GirlsGoGames.com – A Game Directory

GirlsGoGames.com is a favorite of one of the girls on our site. I have listed it in directories, since it basically hosts a huge number of games from all over the net, but all of them are playable without leaving their site. There is generally a link inside of the doll maker back to site that actually hosts the doll.  On the downside there is a lot of advertising on this site (you have to watch one every time a game loads, and there are a lot of big animated banners and such) but that isn’t unusual for free sites 😉

Since the games are from all over, the art is varied, but most of it seems to be a nice quality. The occasional doll or game has animation as well. The dolls are sorted by theme rather than how they function, but they do have both drag n’ drop and click to change style dolls. They also have a lot of maker/builder type games where you can create pizzas, cakes, snowmen, and other fun stuff. For the sort of 6-9 year old crowd this is probably a pretty good choice. They don’t need to sign up to play, and there is enough variety to keep them entertained for quite a while.

As far as drag n’ drop directories go, this one isn’t bad. The have a huge variety of games, and their advertising isn’t too annoying. Many of theses sites have tons of pop-up ads and such, but this one manages to steer away from that. One last side note though, the site does seem to go down a fair bit (it is probably a bit busier than their servers can handle) so you might have to check back at another time of day if it seems to be acting funny 😉

Published in: on August 29, 2009 at 4:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cute Dolls – Cartoon Doll Emporium

 Site: Cartoon doll Emporium
URL: http://www.cartoondollemporium.com/
Audience: Girls of about 8 to 14
Cost: Free, some content is restricted to Paid “Premium Princesses”

Todays pick is Cartoon Doll Emporium, another large social networking/dollmaker site.  They have a notice for parents, billing themselves as the “safest and most creative virtual world for girls”. I am not sure how accurate that statement is, but things are moderated in real time which is nice. The artwork is fun and colourful, lots of giant heads and big eyes, and the dolls are unique. The magority, of the newer ones at least, are “click to mix and match”. Some of their older content has changable colour as well or drag and drop pieces. (You have to hunt around for it a bit; when you go to dolls section type drag and drop into the search bar on the right hand side.) On the plus side, most of the dolls have some kind of animation and animated props or backgrounds which younger kids will love.

My avatars on CDE

My avatar and alter avs on Cartoon Doll Emporium.

As with most of these sites, they have blogs, user profiles, forums, clubs, etc… They also have cartoon dollars which you can earn by surfing their site and participating in activities, and a fun little mini economy. They also have a neat little scavenger hung feature that gives you clues and sends you to find certain dolls. There are item prizes for each hunt. I found much more free content on this site than star doll, though its definatly for a bit younger users.

My room on CDE

My personal space on Cartoon Doll Emporium.

Cartoon Dollars can be spent buy items that improve your “Doll Avatar” and the “Doll Room” featured in your profile. (Both the avatar and the room let you choose your pieces, but you can’t move anything around.)When you are bored of your old items, things like furniture and outfits) you can set them for sale in your personal store for other users to buy. You set the price on the items you sell, so are some interesting prices on “Rare” items and such. It also means that its possible to get some of the premium content without paying real money for it 🙂 When you are on your profile page, on the bottom right is little box labled “Wish List”. Make sure you check that out; when you have items on there, even Premium princess ones, you can click on “Buy” and compare prices in the mall and various user stores.

My CDE store.

My CDE store.

Cartoon Doll Emporium (CDE) has a tons of super fun features, unfortunetely a lot of them are very buggy. Their currency system doesn’t allways reward users, their auction feature was broken when I visited (it kept my cartoon dollars even though I didn’t win any bids). Some of the games, like the scavenger hunt, don’t update unless you hold shift down and refresh your page (it also sometimes fixes money display bugs). Another bug I noticed while on the scavenger hunt, was that their site ads often covered the clue. If that happends to you, go back to the main scavenger hunt page to read the clue, its on the left hand side of your profile page under Games > Scavenger hunt. I did send an e-mail mentioning a few of these problems, however they only responded to the auction problem and said that they where working on it.

All in all though, I do enjoy the amount of honestly free content on Cartoon Doll Emporium. The dolls are really appealing, and the little economy is fun. As long as you are not easily frustrated by bugs, I recomend the site 😉 And if you just want to browse around a little, you don’t need to be a member to play with the dolls.

Published in: on August 23, 2009 at 12:00 am  Comments (2)  

Beautiful Dress Up Games on HulaBunny.com

HulaBunny.com is a fun little site by a very talented artist. The content is family friendly and very cute. Hula Bunny has artwork, cartoons, and of course dress up games. There are quite a few dress up games on her site, but I have picked my favorites for this little list. They are all “click to mix and match” style dress up games (not drag and drop) so they are probably best for younger users. My four year old does well with them, but I think they would be fine for most 4-10 year olds.

A Bunny Genie :)

A Bunny Genie 🙂

Genie Princesshttp://www.hulabunny.com/genie_bunny.htm is a genie bunny with a simple floating animation really adds to her charm. You can change her clothing, jewelry, slippers, and lamp. Several of the clothing items have sparkly sequins which my daughter enjoyed 😉

The Magic Featherhttp://www.hulabunny.com/babybirds.htm is just a simple little baby bird that you can colour and decorate. Bright colours, big blinking eyes and lovely swirly feathers. Defiantly a good choice for younger children.

Magic Marehttp://www.hulabunny.com/magicmare.htm is a fairly limited maker as far as piece selection goes. But the main and tail are animated, the horn sparkles, and the graphics are (of course, lol) super lovely.

Princess Abellahttp://www.hulabunny.com/abella.htm has wonderful period graphics organized by year. Again, there are not a ton of choices, but its fun to see what century the clothing is from, and the settling animation when you choose a dress if very nice.

Create your goddesshttp://minigamelink.n169.com/flashfile/200610/goddess_game%5B1%5D.swf (this is a random link to the goddess maker that I found in a search engine, the one on the Hula Bunny site was broken when I wrote this). Build your goddess from a selection of pieces inspired by goddesses from around the world. When you make a piece choice, it tells you facts about the goddess the piece was inspired by. Really wonderful artwork and interesting little bits of trivia. The doll is nude though (no body detail, it looks like a barbie), so if you feel that that is inappropriate you might want to pass on this one.

I am really a fan of both this artist and her site, its well worth visiting.

Published in: on August 16, 2009 at 12:00 am  Comments (1)  

Scottoons – Monsters and Robots Oh My!

I have played with many drag and drop games over the past few years. Almost always I am disappointed by the fact I can’t rotate, control piece colour, or something similar. Very rarely do I find one that really allows for creativity. Scottoons makes my favorites among those rare makers with lots of options and piece control. Both of these makers are just little stand alone drag and drop games, and the content is fine for all ages (though the level of control makes it a better choice for the 10 and up crowd).

Scottoons Chicken Monster

Scottoons Chicken Monster

Monster Maker Monster Lab –  http://www.scottoons.com/interactive/monster-maker/use drawers full of strange pieces, and a jar of eyeballs to build your creation. The little box down in the bottom right lets you change layering, stretch and squash pieces, flip, rotate, remove outlines, and delete pieces. (There are a lot of buttons so its seems a bit confusing, but playing with it for a few minutes is enough to figure it all out.) Click on the knobs down the right to open the doors full of pieces. Clicking the tank thing with the gauge on it brings down a blank screen you can build on. The drawer in the bottom left has the colour palette. Click on a colour to change the colour of the last piece you had selected. When you are finished you can submit it to the gallery of images they have on flickr 🙂

Robot Factory Creation

Robot Factory Creation

Scottoons robot Factoryhttp://www.scottoons.com/interactive/robotfactory/works a little bit differently. Clicking a piece from the collection on the right, causes the piece to appear in the little manufacturing window on the left. You can drag the piece to the build area from that window. There are few buttons in this maker, but you can still mirror, scale, flip, layer, rotate, and duplicate you pieces. There is also a colour palette for the back drop, though not for the pieces. In the arms section is one super neat piece that I love, it looks like a stack of circles. Drag one out into the build area, then pull on one of the middle circles. It will cause the whole the to bend like a hose. Super fun idea.There is an e-mail that you can send your finished robot to if you would like to show it off 😉

The intereactive area of the Scottoon site (http://www.scottoons.com/interactive/) lists both of these games as well as several other little time wasters that you might enjoy 🙂

Published in: on August 13, 2009 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment