Happy Tree Friends: Slap Happy

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Happy Tree Friends: Slap Happy
Slap Happy Logo.jpg
Date December 12, 2009
Developer Codeglue
Publisher Publisher X
Platform Apple iPhone
Apple iPod Touch
Genre Virtual pet[1]

Happy Tree Friends: Slap Happy is an iOS entertainment app developed by Codeglue[2] and published on December 12, 2009 by Publisher X.[3] It was released on iTunes but was removed, likely for negative reviews of the app.[citation needed] It was only available on the United States app store.[citation needed]

This application was rated 9+ for "Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence". It was compatible with iPhone OS 2.0 or later.

iTunes description[edit | edit source]

HAPPY TREE FRIENDS: SLAP HAPPY is a unique game application that puts your very own cute, cuddly and unsuspecting Happy Tree Friend in the palm of your hand. Inspired by the animated shorts from the cult sensation, Happy Tree Friends; HAPPY TREE FRIENDS: SLAP HAPPY allows you to tease and play with your furry friend, but be sure to keep your little pal safe and out of harm's way because you never know when crazy things are bound to happen!

The application takes full advantage of the Apple iPhone and iPod touch to extend the different circumstances that Happy Tree Friends characters can experience and that fans have come to love and expect from the series.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The gameplay revolves around the touch screen of the iOS device. The game starts with Cuddles in a room. The player can hurt him by moving their fingers on the screen. They can touch his tummy and slap his face. By shaking the mobile device, the screen will shake, and Cuddles will bounce around the walls as he gets hurt. If he is hurt too much, he will be seen with injuries on him and may even pass out, requiring the player to attempt CPR, which results in him getting up and having his injuries removed. It is possible to maim Cuddles with various objects such as spikes, chainsaws, and pipes by pulling up a menu.

Development[edit | edit source]

The Happy Tree Friends: Slap Happy app was first teased on Happy Tree Friends Social via Kenn Navarro's blog titled "Let your finger do the slapping!", which was first published on July 6, 2009. In that blog post, Kenn first explained about the many things he could do at Mondo related to Happy Tree Friends, including side projects such as t-shirt designs or other merchandise. Kenn admitted to be a fan of games and thus decided to reveal one such project related to it, which is this app. A teaser trailer simply titled Happy Tree Friends - Slap Happy was included, featuring Cuddles in a room within an iPhone screen and a human finger slapping him. It was slated to be released for August, with a tentative date of August 30, 2009[4], before it got delayed to before the holidays.

During post-release, Happy Tree Friends: Slap Happy was promoted using live-action skits featuring an actor in a Cuddles suit going about in the real world to represent the app's gimmick of "taking Cuddles anywhere with you," which was expressed in the first of such video released on December 16, 2009, Happy Tree Friends - Slap Happy iPhone App (also known as The Cuddles Slide according to the "Let your finger do the slapping!" blog post, though mistakenly linked to Cuddles takes the bus! in URL), which shows Cuddles accompanying and playing with a young boy. The second video released on December 22, 2009, Happy Tree Friends - Get Slap Happy, expresses the app's gimmick in the form of Cuddles getting slapped (or otherwise abused) by random people. The third video released on January 2, 2010, Happy Tree Friends - Cuddles takes the bus!, combines both aspects of the previous two videos as it shows Cuddles accompanying a kid to take a bus, but due to his size, he is unable to get inside and thus gets slapped by the kid.

Reception[edit | edit source]

On iTunes, as of October 8, 2010, Happy Tree Friends: Slap Happy gained a rating of around 3.5 stars out of 5, from a total of 767 ratings. Customer reviews criticized the app for having too little content or interaction for an app based on the show, combined with the wait time since its announcement back in July.

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Happy Tree Friends: Slap Happy is the first official Happy Tree Friends iOS app.
  • Despite what the description on iTunes claims, only Cuddles is the only character in the game.

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