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9 Mobile Games To Try If You’re Curious About 'Animal Crossing' But Don’t Own A Switch

No Switch? No problem.
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As much as we’re curious, not everyone can hop in on the Animal Crossing fun because we’re not all capable of shelling out the moolah for a Nintendo Switch. The good thing is that there are other video games that give off the same fun and addicting vibes as the popular game. You don’t need to spend big money on a new console, too, because they’re all downloadable on mobile phones! Of course, nothing beats the OG game and all its glorious features, but we found a few Animal Crossing-esque mobile games to try if you’re currently on a budget:

Stardew Valley

Run your grandfather's farm over at Pelican Town and make it your own! From raising animals, taking care of crops, meeting other townspeople and dating them, there's plenty of stuff to busy yourself with.

Available on iOS and Adroid.

Seabeard

Seabeard is a RPG where the player takes on the role of captain Seabeard's only descendant. You get to build islands and go on adventures to explore other places and meet new creatures. 

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Available on iOS and Android. 

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

It's fine if you don't own a Switch! There's a version of Animal Crossing on mobile where players get to build and design a campsite, meet new friends, and participate in in-game events.

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Available on iOS and Android.

Hay Day

Hay Day is another farming fame where you tend to your uncle's farm, trade goods with other members of the community, and build your own town. If in-game graphics matter to you, the artwork in this game is also pretty cool!  

Available on iOS and Android.

Ankora

Unlike the other games mentioned in the list, Ankora isn't a farming game. The player assumes the role of Mûn, an explorer that crash-landed on a planet called Ankora. There, the player has to find means to survive hunger and stay alive to rebuild her space ship and send a distress signal. She isn't entirely alone, though, because she'll meet the Anks, an Ankora tribe with various jobs like farmers, merchants, and hunters.

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Available on iOS and Android.

Farmville 2: Country Escape

Remember Farmville on Facebook? Well, a version of it is also now available on mobile! It has similar features where you get to build your farm, meet new characters, and trade with neighbors. 

Available on iOS and Android.

Trade Island

As a tycoon, you get to build your own city the way you want it, produce goods, and earn some moolah. Go on quests and meet new characters while you're at it.

Available on iOS and Android.

Township

Who says you have to choose between the busy urban life and the quiet farm life? In Township, you get to seamlessly live the city life as well as perform your farm duties.

Available on iOS and Android.

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Make your own avatar, change its outfits, and hang out with friends at the Square. Enjoy the super cute graphics while you're at it, too.

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Available on iOS and Android.

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The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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