Animal Jam, formerly known as Animal Jam - Play Wild, is an app based on Animal Jam Classic that was released on August 18, 2015. It can be installed for free on iPads, iPhones, and iPods from the App Store as well as on Android devices from Google Play, on Kindle Fires from the Amazon Appstore and on PC from the official website or from Steam. On April 30, 2020, the game was renamed from Animal Jam - Play Wild to Animal Jam while its Flash counterpart was renamed from Animal Jam to Animal Jam Classic.
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It has several new features for Jammers to enjoy, including enhanced graphics, a 3D world, and much more. The Unity Engine is used for this game.
Starting in November 2017, Animal Jam introduced an "AR" (Augmented Reality) feature that works by overlaying game-play elements onto a video that is captured from the device's camera in real-time. As a result, it appears as if parts of the game are actually in the real world. It was originally only capable of overlaying animals, but it was updated during the Summer of 2018 to include den items and pets as well. The different elements rendered on the screen can be interacted with using various controls. The feature is available for devices that run iOS version 11 or higher.
Sapphires were first introduced during Animal Jam's Beta Testing and were removed when the game was officially released only to be later re-introduced in December 2015. Sapphires can be won from daily Treasure Hunts, especially on 'Sapphire' Wednesdays, or bought with real money through in-app purchases. Animal Jam Classic players with Membership can also log in every day to obtain five free Sapphires.
Currently, New Jammers can choose from the Bunny, Monkey, or Wolf when they first start the game and those animals can also be purchased with Gems. Other animals are available through special bundles or purchased in the Sapphire Shop.
|Arabian Horse||Arabian Horse||Sapphires|
|Arctic Fox||Arctic Fox||Sapphires|
|Arctic Wolf||Arctic Wolf||Sapphires|
|Fennec Fox||Fennec Fox||Sapphires|
|Polar Bear||Polar Bear||Sapphires|
|Red Panda||Red Panda||Sapphires|
|Snow Leopard||Snow Leopard||Sapphires|
The main shops are spread across each area in the game. These shops include Animal Jam Classic items seen in the original colors and new colors. There are also new clothing, wallpaper, flooring, and den items not yet available in Animal Jam Classic.
The Sapphire Shop in Play Wild is equivalent to the Diamond Shop in Animal Jam Classic. Everything in this shop is paid for using the game's premium currency, Sapphires. Like Animal Jam Classic's Diamond Shop, the Sapphire Shop sells a variety of Animals, Pets, Dens, Music, Den Items, Armor Sets, Clothing Accessories, and also Gems.
Jam Mart Flooring & Wallpaper
Unlike Animal Jam Classic, flooring and wallpaper options are not sold with the furniture in Play Wild. Instead, they each are sold in their own separate shop stands within the furniture store.
Jammers can purchase and wear a variety of clothing accessories, which changes depending on the season, to decorate their animals. The clothing is grouped into categories for items worn on the head, face, neck, back, tail, and feet. However, some of the face and head items cannot be worn at the same time. Some items worn on the tail, like those found in Animal Jam Classic, are not yet available in Play Wild, because Play Wild is newer and is limited to an app, and mobile devices have less storage than computers.
The only den available when Jammers first start is the Small House den, which is based on the Animal Jam Classic den with the same name. Premium dens are also available to purchase using Sapphires. Jammers can decorate their dens with a variety of furniture items and then allow other players to come to visit their den, just like in Animal Jam Classic.
There are a number of music tracks that can be purchased from the Sapphire Shop. Once obtained, these tracks can be activated in the player's den to play that music in a loop.
There are many den items available for purchase and some of them are exclusive to certain seasons. Den items are categorized as either wallpaper, flooring, plants, rugs, plushies, decorations, seats, or devices. Many of the items in the seat category can be clicked by Jammers to cause their animal to automatically sit in the seat.
When Jammers place these items in their dens, they can be rotated up to eight times to see all the sides of the item, unlike Animal Jam Classic which only shows one side of the item and it can only be flipped horizontally. Also, certain items can be stacked on top of other items, such as the Swirly Pillow and Striped Pillow, to create unique walkways and layouts.
These are the current areas that are available in the game, Play Wild.
There a number of Animal Jam Classic based places that can be entered from the main areas:
Some of the Animal Jam Classic places can be found in Animal Jam, but they are boarded up and have a "Coming Soon" sign on them such as the Flag Shop, the upper floors of the Chamber of Knowledge, the Conservation Museum, and the Art Studio; these are expected to come out in later updates.
There are also secret rooms located in most of the main areas around Jamaa. These rooms can only be accessed by a certain animal. Each secret room has an exclusive statue, item, and arcade game that can be bought:
There are several mini-games available to play that are very similar to their Animal Jam Classic counterparts:
However, some of the mini-games are unique to Play Wild:
The Photo Booth can be found with a coming soon sign across it, meaning that it will also be available in the future. But photos can already be taken using the picture option.
