PINKFONG Birthday Party

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Simple slice of birthday party fun with purchases.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about expressing themselves and exercise some creativity as they decorate items, but there's very little learning potential in this app despite being in the Education category.

Ease of Play

Aligning your face for a photo is very tricky and likely to be imperfect. Play only requires tapping.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Requires in-app purchase to unlock all content; locked options are visible when you're playing free version. Parent gate requires following the written instructions to touch and hold a button for a few seconds. Small icon on home page advertises apps by same developer.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PINKFONG Birthday Party is a toddler-friendly selfie game that puts kids' faces into birthday party settings, from getting dressed up to blowing out the candles. The free download includes limited options for the six scenes, so parents will need to make an in-app purchase to unlock the full content. Play is supported in several languages, though kids see and hear no language while playing. The privacy policy includes details that seem irrelevant to the app, but no personal information is requested to play. Kids can post images they snap from the app to Facebook or Instagram, but parents must enter a code first.

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Parent Written byJem T. December 12, 2016

Like the songs but poor customer service.

My children love the songs. On the Ipad now you'll only get about 3 free songs & the rest you have to purchase. I did so on my Android tablet last... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Get the PINKFONG BIRTHDAY PARTY started by taking a selfie. Kids line up their eyes with the markers on the screen and snap a photo, choose their hair shape and skin color, and save it. Five different selfies can be saved at a time. From there, they get dressed for the party, choosing a hairstyle, an outfit, and accessories. Party prep continues with decorating a cake and blowing up balloons. Then it's party time, starting with a dance party where kids DJ the music and dance moves, moving to the piñata, and ending with blowing out the candles and eating cake. Scenes contain locked items that require an in-app purchase to access; written instructions tell the grown-up to press and hold a button for a few seconds.

Is it any good?

While the youngest app users will delight in seeing their faces in the action, this selfie generator lacks attention to detail and depth. First, aligning a face properly in PINKFONG Birthday Party is nearly impossible, so either parts of the kids' faces will be cut out or some of the background will enter the picture. Parents will need to help to capture even an imperfect image. Very limited options are included with the free download; parents will have to pay for an in-app purchase to unlock the rest. It's all simple fun but a little more attention to detail, such as kids' creations appearing in other scenes in the game, would increase the fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the in-app purchases in PINKFONG Birthday Party. Will kids be allowed access to everything or only what's free?

  • Talk about kids' favorite birthday party memories. What did they most enjoy? What would they like to do at their next party?

  • Brighten up a bad-weather or stuck-inside day by throwing a birthday party for a favorite stuffed animal or toy. Let kids plan and execute the party.

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