At first glance, Happy Street on iOS appears to be another clone in the long line of games that attempt to cash in on Tiny Tower’s success, but this horizontal “side-scrolling” city builder is far more than that, with lots of mini-games, resource management and more making this complex street a very happy place indeed.
At its core, Happy Street revolves around the completion of quests given to you by cheerful forest creatures (rabbits, cats, chipmunks and so on), as you both build and supply goods to businesses and construct homes in which these critters can live. As your town is built horizontally, rather than vertically, you’ll need to expand your land quite often using the game’s premium currency, which is thankfully given out for free quite often.
Supplying businesses earns points towards upgrading them, changing their appearance and stats, and the same goes for homes. The more citizens you have living in your village, the more you’ll be able to upgrade each individual home, making them taller and more intricate in appearance. This is a lucky thing too, as this initial version of Happy Street (disappointingly) only has a handful of home types to choose from, so the ability to manually upgrade homes (or not) allows for more visual variety with the duplicate homes you’ll end up constructing.
Outside of these elements, you can also play a few mini-games, like a spin wheel or slot machines. In addition, birthday cakes will randomly appear above a critter’s head, giving you a chance to “give them a gift” in one of several seemingly randomized categories like shirts, glasses, hair styles or hats, as examples. If you don’t like the item that you give them, you can revert the critter to its original appearance,