About Ty Girlz
For the initial $14.99 price, you get access to most of the Ty Girlz web site. By buying additional Ty Girlz dolls and clothing, you can unlock additional parts of the site (more rooms for your Ty Girlz house and more virtual clothing). You earn Ty $ for your online Ty Girlz by playing games so you can feed, dress (online paper dolls!) and decorate their homes. You can also chat (safely) with other Ty Girlz and give your Girlz makeovers.
Ty Girlz - The Dolls and Clothing
The Ty Girlz Clothing
Ty Girlz clothing is new for 2007. The clothing retails for approximately $4.99 (a total bargain!)Styles are very demure and cute and include a white and blue pant outfit with winter hoodie, a fairy princess outfit, a school outfit with khakis, white blouse, purse and vest, and a denim skirt, green blouse and pink cord hat. They close with Velcro. The clothing also comes with a secret code and when you enter the code you get free clothes for your online doll as well.
The largest flaw that Ty Girlz has is when you add a second Ty Girlz to your account, you can't play with her! You can't switch between dolls at all (at least I couldn't figure out how to do it!). You do get a new room, a new outfit, $500 Ty $ (which should be more)_ and new makeup from the second doll. But, seriously, the programmers couldn't figure out how to add another doll to your account? This needs to be fixed right away.
Ty Girlz - The Interactive Web Site
The number one addictive part of the Ty Girlz web site is dressing your Ty Girlz online! You get to go to different shops in different world cities. You can try on the clothing, accessories, shoes, etc. before you buy (you don't have to spend time lining them up perfectly because once you buy the items, they go into your doll's closet and when purchased then put on, they snap right into place). Your doll can have nearly any type of look--my doll has a French artist look right now (I have Dazzlin' Destiny, one of the original dolls) and my daughter has a bit of a Goth look going. My daughter is nearly 13 and I'm...well...older...and the site is fun for both of us.
The second most addictive part of the site is games! There are some truly fun games on the site, and you can earn tons of Ty $ for you Ty Girlz through games (which you'll need if you are a Ty Girlz clothing addict like we are).
You can also decorate your "house" online. For me, this is less fun than decorating, say, a Webkinz house, because my Ty Girlz don't actually get to interact with the house at all (like pets do on Webkinz)--they just stand there and admire it.
The site also offers chat (safe chat and freestyle, with parental permission), and an About Me page where you can tell all about yourself and your dolls. Number two for addictive Ty Girlz behavior is the games!
Best Ty Girlz Games
Unlike Webkinz or Neopets, there are virtually no daily activities, except Doors for Dollars (you pick a door, you get the Ty $ inside door up to $100 1 time per day). Daily activities would be welcome, and would add more of a "world" feel to the site.
Dailies aside, some of the regular games are really fun! My all-time favorite is Mah Johngg Toy Chest. A game where you remove tiles in a Mah Johngg-like way, I think this version beats the ones on Webkinz and Neopets.
I also like Eggz. Skee Ball and Balloon Pop. For sheer, possibly huge, amounts of Ty $,you can play What's In The Bag, which is a Ty-type Deal or No Deal. There is also a solitaire game, and a "competitive" Trivia Game called Trivia Time which would be more fun if it were truly interactive.
In addition to games, there are "Fun Stuff" activities that focus mostly on makeovers, fashion and decorating, but don't seem to offer Ty $.