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Review Star Girl
Reinforce superficiality and low self esteem in young girls
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 05 Aug 2014, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Quality animation, modern graphics, simple controls
Shallow, too easy, dependence on in-app purchases
Star Girl for Android is basically a game of dress-up for little girls. Pretend to be a big girl on the scene; buy clothes, text your boyfriend, and sadly, aspire to be a zero and do nothing with your life but be a shallow trophy wife.
Star Girl is very well done for what it is. Basically, you create a simulated social life where you shop for clothes, talk on the phone and try to lure that special guy to date. It's all very consistent with the social game of life and looks good. The color scheme is solidly pink and has a princess vibe to it all. I think girls of a certain age will find this interesting, and it might even be good preparation for how things will typically unfold in their young lives as they become teenagers and young women. But some girls, hopefully, might find this a little redundant over time.
I'm sure there are plenty of little girls who would love this game, and there's nothing wrong with that. But it didn't go lost on me that the only job prospects offered here were singer, showgirl and gossip girl who likes to shop. How come the job offerings didn't suggest women could also be police officers, business people or even president of a corporation? The shallow aspirations this game promotes are utterly scary.
Like real life, this game will cost you a lot of real money to keep up with the latest trends and do all the things that "cool" people do. But if you're going to shell out this kind of coin for a fantasy life, I really have to question why you wouldn't just buy real clothes and a social life instead.
Star Girl is a decent game for little girls, however, if I were parent to a young daughter, I would do my best to combat these stereotypes and make her understand that she can be so much more than a shallow and superficial trophy.