As the end of the school year approaches fast, the lingering lazy summer days will bring cries of, “I’m borrrrrrrrred” to parents’ ears all across the land. Since we can’t send them out to play in the middle of a thunderstorm, having a few fun online games in mind for a rainy day is a good idea. Maybe you will find something that you know your gal(s) will love in this brief look at some free online games for girls.
These five games are the editor’s choice and a good sampling of what game designers have made with young girls’ playing preferences in mind. You will find matching games, skill games, role-playing and quiz games. Plus, all five come from sites with many, many other online games for girls. She’s sure to find something she likes in the vast collections at these sites if the ones chosen here don’t fit her just right.
Barbie’s Spy Squad Academy
My first stop was Barbie’s game page, which is understandable since Barbie is the quintessential resource for all things girly. You could spend all day here with games and activities like, You Can Be Anything Photo Booth, Great Puppy Treasure Hunt, Tutu Star, and naturally, if you’re thinking Barbie you’re thinking, My Dreamhouse.
Spy Squad Academy is a multi-skill game. You train your squad of spies to be agile and skillful agents by taking Teresa, Renee, and of course, Barbie, through training routines under the guise of games. The object of all the games is to capture the gems. The first three categories are Code Cracking, Laser Sneaking, and Motorcycle Race.
The quickest and easiest bit of fun to be had here is in the Code Cracking game, where you arrange tiles in a maze to open a path for your puppy to get to the gem. If your puppy steps on a tile before you have set up the next tile for him to take, you lose a heart (you start with three). Get your puppy through the maze and she picks up the gem for you. Do this with at least one heart left, and you have trained your agent. Do the same for the other two ladies, improving your score in each successive round.
In Laser Sneaking and Motorcycle Race, you use the space bar and arrows on your keyboard to move forward and back, to climb up and down, and to jump obstacles. You must avoid the protecting robots while on the way through the course toward the gems, for if they get you, you lose a heart.
The theme of the game is to train your entire spy squad, so each of the skills training games is played for Renee, Teresa, and Barbie to complete the level. Overall, it is a fun game. Graphics are good, play is smooth, and rules are simple to understand. Winning takes some skill, quickness of mind, and strategy.
American Girl’s Lanie’s Wildflowers
American Girl offers a wide range of games that will appeal to girls of all ages, but which are simple enough that younger young ladies can play and enjoy them. Games include mazes, match three, and much, much more.
Lanie’s Wildflowers is a beautiful game. It is fun and could easily become addicting (in a good way). It is a chain match game. As the flowers float by in the stream, you make matches of three or more of the same color by tossing out the flower in your launcher. For example, if you see two blue asters and a blue aster shows in your launcher, you aim that blue aster in-between the two in the chain to make a set of three. The more matches you make and clear, the higher your score.
Every once in a while, a helper flower pops into the launcher. These special posies will guide your aim, slow the flower stream down a bit, change the color of a flower, or pause the stream for a moment so you can catch up if you fall behind. When a bee, star, or color changer appears in your launcher, it helps you clear colors that are in the way of making matches.
The flower chain becomes longer and the layout of the stream becomes more complex with each level. As you become more experienced, you learn to set up groups along the chain so that you can earn bonus points by setting off chain reactions.
The design is lovely, the music is pleasant, and the game play is fun yet overall brings a sense of calm and joy due to the lovely layout, soft music, and gentle pace of the flowers moving downstream. Instructions are clear and easy to return to for definitions of special flowers or anything else relating to the game as needed.
Before or after playing, don’t miss clicking the About button for a nice little tutorial on the wildflowers featured in the game. This was truly the most delightful game of the day.
Polly Pocket’s Dream Vacation
The Dream Vacation game is more of a quiz than a game of skill or matching, but it is still fun to play. It leads you through a series of choices. What is your favorite drink – lemonade, iced coffee, fruit punch, or water? Pictures of each item appear, so pre-readers can get the gist of it and play, too.
After telling Polly your favorite drink, dessert, season, color, animal, and more, she tells you your perfect dream vacation is, “A sun-soaked trip to the tropics,” or whatever yours happens to be.
Dream Vacation images are colorful and cheery. Game play is simple, fast, and fun for virtually all ages. While some girls would play once and then go off to start planning the trip, others (especially younger ones) might stay engaged through several rounds. Polly Pocket’s Dream Vacation makes a nice addition to your Best Girls’ Games bookmark.
Nickelodeon’s Skate with Cat
Fans of the television show Sam & Cat will enjoy the winter-themed game, Skate with Cat. As hot chocolate, stars, candy canes, and snow boots enter the screen, you use your mouse to help Cat skate to pick up each one. A meter at the bottom of the screen monitors your speed.
The tricky part is, you must avoid the obstacles. These are the angry penguins, elves, and what I am guessing to be an imp of some sort. The heart in the bottom corner, with the speed monitor, tells you how many obstacles you are allowed before being disqualified from the round.
When you successfully gather enough winter items while avoiding the party poopers, you complete that level and advance. Of course, the higher the level, the faster the obstacles come, and the more they are nearer to the desired winter items. This is what makes each round more challenging as you level up.
Overall, Skate with Cat is a fun game. You could amuse yourself with it for a long, long time. The pics seem a little retro, but that’s probably the look they’re going for in the first place, and it works. Game play is easy to learn and smooth. The music is fun, too. A fun game to keep in mind, especially for the holiday season.
Baby Hazel Pet Doctor
No collection of girls’ online games is complete without a review of at least one Baby Hazel game. Baby Hazel games are vast. You can choose from pet games, grooming games, party games, and more. Titles include Baby Hazel Summer Camp, Baby Hazel Hair Day, Baby Hazel Spa Bath, and Baby Hazel Kitchen Fun.
Baby Hazel Pet Doctor is a pet game. The object is to dress Baby Hazel as a doctor, make sure she has the implements she needs, and then bring pets for her to treat.
The first step is to dress Baby Hazel and give her tools like the stethoscope, a bandage, and a thermometer. You can be wrong. For example, I thought Baby Hazel might need scissors to trim a bandage, but no! She needed a torch!
Our patient was Katy the kitty. Katy has a cavity in her tooth. Baby Hazel the pet doctor offers Katy some milk, but she refuses. Her tooth hurts too much. You understand why when Katy opens her mouth to show you her teeth. You have to clean, drill, and fill all the nasties. When you get them all, Katy’s teeth are sparkling white and she gives you a big smile. When Katy is all done, the nurse brings in the next pet from the waiting room.
The object of the game is to dress and equip Hazel and to treat all the poor little pets successfully. Baby Hazel tells you what she wants in her thought clouds.
There is a timer on the game and you must complete each task in the time given. If you are slow to complete a task, Baby Hazel will begin to cry. If you give her what she wants, she stops crying (of course).
The graphics on this game are really cute. Baby Hazel is quite lovable, even when she’s crying. The game is easy to play and plays well. It is understandable why so many people love Baby Hazel games.
Be Sure to Try Them All
The games reviewed here will provide positive entertainment and a bit of learning for the young lady in your life. Let her train spies, doctor pets, dream about a vacation trip, or snap up items for winter. Whatever games you choose to show her from this collection, be sure she knows not to miss a chance to play Lanie’s Wildflowers. It is a special kind of gem among the scores of fun, fantastic, and free online games for girls.