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My first playthrough of Little One took 6 hours and I received a “pretty good ending” according to the game. I see the Achievement I got for this ending has only been found by 18% of the players on steam, so I feel pretty satisfied. I see some people giving it harsh reviews about the quality of the writing, but I disagree. It felt very natural and very heart felt and emotional to me. I enjoyed it very much. I do think every playthrough is different so your mileage may vary.
My little one ended up enjoying painting and writing stories and the stories he wrote were very beautiful and sad. I enjoyed that aspect a lot. He told several stories. For example one was about a star that fell to earth and took a girl to heaven. Another story was about a mushroom who could only watch children play but couldn’t play with them. And another story was about a horrible monster who could never die.
Of course, as is the case with these games, your character will develop uniquely and I am not sure if everyone’s little one will tell stories, but mine did and honestly, his stories were a bit more interesting than the main story.
Trying to describe the main story without giving too much away…. I see on the steam page the game creators say this game takes place in 1990. Uhm I would strongly disagree with that. LOL. All of the characters dress like medieval fantasy renaissance steam punk characters and the buildings and settings and surroundings also fantasy-ish. So disregard whatever the steam page says because it’s not really accurate. If the creators of this game wanted to make a game set in the 90s, that’s a HARD FAIL. I’m a 90s kid and nothing – NOTHING – about this game screams 90s. There’s no hints of 90s pop culture or fashion or references to anything – this is not like Stranger Things – which successfully pulled off that 80s/90s vibe. Nope. Not even ONE thing about this game has anything to do with the 90s.
I would say this is a fantasy game, could be set any time, any place, in a fantasy world. The little boy you’re raising has a dark secret. Is he a demon? What is he hiding? – I know what it is – but I won’t tell you – you should play for yourself to find out.
I will also say this game deals with mental health in a very interesting way, both as part of the story/mystery of the game and also as an actual stat in the game. You have to balance traditional stats like strength and wisdom, along with a unique fear stat, to get the best ending. You also have to reach timed events with certain stats by a certain time – I missed some early on. Buying items in the shop can also trigger different events and endings. Also, your decisions in story prompts can affect the ending and parts of the story. So yeah, this game is very interesting. I’ve only played it once so far. It is fairly short, taking a mere 6 hours for my first playthrough. I will probably play it again maybe, although I’m mostly happy with my ending. There are a few more mysteries to solve.
I enjoyed the game but had a few complaints:
Character art is reused a lot. There’s 3 triplets who only have a different color shirt and apron. Then there’s a woman with an eye patch, man with scar, and your little one. That’s it. There’s maybe 3 or 4 different backgrounds. And even fewer cg scenes – I encountered maybe 2 or 3 on my playthrough.
There’s no voice acting. Music was nice but also reused a lot.
But it was an interesting and quick story and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of stat raising simulations – of which there are not many games like this available in English – Princess Maker and Lucky Rabbit’s Foot come to mind.
If you like the idea of raising a child and unraveling a mystery, give this game a go. Otherwise, maybe wait for it to go on sale. There’s no action as is the case for most visual novels and add to that the fact that the story is pretty short for games of this genre.
Total Score: 55/80 69% D+ Average Game For Girls
Overview: 7/10 – I really enjoy these types of stat raising games, and I felt this one had a unique story with some fun gameplay elements.
Gameplay: 8/10 – It can be challenging to balance all your stats and reach certain benchmarks by set timed events. But that challenge makes it more fun in my opinion. Also things for sale in the shop and your decisions in the story also help shape your little one. I feel like there is a great deal of choice, or at least perhaps the illusion of choice. I felt like my little one was unique to my gaming experience and that helped me bond more with the characters in the game.
Story: 7/10 – I like the story and how it handles mental health in a fantasy setting. I also liked the side stories my little one created on his own. They were more interesting than the main story lol.
Characters: 6/10 – There’s only about 6 characters, 3 of which use the same graphics, no voice acting for anyone, and not much depth to the characters but yet, the bond you form with your little one, and learning his back story and the mystery in the game make it enjoyable.
Graphics: 6/10 – characters and backgrounds are beautiful but get reused too often which is extremely noticeable and the lack of enough event scenes really was a big downfall.
Music: 5/10 – again decent music but gets reused so much that it becomes bothersome
Voice Acting: None
Replay Value: 9/10 – I still want to learn some of the mysteries I missed, and I think it is quite challenging to get a good ending. So I would say the replay value is quite high.
Geeky: 4/5 – no combat but enough other stuff to keep you busy
Sweetie: 3/5 – Short and sweet little story about a cute but troubled young boy. I’d give more points if the story was a little more fleshed out.
