Stardoll

Good
  • Huge amount of customisation across avatar and home for a free to play title
  • Daily challenges and other structured content always gives players a focus for their playtime
Bad
  • Games utilise overly simple mechanics that won't entertain older fashion players
  • Split gameplay experience across browser and downloadable game client
8

Stardoll is a free website that lets players dress up dolls and play various games designed for a young female audience while participating in a broader community of fashion and design focused players. With millions of registered accounts the game is easily one of the most popular in the genre that has continued to evolve with the times to maintain this top spot. This has seen Stardoll expand from its 2004 release from a simple paper doll dress up concept to be one of the leaders in the genre with a diverse set of gameplay options. While the majority of Stardoll is available within the browser some of the game is only available through the PC/Mac game client that was introduced following the retirement of Adobe Flash.

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Like other fashion focused game after creating your free account players will be provided the opportunity to fully customise your avatar for the fashion universe. With plenty of tools to use in this process it’s not uncommon for users to easily recreate themselves in the game world of Stardoll or even dress up their doll like a celebrity for which there are even many online tutorials.

Once a players identity has been created players can start enjoying the huge range of other activities that the game has to offer. This is by no means the only opportunity you’ll have to change your visual appearance though with many game sessions spent exploring the various character customisation interfaces. The first such activity players are introduced to is your home available at the my home screen where you’ll place and rotate furniture pieces across the screen from your starting boxes of goodies. In time this home customisation reaches almost a game within itself with a range of lighting, decorations, fireplaces, floor, ceilings, spotlight features and wall art to place in your small apartment living room.

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With an apartment in place players can explore the broader world of Stardoll which splits itself across locations that players can visit individually through the linked menu items. These places include the beauty parlour where you can customise your hair, makeup, jewellery, hands and feet, an album to share your game photos, scenery views, in game messages from NPCs (or other players) and a stylist studio that serves as the premium content of the Stardoll universe with a diverse number of rewards.

Part of these premium rewards ties closely to the two main shopping districts of Stardoll, the Starplaza and Starbazaar where you can purchase individual items and try them in the dressing room. With each purchase with Starcoins you’ll grow your collection that opens up new mix and matched outfits across fashion styles.

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In order to earn these Starcoins players can play various fashion orientated mini games or complete the daily challenges that require you to purchase items, visit locations and generally advance through the backdrop of story on offer. Offering a premium shortcut to these is the purchasable currency of Stardollars which are also provided at a small frequency through gameplay.

With a large number of fashion orientated games, graphic novels, mini games and educational games there is something for everyone to pass the time in Stardoll. For those players that would rather socialise with others then you’ll find the forums and user created clubs the perfect place to hang out and make friends.

Summary:

  • Free browser based game with a fashion focus alongside an optional launcher (Windows/Mac) to unlock the full game content.
  • Fashion, visual novels, games, activities and more to enjoy as you earn Starcoins for your account.
  • Plenty of customisation options to create the perfect avatar and fashion style.
  • Spend your hard earned Starcoins currency and spend it at the Starplaza and Starbazaar.
  • Huge community to interact with through a diverse number of social features to bring players together.

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Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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1 Comment

  1. Cool game hope others think the same

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