Light on fun, heavy on advertisements.

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Ease of play

The four mini-games found here are generally simple to play, though the controls of the coin-tossing fountain game are not well-explained.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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This app features a ton of commercial content. It has blogs that list new Build-A-Bear products and accessories, offers coupons for merchandise, provides codes to be used on the website, announces sales at Build-A-Bear stores, and more.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the Build-A-Bear app, while it features a few simple mini-games, is mostly filled with advertising content, including notifications of new merchandise and special sales. It will also encourage kids to open an account on the website.

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This BUILD-A-BEAR app (unlike the very good Build-A-Bear console video games) exists mainly as a marketing tool. It offers kids regular "news" about Build-A-Bear products and the goings on at the company's website. And if you're looking for coupons and special promos on Build-A-Bear-related merchandise, you may have a reason to use this app. If your child is looking for fun games that feature Build-A-Bear characters, though, there's not much here. There's a short parachuting game, a boring coin toss game, an OK ball-matching puzzle game, and a strange recycling-plant game -- the goal of which is to knock bottles and cans off of a conveyor belt, thereby presumably preventing them from getting recycled. Something must be lost in translation on that last game.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:December 21, 2010
Category:Kids Games
Publisher:Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later

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Kid, 12 years old April 15, 2012


Im bored cause i have nothing to do. I have tried Woozworld, Stardoll, Ourworld, Moviestarplanet, Girlsgogames, Miniclip, funbrain, poptropica, and wayy more, even webkinz. so i tried to make an account on this and it WONT LOAD!!


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