Barbie I Can Be

Common Sense Media says

Toy doll app looks good but stifles creativity.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The three activities are fairly straightforward so kids should easily figure it out even without any instructions. Completing each activity rewards anywhere from 1 to 5 stars, but it's unclear how to earn all of the stars. Creativity is not rewarded, because choosing only certain pizza toppings or sprinkles doesn't net you the coveted 5-star award. As for the "pet vet," the star rating is even a bigger mystery. Some sort of guidance in reaching the 5 stars would be useful.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Consumerism

There are no external links from this app, but it's heavily branded as a Barbie game.

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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Barbie I Can Be is an app that suggests that girls can take on whatever careers they'd like while presenting three options: baker, pizza chef, and pet vet (which looks more like "pet stylist"). For each activity, you'll follow the picture prompts in Barbie's thought bubbles. For the pizza, you'll roll out the dough, spread the sauce, add cheese, and then add toppings. There isn't much room for creativity as each activity has an intended outcome and deviating from it results in a lower score. 

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QUALITY
 

BARBIE I CAN BE is a high-quality app in terms of graphics and game mechanics. Unfortunately, it sends a message contrary to what the title suggests; none of the activities included are all that aspirational. Even the "pet vet" sets the bar low. You'll brush the dog, spritz the dog (with what appears to be a perfume bottle), and then apply cute bandages, Elizabethan collar, sparkly eye patch, and some puppies (Mama Dog was apparently seriously injured and pregnant). And, since you're not supposed to deviate from the plan on any of the levels, the replay value isn't all that high. The outcome is supposed to be exactly the same each time you play. Will your little girl enjoy this? Most likely. So, if you don't have any issues with the content, you might want to download. After all, it's free and mildly entertaining for young kids.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:November 8, 2010
Category:Simulation Games
Publisher:Mattel, Inc.
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.1.3

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
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Kid, 11 years old August 4, 2014
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A little frustrating for little kids.

My little cousin enjoys this app, but gets disappointed when Barbie or her friends give less then a 5 star review. She was upset because she thought Barbie didn’t like her pizza or cupcake. She actually closed the app and mumbled “Stupid Barbie”.
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