A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is a free online simulation game consisting of a series of mini-games where players will bake and sell bread and pastries. The steps are simple and suitable for the younger child. But while the game starts out free, kids will want to spend real money to acquire rarer ingredients in the game. The in-game currency can be bought online or via cash cards sold in retail stores.
What's it about?
BREAD N BUTTER is a simulation game in which you harvest ingredients, make food items, and then sell your baked goods in a store. You play minigames to obtain your basic ingredients; flour, dough, cookie dough, and chocolate chips. And then you bake and stock your shop.
When you first play, you are treated to an in-depth tutorial on how to play the minigames, bake, and stock your shop. As your shop opens, you stock your shop. Customers come and go, and buy automatically. Your shelves will auto-stock if you create more items, and these goods have a shelf life. Like customers all over the world, if you stock your shelves with fresh goods, they will buy the fresh goods first and leave the day-old and two day-old items on the shelf. Eventually, if not bought, these items will expire and be thrown out. Each day lasts about 8 minutes and then the store will close, giving you your take and profit for the day. While your store is in operation, you can continue playing minigames to harvest more ingredients; bake more goods; and as each shelf can carry any one of several different stock items, you can rotate the stock on your shelves to keep your goods fresh for your customers.
Is it any good?
This is an addictive little game. If you get hooked, you will want to buy more minigames in order to obtain more ingredients and improve your gaming experience. Suddenly your free simulation game is no longer free. These minigames are bought with sparkcash -- in-game currency that you buy with real world money. At the start, you are given 500 sparkcash, but that is not enough to purchase additional minigames. Additional minigames cost 1,500 sparkcash to obtain them permanently or 600 sparkcash to use for 15 days. This is how the game monetizes. For $5 you can purchase 3,500 sparkcash.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why something that is free to play can be expensive if players use cash to buy items online. Why do you want that specific mini-game? Will it allow you to make better items that sell for more or just make a different item for the same low price? What is shelf life and why is that an issue with baked goods in this game and in real life?