Revision: 11/19/20: In this article I compared Wannabe Challenge’s story and character to those in the Korean Drama, My Love From Another Star, however, I originally was thinking of the Korean Drama, Goblin, and got my wires crossed somewhere. I thought about just coming in and editing it to change it to say Goblin instead of My Love From The Star, but I dunno, after thinking about it, it is rather similar to My Love From The Star too. The main character in Wannabe Challenge is a Model, the main character in My Love From The Star is an Actress/Model. The Male lead in My Love From The Star is a super natural being from hundreds of years ago who can live forever. He comes to rescue her and save her from various things. But obviously, Wannabe Challenge is still very similar to the Korean Drama Goblin, because both are about a love story between a Goblin and his bride who are tied together by a sad fate. That concept is true of both Wannabe Challenge and Goblin. Taehee even looks a little bit like Kim Shin. Anyways my original post is still here below in its unedited version.
Wannabe Challenge is a new free to play mobile Otome game. It has an interesting story that reminds me of My Love From The Star and fun simple gameplay along with beautiful music and art. I highly recommend checking out Wannabe Challenge. Below is my review sprinkled with some screenshots.
Geeky: 3/5 – The voice acting, story, graphics, and music are all outstanding. The gameplay is simple but fun.
Sweetie: 5/5 – The wonderful story, cute boys and cute dialog make this one a big hit with female fans.
Overall: 70/80 88% B+ Very Good Game For Girls
Concept: 10/10 – I really like the modeling/social media concept behind the gameplay. The story is very good, music, voice acting, and art the best I’ve seen of any free games in 2020. This one is a must play.
Story: 10/10 – Have you ever watched the hit Korean Drama “My Love From The Star?” I feel like this is a very similar story. A very unlucky girl meets supernatural creatures known as goblins and their fates are intertwined, a sad bittersweet romance.
Artwork: 8/10 – From the cute boys, pretty main character female lead, to beautiful background art, this game shines. Some of the backgrounds get overused a bit much, and even some of the event scenes. There are a few places I also think event scenes could have been added but they don’t use it.
Voice Acting: 8/10 – the soft romantic voices of the main characters make me feel calm. I am surprised though that it has not been translated giving the option for English voice acting as well. All of the voice actors though are very talented. A+!
Music: 8/10 – Music is nice but does get re-used and can be repetitive after awhile.
Replay Value: 10/10 – I want to keep playing to read the story! It’s very good! Also there are some limited time Evermores to collect during different events.
The one I ordered came with 2 controllers that look a lot like PS4 controllers and a wireless keyboard. It had a small 32gb micro sd card with all the software pre-installed. They say they use their own skins and stuff too but I’m not sure if that claim is true or false.
It does have some surprisingly rare games. Lunar Walking School is on there, but not Lunar Eternal Blue or Silver Star Story. Lufia is on there, including an unfinished Sega Genesis version that I didn’t even know existed. Some of my old favorite cartridges and CDs are on there, like Final Fantasy, Tactics Ogre, Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, and Breath of Fire, just to name a few. And fun childhood memories of games I grew up with like Sonic, Ecco, Mario, and more.
Shipping was fast, arrived in less than a week. I began doing research on Retro Pie prior to receiving my console and I was already confused. I sent an email to their customer service team about how to install my own copies of roms onto their systems.
Initially, their customer service team responded within a day or two with a tutorial on 3 ways in which to get my own roms onto the console. When the console first arrived I was so excited that I didn’t try right away any of these methods as there was plenty to play already installed – and still is plenty to play too.
But after a week or two, I did want a nice way to play my retro games, which I do own, but it’d be nice to have them all on one HDMI ready tiny console. This thing is so tiny it fits in one hand. In fact you could probably fit at least 3 or 4 of them in one hand lol.
So I became more determined to load my own games. And here is where the misery begins.
So according to the guide the store sent me, as well as everything I’ve read online, I’m doing everything right.
There are 3 ways.
USB – the most straightforward way. I formatted my USB to Fat32 and created a folder called retropie and stuck it into my machine. It says to wait until it stops blinking, but mine never did stop blinking. I let it run an entire day and when I checked on it again it still had not created any of the rom folders.
I tried to manually create some folders on my USB using the path of retropie/roms/short name where short name is the console such as gba, snes, megadrive, etc. But this too did not work.
Moving away from USB I decided to try SSH. I enabled it under the RetroPie configuration settings as it is off by default.
