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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Online Dress Up and Makeover Games

Online fashion games fall into a few general categories. The simplest fashion-themed games include dress up, makeover, fashion design, and room decor. More complicated games fall under the categories of puzzle solving, time management, arcade and action, and card and board games.

Girly Fashion Games

Ages 3 and up.
(GFG) posts simple dress up, makeover, and room decor games in a blog format. Special categories include fairies, dancers, and pets. Young children can easily play GFG games using only the mouse to point, click, and drag to dress and apply make up to dolls and to rearrange rooms and doll houses.

Category pages can get noisy when multiple games include music. Clicking on the title of a game isolates it on its own page and solves the noise issue.

Cartoon Doll Emporium

Ages 6 and up.
CartoonDollEmporium.com (CDE) hosts thousands of free games. Within the CDE virtual world, players can make their own doll, adopt a pet, raise a baby, decorate a room, earn cartoon dollars, form clubs, and interact with other CDE members.
In addition to games, CDE provides a platform for writing original stories and creating art projects, as well as for participating in polls, voting, a fashion design contest, and doll awards.

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CDE contains advertising and interactive components such as chat, but is fully COPPA-compliant (coppa.org) to protect children's online privacy.

Big Fish Games

Ages 6 and up.
Big Fish Games (BFG) offers popular online and downloadable fashion-themed and other games. BFG fashion games range from simple dress up, makeover, and fashion design to more complicated fashion-themed mysteries, puzzles, hidden object games, and more.
The Big Fish Games Community allows members to earn tokens by playing online games and to interact via chat, friends lists, and forums. Players use tokens to enter lotteries to win cash, prizes, and more tokens.
In addition to online games, Big Fish offers free trials of games and a game club for purchasing downloadable games at discount. Popular downloadable fashion games include Satisfashion, a fashion design time management game, Masters of Mystery - Crime of Fashion, a hidden object game, and Fashion Solitaire, a card game.
Home decor offerings include Home Sweet Home, an interior design time management game, and Dream Day First Home, a redecorating and hidden object game.