Strawberry Shortcake and Her Berry Best Friends

 
A sweet set of puzzles offers wholesome play.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Strawberry Shortcake spends the whole time helping her friends.

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Consumerism

Strawberry Shortcake is a branded character who appears in movies, books, and games.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while the lead character, Strawberry Shortcake, will appeal more to girls than boys, both genders will find this puzzle game fun to explore. There is no violence, but some may not like that this world is created with unhealthy sweets. However, those sweets provide an engaging backdrop for the logic puzzles. Most of the puzzles are right on target for ages 4 to 7, but one is too much of a reach because it requires that kids know how to add and subtract.

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What's it about?

The map of Strawberryland serves as the main menu for STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE AND HER BERRY BEST FRIENDS and provides 10 interactive locations to launch puzzles. Each puzzle is tied to \"helping\" one of Strawberry Shortcake's friends and is available on three levels of difficulty. By visiting the locations and solving the puzzles, you earn things for Strawberry Shortcake to put into her scrapbook.

For example, you help Orange Blossom make juice by rearranging different kinds of fruit on a grid. When you put three identical fruit pictures in a row or column, they disappear off the grid and become juice. Some of the other puzzles involve hunting for items in a crowded room, filling in musical notes to complete a song, working backward to figure out how to recreate a decorated cookie, and hunting for Apple Dumplin' who is hiding in a grove of trees. In the latter puzzle, you are provided four clues about the desired tree's shape, color, pattern, and decoration.

Is it any good?

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While most of the puzzles are fun to solve and great for kids as young as 4, one is too tough for the target audience: The game with Honey Pie requires kids to add and subtract. Parents of preschoolers may need to help with that one. Also, the puzzle about inserting musical notes into a song was challenging.

In addition to earning items that appear in Strawberry Shortcake's scrapbook, kids can get printable black-and-white pictures to color. There's one freestyle Mini game where kids can design their own cake, and two of the best puzzles are playable outside of the story-driven game for high-score bragging rights. Parents worried about how much time their kids spend on the computer will appreciate this game's parental controls, which allow you to set how long your child can play.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how important it is to eat healthy foods. This game presents the perfect forum to discuss how desserts are yummy, but that they should be eaten in moderation. Kids can also talk about what it means to be a good friend.

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Price:$20
Available online?Not available online
Developer:The Game Factory
Release date:October 31, 2006
Genre:Puzzle
ESRB rating:EC for (Mac, Windows)

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