out and each sentence deeper I go with it, the more it falls apart? Quite correct! Next!

Shooty Skies, Free Shooty Skies is a nifty little game, and its updates always have a lot of great new things in them. I love the sense of humor behind the character designs, and this one is a real corker in that regard. The 7bit Future update includes a new tune from 7bit Hero, 12 new pilots including 2 free ones, an overhaul to Daily Missions, and a bunch of tweaks and improvements to the game’s UI. If you’re not convinced to give this a try yet, one of the new characters is a pig in a flying bathtub named Hog Tub Time Machine. See?

Bubble Witch 2 Saga, Free Okay, on the one hand, this is just the usual King update of 20 new levels that keeps the game and its players going on forever and ever. On the other hand, the update notes include the return of the absolutely bananas rhyme/song that has been a regular part of this game’s updates for the last while. I was worried for a while there that it was gone! But no, it is safe. And also there are 20 new levels. King can’t be bothered to say anything new about them, so I’m sure not going to either.

MORTAL KOMBAT X, Free It’s odd how these simple fighting games keep chugging along, making good cash for WB while helping to subsidize the next iteration of the mainline games. This update brings three new Gold Tier characters to the game, all available through current or upcoming challenges. Dragon Breath Bo Rai Cho, Shokan Warrior Kintaro, and Scorpion Hanzo Hasashi have all been added to the game, complete with their own sets of moves and abilities. This update also adds a few new types of Kard Packs for you to buy. Ha, I remember Kintaro. The Kintaro Morph fatality in Mortal Kombat 2 was probably the best secret-that-seems-fake-but-is-really-real of that era.

MARVEL Contest of Champions, Free Ah, Marvel fans were starved of good X-Men content for so long that I don’t even mind how hard the company is leaning on them lately. This update includes new quests in a story called X-Men: Savage Future, a new challenge in the form of M.O.D.O.K.’s Lab, and a whole bevy of bug fixes and tweaks. Mutant menaces for all!

That about wraps it up for last week’s significant updates. I’m sure I’ve missed some, though, so please feel free to comment below and let everyone know if you think something should be mentioned. As usual, major updates will likely get their own news stories throughout this week, and I’ll be back next Monday to summarize and fill in the blanks. Have a great week!

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