Strawberry Shortcake Pocket Lockets - Jewelry Maker

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Sparkly necklace-maker playable without pricey in-app buys.

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Ease of Play

Verbal instructions explain what to do, and moves are intuitive and forgiving. 

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With the free version, kids can make necklaces using several baubles and adding their own image to the locket, but they'll have to make an in-app purchase to unlock other Strawberry Shortcake characters and the full alphabet to create their name or initials. Ads for other apps appear in the carousel of options on the start screen, as does a store where you can purchase Shortcake items.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Strawberry Shortcake Pocket Lockets - Jewelry Maker is a freemium app, meaning kids can play some content for free but some features require an in-app purchase -- in this case, a $9.99 purchase to unlock all the content. As kids design their necklaces, they'll see the free option alongside the grayed-out locked options that require an in-app purchase. Selected character packages can be unlocked for $4.99 each, opening up that character as a model for the necklace, her image for the locket, and her charms for the necklace. Kids can take their own picture or a picture of a friend or family member to include on a locket or to wear a necklace creation. Their pictures can be shared with parental assistance through the locked parent portal that requires entering an adult's birth year to access. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE POCKET LOCKETS let kids design necklaces featuring Strawberry Shortcake and her friends or their own images. Play starts with a scrolling carousel of options: Create, Friendship Album, an ad, and the store. To create a necklace, kids choose their chain, select a locket and add an image to it, and then add charms. Kids then can place their necklace on a photo of themselves or a friend, on Strawberry Shortcake, or one of the Berry Friends (if unlocked). 

Is it any good?

The Create section is the heart of the app, but consumerism in in kids' faces from the start and throughout play. They’ll see the store if they scroll through the start page options, and they’ll see the grayed-out items and characters they can’t use without an in-app purchase. Still, there’s plenty of fun designs to make without a purchase if kids can ignore the temptation of others. Adding their own image or a friend's to a locket is sweet fun, and then they can try on their creations themselves or on a friend’s picture or a character's. Only the first five letters of the alphabet are included without purchase, though, so kids wanting to spell names or use initials are limited to A, B, C, D, and E.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their expectations for in-app purchases before downloading or playing the app. Determine if anything will be purchased and the expectations for kids. Will they use their own money? 

  • Have a real necklace-making party with pony beads and shoelaces. Stringing beads is a great activity to develop fine motor skills, which can help kids in the future with writing and more.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try (Unlock all content for $9.99 or specific character packs for $4.99.)
  • Release date: September 17, 2014
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Topics: Book Characters, Friendship
  • Size: 94.60 MB
  • Publisher: Budge Studios
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later

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