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Royelles: Gaming For Girls

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

STEM game has great messages, representation, choppy feel.

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Positive messaging and representation abound in this girl power virtual world. Royelles: Gaming for Girls takes a great step toward creating an app where kids from some underrepresented groups can find themselves. There's lots of encouragement to aim high and achieve dreams -- plus real-life examples of women of color doing great things. And though Royelles: Gaming for Girls says it's designed for girls and gender nonbinary kids, its activities and messages are important and relevant for all kids. That said, in terms of game mechanics and user experience, there's room for improvement. Kids may find it frustrating to get through 12 drawn-out story chapters before they can access the main game. And though kids have a choice when the story ends, it doesn't seem to alter the play experience.

In the game, controls could be more responsive and goals more clear. Though the chats are nice additions that introduce new vocabulary and get kids reflecting on their own dreams and challenges, they're also somewhat awkward and choppy. Overall, there's a lot going on, and it isn't as smoothly tied together or as easy to navigate as it could be. Despite that, Royelles: Gaming for Girls has a strong foundation and great goals and offers a fresh -- and more representative -- approach to STEM.

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