Practice being a Parent with this Baby Simulator App
People considering having a baby in the future might be curious to see what it’s like to have someone relying on them for all their needs 24 hours a day. It’s a lot of responsibility and the baby simulator app “My Baby Sim” may just give them a little taste of what it’s like to have a baby without all of the responsibility that comes along with the real thing. Let’s take a look.
When the app first loads new users have to create an account. I guess that’s so each person can create their own baby and have it saved in their account for the future. I’m not sure why a logon and password is necessary for this app but it’s not a big deal. However I forgot my password and the retrieve password function didn’t work so I had to create a new account with a different email address.
Once the person is logged in, the main screen pops up with what looks like a “mobile” you would see hanging over a baby’s crib. On the mobile are icons for Saves, Continue, Feedback, New Game, and Web functionalities. There is also a coin balance icon in at the top left corner so users can see how many coins they have. This game is free but has in game purchases if people want to buy different packages of baby stuff for their babies in the app. Prices range from 99 cents up to 6.99 as of this review.
Hitting the new game button loads up a “My Baby Sim” page where parents can change the game play mode, the gender, the difficulty, and the race. The two modes are simulation and game mode. In game mode each 24 hours of game time counts as a week in the baby’s life and 96 hours = 1 month.
The baby screen can be 1 month to 4 months old. There are slight differences in the visuals of the baby when choosing between 1 and 4 months old but nothing too drastic. All the same features and options to care for the baby stay pretty much the same. Your parenting is judged based on Food, Energy, and Comfort levels. The visuals are nicely drawn but mostly cartoon like in qualify. The baby sounds are kind of cute and realistic and the nice thing is they aren’t too annoying. I did get the baby to cry after some effort and time and it wasn’t that unpleasant but I did end up turning down the sound after a bit.
Game Play and Tormenting Your Baby
Players parenting their simulated babies have options to hire a nanny, put the baby in the cradle, carry the baby, or take it for a walk. Parents can also feed, burp, powder, take the temperature, bathe, give medicine, and use a wet wipe on their baby. Playing with your baby you can shake a rattle, sing a lullaby, give pacifier, and lull it to sleep.
One of the fun things about this game is parents can take their simulated baby duties seriously as they would their own baby or they can be silly and do stupid things. Like I wanted to see what would happen if i took off all the babies clothes and diaper and took it to the park. I was able to accomplish this and I had a naked baby, under a blanket, in a stroller, in the park. I didn’t notice much difference other than that as far as the baby’s demeanor at that time. Another experiment I did was just to start the game and feed the baby way too many times in a row. The baby gets very full and eventually stops eating but doesn’t cry. I then left the game loaded until the comfort level ran out. The game says the baby is “sad” now and the baby starts to cry. You can see a change in the baby’s face and hear baby crying sounds. In another experiment I let the baby cry non-stop until the energy level ran out. Once that happens it falls asleep. Obviously these are things a normal sane parent wouldn’t do to their baby but the fun thing about this game is you can try them to see what would happen. My Baby Sim teaches potential parents what to do and also what NOT to do. Some things the game does not let you do. You can’t shake a rattle when the baby is asleep or take off the baby’s clothes while you are in the park. You get a pop up message that tells you, you can’t do that in so many words.
Overall Opinion and Rating
I recommend this app for anyone who is young and inexperienced with raising a child. It will also be a great way to teach kids how to take care of a baby. I think the app is cute and kind of fun in brief spurts. It’s not that exciting and can be boring during those times when the baby is sleeping. I did find a few glitches in the app’s functions. One of them is when you are outside, holding the baby, and the baby has a pacifier. If you give the baby a bottle the outside noises shut off. This happened to me more than once. However it doesn’t crash the app so it’s not a big issue. For it’s education and entertainment qualities I give My Baby Sim three stars.