A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lemonade Stand is a remake of a 1970s-era computer game, which teaches basic business and budgeting skills. Every day for 30 days, you will set up a lemonade stand. First, you check the weather report and any news for the day (a marathon coming through, a parade or convention in town); then you can alter the recipe to suit your potential customers(and thereby increase or decrease your costs), make advertising signs, decide how many glasses of lemonade to make, and what price to set for the day. Once all the planning is done, you just press a button and see what your profits were for the day. Your goal is to make it through 30 days without running out of money, but some kids will want to try for big profits.
Is it any good?
There's a lot kids can learn about basic business concepts through playing LEMONADE STAND. It would just be nice if there were a bit more variety to make sure those kids stuck with the game all the way to the end. The game's interface is incredibly simple and there are no bells and whistles outside of some short music cues -- this will be considered an asset to parents who remember the original 30-year-old computer game and like the nostalgia factor, but could be a con for kids who need a bit more stimulation from a video game. This is a good, and very likable game, that due to its repetition, risks having a very short lifespan.
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