A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find 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.
Products & Purchases
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.
Parents Need to Know
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.
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