Okay, let’s start things off by jumping right into my latest addiction.
While fashion games usually aren’t my forte, with the hit app game Love Nikki in the back of my mind and the -4 degree weather outside in front, I decided to download the free demo of Style Savvy: Styling Star from the Nintendo eShop.
Seriously, while I like a fashion game or two from time to time, usually adventure/fantasy genres are more my thing, but right away this game had me hooked. I happened to be in dire need of a light, cutesy, fluffy distraction from the frigid Minnesota winter and this was just thing to quench my kawaii thirst. I plowed through the demo and soon found myself waiting for the full game download to finish. Now, after a solid week of playing and hours upon hours put into my digital boutique, I can say that I’m definitely a fan.
Style Savvy: Styling Star is the latest release in the Style Savvy series (a series in which I have never played any games prior to this one) and follows the adventures of you, the main character, who arrives in a small town and inherits a fashion boutique from her uncle. It is then up to the player to run, stock, and manage the boutique while making recommendations to customers and over time, growing the whole town due to your success.
Without getting into all the technicalities of the game (for more in-depth reviews of this game, I’ve included some links at the bottom of this post), the game is pretty straight-forward: help customers by picking out items from your boutique to sell to them based on their requests, and when you run out of stock, you go pick out more. There is a sort of a story you can follow as well, as you follow the rising talents of young girls all trying to become singers and help them pick out outfits for various performances, shoots, etc.
Perhaps that might sound boring, but it’s surprisingly not. There are literally hundreds of articles of clothing, and the game gives you nice shortcuts for where things might get a little tedious like when it comes to restocking clothing for your boutique. And if you get tired of all the clothes, you can step out for a bit and help out at the hair stylist’s or the beauty parlor.
The characters are incredibly endearing, and the game gives off some major “anime idol” vibes. More than getting into the technicalities of fashion, this game focuses much more on the feel-good aspect, with fashion being more of a way to improve people’s lives through positivity as opposed to about running an actual business. The bright colors, upbeat music, creativity, and shoujo anime-style characters make this game a super relaxing and fun play.
Overall, while not the most mind-blowing experience, for what it does, it does it really well. It’s a feel-good fashion game, and it delivers. And I had (and still have) a lot of fun playing it!
This game is only available for digital download in the Nintendo eShop. It’s current price is $39.99 USD. If you have the money and the desire to be an anime idol’s fashion stylist, I definitely recommend it!
Here are some more in-depth reviews for those of you who are interested: