Video Games For Women: 6 Apps That Aren't Candy Crush
By Jane Jensen on April 22, 2014
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If you like… ghost stories and psychics
The Blackwell mysteries by Wadjet Eye Games (PC, coming to iPhone/iPad this spring). This series includes The Blackwell Legacy, Blackwell Unbound, The Blackwell Convergence, The Blackwell Deception, and The Blackwell Epiphany. Rosa Blackwell is a strong heroine who has inherited her family legacy: the ability to see dead people and a jazz era ghost, Joey Mallone. Over the course of five games, their friendship grows and Rosa gets more comfortable with her calling to help confused spirits make peace with their deaths and cross over into the light. The pixelated graphics are retro, but the storytelling and themes are very modern. The earlier games are a bit short and rough, but by the end the series develops to a powerful conclusion.
If you like… family drama and mystery
Gone Home by The Fullbright Company (PC/Mac/Linux, coming to consoles). In this first-person exploration game you are Katie Greenbriar, a 19-year-old returning home after a year abroad. But your family isn’t home—mom, dad, and little sister Sam seem to have left in a hurry. Where did they go, and what have they been through during Katie’s year away? You explore the house room by room, moving at your own pace to examine everyday items and find letters, notes, and diaries that tell the story of the Greenbriars’ missing year. What starts like a spooky horror film develops into a touching story about a Sam’s turbulent year in high school, her budding sexual awakening, and a family in crisis.
Bring It On
There’s strength in numbers—strength being defined as purchasing power in this case. As more women enjoy gaming on their laptop or tablets, we can hope that more game developers and publishers will make games with us in mind. Personally, I’d love to see romance, True Blood-ish sexy paranormal drama, sweeping story narratives, and female leads written from a woman’s point-of-view. What do you want to see? Let us know in the comments.