Next I plugged my Raspberry Pi into my cable modem which is supposed to automatically connect it to my network. I chose to do a wired connection because none of the wireless methods of connecting were working.
I had tried Wifi, and it says that the keyboard will not show your password on screen but rest assured it is working, but when I pressed enter nothing happened.
So back to the wired connection. I ensured that SSH was enabled and then told it to show my IP address. I made note of the console’s IP address and went back to my computer
On my computer I installed WinSCP to access my raspberry pi via SSH connection on my windows machine.
I used the default username pi and password raspberry.
The connection timed out.
I changed port numbers. I had read about using 20, 80, or 55555.
I tried all port numbers. Depending on the port numbers I got various errors, such as connection refused or connection timeout when trying to connect with WinSCP
I tried looking briefly into Samba-Share but that seemed even more technical and over my head and I’d been trying for over 9 hours just to add a handful of roms.
In the end I could not add roms.
I emailed the company and now, almost 48 hours later am still waiting on a response.
I don’t think I’ll be able to add my own roms and I am disappointed.
I don’t think I’ll be able to add my own roms and I am disappointed as it is missing quite a few that I would really like to play.
The whole process is way more technical than I’m comfortable with.
STILL…. In the end…. for $150 for the console, the 3,000ish games that came pre-loaded, and the controls and wireless keyboard (controls work fine, wireless keyboard i dunno lol maybe not working). But still I feel it’s a good value.
If I’m having THIS much trouble trying to just transfer in some roms, I can’t imagine I could have ever loaded retro pie and emulation station and everything else on my own. No way.
So $150 for 3,000 games, yeah I’ll take it still… Even though it has some issues…
Aside from not being able to load my own roms, there’s other issues as well, edges of the screen in menus (not within games, but pretty much anywhere else) are ever so slightly clipped off making it hard to read certain things sometimes – it’s rare, it only happens in a few screens, which I wouldn’t have seen unless trying all these settings and config options to get my own roms loaded.
The other big issue is the controls can be reconfigured to your preferred layout, but it is really sensitive and buggy. I just left mine on default settings, which maybe in Asia and/or Europe, is backwards from the USA. I keep wanting to press the bottom left button (X) to confirm, and the bottom right button (O) to cancel, because that’s how it is on almost every console in USA. but on this console it’s reversed. X cancels and O confirms…. SOMETIMES…. and other times… in certain games/menus it’s reversed AGAIN – back to the American way. That drives me a bit batty. But is a minor inconvenience.
It came with little to no documentation. And everything needed batteries which was another minor inconvenience. I looked up documentation online and after some fumbling around was up and running in under 20 minutes. But this transferring in my own roms thing still not working. I’ve reached out to the seller, and also am asking around in online communities trying to get it sorted out.
I would say…. yes it’s worth buying…
If you are technical enough, save yourself some money and mod your own raspberry pi unit.
But if you’re lazy and/or not technical, go ahead and buy this.
I have read mixed reviews about controls not working or the console not working, but mine works fine, except for MAYBE the keyboard, or maybe I just dunno wtf I’m doing – and then also I can’t connect to Wifi or SSH even with a hard wired connection – is it a problem of the system or am I doing it wrong? I can’t say for sure.
There are flaws as mentioned above, but I’m still playing with and enjoying my unit.
If I get my own roms installed I’d give this 5 out of 5 stars. Without my own roms, I give it like 3 stars, “good but not great”. Transferring my own roms is not the only issue, but it is the biggest issue for me in my opinion. There’s lots of other little issues but it’s a neat little machine with some fun games already loaded. Check it out and let me know what you think. Also if anyone has any advice for me on how to load my own roms and what I’m doing wrong please tell me lol.
I spent the weekend with my Chinese Parents… video game for Nintendo Switch that is. There are many aspects of this game that I really enjoyed. It is quite addicting. I probably sunk 20 hours into the game and am on my 5th generation. I’ve sprinkled some random screenshots throughout my review. At the end of the review is our score card and final verdict along with a gallery with all the screenshots I’ve taken so far. (Gallery is having some errors, too many photos, so I will try to add it in later).
What is Chinese Parents? Chinese Parents is a game for the Nintendo Switch in which you raise a baby and guide them through preschool through Gaokao which I’m guessing is like highschool graduation. After graduation, if you’re lucky then your child will get a good job, have a happy marriage, and have a child of their own, and the game continues… I’m not sure if there ever is an end to the game or if it just continues for infinity. It does get a bit easier on future generations as they can inherit some traits of their parents.
