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Barbie I Can Be
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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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Is it any good?
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.