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Best Free Android/iOS Games For Women

Updated on July 1, 2016
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Brittany is an American pop culture enthusiast living in Australia. She writes about a variety of topics including music, celebs, & games.

While there are many games in the Google Play and iOS App Store, it's a bit hard to narrow them down into games that might appeal to the average woman. While plenty of women enjoy popular game genres like 3rd Person Shooter, or action RPGs, there are some women who don't, and they might find it hard to find a fun game that suits them.

Luckily, there are plenty of women-friendly games in both app stores; from female-targeted RPGs, to time-management games, to fun puzzles. Of course, these games can be enjoyed by both men and women, but from one woman to another, here are some more great free games for Android and iOS for women.

Genre: Casual/World Building/RPG

Size: 50 mb

Do You Need An Internet Connection?: Yes, and no. You can access the game and play with your school without an active Internet connection, but if you want to visit other schools, you'll need to connect.

Do You Need To Pay For Any Content?: Like most games, HSS has "premium currency" which can be used to buy in-game items (like clothes, or buildings). You can buy most of these things without rings (the premium currency), but there are certain things or even quests that only require rings as payment. The game gives out free rings for leveling up (and you start off with 500 rings), and I've played HSS for many months without ever *needing* to buy any rings to move on or level up.

The premise of High School Story is that you create your very own high school. You decorate it the way you want, admit the sort of students that you want (and customize them accordingly) and you’re even in charge of how much learning is done.

Most of the game play revolves around several ongoing quests, which are told in an RPG-style format. When the game begins, you design your own character, who then goes on to star in most of the quest/plots. There are several characters that star in the stories, but you can choose your own response to the things that happen in the quests, giving each story a fun, unique spin.

Besides the RPG-style gameplay, there’s also a town-builder element to the game, as you build your school from scratch. You are in charge of designing nearly every aspect of the school, from where the buildings go, to whether or not you’d like to add foot paths or bushes around the school’s perimeter.

A big part of the fun is levelling up and unlocking new character types. Students are categorized by what sort of “clique” they belong to; ie: prep, jock, cheerleader, nerd, etc. You can get new character types by throwing parties at the school with two different types ofstudents, which will (hopefully) unlock a kind of student you don’t already have. It’s really fun trying to collect all the different students, and even more fun to customize them and see them walking around the campus.

Like most games, you can link the app with Facebook, and even add your own friends into the game. If any of your Facebook friends are also playing HSS, you can visit their school and they can visit yours.

High School Story is such a fun game. I’m completely addicted, and I’ve even gotten my husband hooked on it. It’s insanely fun to complete the quests, decorate your school, and collect students.

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Build your own school, create your own students and make up a unique story, all with High School Story!Build your own school, create your own students and make up a unique story, all with High School Story!Build your own school, create your own students and make up a unique story, all with High School Story!
Build your own school, create your own students and make up a unique story, all with High School Story!
Build your own school, create your own students and make up a unique story, all with High School Story!
Build your own school, create your own students and make up a unique story, all with High School Story!
Build your own school, create your own students and make up a unique story, all with High School Story!
Build your own school, create your own students and make up a unique story, all with High School Story!
Build your own school, create your own students and make up a unique story, all with High School Story!

Genre: RPG/Simulation

Size: Varies with device, but this is a pretty big app. I think it takes up about 150mb on my tablet. The more stories you read/store, the bigger the file becomes.

Do You Need An Internet Connection?: Yes, you must be online to read the stories.

Do You Need To Pay For Any Content? Not necessarily. You can easily use Episodes without paying for anything, you just have to wait 4 hours to read a new chapter. If you want to skip waiting, you can buy passes which will allow you to read the next chapter right away.

Episode is like those old "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories, except in animated format. You can choose the way your character looks, their name, and then dictate what happens to them in various stories, by selecting from pre-written options. Half of the app is about reading the stories, and the other half of the app is watching the cartoon-style animation (and listening to the sounds!) happen on-screen.

Episode comes pre-installed with two stories (Campus Crush, which is 100+ chapters long! And Real Hollywood which is another long story), but after three days and after ever subsequent three day period, you can unlock more stories from the Episode catalogue. There are comedies, dramas, mysteries, love stories, stories starring men, stories starring women, and even stories featuring an ensemble cast. The app does put a limitation on how many "episodes" or chapters you can read at a time; once you unlock a story you may read the first episode for "free", but after that you can only read two episodes per every four hour time period.

The coolest thing about Episode, however, is that there's also an option to write your OWN story and add it to the Episode database! This is what immediately drew me into the app; sure, it's been fun reading the other stories, but I'm a writer, so naturally, I wanted to start writing my own. This is done through a desktop website (you can only write your story from a computer or laptop). There's a bunch of intricate coding that you have to learn and lots of tedious testing, but it really only took me a few hours to get the hang of it, and now I'm 10 chapters deep into my own interactive story!

