5 Magnificent Mobile Games Made by Women

Last updated: March 8, 2018

More and more women are joining the game industry, building incredible worlds that we lose ourselves in. To celebrate International Women’s Day, here are some of our favorite games helmed by women — as studio founders, programmers, writers, designers, and more.
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Zen Koi 2

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You’ll quickly develop a fondness for your leisurely swimming koi in this relaxing simulation and fish-collecting game, developed by Kim Tay Naylor’s studio LandShark Games. There’s some surprising strategy involved in helping your fish catch certain prey — feed your fish enough and it will evolve (maybe even into a dragon!). Be warned: You may lose hours to breeding koi in pursuit of adorable, uniquely colored offspring.

80 Days

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Most of this adventure game’s 750,000 words were penned by author Meg Jayanth — eight times the word count of the Jules Verne novel it’s based on! An extraordinary steampunk world is conveyed through clean, simple graphics; travel the globe on mechanical birds and submersible trains, and play again and again to discover strange new cities and characters.

KAMI 2

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This gorgeous, origami-themed puzzle game was produced by Katherine Bidwell, who also co-founded the studio State of Play. You’ll “paint” areas with colored paper, toward the ultimate goal of turning the entire screen a single color in as few moves as possible. Try the default puzzle packs, tackle the tough daily challenge, or browse the amazingly creative user-submitted puzzles (or even upload your own).

Interfectorem

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Originally prototyped by four girls aged 10-14 at a “Girls Make Games” game jam, this adventure game has been impressively revamped and released for mobile. Teen lead Alis comes home one day to find her little sister murdered — but as sheriff-in-training, she’s better poised than anyone to solve this whodunit. With dry, self-referential humour and an art style that’s sketchy and fun, Interfectorem imparts a triumphant message: Anyone, of any age or gender, can make awesome games.

Race for the Galaxy

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The entire conversion of this popular sci-fi board game to mobile was led by designer and artist Theresa Duringer. Play cards to settle planets and build technological developments online against one to three other players, or play against an advanced neural network AI. Race’s ruleset is intricate and intimidating to learn — you need to constantly think ahead — but once you’ve got it down, you’ll be hooked on growing your galactic civilization.
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