The Daring Game for Girls

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Great girl-power messages, lots of variety and fun.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Kids can learn so much from this varied, lesson-filled game ranging from recalling history to managing money. They practice setting goals and prioritizing tasks and experience the importance of making new friends.  Kids craft items in the game using their creativity and manual dexterity. The game asks them to jog their memories to answer historical trivia questions. While holding sales, kids add, subtract, and multiply to help save up money for their big trip. The Daring Game for Girls is a masterful open-world game that promotes curiosity, intelligence, self-direction, making friends, and learning.

Positive Messages

The Daring Girls credo: Enjoy yourself; learn new things; lead an interesting life. Between the inspirational quotes, the championing of knowledge, the can-do spirit, and the endorsement of physical activity and good friendships, there are more positive messages for girls packed into this game than can even be enumerated.

Positive Role Models & Representations

These girls are independent, industrious, studious, friendly, physically fit, creative, and helpful. And it's worth noting that there are nice boy characters in the game -- and that you score point for befriending them, too.

Ease of Play

The game is not always easy, especially when it comes to the trivia questions it puts forth. But observant players will discover that the answers to all the questions are there in the form of "Did You Know?" factoids that run across the screen during load times. All of the activities in the game can be mastered with practice.

Violence & Scariness

The most violent thing players do in this game is flick bugs away from their garden with a finger. The bugs are not harmed, just displaced.

Language
Consumerism

Some elements of the game come off as a hard sell for the book on which is it based. At the start, your character's mother tells you, "I know you've read The Daring Book for Girls and want to try some of the exciting things in it."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Daring Game for Girls is a fun and wholesome experience for young girls. It is, however, based on the book, The Daring Book for Girls, that is featured heavily in the game, and if your daughter has not already read the book, she will likely want to do so after playing the game. Also, while the game puts forth a girls-can-do-anything message, there are certain activities in the game that would not be appropriate for young children to attempt without supervision (starting a campfire, using a power drill, exploring a cave). Be sure to explain to children that although there are no adults pictured in the game, many of these activities would require the presence of grown-ups in real life.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMiki00 May 12, 2014

The Very Definition of Shovelware

Ok, so... I work in the game industry... and I'm female... and this has to be the most condescending and sexist piece of garbage I have ever seen. There is... Continue reading
Parent of a 10 year old Written byjanellec122 December 25, 2010
Educational yes, but hard like trivial pursuit. One of the questions asked about George Orwell's book 1984, honestly what 8 year old (or ten year old for... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old October 26, 2011

JUST GAME

i would love too play!!!
Kid, 11 years old September 3, 2010

What's it about?

In THE DARING GAME FOR GIRLS, players take on the role of a young girl who has just moved to a new town. She sets out from her new home with three goals: To make new friends, have fun, and earn enough money to go on a big outdoorsy adventure trip. Some of the new friends she makes will school her on trivia about their favorite topics, others will invite her to play games like freeze tag, tether-ball, soccer, or double-dutch. She'll buy supplies (or find them, or be given them) in order to build crafts -- everything from dreamcatchers to a scooter that she can actually ride. She'll run sales from a little wooden stand, selling lemonade (which must be made in the game), flowers, or produce (which must be grown in the game), or any of the craft items she's built. Along the way, she'll go birdwatching, collect great books, and solve coded messages given to her by a wannabe spy friend.

Is it any good?

There is a whole lot to like about The Daring Game for Girls. It presents a wholesome, productive, diverse, fun vision of childhood -- and will likely inspire players to try to replicate some of it in their real lives. There's a ton of variety -- at any point in the game, it always feels like there's something else to do. And it's built in a great way where, if there's a part of the game that's not your thing, you don't need to spend time on it. For instance, if you don't like trivia, you can still achieve all your goals and reach the game's conclusion without playing through the trivia quizzes. Or if you think the gardening is too monotonous, just don't use the garden. There's almost total freedom.

On the negative side, there is a tad too much promoting of the book. And the ending is sadly lame. After all that work and saving up for your big outdoor adventure, you don't get to actually play through the vacation -- it's just shown to you in pictures. Luckily, you can keep playing after that point. But it's easy to overlook those flaws when you're so thrilled to find a game for girls that has nothing whatsoever to do with clothes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about many of the famous, historical women who are brought up and/or quoted in the game: Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Emily Dickinson, J.K. Rowling, Chris Evert, and many, many more.

  • A good question for familes to discuss: Can boys play this game? Obviously, there are no male characters to play as, but are there things a boy could learn from the game? What messages would a boy take away from The Daring Game for Girls?

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