Bratz: Fashion Boutique
By Erin Bell,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Bratz dress-up game offers more than shopping.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Bratz: Fashion Boutique wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
The focus is on looking good and shopping, but the girls also work hard as they learn the ropes of running a store and putting on fashion shows.
Positive Role Models
The Bratz are supermodel thin. They help their customers feel better about themselves by fulfilling their fashion needs. They are also working to help their local mall from closing down, so there's a working-for-the-greater-good-component that is beyond the rampant consumerism that has characterized past Bratz titles.
Ease of Play
The game offers a comprehensive tutorial with both text and voice instructions. Mini-games are timed, and players receive a letter grade based on their performance.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The girls are all supermodel-thin. There are some short miniskirts and tank tops but nothing too revealing.
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Products & Purchases
Based on the Bratz franchise, which includes dolls, movies, and a TV show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bratz: Fashion Boutique is a dress-up game based on the Bratz franchise, which also includes dolls, movies, and a TV show. The game emphasizes fashion, shopping, and appearance, but there are some positive messages too as the Bratz work together to attract new customers to a struggling shopping mall. Parents using this game on the 3DS should be aware that Nintendo warns kids younger than age 7 to not use the 3D aspect of the gaming system because it may strain developing eyes. Parents can control the use of the 3D in the device's Parental Controls.
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What’s It About?
In BRATZ: FASHION BOUTIQUE the four Bratz girls (Yasmin, Cloe, Jade, and Sasha) open their own fashion boutique to earn cash and bring customers back to their local shopping mall, which is in danger of shutting down. Players help the Bratz to create new outfits, upgrade the boutique's decor, serve customers, and put on fashion shows to earn fame and cash. Players can also dress up their Bratz avatar in hundreds of different styles as they are unlocked.
Is It Any Good?
The best part of Bratz: Fashion Boutique is its dress-up element, which lets young players choose from hundreds of outfits, hairstyles, and makeup styles to create appealing looks for both the Bratz and their customers. Kids can also decorate four different boutiques with furniture and other accessories. The characters in the game are all supermodel-thin, obsessed with shopping and clothes, and wear a lot of makeup, so they might not be the best body image role models for young girls and tweens. Also, the tasks that kids must perform –- which include cutting fabric and sorting buttons –- quickly become repetitive. Still, the game has decent graphics and production values, and kids will enjoy seeing the outfits they’ve created modeled by the Bratz.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the business of running a shop. Which tasks would be the most fun, and the most challenging?
Families can also discuss whether shopping is really that important. Are the Bratz over-the-top when it comes to buying clothes and accessories?
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading comprehension, Hobbies: fashion
- Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, Collaboration: teamwork, Creativity: making new creations
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Activision
- Release date: October 30, 2012
- Genre: Girl
- ESRB rating: E
- Last updated: August 26, 2016
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