A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Verbal instructions explain what to do, and moves are intuitive and forgiving.
Products & Purchases
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.
Parents Need to Know
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.