Best Free Android Games for Women
Let's be honest: when it comes to gaming, we live in a man's world. Even the Google Play store (the content store for the Android OS devices) is filled with games targeted at men: shooters, truck simulations, Grand Theft Auto-type games, action RPGs, etc. I'm by no means saying that women don't like those sort of games as well, but you can tell that these apps are made by men, for other men.
So what if you're a girl who likes gaming and wants to add some fun games to her Android device? Well, the good news is that there's actually a lot of options out there- female-targeted RPGs, fashion games, fun time-management games, and more. By no means are these games only for women (I'm sure men could enjoy some of them too), but here's a list of some of my favourite Android games, from one woman to another.
Size: 45 mb
Do You Need An Internet Connection?: Yes, and no. If you want to compete in the fashion show or "chat" with the boys in the game, you must be online to do so. All other parts of the game don't require an active Internet connection.
Do You Need To Pay For Any Content?: Like most games now, Star Girl has premium content. There are jewels, which cost real money (though you can earn them for free in the game while leveling up, and during other random events) and allow you to buy certain items in the store. Thankfully, the jewels don't cost a lot of real money- the smallest pack (for 200 jewels, which goes pretty far) is around $2 dollars.
I'm starting right off with what is perhaps the girliest game of the bunch, Star Girl.
Star Girl is a Role Playing Game where you create an avatar and take on the persona of an aspiring celebrity. The main point of the game is to work (by taking modeling, singing, or acting jobs- or all three), buy clothes, and date other celebrities. This probably sounds a bit vapid, but it's actually quite an addictive little game
The biggest draw of the game (for me, at least) is buying clothes. There's an exhaustive catalogue of clothes to buy and they're all wonderfully drawn and detailed. That aspect of the game is sort of like playing with paper dolls (remember those?)- you mix and match clothes on your avatar and you can choose everything to her hair and eyebrows, down to her purse and shoes. The combinations are endless.
The celebrity dating is fun, if not too involved. There are several parodies of celebrities (i.e. Will Smith is named "Bill Smythe" in the game, but his avatar looks identical to the actor), and you get to go on dates with them and they'll call you and hang out at your house. The real point of the boys, however, is that they'll give you three gifts- which usually happen to be rare clothing items.
If that doesn't sound too fun, there's also a couple of mini-games as well. The mini-games are a way to earn money and more clothing items. There's a Bejeweled/Candy Crush knock off, as well as a matching game, and a spin-the-wheel game.
As I said above, sure, Star Girl's premise is a bit vapid, but it's a fun, cute game. If you played with Barbies or paper dolls as a little girl (or even more recently on Facebook's popular game "It Girl") you'll like this one. It's a bit limited in its RPG factor, but collecting the clothes and dressing your avatar is definitely a fun way to pass the time.
Size: 58 mb, though there is an additional bigger file that downloads as well. This game takes up a lot of space, but that's because there's a lot to it.
Do You Need An Internet Connection?: Yes, you must be connected to the Internet at all times to play this game.
Do You Need To Pay For Any Content?: There's Star Points, the game's premium content currency. Unfortunately it's extremely high priced ($5.99 for 50 stars, which won't go very far anyway), but the good thing is that you can play the game just as well without ever buying them. They are only really used for energy boosts (but you can just wait until your energy recharges) or special clothing items.
The Stardom games are in the same vein as Star Girl, except here the focus is less on the clothes, and more on the actual career aspect of the game.
Both Stardom games revolve around creating an avatar, and then working your way up from the bottom to the top of the Hollywood success ladder. The game has a comic book-style feel to it, mixed with a choose-your-own-adventure story; you can talk to characters (through pre-written speech bubbles), but you can choose different responses and answers, giving each game a unique spin.
One of the main things to do in the game is to film movies. Like a lot of casual games, you're given a certain amount of energy (which is restored over time), and filming movies takes up a small piece of energy for each action you do during the shoot. Each film is only available for shooting for a limited time (in the beginning, the film might only be shooting for an hour, as you climb up to the top, you'll get shoots that last as long as 24 hours, and some for days, even!), so you have to balance how much energy you have and how much time you spend shooting your movie.
Each time you complete a film you're given a star rating, and the higher the rating, the more fans you get. The goal to both games is to get the most amount of fans and end up on the A-list. Getting and staying on the A-list is hard, though: you have to stay consistent and do good work in your films, date other celebrities, look good in front of the paparazzi, spin your PR, be seen at the best clubs and parties, and have a good relationship with your co-stars. It's a fun, ride, though, and it feels so rewarding to finally make it on the A-list and be a star.
The best part about the Stardom games is that it's a totally interactive adventure. Everything is up to you. The plots are always interesting and engaging, and you never really know what can happen in the story next (like the time my avatar went to Vegas to shoot a film and ended up getting her drink spiked by a rival celebrity, which led to the paparazzi shooting a bunch of pictures of her drunk and disorderly, which led to the loss of several thousands of fans, which ultimately led to her suing the newspaper and the other celeb....didn't see all that coming!).
It's quite a fun game, and is especially fun for anyone who ever dreamed of being a star!
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Size: Varies with device, but generally small.
Do You Need An Internet Connection?: No.
