Strawberry Shortcake Sweets

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Kitchen fun with real recipes; heavy pressure to spend.

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

Ease of Play

Verbal instructions and on-screen hints walk kids through play. Kids use a variety of gestures, including tilting the device, while playing.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
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Consumerism

Multiple in-app purchases are required to unlock all the content, and, even then, kids will find an in-app ad for another app right on the scroll bar of dessert options. Strawberry Shortcake is a commercial character, and the franchise is heavily marketed as well.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Strawberry Shortcake Sweets is a freemium app that is free to try but requires in-app purchases to play all the features and earn stars for creations. Even with all the content unlocked, kids will see an ad on the scroll bar for another Strawberry Shortcake app. With the free content, kids can make smoothies with a few basic kitchen tools. Eventually, they'll get requests from customers that they can't fulfill without buying more content, limiting their play. You can unlock additional foods with individual in-app purchases or all foods with one purchase. Kitchen tools are unlocked as a separate in-app purchase. Kids get the full recipe card for making the treat themselves after each activity, and those recipe cards can be shared by email through the parent section. 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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Kid, 11 years old August 24, 2014

Very Creative!

My cousin is 4 and easily learned how to play. She doesn’t really care about taking orders; she’d rather make different smoothies. The game has a lot of differe... Continue reading

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 ...

  • Families can use some of the recipes to make their own real sweet treats to enjoy together.

  • Read our tips for handling in-app purchases to keep the costs from getting out of control.

App details

  • 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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