Games with Strong Female Characters

Tired of always saving the princess? Be the princess who saves a whole kingdom, explore mysterious worlds, solve mysteries, or fight bad guys with the best of 'em in these great games. In recent years, a ton of excellent games have featured female protagonists. Covering a variety of consoles, the games on this list all feature strong female role models for kids of all genders and ages. From action-packed RPGs to gentle strategy games, we have something for everyone. And for more girl power, be sure to take a look at our lists Books with Strong Female Characters and Best Smart Movie Girls.

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Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

age 5+

Charming, relaxing adventure game with positive message.

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Assemble with Care

age 8+

Heart-warming tale blended with fun gameplay.

Platforms: Apple Arcade (2019)
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Beyond Blue

age 8+

Lovely undersea adventure with strong conservation message.

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DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power

age 8+

Superhero game has teen girl cast and positive role models.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2021)
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Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix

age 8+

Enjoyable kart racing game based on popular shows.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One (2020)
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Perils of Man: Episode 1

age 8+

Fascinating adventure only held back by some hard puzzles.

Platforms: Mac (2014)
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Stonefly

age 8+

Gripping exploration pilots mech-focused adventure.

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Summer in Mara

age 8+

Beautiful eco-friendly adventure best played at slow pace.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows (2020)
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Anna's Quest

age 10+

Point-&-click tale has deep story, some frustrating puzzles.

Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows (2015)
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Call of the Sea

age 10+

Colorful mystery features straightforward solutions.

Platforms: Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S (2020)
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Celeste

age 10+

Charming, challenging platformer with excellent heroine.

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Child of Light

age 10+

Original, accessible, fun RPG stars lots of strong females.

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Full Metal Furies

age 10+

Throwback arcade-action game packs in co-op fun.

Platforms: Windows, Xbox One (2018)
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Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure

age 10+

Well-tuned adventure has charming characters and fun combat.

Platforms: Windows (2015)
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Heaven's Vault

age 10+

Non-violent sci-fi puzzle adventure with strong female lead.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows (2019)
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I Am Setsuna

age 10+

Soulful storytelling with steep learning curve.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows (2016)
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Ikenfell

age 10+

Indie tactical tale has a diverse cast of strong characters.

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Lara Croft GO

age 10+

Challenging turn-based puzzler with non-sexualized heroine.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita (2016)
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Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy - Deluxe Edition

age 10+

Puzzler with a great female protagonist, clever conundrums.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2019)
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The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince

age 10+

Bittersweet, engrossing fairy tale, but puzzles can annoy.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 (2019)
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