Did you notice the new game mechanic on the day that new animals arrive?
Previously, new animals would visit the recreation spots, four in each cycle until you would've had a chance to meet all new arrivals once. After that, they were thrown in the pool and would come visiting in the same frequency as the other animals.
On the day that Pietro, Merengue etc. arrived, the first cycle had four new animals, and the second one had two, together with two random old animals. Next, the third cycle had the first four new animals again, and the fourth cycle had the other two again. Sinilar for cycle 5-7. So, I had the opportunity to meet 4 of the animals 4 times, and 2 of them 3 times. This really speeds up the levelling of the animals, which is nice because this time, there weren't extra points to be gained for fulfilling requests like there were during previous new arrivals.
The next day, everything was as usual and the new animals only visited occasionally, and one at a time.
I'm usually not in the game before 7am, which is the start of the new day in my time zone. I don't know whether when you're in the game just before 7am, the very first cycle would already have the new animals. In my case, the very first cycle of the day has old animals, and the second cycle starts with new animals. So, that leaves 7 cycles with new animals, and it may even be eight if you get online early.
I hope this game mechanic is here to stay, although I didn't really fancy waking up at 5 am to check out the last cycle of the day.
Yes, that’s how it worked for me too! The new day starts at 6am here and I always miss the first cycle but the first cycle I saw after 9 yesterday was original animals, followed by the new ones in the same pattern as you describe all day.
I definitely prefer it like this and I hope they continue this way next time too. It does make it easier to level them up!
~ Mayor Aurora of Laguna ~ A fairy tale town ~ ACC+5 hours
Well...that definitely has not been my experience. It was the case for the first day, where my SECOND cycle (so noon, not at 9am when I started) had four of them and then the one after had the other 2. After that, I had Bob twice before I saw any of the other new animals.
I've only seen Francine and Meringue twice and Pietro 3 times. I've seen Bob probably 5 or 6 times, and stitches maybe 4. I think I just got Twiggy again this morning for the 3rd time.
Carrie, your experience baffled me at first, until I remembered that there have been two updates recently. The first one contained the data for the six newest animals, the bat festival and new clothing (still to be unlocked). It also contained a bug that reversed the order of the visitor list. That bug has been resolved by the second update that you're not prompted for, but that you have to download yourself from the app store. Could it be true that you haven't downloaded this latest update? It's possible that the new game mechanic is in this latest update. Just guessing here, but this might explain your different experience.