A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
In MY BAKERY EMPIRE, Lizzie, the main character, opens a bakery and serves customers. As orders come in, players perform various steps to create cakes, smoothies, and other items. Arrows move in different directions to indicate whether players need to pour, cut, or perform another action. They also decorate and receive money for items, which can be spent on things like sprinkles, whipped cream, or an apron. Players can also participate in contests where judges pick the best baked good, and they can open up new bakery locations as they play.
Is it any good?
Players can be creative when decorating products in this bakery business game, but the constant ads and simple play may spoil these digital sweets. My Bakery Empire makes an effort to shorten the steps typically involved in baking, presumably to speed things up; ingredients are essentially all dumped in one bowl before anything is mixed, and milk is poured automatically into smoothies without being measured (or even involving players in the process). The overall experience, though, can still feel somewhat slow because the individual steps take some time. Players tap on the screen to peel each side of a banana, and then drag a knife back and forth to slice it into seven pieces. A sifter has to be shaken back and forth until all the flour in it is gone.
The abundance of ads doesn't help; players are also redirected back to the main menu between cooking rounds, which draws gameplay out even more. In addition, the developers missed some opportunities to incorporate subtle life lessons into the game. Players aren't given much leeway during the baking process to overcook items or use too much of an ingredient, so instead of learning to follow specific directions, they're basically just tapping or dragging their finger across the screen -- which isn't too exciting after a while. Between that, the slow pace, and the often similar steps for different items (for example, you cut a lot of strawberries), My Bakery Empire would seem best-suited for younger kids. But even those players may find some of the gameplay to be either confusing or simplistic.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how to balance getting things done quickly with getting them done correctly. Should you try to finish things fast -- even if that means you may make some mistakes -- or is it better to go slower to avoid errors?
How do you react when something has to be completed in a short amount of time? Can you come up with ways to avoid getting stressed in situations where you're under pressure to do something?
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