Build-A-Bear

Common Sense Media says

Light on fun, heavy on advertisements.

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

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 BuildABear.com website, announces sales at Build-A-Bear stores, and more.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. In order to access some of the features within the app, you will need to open an account at BuildABear.com. The site's privacy policy clearly explains what information is collected from users.

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 BuildABear.com website.

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QUALITY
 

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
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:December 21, 2010
Category:Kids Games
Publisher:Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.
Version:1.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later

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Kid, 12 years old April 15, 2012
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1....2...3....BLACKOUT!!!

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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