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Good Video Games for a Girl: What to Buy to Keep Them Occupied

Zoey HughesIf you need a helping hand with your buying choices look to PopCap games and Pokémon.
~ Zoey Hughes
When it comes to buying a video game for a young girl parents can easily become confused, and who can blame you? You need something long-lasting and absorbing with just a hint of learning. It’s understandable that you need a helping hand to wade through the unsuitable and overly violent games and pick out some good video games for a girl.
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PopCap Is Your New Best Friend

When it comes to creating an utterly enthralling cheap arcade game, PopCap is king.

They specialise in creating colourful and addictive little puzzle games that will occupy any bright child for a very long time, whilst also advancing their pattern recognition skills, reflexes and strategic thinking.

You really can’t go wrong with any PopCap title but when it comes to the best video games for a girl here are my recommendations:

  • Bejeweled 2 & 3
  • Bookworm Adventures (great for spelling!)
  • Peggle & Peggle 2
  • Zuma’s Revenge

The beauty of these games is the variety of platforms they’re available on. Whether you have a Nintendo DS, a PlayStation 3 or even just a phone, most of their biggest hits can be played on it, eliminating the need for the additional expense of a new console.

Eliminating the need for the additional expense of a new console

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You Can’t Go Wrong With a Classic

When I was young platformers were all the rage; every child loved Mario and Sonic. To be honest not a lot has changed.

Nintendo continue to produce wonderful bright games in the Mario genre that any child could easily dive straight into and love. Whilst the gameplay is simple enough for any age, items to collect and alternate routes make sure that your girl will not outgrow the games quickly.

The cream of the crop is currently Super Mario 3D World and is available on Wii U.

The cream of the crop is currently Super Mario 3D World

Pokémon X, Y & Other Letters

A sure-fire way to put a smile on your little girl’s face is to buy her a Pokémon game. There’s not a child alive in the developed world who hasn’t watched an episode of the TV show, and the video games are ten times better.

Available on the Nintendo 3DS, new games are released every couple of years, with the current two being X and Y. The two titles have roughly the same plot but different creatures available to play with.

The main character is a young Pokémon trainer who must roam a big world collecting various adorable animals that your child will fall in love with. They have different skills which must be used in battles against other trainers to enable the Pokémon to level up and eventually evolve into a different creature.

With hundreds of Pokémon to collect and a whole world to explore there’s plenty to keep a child enthralled. The creature trading system even encourages social skills as kids trade amongst their friends trying to complete the set.

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Zoey’s Verdict

It can be difficult for a non-gaming person to purchase a successful gaming gift for their daughter. Not all girls are fluffy and pink. Most of them, however, do appreciate a big wide world to explore, animals to pet, or simply a colourful puzzle. I hope my suggestions help you find the perfect title for your little one.

Other titles to consider include:

  • Viva Piñata & Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
  • Minecraft (perfect for a creative child)
  • de Blob 2
  • Animal Crossing
  • Harvest Moon
  • Disney Infinity
  • Kinectimals
  • Skylanders

 

My name is Zoey Hughes and I′m a video games contributor for itcher. I also write and review for various gaming websites. My first console was the ZX Spectrum and I’ve been utterly hooked ever since. I love all things game related and can usually be found with a controller in my hand, but I’m also passionate about reading, fashion and music. I live a quiet life with my husband/co-op partner whilst I try to keep my competitive side hidden.
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