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Activision Publishing, Inc. has launched Peanuts: Snoopy’s Town Tale on select Android devices via Google Play and Kindle Fire through the Amazon Appstore. Already available on select iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices via the App Store, this imaginative, free-to-play game lets fans join Snoopy and the rest of the PEANUTS gang to build, explore, and quest through the iconic locations from the classic family comic strip.

In addition, a special festive theme is available for free today for Peanuts: Snoopy’s Town Tale across all platforms. Winter has arrived, bringing to the neighbourhood a blanket of fresh snow and the four-week “Christmas Tales” event, which gives players new seasonal decorations and items to collect. Moreover, players that complete every mission before the snow thaws will unlock Rerun! There are new costumes and character animations to discover, as well, plus a new landmark – the North Pole Express – featuring eight bonus projects to craft.

If, like me, you are a fan of the PEANUTS cartoon and you enjoyed the latest PEANUTS movie then you will have a good number of hours of free fun playing SNOOPY TOWN TALE on your Android device. I mention the film because this game features the same or very similar animated characters found in the film, mainly Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and several others of the Snoopy Gang.

SNOOPY TOWN TALE plays quite like Sim City and just about every other town building game on console, PC and tablet. You begin by performing various linear tasks that introduce you to the environment. Within a minute of playing you should have built Charlie Brown's house and Snoopy's kennel, thus giving you two characters who can perform various functions and create certain items. Follow the instructions and you will soon be collecting flowers and lemons and twigs, all of which can be transformed at Work Station One, eventually, but not too far into the game, bringing Lucy into play. 

Like all of these types of games if you don't follow the sequences as they are set out you will end up using items required for other purposes and then have to wait until enough time has passed so that they are again replenishable. Some of the items can take up to a full day and night (24 hours) to be produced by one of the characters whereas another character may be able to make the same item in a few minutes - thus always check what your characters can do before comitting.

Buildings that you construct can be moved if necessary to design your town as you wish. In-Game buildings, such as play-parks, Building sites etc cannot be moved and you have to work around them. New building areas become available when you reach certain levels and have the right items and available cash to create them. Each new building generally produces something, even if itt is only a few gold coins every 30-60 minutes. 

The game is highly addictive even though there is a huge amount of down time. Several items take so long to make that it is better to set all characters to making something useful and then shutting down the game so you can return to it a few hours later. One tip I can give you is to expand your inventory bag as much and as often as possible BUT ONLY by using items you have created or earned, never use the game $dollars as you do not get anywhere near enough. You can watch game-trailers to earn $dollars and each advert you watch provides $1. Unfortunately you can only watch 3 within 24 hours so unless you have the patience of a saint you will play this game, as I have to around the 13th - 14th level when you can open the third Building site and discover that you need the character Belle to perform the actions that will bring you the required items to continue building. Belle costs $80 and as it is almost certain you will have spent at least $12 of the $25 you begin with you have a number of days watching adverts before you reach the needed amount. Apart from watching adverts you can buy $dollars with real money and this is where the game can become expensive, and to be perfectly honest, as much as I have enjoyed playing to date, there is way too much downtime for me to want to spend hard cash just to prolong my playing. 

The next character available is Pig-Pen (he comes with his house) and he costs $125 and after him you have Marcie ar 4750 gold coins and Fifi at $90. $dollars cost variable amounts from £79.03p for $4000 to £1.57 for 50. To purchase Fifi, Pig-Pen and Belle ($295) the cheapest way would be to spend £15.80 for $630 thus giving you change for the next character and/or building that cannot be built using game gold.

I have had many good fun hours playing Snoopy Town Tale but have reached Building Site 3 and need Belle to continue, thus this is the end of my journey. I could restart the game (actually the only way I have found to do this is to uninstall and then reinstall the app) and see if I can play and plan better to save the $dollars and watch the adverts every day, but as I have already said, the downtime between building and collecting is way too long in many cases.

On the plus side, the animations and likenesses of the characters is superb. On the downside, other than down-time and required cash $dollars, the Baseball and Hockey games are poorly animated. There are many hours of play in the game, but as many as there are of them spent playing there are twice or thrice as many spent waiting.

About Activision Publishing, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading global producer and publisher of interactive entertainment. Activision maintains operations throughout the world. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, www.activision.com, or by following @Activision.

About Peanuts Worldwide

The PEANUTS characters and related intellectual property are owned by Peanuts Worldwide LLC, a joint venture owned 80% by Iconix Brand Group, Inc. and 20% by members of the Charles M. Schulz family.

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