We took a look at some of the doll inspired games and free apps available right now.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic by Gameloft is a fun app where the player is working to rebuild a pony town, hire ponies to work in the shops and play pony skill building games. The app was free to install but there are in-app purchases... a potential problem that can be prevented by just disabling "in-app purchases" under restrictions in your iPad settings.
Littlest Pet Shop by Gameloft has the player build rooms for the little pet shop characters... the cutest little creatures in the world! Then the pets require personal care like grooming, feeding and play. This game has in-app purchases as well but I always turn them off. My daughter loves this one!
Shave Ice by American Girl takes the player right into Kanani's family shop to fill as many customer orders as possible before the clock runs out. The challenge grows as more ingredients are added to the menu... and we love this one because there are no in-app purchases to worry about and it is simple enough for a 4 years while still being entertaining to an adult... I am so guilty of playing this game.
Lego Friends: Dress up Game by the LEGO Group is a sort of memory game that has the player look at an outfit and then try to recreate it from memory... I think this is a good brain exercise.
La Dee Da - Sweet Party by Spin Master Ltd is an interactive book that has the player assist Dee's friends in planning a birthday party for her. Since there is some reading involved this app does offer some educational value and it is just too cute to talk about.
Monster High: Ghouls Rule for the Wii , however; threw up a few red flags... like stating that popularity is everything . In this game the player accepts missions (sometimes morally questionable, like taking things from a teacher's desk) to help her "ghoul"friends... and if the player refuses then her meter goes down... and I thought that some of the boyfriend-girlfriend stuff what a bit much and not appropriate for the "E for Everyone" rating.