A dressup game portal: SmallDressUp.com

Hi guys! I apologize for the very long break between posts, but life just gets in the way sometimes 😉

To get things going again, I have decided to do a few reviews of the “Game Portal” style sites. This type of site generally hosts games by various artists, but they don’t normally require memberships or anything like that. In that way they are rather like directories, except for the fact they have brought the content to one place instead of sending you elsewhere.

SmallDressUp.com falls into this category of sites. It does have ads that play before each game, but so far they don’t seem too bad. There are also ads around the content, but far less of them than can be found on some sites of this type. Advertisement wise, the biggest downside to this directory is a pop up add that seems to come up. My browser blocks pop ups, so I’m not sure what it is. But I always find them fairly irritating.

The navigation on this site is very straight forward and simple. Categories are listed down the left and seem fairly well-organized. The dolls are mostly the simple “drag & drop” or “click to change” style without many interesting features, but there are lots of them. So if you are looking for variety, this is a good choice. The artists they allow seem to all have clean appealing art styles.

Overall the site seems fairly good considering what it is. I enjoyed the content I tried out, and as long as you are fine with pop up ads (or have a good blocker) it should be a decent little portal to visit.

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Published in: on August 11, 2010 at 6:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

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  

A Wonderful Directory – DressUpGames.com

http://dressupgames.com/

In general, I am not a huge fan of directories. The vast majority of them are poorly updated and full of broken links. However, when I do encounter an exception to the rule, I am more than willing to pass it along. I love  http://dressupgames.com/. I am slightly biased, as it does list my site 😉 but it really is a good directory. The sites are well catagorized, and dead links are removed. It has its own rating system, and lists a short description of each site.

I have found many of my favorite doll makers through this site, and if you are browsing for something new I highly recomend it. So far all of the content I have found through Dress Up Games has been appropriet for all ages. As with all sites though, make sure you are in the room when your kids are surfing the net 🙂

Published in: on August 10, 2009 at 8:10 am  Leave a Comment