Thanks for all the suggestions! Some are unknown to me before, some are good remainders 😀 .
A few comments to some replies:
A couple of the girls I knew back in those days had a strange obsession with the first Leisure Suit Larry game. Go away! That's not for girls!
I think it can be described as "cute" in some sense 😀 . I know many women of my age who know Larry. Many have also played it. I think the character is easy to empathize with (despite the players sex)!
Being less stereotypical, also other game suggestions that might be more well received by women (or girls) are welcome
You call that "less stereotypical"? Oh the irony.
Umm... yes? I may have misused the English language, as I'm not a native speaker (in case it is not apparent from my writing). My point was that the beginning of my post could be interpreted as claiming that "girls/women only like cute games" - from between the lines. I wanted to point out that other suggestions are certainly welcome (being less stereotypical...). But, I failed to convey the thought that my girlfriend is not a gamer - which was the main point!
So, I was trying to get easily accessible DOS game suggestions for a non-gamer by abusing the stereotype of girls/women not being gamers (which just happens to be the case here). (EDIT: So, I can see that I'm still riding on the stereotype troughout the post ... but the beginning is certainly *more* stereotypical still)
Cute? is your gf 12?
gamer girls I knew back in the day played worms, civilization, colonization, fallout, pretty much all rpg and adventure games
The keyword here is "gamer". She is not one. That rules out all (turn-based) strategy games, as I don't think she'd have the interest to learn them (at least not trough old games - if there was interest, I think the introduction to these genres would be best made with something more modern). Also hardcore RPGs are out of the question, but something more accessible to non-gamers, such as point-and-click adventure games, might be interesting to her.
In general (not replying to just rasz_pl anymore - and veering off course): All in all it is not really a question of what it the sex of the player. More like I want to introduce a non-gamer to some nice DOS era games! That being said, the (gaming) culture back in the 90s was very much male -dominated. For example, nearly all of (male) my friends in the teens were doing some kind of gaming, either on consoles or PCs (the latter was the more popular platform). It does show in the games also developed back then. There were certainly some girls who did some gaming, but in their case it was mostly something more easily accessible / non-hardcore, such as platforms, DOOM or the like. My original posting was trying to reflect this view in a bit humorous way, while asking for good suggestions! I believe the request was understood correctly since I got very good suggestions 😀
I believe games started to be (more and more) seriously aimed at both sexes only after the 2000s... but there is a lot I haven't tried, like most of 16-bit console games and what came after that on consoles (as mostly stopped playing on consoles after 8-bit consoles).