Do You Need To Pay For Any Content?: You don't have to, but I definitely recommend spending the $3.99 to buy Unlimited Turns. Without it, you're limited to only 150 turns per game (until your turns recharge) and that can get pretty frustrating. Also, unlocking Unlimited Turns also unlocks new modes of gameplay, and you can even restore your turns purchase to any other Android device you play Triple Town on! Definitely worth the money.
Okay, enough with the "create an avatar and be a celebrity" games- here's something a bit different.
If you're a fan of the Match-3 genre (think of Bejeweled and Candy Crush), you'll love Triple Town.
Triple Town is a puzzle/Match-3 game where the main focus is to grow the best possible city. You are given a piece to put on the board, either a bush, piece of grass, or tree, and you must figure out a place on the map to position it. Then you match three of the same (bush, grass, tree) to create other objects: houses, cathedrals, castles. As the game progresses, bears pop up and they will get in the way of your city and won't allow you to match objects (unless you can trap three bears together, in which case you can make a church).
It's a bit confusing on paper, but Triple Town is a majorly addicting game. It's a good strategy game too, because you have to spend some time deciding where the best place is to lay out each item you're given, and then to decide which items to combine to grow your town. It takes some real strategic moves to trap bears and place churches where you want them to be (and if you trap a bear alone, it'll turn into an unmoveable tombstone, which is basically just a waste of space in your town, so you'll want to think wisely).
The artwork is worth noting as well- the little town, bears, and people are just adorable and part of the fun is watching the people walk about and talk in their little language. Triple Town is a great Match-3 game that requires a bit of brainwork as well.
Genre: Brain and Puzzle
Size: 13 mb
Do You Need An Internet Connection?: No.
Do You Need To Pay For Any Content?: As I mentioned, the game is free, but you do have to pay for more packs/more puzzles. They're a bit pricey (around $5 per pack), but if you're a fan of the game, I suppose it could be worth it.
If you're a logophile like myself, 7 Little Words is the game for you! It's a bit like a crossword puzzle, anagram and a word find game all rolled into one. There's a catalogue of puzzles, each containing 7 mystery words, 7 clues, and 20 short letter groups. From the mystery words and clues, you must combine the letter groups to create a bigger word.
This game is a lot of fun, and a great exercise for your mind. Some of the puzzles are more challenging than others, and there have been so many times when I've figured out a clue in the end and thought, "Oh, of course that's what it was- DUH!"
There are 100 free puzzles to play, but they honestly go by quite fast. In fact, that's my only gripe: this game has no real replay value- once you finish the puzzles, there's not much else to do, other than buy the next pack of puzzles.
Still, the 100 free ones are definitely worth the download!
Size: 20 mb
Do You Need An Internet Connection?: Yes, you must be online to access the game.
Do You Need To Pay For Any Content?: Like most games, there is premium content, but you don't need to buy anything in order to play. I've purchased a faster taxi (which came bundled with $20,000 dollars of in-game currency), which was about $4.99, and seemed worth it to me at the time. However, there's no need to ever purchase anything and the game doesn't really hassle you to do so.
Now, everyone remembers when the whole world was addicted to games like Simcity or Cityville on Facebook, right? There are TONS of knockoff city-building games in the Google Play store, but how do you know which one is best? Well, my personal favourite is Small Street.
Small Street is like a miniature city-builder, because instead of focusing on a whole town, you just focus on one (very long) street. You can build shops, restaurants, and even apartments, and then stock them with merchandise, workers, and upgrades. It's your job to not only be the mayor, but to also taxi around the citizens (by scrolling to the start of the street, picking them up in the taxi, then clicking on the building they want to go to).
The fun of Small Street is partially the adorably drawn graphics- again, the cartoon-y feel is just so cute, and I love reading the character's thought bubbles while you play. The other part of the fun is building your town, matching citizens to their dream jobs, deciding what building to build next, using the taxi, stocking goods...heck, every part of this game is fun!
I also just discovered Small Street's sequel, Small City- which expands on the idea but is a whole city builder.
Genre: Action Adventure
Size: 28 mb
Do You Need An Internet Connection?: Only if you want to connect to Facebook.
Do You Need To Pay For Any Content?: There's premium content, but there's not much need to buy any of it. You can purchase more coins and powerups, but you can earn both of these things just through playing the game.
I've recently gotten hooked on Subway Surfers. If you've played Temple Run, it's the same sort of concept, but again, features cute graphics which made the game worth playing to me.
Subway Surfers begins with the main character, Jake, spray painting some graffiti on the side of a building. Unfortunately, he gets caught by an inspector and his dog, and it's up to you to navigate him through the town and as far away from the inspector as possible. Using your fingers to swipe on the phone/tablet screen, you can roll or jump away from obstacles and onto passing trains. There are also tons of powerups and things like hoverboards and jetpacks, which can help you. Along the way, you can pick up coins and other collectables, which add to the gameplay.
I absolutely love this game. I play it on my Nexus 7 tablet, and the HD graphics are great. Jake runs along the subway with no lag, whatsoever, and all the colours are bright and vivid- it's definitely one of the best looking games I've played. Also, there's so much to do in the game besides just run (which was my problem with Temple Run); you can collect points, coins, special items, trophies, etc. If you connect to Facebook, you can face-off against your friend's high scores, which is also a great feature. You can also unlock different characters, and different hoverboards as well.
I can't praise this game enough- it is hands-down one of my favourite games!
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