In Happy Hop, you get to hop happily and endlessly toward the heavens with a cute little character called a Miimo. The path may be treacherous, but you will quickly learn to avoid spikes, disappearing platforms or plainly jumping carelessly into the void.
At first the perky music may mislead you: this isn’t meant to be too much of a fast-paced game. In fact, the best way to make mistakes along the way is to try and go too fast. Of course, some of the platform are meant to be skipped quickly; otherwise you will fall to your bitter defeat. But overall, I found I did better if I took a bit more time to plan my next move.
While you do have a heart meter that depletes, I find that it’s quite easy to gather enough hearts along to way to keep your pulse going.
The controls aren’t very difficult to master in Happy Hop; tap on the right side of your screen to head that way, same for the left side. As you hop skyward, the game will show you where you last failed, what is the average height people reached and when you have reach your previous high-score;; this appeals to my competitive side a lot! You want to do better than you than your last run each time and you are quite motivated to beat the average too.
You get access to pinata every 30 minutes: tap them frantically to get a lot of stars. Once you have 100 stars, from collecting them during your hopping or through tapping the pinata; you get to select one magical egg. Most eggs, I found, will unlock a new character from the Miimo zoo.
For a free game, the ads were very few and discrete. I think I encountered my first ad after 5 or 6 sessions and even then, it was optional to earn more stars. Speaking of stars, while the pinata is quite generous with them, the actual game is not. I often have runs of 60 or 70 levels where I only encounter an handful of stars. I wish the game was more balanced on that point.
You have over 75 cute little Miimo to unlock through the game. If your heart is set on a particular one, you can manually unlock it for 99 cents. And this is actually a nice thing to point out: all the in-app purchases are purely cosmetic. They make your character cuter, but they don’t help you play better.
With very cute graphics and a perky playstyle, Happy Hop is absolutely fun and adorable.