There are a few things I haven’t figured out yet. Dating as a man is hard. Much harder than dating as a girl. When I have a female child, I almost always can get the men to accept my proposal. On the other hand, I have yet to in 5 generations, ever once get a girl to accept a proposal when playing as a male.
I also don’t know why, but I think that sometimes the background images look different. I do know there are different schools, public schools, private schools, etc. and you can live at home or in a dorm. But there’s different baby nursery backgrounds too. I don’t know if that’s maybe determined by your parents stats, parents careers, which spouse you choose, or if it’s completely random maybe lol.
The mother and father character portraits change based on who you choose to marry and are much more attractive than the “stranger” and “starting” parents lol. But I don’t think your child’s appearance ever changes, which is a bit disappointing when in other simulation games like princess maker the child’s appearance changes based on stats. And there is a store to buy various items, but no dressup items.
The store is still useful though as you can buy items to unlock new skills which you can fill your schedule with. The basic gameplay is deciding your schedule for the week. You can follow the game’s recommendations or do your own thing. There are goals that give you bonuses which you can chase, or you can ignore those goals and live your own life your own way, but it’s usually beneficial to try to accomplish the goals.
This game plays like a mobile game and when I search for Chinese Parents on my iphone, I do see a game, that looks quite similar, but also different in some aspects, and that game appears to be in Chinese, so I haven’t tried it yet.
Playing like a mobile game isn’t a bad thing, really. I enjoy casual games. The object of the game is to balance your stress with your parents satisfaction, and be careful to not become too stressed or you will get a game over. Yikes. I think the game saves automatically. I haven’t figured out how else to save the game yet, so reaching a bad end would be very bad. But I think its quite easy to avoid this bad end, because in the store you can purchase things to lower your stress.
The game offers a good – perhaps stereotypical – look at the life of a Chinese family with a unique look into their culture and society. There are things like Chinese new years, but it’d be nice to see additional Chinese holidays and customs added to the game. There’s also the concept of saving face, and face battles where you choose your childs talents to brag about, and if you win, you earn face, and if you lose you lose face lol. There’s also a Chinese talent show like American idol. It’s very hard to win that portion even with epic or legendary traits.
The game is difficult in some ways, easy in other ways. The basics are easy, but I think to master the game is very difficult. There is a goal to master gaokao, but it says no one can really master it. I wonder if there is an end game at some point where you’ve maxed all stats and traits and done everything right and lived the perfect life, but I don’t think I’ll play enough to ever see that, because eventually, yeah it gets a little boring. There’s just not enough new content on new generations. There are numerous stats, skills, and traits, way more than can be experienced in 1, 2, or even 10 generations… and numerous endings and jobs, probably 50+ maybe even 100+. Similar in ways to Princess Maker.
This game is very fun. There are a few typos, grammar errors and some words that need a space between them, some random punctuation symbols appearing especially at gaokao. But I think these errors do not detract from my enjoyment or understanding of the game.
I’m definitely recommending this one to my readers. I’ve enjoyed it but after 5 generations and just starting my 6th generation, I’m ready for a break and to play other games for a while, but I think I will go back to this one from time to time. I really like life simulation games like this and we don’t get many in English – so thank you to whoever published this game.
Overall Score: 64/90 71% C- “Good Game For Girls
Geeky: 2/5 – no action but still challenging gameplay elements. There is a puzzle like element and some other things to mix it up so its not just all reading.
Sweetie: 5/5 – I love life simulation/school simulation games, we definitely don’t have enough of them in English, so 5/5 from me here. It’s no Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side, but I’ll take it, and pray that eventually other similar games make their way stateside.
Overview: 8/10 – I think overall, this game is unique, fun, and addictive. It is not without flaws though such as grammar and typo issues. Also there is some missed potential like lacking the ability to change your character appearances/dressup, lacking more late game content, like new features/random events etc on future generations, and just more story content overall.
Gameplay: 7/10: Gameplay consists of choosing what to study or how to spend your free time. I like these types of games, and we don’t get many of them in North America. But as mentioned above there were some things that could have made gameplay more enjoyable that are missing such as seeing your characters appearance change based on stats and traits, or dressup options which could have added another bonus also to stats and traits. And most importantly, the game is missing enough random events/random encounters, or late game content, which after 5+ generations it becomes too repetitive. This could have been avoided by having things like holidays, and teaching us more about Chinese culture, or things like school trips, or other things, having us join a club, or get a part time job, that would influence story elements, and our traits and stats, etc. So many missed opportunities. It’s still a fun game, but it could have been great. It falls just short of that greatness.
