Snoopy's Street Fair
By Chris Morris,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fine simulation aggressively pushes players to buy more.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The game is clearly explained and never gets overly complicated. Additionally, there is an in-depth handbook going over every nuance of the game, for those who care to read it.
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The Peanuts characters are all franchises in their own right, but the real cautionary note is this game's not-too-subtle pushing for players to use real-world dollars to buy in-game items. Packages range from $5 to $100 and can quickly add up. Players can earn the money in real time, but will often have to play for hours to get the cash required for items. In addition to this, there are links to other games from the developer as well as to other Peanuts games on the main menu screen.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Snoopy's Street Fair is a simulation game based on Charles M. Schultz's beloved Peanuts characters. The gameplay itself is fine for all ages, but parents need to be sure they've restricted in-app purchases in their settings, since kids can buy in-game currency if they know the iTunes password for the account being used. Prices for this can range up to $100. The urge to buy real currency is high, too, since earning enough money through in-game achievements to meet your goals can take hours. This is a so-called "velvet rope" app that is appealing to younger players through both its cartoon tie-in and its ease of use. The app allows for players to visit friends' fairs, but to do so, they need to connect the app to a Facebook account. Users can also share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
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Is It Any Good?
SNOOPY'S STREET FAIR is positively charming and does a good job of utilizing the familiar Peanuts characters to create a fun, simple simulation that can engage players of all ages. It also boasts lots of extras, like collectible cartoon strips that never get old. However, the fun qualities are quickly overshadowed by the game's aggressive way of encouraging players to buy in-game currency at high real-world prices. It's quickly obvious that this is an app that's much more concerned with separating you from your money than it is about providing enjoyable memories. It also encourages you to recruit friends from Facebook or Game Center to join you as you play.
This Ponzi scheme-like marketing is old hat in the world of Facebook games -- and has even been done before in the app store -- but being nickel-and-dimed every time you start to have fun quickly can take the wind out of your sails.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: November 16, 2011
- Category: Simulation Games
- Publisher: Beeline Interactive, Inc.
- Version: 1.0.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1 or later
- Last updated: August 19, 2016
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