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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Silverlicious Game Poster Image
Sweet game teaches Pinkalicious fans how to platform-puzzle.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2012)
(2012)
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Lego Friends Game Poster Image
Girl-focused Lego game filled with fun, safe activities.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2013)
(2013)
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The Daring Game for Girls Game Poster Image
Great girl-power messages, lots of variety and fun.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii
(2010)
(2010)
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Perils of Man: Episode 1 Game Poster Image
Fascinating adventure only held back by some hard puzzles.
Platforms: Mac
(2014)
(2014)
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Anna's Quest Game Poster Image
Point-&-click tale has deep story, some frustrating puzzles.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Child of Light Game Poster Image
Original, accessible, fun RPG stars lots of strong females.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
(2014)
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Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure Game Poster Image
Well-tuned adventure has charming characters and fun combat.
Platforms: Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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I Am Setsuna Game Poster Image
Soulful storytelling with steep learning curve.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Lara Croft GO Game Poster Image
Challenging turn-based puzzler with non-sexualized heroine.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
(2016)
(2016)
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Mirror's Edge Game Poster Image
A refreshingly different take on first-person action.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
(2008)
(2008)
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Mirror's Edge Catalyst Game Poster Image
Great parkour action with strong heroine, mild violence.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
(2016)
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Mission US: Flight to Freedom Game Poster Image
Riveting sim where your choices decide fate of teen slave.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness Game Poster Image
Great story, challenging puzzles anchor sleuth's adventure.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy Game Poster Image
Fantastic mystery set in Scotland has terrorist theme.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Portal 2 Game Poster Image
Inventive and enjoyable spatial puzzler with mild violence.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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Song of the Deep Collector's Edition Game Poster Image
Underwater tale with heart, depth slightly sunk by controls.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
(2016)
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SteamWorld Dig 2 Game Poster Image
Spelunking adventure proves surprisingly complex.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
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Yo-Kai Watch Game Poster Image
Fun happy-"ghost"-lucky game helps kids deal with emotions.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
(2015)
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Kathy Rain Game Poster Image
Fun, cheeky adventure heavy on puzzles, mid-'90s atmosphere.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Metroid: Samus Returns Game Poster Image
Great sci-fi remake reinvents itself for a new generation.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Broken Age Game Poster Image
Witty story with memorable characters and good message.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2014)
(2014)
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Contrast Game Poster Image
Puzzle adventure with compelling themes, good conundrums.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
(2013)
(2013)
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Half the Sky Movement: The Game Game Poster Image
Empowering sim explores women's issues and activism.
Platforms: Facebook
(2013)
(2013)
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Horizon Zero Dawn Game Poster Image
Fantastic, imaginative adventure with strong female lead.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Game Poster Image
Top-down actioner has some blood and a strong female lead.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
(2010)
(2010)
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Never Alone: Ki Edition Game Poster Image
Violent, beautiful Native tale with young, strong heroine.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2014)
(2014)
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The Blackwell Epiphany Game Poster Image
Thought-provoking final chapter of ghostly retro adventure.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2014)
(2014)
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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Game Poster Image
Take to the high seas in this magical animated platformer.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
(2016)
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What Remains of Edith Finch Game Poster Image
Emotional family drama deals in tragedy, eccentricity.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Gravity Rush 2 Game Poster Image
Strong female lead returns in soaring action-adventure.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
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RWBY: Grimm Eclipse Game Poster Image
Strong female role models in fun, short web series spin-off.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Game Poster Image
Polished spin-off highlights female characters' adventure.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
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Whispering Willows Game Poster Image
Horror adventure with strong heroine but lackluster puzzles.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Gone Home Game Poster Image
Terrific narrative game tackles tough teen identity issues.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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That Dragon, Cancer Game Poster Image
Profoundly moving tale of parents and terminally ill son.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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