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Okay, Haters, say what you will. I just landed on Happy Street, and, well, I couldn’t be happier. Light and babbling, Happy Street, a universal app by Godzilab, is giddy fun for adults and children alike.
The gorgeous and playful design is an immediate attraction for me. Characters Billy and Pepin greet me on screen. Billy is a spry, open-armed fox with turquoise goggles perched upon his cartoonly tangerine mane. Pepin is a greyish-blue wolfen character who bares a single grinny tooth in profile and wears a cap, a vest, a backpack, and a bit of an attitude.
App developers Godzilab advertise: “Discover a lively world where everybody is happy. In Happy Street you will be able to build your own village, discover new places, make friends, play with mini games, fish, craft objects, collect resources, and much more. . .”
Fans of Happy Street adore its graphics, playful approach, and likeness to the wildly popular game Animal Crossing. Fans also note that children will find Happy Street delightful and, in the words of one fan, “Really pleasant and fun to play--lots to do and explore.”
While I play, Pepin and Billy babble nonsensically as English word “translations” roll across my iPhone screen. The English translations direct me on actions to take, such as the suggestion to “build a fruit stand.” Interjected are sweet and friendly statements Billy and Pepin make to me, “You need to rest!” How do they know? I’m assured that Billy and Pepin truly understand my needs on this day.
Happy Street is a fremium app, which means that my going farther down this street requires my commitment to making in-app purchases. In-app purchases allow me to continue building my happy village, and I can pop balloons for extra coins. A neat social feature may appeal to those looking for this type of interaction and play.
I am not usually a huge fan of in-app purchases, and I don’t prefer fremium games for my own personal use, but the stylized playfulness and attractive sound design and graphics are highly tempting. I can see the appeal of gamers to continue their journey down this dusty, mocha-colored road.
Happy Street is aptly titled. I get a light and giggly feeling as I listen to Pepin and Billy’s forested giggles and punchy quipping. Godzilab’s new app is pure and decadent pleasure. The fluff I see on my iPhone screen is the achingly sweet, pastel, and crystallized cotton candy of kiddie carnivals that melts on the tip of my tongue when it meets me.
Look, Haters gonna hate. There’s nothing to be done. Meanwhile, I’ll trip the light fantastic in my patchy hot air balloon and ride the fields and forests to and through Happy Street.
Retro gaming and God complexes: two great tastes that taste great together. And in the case of 148Apps Editor's Choice app The Sandbox, that's exactly what gamers get. Now, though, the fun expands to the magical iPad screen (including full retina display support), providing a universal experience on either iOS device. Reviewer Rob Rich had this to say about the game: "Sometimes a game’s title just fits. It does a perfect job of getting the point across without bombarding the reader with unnecessary words...games like The Sandbox do titles right. It’s pretty much dead-on about what players can expect. Which is to say it’s a sandbox. A glorious, pixilated, element-manipulating sandbox."
This latest update from developer Pixowl and Bulkypix does more than just make The Sandbox universal, it also adds 11 new tree species, 7 new backgrounds, 8 glowing gems and 30 missions to solve. That's enough to keep any budding godling busy.
More additions are on the way, including new ways to bring lifeforms to your creation, so get in The Sandbox, start playing and 'unleash the pixel artist dormant in you.