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Snoopy's Town Tale

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Classic Peanuts fun comes with a heavy dose of ads.

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Ease of Play

This is a simple city-building game, with players purchasing and placing structures and accessories. Players tap on characters and send them to do various quests to earn more resources and expand their custom town.

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The game gives players a chance to build their own Peanuts neighborhood, with appearances from the long running comic strip, which has also had a number of films, animated specials, games, collectibles, and more. It also constantly pushes players to make purchases from the in-game store, constantly showing pop-ups and other ads for special bundle deals and the like, or watching ads to earn small amounts of in-game currency.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Snoopy's Town Tale is a town-building simulation app available for download on iOS and Android mobile devices and based on the popular Peanuts comic strip. Players build their own Peanuts neighborhood, populated with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang, watching them interact with one another and going about their daily adventures. The game's extremely simple to pick up and play for kids of all ages. By creating their own town, players are able to create a custom experience to their liking and visit other players' town to get new inspiration. Parents should be aware, though, that it does heavily push ads for in-game bundle sales and microtransactions. It also encourages players to watch ads for other games and products to earn in-game currency or to skip time requirement to progress further.

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What's it about?

SNOOPY'S TOWN TALE is a time and resource management city building game set within the world of the popular Peanuts comic strip and cartoons. Players start with an empty lot and expand to build a sprawling and active town, filled with the characters from the popular Peanuts comic strips and cartoons. You'll set up roads, build houses, and collect resources, while sending Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, and the rest of the Peanuts gang on fun interactions and adventures. You'll also relive classic moments as you help Charlie Brown rescue a kite from the Kite-Eating Tree, see if the Doctor is in at Lucy's Psychiatric Help stand, and pull everyone together to compete in the big baseball game and finally get that first win of the season. 

Is it any good?

Some games have deep plots, complex controls, and require a lot of constant attention. Then there are games like Snoopy's Town Tale, which are quick little escapes that can be enjoyed in bite-sized chunks. There's also a sense of accomplishment as, over time, what started as a small empty plot of land eventually becomes a bustling hub of activity. There's also a great sense of wholesome nostalgia as you watch the characters in your town interact with one another or even just go about their day. Being able to call up an impromptu dance show at any given moment, with Schroeder at his piano and Snoopy doing his happy dance, is a perfect example of having a smile just a few taps away. It's like carrying a Peanuts-themed Zen garden in your pocket.

While Snoopy's Town Tale is simple fun, it can still be a bit frustrating at times. Being a free-to-play game, microtransactions are to be expected. But the game pushes these transactions hard with constant pop-ups offering a variety of "special deals." Even spending money on the game doesn't reduce the frequency of these pop-ups at all. There are also items, such as a billboard, that seem like any other resource but instead trigger full video advertisements for unrelated TV shows, apps, etc. for a paltry scrap of in-game currency. These sorts of ads are invasive and annoying, but don't take too much away from the rest of the Peanuts fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising in video games. What are some of the ways that developers use advertising in games? How does the addition of pop-up advertisements and microtransactions affect the way you play certain games?

  • What are some of the ways to build strong friendships? How important is it to have good friends while growing up?

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