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Software for Girls

"Software for girls? Why do girls need anything different?" Ever heard this comment before?

It turns out that there are lots of good reasons, ranging from the fact that girls make up half the population, to studies that show girls' computer usage dropping off at the age where many software programs' main characters change from androgenous animals to mortal combat seeking, intergalactic space blasters.

As part of our ongoing series looking at programs designed primarily for girls, SuperKids' reviewers checked out the latest in this category. Continuing a trend we've seen over the last two years, software developers are increasingly focusing on traditional, favorite girls characters.

  • Nancy Drew Secrets Can Kill [for ages 11 and up] from Her Interactive, places the user in the role of Nancy Drew, teen investigator extraordinaire, and challenges her to find a dastardly killer.
  • Detective Barbie [for ages 5 and up] from Mattel Media, provides a fun but less challenging and ultimately less satisfying detective challenge, even for younger users.
  • Barbie Photo Designer Digital Camera [for ages 6 and up] from Mattel Media, provides a fantastic way for girls to experiment with photography, photo editing, layout, design and more.
  • Barbie Riding Club [for ages 5 and up] from Mattel Media, although not especially educational, is appealing to young Barbie fans and horse lovers.

Can't find one that meet your needs? Check out other Girls programs SuperKids has reviewed.


SuperKids Ratings Ratings Key
Title
Publisher
Education
Value
Kid
Appeal
Ease
of Use
Buyers Guide
(Price Survey)
Nancy Drew Secrets Can Kill
    Her Interactive
4.5 4.8 4.5 PC / Mac
Detective Barbie
    Mattel Media
3.5 3.8 4.0 PC / Mac
Barbie Photo Designer
    Mattel Media
4.0 5.0 4.0 PC / Mac
Barbie Riding Club
    Mattel Media
3.2 4.0 4.2 PC / Mac
Reviews of Other Software Programs for Girls


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