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Children's Software Review:    Barbie Beauty Boutique



For a beauty boutique, this program is extremely entertaining. There have been many Barbie titles similar to this one, but Barbie Beauty Boutique is the best of the bunch. Why? It's slick and sleek, extremely easy to use, and kids just love it. 

Of course, parents looking for a program that has educational value should look elsewhere. Barbie Beauty Boutique, however, makes a fun and somewhat creative pastime for children who enjoy free play software games. 

Children begin by selecting which friend (Barbie, Christie, or Teresa) they would like to make over, as well as an event (such as an award show, modeling gig, or movie premiere) they want their doll to prepare for. After this, they select an area of the salon to go to first--perhaps they'd like to do the doll's hair first, or her nails, for example. Kids can color the doll's hair, add streaks, choose the cut and the style, blend colors for lipstick, give the dolls a manicure, and more. Players select the music for the background--it's an all-around pleasant experience.

We were impressed with the sleek presentation of the game--the dolls move and react to players' choices. Teresa, for example, will hold her head back and close her eyes when kids pick up the eye shadow with their mouse. Positive reinforcement ("you're a great hair stylist") is not only delivered verbally, kids actually get to see their doll dressed and made up exactly as they have selected in action in a little video! 


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  • Exceptionally easy to use and sleek design.
  • Gorgeous and immersive graphics
  • Positive feedback


  • Low educational value. 




For Win/Mac By: Vivendi Universal  Ages 4-9 Published: 2003




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Reviewed September 2003                                                                                            Comments? Email us.

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