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A friend of mine is playing a really shitty Facebook game called Mafia Wars, largely because she doesn't know about any better alternatives. I'd like to help her out, but I mostly play games on my DS Lite and PS2, neither of which she owns. As far as free games go, the only one I can think of is Cave Story, and I don't know if a platformer would suit her.
Mafia Wars is a crime game that allows you to take on the role of a crime boss. In this role, you select crimes to commit, purchase properties that earn you money, and attack and compete with other crime bosses by attacking them to steal money and damage their property. Fighting other crime bosses utilizes very basic RPG elements like Attack and Defense stats and the use of different type of weapons, and doing any act allows you to level up and build stats. Committing crimes is simply a matter of pressing a button and receiving a random amount of money and perhaps some loot for your trouble.
Given all that, I'm thinking that a good suggestion for her would be something like an RPG, but perhaps not as demanding as the sort of games I'm used to playing which present players with a huge array of options for character progression and no hand holding. Also, it might be better if a suggestion was more realistic in nature, or at least didn't stray too far into the realms of fantasy or sci-fi.
As a side note, she also liked playing Professor Layton when I lent her my DS Lite, and when PETA released that Cooking Mama parody, she enjoyed playing that too, not for the PETA aspects but rather the Cooking Mama aspects. Given that, I'm also open to suggestions in the vein of puzzle games and simulated activities, though I think she'd be prefer a more in-depth game right now.