Cupcakes! Holiday Edition

 
Decorate and "eat" holiday-themed cupcakes.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Cupcakes! Holiday Edition walks you through each step, with plenty of written explanations. Younger children who can't read may need some help. The pop-up instructions can get annoying if you've already played before and don't need assistance.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

There are several links within the app to other games by the developer, the Jelly Belly website, and other news and info from the developer.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. The app can be used to email cupcake creations, and can also access Facebook and a Hall of Fame. Players can also opt in to Apple’s Game Center, and although no personal information is automatically exchanged, players can send and receive friend requests to and from strangers, possibly exchanging private information. Game Center access can be turned off in the options, and uploading to Facebook requires you to enter a username and password.

Raises personal safety concerns because if players opt in to Game Center, they can send and receive friend requests to and from strangers, possibly including private information.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Cupcakes! Holiday Edition lets their kids create, decorate, and "eat" holiday-themed cupcakes. The variety of ingredients allows for a lot of creative play, but access to email, Facebook and Game Center present a few privacy and safety issues. Also, Maverick Software tends to advertise their other products and partner products quite heavily within the apps.

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CUPCAKES! HOLIDAY EDITION is a holiday-themed version of Maverick Software's Cupcakes! app. Players prepare cupcakes by putting liners in the pan, choosing a type of batter, setting a timer for the oven, and then adding decorations. The variety of decorations is almost overwhelming: frosting, toppings, filling, Jelly Belly brand jelly beans, and candy letters. You can even choose the type of paper cup to use, and put candles on it before serving, then tap on the picture to "eat" the cupcake bite by bite.

The decorations can be filtered by holiday: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year's. Cupcakes can be stored in the fridge to save them, emailed to friends, or submitted to the Hall of Fame, which has themed contests to enter. It's a pretty cute game that kids will enjoy, although it would be nice for parents if you could turn off some of the ads and options to send information outside of the app.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:November 4, 2010
Category:Simulation Games
Publisher:Maverick Software
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Kid, 11 years old August 16, 2011
age 5+
 

Good but some possible minor privacy issues if you have young kids.

I love this app! There is NOTHING inappropriate at all about it! Although if you have young children there is a chance they may accidentally try to upload the picture of their cupcake to Facebook or go to the Game Center. So I suggest you either supervise your kid if they are under 4 or 5 while they are using Cupcakes! Holiday Edition (or any of the Maverick Software Apps) until you've made it clear they cannot go to the Game Center or upload their cupcakes to Facebook, or, if you have a more cooperative kid, just tell them beforehand NOT to upload their cupcake to Facebook or go to the Game Center and don't supervise them. I highly suggest Cupcakes! Holiday Edition. It doesn't just have Christmas, it has Hanukkah, too and New Year's, Mother's/Father's Day, etc.
Kid, 10 years old July 31, 2011
age 4+
 

Nice

Pretty good app. Just don't try to make the cupcakes with the recipes on there...
Kid, 12 years old March 26, 2011
age 4+
 

My favorite app

So easy to play and my favorite app of all time!

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