Strawberry Shortcake Amazing Cookie Party

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Sweet, but unfulfilling.

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Parents need to know that there are only four activities in this software, and some are not strong.

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What's it about?

In the sugary-sweet world of STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE AMAZING COOKIE PARTY, youngsters explore the magical world of Strawberryland to find ingredients to bake cookies for a party. Once children have collected enough ingredients, they go to the cookie-making factory to \"bake\" their collected ingredients into cookies.

They surf down the River Fudge, gathering ingredients while avoiding taffy whirlpools and chocolate bubbles. There are cakes to build and decorate, too. Kids can also collect ingredients by helping Orange Blossom create pathways using candy canes, marshmallows, and the like. These pathways are used to roll oranges out of trees into waiting buckets.

Is it any good?

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While Strawberry Shortcake and her friends are appealing characters, there are only four activities in this software. The surf-the-River-Fudge and the decorate-the-cakes activities are very simple, and quickly become boring. The one about creating paths for the oranges provides a good challenge in logical thinking, but it can be tricky for the age group targeted by this software. The cookie-making activity requires some trial and error (which is good), but kid-testers found the instructions confusing.

The software offers printable cookie recipes. But you'd be better off pulling out your favorite cookbook than playing this sweet but unfulfilling software.

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Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Price:$20
Available online?Not available online
Developer:The Learning Company
Release date:January 29, 2004
Genre:Educational
ESRB rating:E

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Adult Written bycarb101 April 9, 2008

Weak

As the CS review says, there are 4 games. 2 are so easy as to be activities, not games. 1 is hard for this age group (actually, hard for me, at times). The grand finale, the making of the cookies, is unbelievably lengthy and tedious. My girls do enjoy this game, but it is certainly not educational.
Kid, 7 years old April 9, 2008

Worth Getting Up Early For

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Kid, 5 years old April 9, 2008

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