Parents' Guide to

Barbie iDesign Ultimate Stylist CD-Rom Game

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Doll fashion play gets clever hi-tech makeover.

Game Windows 2008
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For kids who are drawn to fashion, this game has lots to offer. Not only can you experiment with different fashion looks both on and off of the computer, but the software makes use of the fashion cards to play games that make kids think. Because the cards can be sorted in different ways, including by fashion style (Sporty, Rocker, Party, Bling, Beach, Princess, School, and Casual Apparel), by sparkle quality (one to three sparkles are designated on the cards), and by clothing type, the card games use these attributes to challenge kids to think about fashion in different ways. These games can be played by two people. In addition, the cards can be collected, traded, and stacked to experiment with different "looks."

Barbie iDesign takes traditional doll play and turns it into a creative hi-tech experience. The card play adds excitement to fashion role-playing and encourages girls to play together while using the computer. The system is reasonably priced at $29.99 for the software, 60 cards, and the vinyl case, but parents will want to know that there are 200 cards available and that the add-on Fashion Cards come in packs of nine scannable cards for $4.99.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Mattel
  • Release date: January 7, 2008
  • Genre: Girl
  • ESRB rating: NR
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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