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Games for girls

Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:39 am

Looking to buy my daughter a couple of games for Christmas. The vast majority of games are very boyish.
Any suggestions for games for a 7yr old girl with an Xbox 360 without Kinnect, and a Nintendo DSi XL.
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:26 am

RickyTick wrote:Looking to buy my daughter a couple of games for Christmas. The vast majority of games are very boyish.
Any suggestions for games for a 7yr old girl with an Xbox 360 without Kinnect, and a Nintendo DSi XL.
Thanks all.


Here are some good titles for the DS that are more or less gender-nuetral (I don't have a 360.) I highly recommend scribblenauts though. It grows with you.

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Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
Pheonix Wright series
Super Scribblenauts
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2012 9:43 am

For Xbox360 - maybe Viva Piñata...
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:08 am

Harvest Moon DS: Sunshine Islands
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:25 am

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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:41 pm

Plants vs. Zombies.

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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:42 pm

http://www.gog.com has some kid-friendly old-school stuff too. King's Quest point and click and so on...as long as she doesn't care about graphics much these are very age-appropriate.
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:47 pm

Sargent Duck wrote:Plants vs. Zombies.

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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2012 1:01 pm

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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:31 pm

drfish wrote:
Sargent Duck wrote:Plants vs. Zombies.

/End thread


You win.


Funny...this is the only game she has on the DS and she loves it.
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:41 pm

xxxSakurachanxxx wrote:Dark Souls would be a really fine and appropriate game for her I think or maybe Witcher2!
Also you can get her Devil may cry HD collection pretty fun games and kids friendly too, there's also Tomb Raider games are very fun to play, let her maybe try final fantasy 13 it's a nice cool RPG for all ages.
In my honest opinion the best games for her in her age would be some of these point & click Adventure games such as Syberia, Broken Sword and Secret Files series, they're some of the best adventure games ever made and they're suitable for all ages and mentalities in my opinion.


NONE of those games are appropriate for a 7 yr old. What were you thinking? Are you TRYING to be malicious?
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:24 pm

RickyTick wrote:
xxxSakurachanxxx wrote:Dark Souls would be a really fine and appropriate game for her I think or maybe Witcher2!
Also you can get her Devil may cry HD collection pretty fun games and kids friendly too, there's also Tomb Raider games are very fun to play, let her maybe try final fantasy 13 it's a nice cool RPG for all ages.
In my honest opinion the best games for her in her age would be some of these point & click Adventure games such as Syberia, Broken Sword and Secret Files series, they're some of the best adventure games ever made and they're suitable for all ages and mentalities in my opinion.


NONE of those games are appropriate for a 7 yr old. What were you thinking? Are you TRYING to be malicious?


He was mostly being sarcastic.

As for appropriateness, it depends on the kid really. I was playing Robocop Vs. The Terminator on my Genesis at that age(It's mostly just pixelated blood in early levels, after a while all you fight is stuff from Skynet thus being a ton of robots that go explodey), and I'm female(not exactly the target audience for such a thing). My little sister at age 7? Noooooooooooo way did my parents let her near that stuff.

Anyway, the X360 has an extensive selection of demos you can try out. Also look at the Xbox Live Arcade service, there are a ton of kid friendly games there, plus various old Sega games like Sonic Adventure and stuff.

XBLA is actually a pretty decent source for retro games, surprisingly.
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2012 9:34 pm

RickyTick wrote:NONE of those games are appropriate for a 7 yr old. What were you thinking? Are you TRYING to be malicious?


He's some newbie troll kid. Posting all kinds of Religion + Politics worthy junk on the front page news comments.

Animal Crossing (item collecting, decorating)
Harvest Moon (micromanagement, might get difficult later on)
Professor Layton (minigames, Puzzles, Brain teasers, reading)
New Super Mario Bros (Platformer )
Picross (puzzle + space relations skills)
Cooking Mama (minigames + learning how some foods are made)
Tetris Sequels / Clones (puzzle )
Zelda Spirit Tracks (adventuring, puzzles)

Keeping in mind I'm a 29yo man with no kids, a very skewed reference point.
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:06 pm

Trolling is one thing. When you start to mess with kids, its another thing entirely.

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Re: Games for girls

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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:32 pm

lilbuddhaman wrote:Keeping in mind I'm a 29yo man with no kids.


But you have a kid. You see him every day. In the mirror.
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:33 pm

Bah, if you're going to Steam, try the entire Lego *insert License here* set, which is also on X360(And on DS in the form of entirely different games with the same name).
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:18 am

I don't think you should worry about games being "too boyish"

From what I have seen, most of the pink and sparkly games suck. I'll avoid a rant about brainwashing children. Many games aimed at kids have both a boy and a girl character.

I think that point & click adventure games were the best for me as a young gamer, though I also dabbled in strategy games and rpgs... basically whatever my dad & brother played. If you play games, I would let her watch and then help her play the same game.

Unfortunately, point and click adventures are pretty rare on console though there is a huge library of Nancy Drew games that are reasonably priced on steam. They are targeted at girls too, so that might be worth checking out.
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:09 am

ShadowTiger wrote:From what I have seen, most of the pink and sparkly games suck.

