Spoiler alert! Snoopy’s Street Fair adds a Christmas twist to a children’s social network game. When the holiday ends and the trees come down, the game continues. Just don’t give your kids your Apple ID or they could run up some hefty in-app charges. Five stars.
When I moved Charlie Brown Christmas up a week in the schedule I was left with a hole in my reviews. I could have swapped Write Pad, which I had originally scheduled for that post, but it’s the week before Christmas. It would be Scrooge like to review a utility app.Charlie Brown Christmas, it seems, wasn’t the only Peanuts app to be released recently. Snoopy’s Street Fair jumped into the melee of social network games targeted at younger audiences. Last year we had the Smurfs; this year Snoopy.It’s hard to knock Charlie Brown and the gang. Peanuts was one of the few cartoon strips I loved as a kid that continued to be just as funny when I had a kid of my own. There’s something timeless about the strip, including the social insecurities of adults in the bodies of children.Snoopy’s Street Fair provides the younger kids with an accessible version of popular, but potentially expensive, games such as the Smurfs, Farmville and We Rule. Fortunately, players can earn some of the in-game cash that other games charge an arm and a leg for kids to use. Products don’t spoil if the kids forget to collect them and the characters constantly interact with players.
Players can build a street fair that stretches across several city blocks and offer cotton candy, ring toss and even pet adoptions. They can earn coins to build booths and decorate the street.
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Players build a street fair with booths manned by their favorite Peanuts characters, including Lucy’s psychiatry booth. Linus plays the piano for coins in a hat. Snoopy dashes around the streets collecting leaves, marshmallows and stamps. Players can also invest in stalls to roast corn cobs, pop popcorn and spin cotton candy.The more money players earn, the more they can spend to buy new booths and decorate the street with benches, checker boards and bird baths. They can also upgrade Snoopy to scoutmaster and even to an artist who paints the booths different colors. As characters visit different stalls the game even offers up stamps, game tokens and cartoon strips.
Players can collect stamps for several different albums, and even Peanuts strips to read when they want to take a brake from the game.
Snoopy’s Street Fair also offers three mini games with several levels of difficulty to allow players to earn additional experience points and level up. Each game requires different skills, perhaps the hardest being the art game where players have to mix two colors to match a third color. I’ve seen students in art school struggle with the colors in the advanced game, so it’s nothing to laugh off.
Snoopy’s Street Fair also includes several mini-games with differing degrees of difficulty. The art game unlocks colors players can use to redecorate their own fairs.
Many of the best items and most popular Peanuts characters require Snoopy dollars to purchase, and those come with in-app purchases. Unlike other games, however, Snoopy’s fair kicks out four or five bonus dollars at every level. Players may not be able to splurge on the big ticket items, but they can add some to their fair.Snoopy’s Fair isn’t really a Christmas game, but the developer has released a set of holiday decorations to spruce up the fair. Players can add a Christmas tree and decorate Charlie Brown’s and Snoopy’s houses. These won’t come free. It will probably cost about ten dollars to add every decoration.
If you’re willing to toss the kids a couple of dollars for in-app purchases, they can decorate the neighborhood for Christmas.
On the other hand, five to ten dollars is about the price of a stocking stuffer. Loading up that much into your kid’s game could be a fun way for them to decide how to budget. Unless you have two or more kids and only one iPad.
Jenny Manytoes rates Snoopy’s Street Fair
Jenny Manytoes would make biscuits all over Snoopy’s Street Fair. If it weren’t for the in-app purchases I would go so far as to rate it a best buy, but it does so I won’t. Not a best buy, but definitely biscuit material.
The Jenny Manytoes Rating System
Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat
- When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
- When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
- When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
- When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
- When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.