Story: 2/10 – There’s really almost no story… there are glimpses of a story, but no really, it’s not a story driven game which is a shame. The closest it comes to telling a story is through dating sim elements. And that part of the game is too small to really count as a story.
Characters: 8/10 – Despite not having much story, there are classmates, romantic prospects, your parents, your teachers, your children, etc. The characters in this game are cute, and they do evolve… for example, one of the characters is a bit Tsundere. He seems very cold, but after enough dates, he begins to really care for the player character, he loves her so much that he helps her study hoping they can go to the same university. There’s also both a male and female geek type character, the male is into video games and programming and the girl is into idol concerts and cosplay. There are male and female jock types, and I assume artist types – I met the male artist but not the female one yet. I like all the characters 🙂 And their stats do influence your next generation which is a nice touch.
Graphics: 7/10 – Most of the graphics have a very cute anime look. The teacher, starter parents, strangers to marry, etc all have a much more rough look. The romantic partners all have very nice artwork. The background art is also really pretty. The children are cute and there is a bit of animation here or there. I take points away again for lacking any change in characters appearances based on their stats and lacking any dressup abilities which was also a missed gameplay opportunity as the dressup items could have also offered a stat or trait bonus too. Boo.
Music: 5/10 – It has cute but very basic chidlike music. It is ok. there is no voice acting.
Replay Value: 10/10 the game has hundreds of skills, traits, and things to unlock, that’s the best part of the game. Despite lacking, more story/encounters/random events or things that would make future generations a little more unique, I still gotta give full marks just for the sheer amount of traits and school and career paths and multiple dating partners, etc. That’s part of the charm and fun of this game for sure.
Uniqueness: 10/10 – We do not get many school simulation games in North America. I can really only think of Princess Maker and some indie kinda Princess Maker Clones, and Graduation back in 1995. There was Lucky Rabbit Reflex, but it just made me want an official release of Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side even more. I’ve played the fan translations of all of them, and they are my favorite games. I want to see more games like this. I’m really praying Konami will release Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 4 finally in North America or at least with an English option on the Switch…. But I don’t want to hold my breath, I might die. Lol. So I am awarding Chinese Parents 10/10 for being brave enough to publish their game in North America. I hope to see a sequel maybe some day with the missed opportunities I mentioned here.
You might be wondering what are the best Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games for girls. What makes an MMO so addictive? That answer can be different for both men and women. Women tend to be more social gamers, they also enjoy more dressup and character customization. Girls don’t necessarily need ultra high definition super realistic graphics and often prefer cuter, cartoon, or anime style graphics that are bright and colorful. Girls are also more likely to read the story and lore within the MMORPG and not just skip through quest and NPC dialog. For a girl, the enjoymemt of an MMORPG is in the journey, not in the endgame. Girls probably want a game with a large variety of pets and mounts to collect. And girls probably are more into crafting, fishing, and other relaxing activities besides just hunting monsters.
Based on all of these factors. Which are the top 10 MMORPGs for girls in 2020? Here’s my picks for the best MMOs for girls.
Temtem is like a Pokemon or Digimon styled game with tons of cute monsters to collect. Temtem is also great because there’s no monthly fee. It’s the new kid on the block, being released just this year in 2020 which makes it super accessible still for new players. There are no expansions or things to worry about yet, but needless to say, that could change in the future. Fresh new content is constantly being added to Temtem. It has very positive reviews and a large and growing community of active players.
Here’s a quick rundown of Temtem’s features. As you can see it plays almost exactly like a Pokemon game. This info was pulled from the game’s official steam store page.
Story Campaign: Journey across six vivid islands and embark on the adventure of becoming a Temtem tamer while fighting against the evil Clan Belsoto.
Online World: The days of traveling solo are over; in Temtem the world is a massively multiplayer one. Tamers from around the world can join and you will be able to see them around you, living the adventure with you and fighting to become the best Temtem tamer.
Co-Op Adventure: You will be able to join forces with a friend any time and work together towards your next goal. Catch new Temtem, complete a Route, or face off against a Temtem Leader; all while fighting alongside your friend in dual battles!
Housing: Buy your own house at Atoll Row and decorate it your way. Buy new furniture, color your walls and you’ll be ready to invite your friends over!
Customize: Customize your character to stand out from the crowd and get new cosmetics while you battle other tamers. Pick a silly hat, a comfy sweatshirt, some pants and you’re ready to go! Or maybe you prefer to wear a full-on cosplay of your favorite Temtem?
Competitive: Start by choosing 8 Temtem and the pick and ban phase will begin. Take turns with your rival to pick your Temtem and ban theirs. When all the decisions are made and the turns are ended, you will end up with a squad of 5 Temtem and the battle will begin.
