A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Barbie: Jet, Set & Style is a fashion and makeup styling game starring Barbie, Mattel's iconic doll. The game's focus is on one's outward look, but Barbie attempts to remind girls that they should like themselves for who they are. For some kids, that message might get lost in all the glitz and glamor.
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What's it about?
BARBIE: JET, SET & STYLE appoints you as head stylist for the fashion icon. You'll travel the world with Barbie, rescuing people from \"fashion emergencies.\" When someone in Paris needs a trendier hairstyle, you're there. When a girl in Moscow needs a better red carpet outfit, you're there. Nail polish, makeup, clothes: you do it all. And you do it in midair aboard Barbie's flying salon.
Is it any good?
The best part about Barbie: Jet, Set & Style is its ease of use. The instructions are always clear and concise and kids are reminded what to do each time an activity comes up. The way the game is set up -- with fashion emergencies popping up around the world and you needed to traverse the globe and solve specific challenges -- really works, too. The tasks can get rather repetitive, though, especially the haircutting (during which you are often forced to curl a woman's hair even if the style you chose doesn't include curls). At times, it feels like too much of the game is about performing rote maneuvers, like brushing or curling. More chances for true creativity, as when you select an outfit or makeup colors, could have gone a long way.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about standards of beauty in our culture. Is there any one definition of beauty? Is it possible that what's beautiful to one person may not be so pretty to another? Can people look different and still be beautiful? How have definitions of beauty changed over the course of history?
Do you think Barbie creates an unrealistic body image for girls?