^THIS has been our experience so far. Whether it's Barbie, Dora, or whatever, the girly games have been a huge disappointment. She's tried a few of her older brother's games like Kirby (offshoot of Mario) and had a lot of fun with that, and as I mentioned earlier, she like Plants vs Zombies some too.

I could buy a bunch of games and hope for the best, but when they're $15 to $30 each, I hate for it to be a waste.
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Thanks for tips JAE and IST, but the only platform I have for her is Nintendo DSi XL and Xbox 360. Otherwise, those look like good options. Actually I have a Kindle Fire she can use too, but I don't think Steam will work on there, will it?
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:32 am

The Lego games I mentioned are on X360, and Xbox Live Arcade is something included with every X360. It's basically a download service for it intended for smaller games or retro ones.

Like I said, try her out on a whole bunch of demos for the X360, see what she likes, and surprise her with some. Also, don't be afraid to grab used games.
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:15 pm

I.S.T. wrote:The Lego games I mentioned are on X360, and Xbox Live Arcade is something included with every X360. It's basically a download service for it intended for smaller games or retro ones.

Like I said, try her out on a whole bunch of demos for the X360, see what she likes, and surprise her with some. Also, don't be afraid to grab used games.


We have one XBLA disc that I picked up (used) last year from Gamestop. It has several fun games including pac man and Ms Pac Man. Good stuff there. I'll try that route again too. I had completely forgot about the free demos on the xbox360. I'll go back and search through them.

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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:33 pm

Oh wow totally can't believe I didn't suggest this already:

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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:16 pm

RickyTick wrote:Looking to buy my daughter a couple of games for Christmas. The vast majority of games are very boyish.
Any suggestions for games for a 7yr old girl with an Xbox 360 without Kinnect, and a Nintendo DSi XL.
Thanks all.


What did you end up getting?

I know my kids enjoy these xbox games:

the Lego games (indian Jones, Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc..)
Minecraft (on the Xbox)
Civilization
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:51 pm

yogibbear wrote:Oh wow totally can't believe I didn't suggest this already:

MINECRAFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I was wondering why I had to scroll all the way down here to get this response. It's popular with all ages, so you can join a nice server that is good for children. The adults like to help out as long as the children aren't obnoxious.

Its also great single player, AND as a teacher, I can recommend it for building math concepts and visuality.
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:47 pm

Whoa, hella necroposted. Came in from the TR front page.

I really must say, as a woman, I'm a little offended at the idea of games "for girls". (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ I grew up playing Quake and Street Fighter, so why can't other girls? I remember latching onto Chun-Li as one of my only examples in media of a strong, independent Asian woman standing up and competing with a bunch of burly men on their own terms. I think that kind of positive experience, with a character that girls can relate to in a traditionally male-dominated medium, is important -- and a lot more positive than limiting girls to "girls' games", which reinforce negative stereotypes and (speaking as a gamer, not just a woman) are generally terrible games. (* ̄m ̄)

I really think the Dark Souls recommendation is right on the money. (●ゝω)ノヽ(∀<●)

It's brutally challenging, so it might be a bit hard for a seven-year-old, but maybe in a year or two -- and it will really give her a different experience than almost any other game out there. You might sneer at the "inappropriateness" of it (a concept I discard altogether, as innocence is a nonsensical psychological construct), but you can be sure she'll never forget it.

Still, I'm Childfree, so I don't know how relevant my opinion really is. (*≧▽≦)ノシ))
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:18 pm

auxy wrote:Still, I'm Childfree, so I don't know how relevant my opinion really is. (*≧▽≦)ノシ))

Don't worry, you'll eventually resolve this small "issue" and will get a better perspective on this topic :wink:
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:31 pm

JohnC wrote:
auxy wrote:Still, I'm Childfree, so I don't know how relevant my opinion really is. (*≧▽≦)ノシ))

Don't worry, you'll eventually resolve this small "issue" and will get a better perspective on this topic :wink:

I don't think you know what Childfree is.
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:36 pm

auxy wrote:I don't think you know what Childfree is.

Clearly.

That said, this particular discussion has R&P written all over it. If we could stick to gaming and not reproductive policy there's a good chance this thread won't get slid over to R&P. No harm no foul so far, but I can see the potential brewing.

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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:42 pm

Captain Ned wrote:No harm no foul so far, but I can see the potential brewing.
That's totally my bad, so, sorry for that. (ノдヽ) Thanks Captain Ned! Surprised you didn't close the thread for necroposting, really, although I guess TR seems more tolerant about than than most places.

Anyway, what *did* the OP end up getting for his daughter, I wonder? 「(°ヘ°)
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Re: Games for girls

Postposted on Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:53 pm

auxy wrote:
JohnC wrote:
auxy wrote:Still, I'm Childfree, so I don't know how relevant my opinion really is. (*≧▽≦)ノシ))

Don't worry, you'll eventually resolve this small "issue" and will get a better perspective on this topic :wink:

I don't think you know what Childfree is.

Sorry, my mistake, I've misunderstood that :oops: :( English language is not a native for me, so sometimes I tend to make wrong assumptions about teh definition of some words :-?
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