A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
Using step-by-step instructions, kids create desserts for STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE SWEET SHOP - CANDY MAKER, using their own choices of colors, flavors, and tools or completing special requests from customers. They can make candy apples, smoothies, cake pops, crispy treats, or fruit pops. They can add sprinkles and decorations, including Strawberry Shortcake characters. Once they've finished and eaten the dessert, kids see the written recipe and can share it (with a parent's help) via email.
Is it any good?
The fully unlocked features make this a very pricey choice for kids, and, even then, they may be distracted by an ad for other apps. Although kids can play a bit on the free version, they can't earn as many stars for the items they create, and the free tools are slower and messier to use than the premium kitchen tools. The graphics and voice-overs all are high quality, and kids have several choices for fruits, flavors, toppings, and decorations, and getting the recipe to use in the real kitchen is a great way to extend the fun. There may not be enough here to justify the cost for most kids, but aspiring chefs might find the app fun to explore and the kid-friendly recipes a sweet gem.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
- Pricing structure: Free to Try (Total in-app purchases to unlock all content is $14.98. Unlock all desserts -- $9.99 Unlock all kitchen tools -- $4.99 Unlock individual desserts -- $2.99 each)
- Release date: July 23, 2014
- Category: Entertainment
- Size: 93.60 MB
- Publisher: Budge Studios
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
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