Always Growing: New content is constantly being added to Temtem, new events, new missions, new cosmetics, new Temtem, and new ways to play!
2.) World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft has to be doing something right to have lasted for over 15 years. It still remains the largest MMORPG with over 84 Million active players. The next game behind it has a mere 26 Million active players which is old school runescape. And yes, these numbers are from 2020. This means WoW is CRUSHING the competition when it comes to revenue from subscriptions even 15 years after its initial release.
What makes WoW so unique that it has both drawn in new players while retaining old players? I think it’s the ease of use of the game. The game is quite simple and easy to play. It is a good gateway game for users who have never played an MMORPG before.
It offers something for everyone from crafting to transmutation of gear allowing you to customize your looks without affecting the stats of the gear. Hardcore gamers can grind their way to the top of the arena and earn rare mounts and titles and earn achievements to show off their accomplishments. More casual gamers can try wow boosting to get a jump start on their adventures. Whatever your play style, even if you just want to read lore and spend all day questing, WoW lets you play the game the way you want to enjoy it.
And with the largest online community, many people stick around just to keep playing the game with their friends. New expansions and fresh content are being released still even 15 years later. In fact, there’s an expansion coming out in just a few more weeks. Some expansions bring back characters or areas from the past and continue to write the story in new and interesting ways.
The story is definitely another highlight in World of Warcraft, one that I think girl gamers will definitely enjoy as it is full of fantasy and whimsy as well as heartfelt moments along the way. There are even numerous roleplaying servers where one can totally immerse into character whilst playing.
Mabinogi’s cute anime style graphics and extensive crafting system really stand out. You can do anything in this game, from writing and composing your own music, playing music, fishing, farming, or of course grinding and hunting monsters. The game’s simple but cute anime graphics and the colorful world will draw girl gamers in for sure. Mabinogi is free to play but has some options for paid content, especially when it comes to character customization.
Mabinogi’s features are totally unique with no other MMORPG quite like it on the marketplace. That’s why it has been around since 2004 and continues to draw in new players, much like World of Warcraft.
Mabinogi is more like a life simulation game, allowing you to truly play the game any way you can imagine. Whether you want to just sit back and relax, cook, craft, play music, decorate your home, or go out and slay monsters, the choice is yours.
4.) Ragnarok Online
One of the oldest and most beloved MMORPGs of all time, Ragnarok Online remains a cult classic to this day and is more accessible than ever with new mobile and steam ports of its popular franchise.
There are many people also setting up private servers with faster EXP rate and increased dropped rates for rare items.
I love the colorful cute pixel graphics and retro feel of this game. The game originally released in 2002 making it almost 20 years old now.
Ragnarok Online is free to play but does have a VIP option for users who want to spend a little extra.
5.) Final Fantasy Online
Whether it’s FFXI or FFXIV, both Final Fantasy games are still popular to this day. With the name Final Fantasy already being well known to female gamers, and popular characters and monsters and lore from the gaming series, the attraction of this game is obvious. Whether you want to be a sexy cat girl or cute chubby baby like character, the races and character customizations allow you to look your best.
Like most Asian MMOs, this one can be a little grindy, but it’s definitely worth it. There’s a lot of great story elements as you can expect from any game with Final Fantasy in its title. FFXI still has about 50,000 players. It has lost most of its initial players to the newer FFXIV which boasts 23 million players in 2020.
Really FFXIV has a great single player campaign. But once you reach endgame, things can get dicey, with long queues and wait times for some of the dungeons. But if you’re a casual gamer, you might not mind it as much as you can fish or craft or do something else while waiting.
The story and music in FFXIV is probably the best of any MMORPG on the market right now.
6.) Dragon Raja
I did an in-depth review of Dragon Raja awhile back on my blog. What makes Dragon Raja so great is the character customization options. The graphics and characters are super cute. The story isn’t half bad either. And it’s a very accessible game being free to play and available on IOS and Android. I highly recommend Dragon Raja and think you’ll love it. It is similar in some ways to Mabinogi in that it is part life simulation. It lets you play the game as you like. Check it out.
7.) Perfect World
Perfect World is another MMORPG with heavy character customization. The game is also quite old being released in 2005. It is free to play, but there are lots and lots of costumes and mounts and pets that can be purchased with irl money. The game, like others on our list, now has a mobile version, and is more accessible than ever before. For hardcore gamers, there are massive battles with 160 players fighting for dominance. It also allows you to fly. It’s a great game for girls also because it is super easy, mindless in fact, because you can autopath everywhere. Also female characters can be picked up and held by male characters so I used to have a friend who carried me everywhere in the game because I had a tendency to get lost 🙂 lol.
