Parents' Guide to

Strawberry Shortcake Candy Garden

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Purchases pushed in magical garden not so sweet.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Free to try Entertainment
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If it weren't for all the pitches to purchase and ads for other apps directed at kids, this would be a cute -- albeit candy-focused -- diversion. Showing in-app purchase options right next to the free-version options is pretty aggressive advertising, especially because if kids try to use an object, flavor, or gift they haven't yet purchased, the app screen immediately switches to an "Unlock All" page. And unlocking all the content is no joke: It can run you up to $9.99. There's also a lot of advertising for other apps, including one animated ad kids must watch to reenter the free game after a certain number of game sessions. Also, though kids will love the idea of growing candy as wish fulfillment, some parents won't love the overt sugar focus. If your kids love Strawberry Shortcake, there are definitely better options available.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($6.99-$9.99 in-app purchase to unlock all content)
  • Release date: January 20, 2016
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Topics: Science and Nature
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
  • Last updated: October 21, 2019

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