Once you've written an Episode of your own, you can submit it to the app developers and they may choose to publish it for other people to read on their devices! I haven't gotten that far yet- so far, only my husband has tested/read my story, but I do plan on submitting it soon. Even if the app doesn't officially pick up your episode, you can still share the link to other people who use the app, and they can read it from their phone or tablet. So far, there's no payment for publishing your story, but the developers are trying to work something out. Still, it's pretty cool!

Whether you're into the reading aspect of the app, or if you'd like to write a story of your own, Episode is one of the coolest, most innovative free apps I've ever seen on the App market, and one I highly recommend!

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Choose from several unique stories, where you can choose-your-own-adventure!  Or, if you're feeling creative, write your own!Choose from several unique stories, where you can choose-your-own-adventure!  Or, if you're feeling creative, write your own!Choose from several unique stories, where you can choose-your-own-adventure!  Or, if you're feeling creative, write your own!
Choose from several unique stories, where you can choose-your-own-adventure!  Or, if you're feeling creative, write your own!
Choose from several unique stories, where you can choose-your-own-adventure! Or, if you're feeling creative, write your own!
Choose from several unique stories, where you can choose-your-own-adventure!  Or, if you're feeling creative, write your own!
Choose from several unique stories, where you can choose-your-own-adventure! Or, if you're feeling creative, write your own!
Choose from several unique stories, where you can choose-your-own-adventure!  Or, if you're feeling creative, write your own!
Choose from several unique stories, where you can choose-your-own-adventure! Or, if you're feeling creative, write your own!

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Genre: Puzzle/Match-3

Size: Varies with device, but it's typically under 30 mb.

Do You Need An Internet Connection?: Mostly, no. If you're just playing in the middle of a case, you don't need Internet, but if you want to receive new cases every 10-30 minutes, then you need to be connected.

Do You Need To Pay For Any Content?: Not really. You can purchase premium currency (in this case, candies) to get ahead in the game, but you can get the candy for free just by playing.

Another Case Solved puts you right in the shoes of a detective starting his or her own agency. You work your way up from the bottom; at first, your agency is just a tiny office with a few boxes and a bare wooden desk, and the only detective work you can get are ads in the local newspaper (lots of cases of missing cats and wedding rings). You slowly work your way up by doing the smaller cases, building a reputation for yourself within the town, and then taking on bigger clients/cases to earn more money.

Cases are solved through a series of mini-games and puzzles. There's a Match-3 type game that is used during most of the gameplay; you have to match together certain items (magnifying glasses, fingerprints, footsteps, etc.) to find clues for the case. Bigger cases are more involved and include more mini games, like the suspect interrogation game, which is similar to the board game, Guess Who (you ask suspects a series of questions and then use the process of elimination to determine who the suspect is). There's also a mini-game where you have to use clues on a map to determine which building the suspect or missing item is located, and once inside the building, you have to search various rooms and furniture to find whatever or whomever you're looking for.

Another fun element of the game is buying furniture, decorating your office, and even customizing the way your detective/avatar looks. As I said before, you earn money by solving cases, and that money can be used to buy furniture which in turn helps you solve cases. Customizing your avatar doesn't have any real effect on the game, but it's still fun to do.

Overall, Another Case Solved is quite a fun and addicting game. It's fun playing the mini-games, using your own logic and skill to solve the crimes, and even saving up money to decorate your office and avatar. The game is a bit like Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? meets Candy Crush, and anyone who's a fan of those games or even just the casual game genre, will enjoy this fantastic game.

Solve the crimes by collecting clues!
Solve the crimes by collecting clues!

Genre: Casual/World Building/Decorating

Size: 19 mb

Do You Need An Internet Connection?: Yes, you must always have an Internet connection to play.

Do You Need To Pay For Any Content?: There's optional premium currency, but again, you get the currency for free upon leveling up. You only really need to buy it if you're anxious to speed up the cooking process or if you want to buy a special decorative item.

Bakery Story allows you to run your own virtual bakery. The game mostly consists of decorating the bakery by buying everything from wallpaper to tiles, to tables and chairs. Of course, you need money to be able to decorate, and that's where the other aspect of the game comes in: baking and selling goods for your virtual patrons.

The baking/selling part is a lot like Farmville. In Farmville, you planted crops and waited for them to be ready to harvest after a certain amount of time. With Bakery Story, you bake goods, and then wait for them to be ready to serve after a certain amount of time. If you are late taking your food off the stove, it'll spoil, so you definitely have to keep an eye on the time that your food finishes. There's a large variety of baked goods and drinks to make, and once you finish cooking, the food is placed on the counter for your customers to enjoy.