8.) Tree of Savior
Similar in many ways to Ragnarok Online, Tree of Savior was a highly anticipated title but most fans felt it fell short of its lofty aspirations. It received mixed, mostly negative reviews at release. However, it has undergone a transformation called Re:Build and now is receiving mostly positive reviews. However, I hear they did a complete wipe and reset which angered people who had been playing since 2016. So it’s still one of those, love it, or hate it, types of games. It has a lot of charm and cute graphics that girls will love though so still makes our top 10.
9.) Phantasy Star Online 2
Wow American gamers had to wait a long time for this one, didn’t we?! Releasing in Asia in 2012 – and not available in English until May of 2020, Phantasy Star Online 2, could have taken the world by storm, if their timing was right. Phantasy Star has been a cult classic ever since the 90s with its offline RPGs. It is an interesting blend of scifi and fantasy elements. Some may even call it a steampunk MMORPG.
The original Phantasy Star Online was a big hit both internationally and in the US. While it’s still very early days for the sequel in the US, all signs are pointing to it doing very well despite being almost a decade old.
They are already preparing the next stand-alone Phantasy Star Online game for release on PC, Xbox, Playstation, and Nintendo Switch as early as 2021. Whether that will be an English release, or we’ll have to wait a decade again, remains to be seen…
One thing is for certain, for fans of Phantasy Star Online 2, it was definitely worth the wait. I speculate, that the release may be in part just a marketing ploy to draw players in before the next stand alone game releases next year. We shall see.
Despite potentially being a big marketing ploy for the next game’s installment, a lot of time and care was given to the localization of Phantasy Star 2 Online including English (or your choice of original Japanese) voice overs, and even English singing of the vocal tracks. That’s more love and care than would be given to most free to play MMORPGs.
With its anime graphics, great soundtrack, and unique scifi setting, I highly recommend Phantasy Star Online 2 as one of my top 10 MMORPGs for girls in 2020.
10.) FLYFF Fly For Fun
Securing the last spot on our countdown, we have FLYFF, Fly for fun. This game has been around since 2004. The cute 3D graphics and colorful world make FLYFF a big hit. As the name suggests, you can fly and even participate in airbase combat.
When it first released, FLYFF had incredible success. However, it soon became plagued by bots and hackers. They made numerous changes over the years to the game, but most dedicated players were already leaving FLYFF for newer MMORPGs. As the population declined, the game continued to fade into obscurity.
Another drawback was the game was quite slow and grindy as most Asian MMORPG are. It took forever to level up especially after about level 60. The game’s level cap is over 150, so as you can see, most players just became frustrated and gave up the grind midway through the game.
FLYFF recently got a new publisher this month. Some users are concerned this could be the doom of their beloved game. But I think to look at it this way, Bora Island paid a lot of money to acquire the rights to publish this game. They aren’t just going to waste money. They see potential in FLYFF and will work hard to continue to publish new and exciting content for the players.
Will Bora Island be able to revive what was once a cult classic? Only time will tell…
Of course, there are many other noteworthy MMORPGs. Although some say MMORPG is on the way out, I disagree. I think MMORPG will always draw in players who want to obtain loot and/or enjoy crafting or even just want to make new friends. MMORPG is a unique genre that offers a little bit of something to all gamers no matter their playstyle.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my Top 10 MMORPGs for Girls in 2020. What MMORPGs are you currently playing? Leave a note below. Maybe I’ll come join you. 🙂
Due to the size of the post covering and ranking the past 30 years of gaming consoles (plus pc and mobile too), ranking them based on the quantity and quality of girl games available on the systems, I had to break what I’d hoped to be one big post into about FORTY (unbelievable lol) smaller posts.
I think you need a table of contents and i’ll be going back into each of those forty posts and adding this. As well as possibly changing headings and images to make things less confusing lol.
It took me 3 weeks to write the post in word doc, and another almost 2 weeks to format the post on my blog… a labor of love.
I hope you enjoy reading it!
Here’s my picks for the best gaming systems for girls.
This Is Our Conclusion covering any games for girls on our remaining consoles.
27.) NES – The first gaming console in my house. It didn’t have many RPGs at all but had some other games I fondly remember from my childhood.
28.) Coleco Vision – I picked one up at a yard sale years ago with some games. It’s a very old rare console. There was really only one or two RPGs.
