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Snoopy’s Street Fair Review

By , on November 28, 2011


Snoopy’s Street Fair
Download on the AppStore
3 out of 5

PROS

  • Cute and fun touches inspired by the Peanuts franchise.
  • Helpful tutorial sets you up and points you in the right direction.

CONS

  • Pricey entry level In App Purchases.
  • Grinding starts early on with few worthwhile distractions.

VERDICT

Those who have enjoyed Smurfs' Village will know exactly what they're getting in to with Snoopy's Street fair as it applies the same formula lock, stock and barrel on to the beloved Peanuts cartoon series; your mileage will vary depending on whether you enjoy the Farmville/freemium model of gameplay.


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I have to confess that I've somewhat wilfully ignored much of what is on TV for the last decade, that is to say, I own a TV, but much of what I watch is thanks to DVDs or the snippets I inevitably see now and then. As such I've lost touch on a pivotal annual classic that is the inevitable re-run of the Peanuts shows and movies. I go in to this review with the assumption that you have grown up with or know about this cartoon world to some degree.

Beeline Interactive arguably succeeded in converting the Smurfs in to a profitable time waster, even despite some controversies and now they've tried their hand at applying the same system of Farmville-style freemium gameplay to the Peanuts franchise in Snoopy's Street Fair.

Charlie Brown is in the unenviable position of needing to fund a trip to New York, as well as a bunch of uniforms, for his baseball team and so with the aid of his friends and faithful companion, he starts up a Street Fair. Aside from the usual visual touches, players can spend cash on stalls that earn money and experience while also occasionally dispensing additional bonuses like clothing for Snoopy or collectable cards.

It is these collectables, along with a handful of unlockable mini-games, that help to motivate players to grow their fair to larger and larger proportions, but the pacing is (as it is with many of these titles) woefully slow and tied to the many timers that require hours of waiting to progress.

As a neat bonus players can visit the fairs set up by friends and even help them out by performing tasks such as jumping in to piles of leaves with Snoopy to earn bonus points, but the limited interaction makes this a primarily single-player experience.

This is a shame as the addition of so many stalls and games could have led to clever innovations such as customized playgrounds that encourage people to enjoy each other's fairs, but Snoopy's Street Fair never aspires to be anything more than the standard freemium game we've seen too many times already.

It should be said that it's well worth picking up the game if only because it's free and because nostalgic fans of the series have a chance to unlock classic strips as well as play around with Snoopy himself, but aside from this novelty it's strictly a game for fans of the genre.

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