You can also add friends from Facebook and visit their bakeries, as well. Having friends (or "neighbors") actually gets you ahead in the game, so it's impertinent to have them. Don't worry, though, if you don't have any friends on Facebook playing, you can add strangers through visiting the community on the game or even checking out the Bakery Story Facebook page and adding other players through their Bakery Story ID code.

Bakery Story is a great casual game for mobile devices. The fun of the game is creating and decorating your own bakery, and keeping your customers happy with cute baked goods.

Build your own bakery and serve customers with Bakery Story!
Build your own bakery and serve customers with Bakery Story!

Genre: Match-3/Puzzle

Size: 41 mb

Do You Need An Internet Connection?: No, you can play without an Internet connection. However, to link to Facebook or update your progess there, you will need to connect.

Do You Need To Pay For Any Content?: You can buy boosters and extra moves through the game. These start at .99 cents. Again, not totally necessary to buy anything, but if you want to finish challenging levels, you may need a booster.

Farm Heroes Saga is a match-3 game developed by King (the makers of Candy Crush), that was originally made for play on Facebook. I only started playing Farm Heroes Saga as something to do while my hearts regenerated on Candy Crush. I immediately got hooked on the game, and in fact, enjoyed it more than Candy Crush. The game is now available for Android and iPhone/iPad, and it's one of my favourite games to play on my tablet.

As I mentioned above, Farm Heroes Saga is a match-3 game, where you must line up three of the same item to clear the screen. The game is set in a farm, and the items you match are called "cropsies"; adorable little animations of carrots, apples, strawberries, suns, water drops, and more. There's a raccoon named Rancid, whom you'll have to "fight against" to keep him from destroying your farm. But the basic gameplay is just to match cropsies.

Each level has a different objective. Some levels might ask for you to collect 20 suns, and 10 carrots, or 60 apples and 50 onions, and you must be able to do so within a certain amount of moves, also varying from level to level. As you progress through the game, objectives become harder and harder, and different cropsies are added, which increase difficulty in the game, as well. Bonus rounds revolve around stopping Rancid by making moves and filling up a meter to 100% before the amount of moves you have run out.

Like Candy Crush, you're limited to 5 lives, but they regenerate every 30 minutes. If you're connected with friends on Facebook, you can ask them for lives, and the extra lives are available in the app whenever you want to redeem them.

If you're already playing FHS on Facebook, you can link your progress with the app as soon as you download it. Whatever level you make it to on the computer will automatically transfer to your app, and vice versa. You don't need a Facebook account to download and play the app on your device, though.

Farm Heroes Saga is an awesome game, and I definitely recommend it. It's very cute, fun, and a bit of a challenge, making it the perfect game to add to your tablet or smart phone.

Collect cropsies to complete each level!
Collect cropsies to complete each level!

Genre: Puzzle

Size: 1.3 mb

Do You Need An Internet Connection?: Nope!

Do You Need To Pay For Any Content? Nope. This game is as simple as it gets.

Sometimes, I honestly just want something to keep my hands busy when I'm bored. There's a few games in the Google Play store that can do just that, but recently I discovered Color Flood, my favourite "busy game" of the moment.

Color Flood is a minimalist brain and puzzle game, that just consists of a grid with different colors on it. Your mission is to turn your board into one whole color by using strategy and clicking on each color square until you've flooded the screen. It's a bit hard to explain, but I promise, the game is pretty fun and easy to play once you get the hang of it.

There are several modes of gameplay, including casual (where you can just go at your own speed), single player (where you only get a few steps to flood the board), computer (face off against the computer) and 2-player (you and a friend can take turns on the device). So far, the game doesn't support playing someone online, but I think that'd be a great feature to add in the future.

Color Flood is the perfect simplistic sort of game to play when you've got time to kill or just want something slightly stimulating, but not completely consuming. The game is beautiful to look at and addictive to play, and I promise, once you get the hang of it, you'll be wanting to play it and beat your high score over and over again.

Try to flood the board with one color!
Try to flood the board with one color!

All screenshots courtesy of play.google.com, used only to promote their apps.

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      Andrea 5 weeks ago

      I've been playing High School Story and I really enjoy that game. It's nice that it's an actual f2p game. I also got the app Episode yesterday and enjoy it a bit, but I haven't found a story with a relatable protagonist (yet). (I can't make my own story since I don't have WiFi.) I like Choices' stories a lot more, but I like the genre selection and the amount of stories in Episode. Also... the gems are cheaper in Episode. I played and enjoyed Bakery Story, too, in the past until I completed my self goal and something happened, so it's not as enjoyable for me anymore. Casual games have been more fun to me than RPGs since they aren't as repetitive and have more of a story. I think I'll give Another Case Solved a try.