TouchArcade Game of the Week: “Krispee Street” – TouchArcade
Krispee Street is a new hidden object game from Frosty Pop based on their popular and almost painfully sweet webcomic Krispee. It’s one of the latest titles to be added to the Netflix games catalog, which means you’ll need to log into your Netflix account with an active subscription before you can play it. Yeah, it’s a little weird, but subscription games are one of those things that’s probably not going away anytime soon. And hey, who doesn’t have Netflix, amirite? Anyway, to Krispee Street.
As stated, this is a hidden object game, and you’ll scan huge stages filled with all the original characters from the Krispee comics, and more. The scenes are very elaborate and feature all sorts of things, just like Where’s Waldo? (or Where’s Wally? depending on which side of the ocean you’re from) books we grew up with many years ago. Once a little clever that I haven’t seen in other hidden object games is that you’re given a circle in the middle of the screen (or around the edges if you head to the menu options) that shows the object or character you are looking for, and it makes scanning with each object much easier on the scene.
That doesn’t mean that Krispee Street is easy though, and actually quite difficult. The scenes are SO saturated with activity and objects that you really need to “step into the zone” to select items when scanning. And even if you’re in the zone, it’s still common to get stuck on an object for an absurd I’m ashamed to admit how much time I spent chasing the butterfly in the game’s very first scene. is kind of the point of these games, isn’t it? little during the object hunt?
After completing a brief tutorial level, there are 6 full scenes to play through, with at least 2 more already marked as coming, as well as a daily scene that changes every 24 hours. Finding items earns you coins, and earning enough coins allows you to unlock one of many collectible cards. It seems like the sort of thing that could lead to free play, but these Netflix games don’t have ads or IAPs, so it’s really just extra fun progression.
Did I mention that Krispee Street is cute? It probably should have been first. Yes, it’s a great hidden object game, but mostly because the characters and personality of the scenes are a joy to explore. There’s also a very cool dynamic music system that changes tunes and sound effects slightly depending on where your little finder reticle is focused. Passing a rock concert? Drums and electric guitar come into play. Do you come across a group of cyclists? Expect to hear bicycle bells ringing. This is definitely a game where you should have sound, and preferably with headphones.
I’m not a big fan of hidden object games. I loved hidden people several years ago, mainly because of its charm, and Krispee Street is very good in this same league. It’s very hard not to smile while playing and noticing all the little activities that are going on. This was also my introduction to the Krispee comics, which are just as lovely and enjoyable, so if you’ve never checked them out, you can find them on Krispee’s website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Needless to say, if you have a Netflix account, there’s no reason not to just give Krispee Street a shot for yourself.