There’s a fan-based group or company making some homebrew RPGs on Colecovision…
And they’re still making new Colecovision games even as I’m writing this post in the year of our lord 2020 lol. Here’s one of their current projects
29.) Virtual Boy – Nothing to see here, move along. This whole console was weird. Black and Red graphics, googles, and a stand where you had to hunch down to put your eyes up to the view finder. It hurt my eyes and hurt my back and didn’t have any RPGs. I sold mine and all of its games for a lot of money though because for some reason it’s highly sought after as a novelty item I guess.
I’d like there to be a # 30 to round this out – but I have only owned 29 consoles in my life. Not bad I guess, I started collecting around 8 years old and am 39 now, so about one console a year? more or less? lol. I already pre-ordered PS5, but it’s too soon to tell if it’ll have a lot of games for girls or leave girl gamers behind.
This Page Is All About Games For Girls on the original Microsoft Xbox and its successor the Microsoft Xbox 360
I figured there’s so few games for girls on these platforms I can combine them into one page.
23.) Xbox 360 – Lost Odyssey was one of my favorite games of all time. The story was meant to be part of a series, but Microsoft decided people don’t want to play RPGs. 2 years ago they renewed their trademark for Lost Odyssey and the rumor mill began spinning with either a sequel or remaster in the works. A remaster would not make me buy an Xbox One or Series X, but a sequel, if it was an Xbox exclusive and I couldn’t get it on PC or any other console, I’d probably buy the damn console for this game, knowing full damn well it would be the only game I’d probably play on that console that I paid $500+ for lol. I was also initially excited about Fable and Elderscrolls and a few other games but felt mostly let down by lack of RPGs, and severely disappointed in Fable, because it over promised and under delivered.
Here’s some games for girls on Xbox 360. Most of these could also be found on Playstation or PC which in my opinion defeats the purpose of buying a 360 for any of these except for Lost Odyssey.
24.) Xbox – Again elder scrolls and fable and a few rpgs here or there, nothing really exciting. Most all the games were on PS2, 3, or PC, etc. After being burnt twice by Microsoft I just decided they don’t give a fuck about gamer girls and stopped buying their consoles. Like I said if they release an RPG that I want, I’ll buy their consoles again, but not until then. I would like to “buy American” and support an American business, but Microsoft misses the mark every damn time.
With the exception of Lost Odyssey (which was on the 360 and not original Xbox) which didn’t sell well I guess but is what I would want to be playing compared to the sports and shooters and crap that doesn’t appeal to me in the least. Microsoft is losing money by alienating female gamers and focusing only on hardcore gamers.
That’s too bad, in my opinion, that’s their loss. Why do you think their consoles failed in Japan and they’ve already had to discount the Series X in Japan even before its release? Because their games are shit. That’s why. Might as well be a $500 doorstop since there’s literally no good “exclusives” especially story driven exclusives. There are RPGs here or there, but literally, every single one of them except for Lost Odyssey can be found on PS4 or PC or elsewhere, along with a ton of other games exclusive to PC or exclusive to PS4. Xbox just doesn’t get it.
They don’t get the importance of exclusive games or diversity. Even games they claim are “exclusive” are 9 times out of 10 also available on PC. That doesn’t make them “exclusive” lol. Microsoft doesn’t care because they’re making money off of the PCs and operating systems and other things on the PCs too. Which begs the question why even make gaming consoles if everything can be done on a PC? I know not everyone has a “gaming rig” with Nvidia or Radeon graphics cards. But they could buy one of those graphic cards for the same price as the Xbox console. And hook it up to the TV with either wireless or HMDI or other means. Head Scratcher there.
No one is saying to stop making shooting games or to stop making fighting games or to stop making sports games or to stop making action games… but why not both?!!! Why not add a few RPGs? I’d buy the new console and the RPGs and my fiance would probably buy the other crap I mean games, so then you’d be making more money. But instead, you turn away and alienate an entire demographic group with your stupid decisions. RPGs are also more popular in Japan with males and female gamers. You could improve your global strategy by giving us some damn good exclusive RPGs like a sequel to Lost Odyssey, but alas, until then, I’m not buying any more Microsoft consoles.
But rant over. Here’s a list of girl games on the original Xbox, small as it may be.
This Page Is All About Games For Girls on the original Nintendo Wii
22.) Wii – Xenoblade is the defining game for girls on this console. I think there were also a few tales of_ games on this console and maybe a few other RPGs here or there. The Wii U was backwards compatible with the Wii, making Wii obsolete if you upgraded to the Wii U, plus the Wii U had its own library of games that Wii couldn’t play.