There are also "Buddy Games" (two-player mini-games) that are similar to mini-games found in Animal Jam Classic such as King Pin (which is similar to Bowling), Ladybug Lane (which is similar to Four Gem), Super Cube, Pop'n, Scooped, Checkers, Trivia (which is similar to Temple of Trivia), and Stack Attack.
The Treasure Hunt is a feature that has not yet been implemented in Animal Jam Classic. Every twenty-four hours, there is a set of treasure hunts for each animal; certain days have extra treasure hunts such as Sapphire Wednesdays or Rare Item Mondays. In each treasure hunt, the player is presented with a set of twenty locked doors and a certain number of keys to unlock some of the doors; regular treasure hunts start with five keys and add extra keys for each extra animal, while the special treasure hunts have a fixed number of keys. For each treasure hunt, there is an exclusive item hidden in a green treasure chest and sometimes there are also blue chests that reward Sapphires; all of the other doors contain varying amounts of Gems.
The party system is very similar to the one found in Animal Jam Classic: each party takes place in a themed room and lasts for thirty minutes. Additionally, some parties are exclusive to a certain season or a certain event. Unlike Animal Jam Classic, however, there are typically only six parties during a given day and they repeat in the same order every three hours.
Packs are groups of Jammers that the player can join. Inside of the pack, Jammers may do Pack Runs with other Jammers to collect Fireflies, Beetles, Ladybugs, crabs, crops, pumpkins, or presents, which will put their pack on the leaderboard if it has enough. The maximum amount of Jammers that can join a pack is 25.
Similar to the Daily Spin from Animal Jam Classic - where Jammers spin a wheel to win Gems, Diamonds, or clothing items - the Daily Spin from Animal Jam distributes Gems, Sapphires, Potions, clothing items, and den items.
Despite being based on Animal Jam Classic, there are a number of features that have not yet been added to Animal Jam.
One of the major differences from Animal Jam Classic is that Animal Jam's concept of Membership is different. There are some members-only items, but no members-only dens or animals. Instead, there is a premium shop with in-app purchases (for benefits, such as exclusive items, animals, and dens) that can only be received with real money. Members can, however, win 5 free sapphires every day and get a free weekly member's gift. Packs have been added as a members-only feature.
There are no oceans areas available as of yet. As such, there are also no ocean-related games, items, dens, or animals available either. However, the oceans areas are seen as places on the Treasure Hunt map.
- Animal Jam Classic members receive a gift of 5 sapphires every day when they login to Animal Jam, but originally, members were only rewarded with 1 Sapphire. They also receive a weekly membership gift.
- In the original Treasure Hunt, the player was presented with an expanded Jamaa world map that had certain locations marked; each location corresponded to a certain type of animal. There were also special locations that could be accessed by any type of animal, but these only appeared on certain days.
- Many areas that are not yet available to Animal Jam and Animal Jam Classic can be seen in the original Treasure Hunt map:
Location "Arctic Rookery" "Ashfall Volcano" "Autumn Thicket" "Bayou Delta" "Crystal Fields" "Distant Woods" "Floral Field" "Foothill Forest" "Grand Ravine" "Hidden Coast" "North Timberland" "Northtide Glacier" "Phantom Abyss" "Phantom Ship" "Pitfall Orchards" "Polar Floe" "Seaway Trench" "Thirsty Oasis" "Turtleback Isle" "Wild Waterhole" "Wildlands"
- Each main area has at least one mini-game.
- The secret rooms for each animal seem similar to the "animal bases" idea that AJHQ announced as a planned feature just after Animal Jam Classic Beta Testing. However, these were never added to Animal Jam.
- The head and face clothing categories in Animal Jam are grouped into a single head category for Animal Jam Classic.
- While many of the Animal Jam Classic lands are available in Animal Jam, these lands are not identical and there are various differences throughout them.
- There is one Tiki Sign for each Animal Zone: in Jamaa Township, there's what seems to be a Panda one, possibly hinting at a new animal for future updates. However, during the 0.7.0 build, the Panda sign was removed.
- Instead of a square-shaped color palette like the one found in Animal Jam Classic, Animal Jam uses a round-shaped color palette.
- Items can be recycled similar to Animal Jam Classic, but in Animal Jam, Jammers can select multiple items at once to recycle and they also receive a confirmation for all of the items before they are actually recycled. This was added to Animal Jam Classic later on.
- The doorway to the Adventure Base Camp camp can be seen in Animal Jam, but it is boarded up and does not include any signs suggesting that it will be added in the future.
- Unlike Animal Jam Classic, the price for buying an animal increases by 3,000 Gems for each of that animal type that is already owned. For example: if a player already owns four bunnies, the fifth bunny they buy will cost 15,000 Gems instead of the regular price of 3,000 Gems.
- The beta players received a mail with a code. By redeeming the code, the players received the mythical Founder's Items never before seen on Android.
- Pets were introduced to Animal Jam in June 2016.
- The blue crystal shards found in The Forgotten Desert look very similar to the Animal Jam premium currency, Sapphires.
- The app was taken off the store from May 27 to July 1, 2015, for unknown reasons.