Style Savvy - Nintendo DS Standard Edition
- Multiplayer options including 4-player wireless mini-games and the ability to shop in other player's boutiques for new fashions.
- Assume the role of a style consultant to AI customers who visit your boutique in search of a new look.
- Utilize 16 different in-game designer labels, each with its own distinct style and price point, as well as more than 10,000 items and a range of customers with a variety of styles and personalities.
- Money earned by satisfying customer needs can be used to gain access to additional designer labels in-game and additional apparel items for your boutique.
- In-game customization features including the look of your character's head shape, eyes, lips, hair color, hair style and makeup.
- Platform: Nintendo DS
- ESRB Rating: Everyone
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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You've got an impeccable sense of style, and you're the person all your friends turn to when they need critical fashion advice. Now, as the owner of a chic boutique in a fashion-mad city, you're in a position to share that savvy with the world. Show off your fashion know-how as you help shoppers find just the right touch to complete an outfit, or even help them put together impressive new looks. With your sharp eye for color, cut and coordination, you have the power to make the world a better-looking place, one shopper at a time.
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It's not really a game per se. You spend your days dressing people in trendy outfits and attending fashion conventions.
If you're a fan of character creators in general (like CoH) and have a soft spot for fashion, this is a pretty nice title.
I guess you could say it's "girly" or whatever, but I don't find it offensive. It doesn't talk down to you like you're
an idiot like some Ubisoft titles I could name. Obviously if you're looking for a challenge of reflexes or strategy, this
would be a bad choice. But if you got an itch for this kind of stuff, this game scratches it better than any other ever made.
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Style Savvy has a somewhat drawn-out tutorial mode which involves you working as an assistant in another boutique, but it does a great job of familiarizing you with the mechanics of the game. Afterward, you get to name your boutique, pick out an interior design (which determines which of the 16-something lines/styles of clothing you start with) and music, and then you're off and running!
There's a lot of things this game does well. Managing your boutique's inventory is a significant portion of the game, and it's pretty involved! You have a limited amount of money (There is a "bailout" option though in case you run out of both money AND inventory, so that the game is -never- unbeatable. Nothing frustrates me more than a game where I get into a hole so deep that it's impossible to progress, no matter how hard I try!) and a limited amount of space in your stockroom, so you have to plan out what you're going to want available for sale. The appearance of your boutique also influences what people will be looking for when they enter. However, much like a real store, you will still get people that want something you're not carrying, or are just browsing. You buy clothing at wholesale prices, and they're automatically marked up when you sell them in your boutique. After you've played enough, you gain the ability to run sales at 10%, 30%, and 50%, so that you can try to liquidate items that are cluttering up your stockroom, but not take the 100% loss of just discarding them. (You can't only have -some- pieces of sale, this was an error on my part. Either everything's on sale, on nothing is.) (Maybe the discard option should've been "donate", I'm sure somebody could use those clothes!)
When patrons (all female) enter your boutique, they might just be browsing, or looking for something particular, or not sure what they're looking for but needing it to match something they've brought in, or they might be in need of a whole not outfit! There's a TON of different people that you'll encounter, and each one has her own likes and dislikes. You get a little profile of each patron, with an approximate budget, a blurb about their personality, a view of what they're currently wearing, and any information they provide about what they're looking for. Sometimes if you can't find exactly what they asked for, you can offer them something that complements their current style/outfit. With every choice, you can either ask them what they think, or just make them try it on.
You can also design display outfits for your store mannequins, which tends to draw in customers. Sometimes, somebody will come in and want to buy your whole display outfit! (These are my favorite moments, it's really satisfying when they like something I put together just because I liked it.) And, of course, anything you've stocked in your store also appears in your character's wardrobe, so that you can always play around with your own fashions!
There are also fashion contests, where you are given a concept and a particular set of clothes, and you try to match the concept as closely as possible while competing against three other computer/AI-controlled boutique owners. These are great fun because they're just like big puzzles, since everybody's working with the same set of clothes.
You can also have fashion contests with up to three other people. One of you runs the competition, picking a theme and so forth, the other three submit outfits anonymously, and then you pick the outfit you like the most! These can be as challenging as you want to make them, as you can always verbally tell your participants more hints/criteria/restrictions than what the game might present.
Downsides? Well, the music in Style Savvy is... not one of its strong points. But it's easy enough to turn down the volume on your DS/DSi and just listen to some music you like instead!
Also, the menus can be a little slow/clunky because there's a little too much glitz in the display and I can be rather impatient when I know what I'm looking for and I just want to be able to get to it as quickly as possible. But maybe if you're more patient than I am, this isn't really a bad thing.
This game is played in "book mode", where you hold your DS/DSi sideways, with the +directional pad at the bottom. This feels a little strange and my hand isn't used to it so after a few hours of playing it gets a little cramped, but it really does make the most out of the available screen real-estate, and one should always be encouraged to take a break from ANY game after an hour or so.
There are several different skin tones for characters in Style Savvy, from a dark brown to a light peach, and even a "silvery-grey" for the mannequins. There are also a variety of eye colors and hair colors and styles. I -wish- Style Savvy had women of different sizes, but in the game's defense the sheer number of different clothing options and interactions between different pieces is extremely intricate as-is and it was undoubtedly easier to just have everyone be the same size/shape. Besides, if there were a variety of sizes, then I feel like that'd need to be accounted for in inventory, and that'd make the game too complex and not as much fun. It -is- just a game, after all!
I had to write a review of this game because it just knocked my socks off. I can see this game appealing to girls/women of all ages, and probably to some of the more secure guys out there, too! I give it a 5 for fun, and a 4 for overall design/quality.
After a while, you are given the opportunity to manage your own boutique (choosing the store design, name, music ). At that point, you are no longer just a sales person, you are also a buyer. You'll need to periodically go to the buyer's warehouse to order clothes from various clothing vendors. One vendor specializes in sport clothing, another has goth gear, another has more earthy clothing, etc. I think there are 12+ vendors and MANY MANY clothes and accessories to choose from.....all vary in color and price or style. You can only have a certain # of styles in your store inventory (you can increase the # during the course of the game) so you will have to make choices and spend your $ wisely....as you will not be able to buy EVERY item you want. You also are responsible for promotion at your store.....which means designing "looks" for the window displays and creating flyers and advertisements for mailing. You can also choose to have store wide sales to draw in more customers. If (for example) you choose to advertise a certain pair of jeans in your flyer.....you need to make sure you have enough on hand if a few people show up looking for them. Hopefully the public will LIKE what you put in the flyer....or you could get stuck with a lot of unwanted jeans in your inventory.
While working, you will meet a hair-stylist and a cosmetician who have opened their shops near your store. If you want to take a break from the customers at your store....you can go get your hair done or you can go to the make-up store and buy some stuff for yourself. Anything you buy will show up in your make-up case at your apartment. Fun fun fun!!!
And then there are the fashion shows.....you compete against other shop owners for prizes and recognition.
This game is a business sims type of game.....very in-depth....and lots of fun. Of all the fashion based DS games that I've played....this is the best!! Worth paying full price for if, like me.....you gotta have it!!!
First, you start as just a person working at Strata, a boutique run by Grace, your boss. Once you start serving customers, and making money :), Grace goes and talks to Dominic (a close friend of hers, and an agent) about how much of a good job you are doing and how maybe he should open another store and let you run it. He will agree and soon you will be able to name your boutique with your friend Renee by your side.
You also get to create outfits to display in your store window on mannequins. This will often attract customers and sometimes, they will ask you if they can buy the entire ensemble. As you progress throughout the game, you can visit Dominic's Mansion and unlock certain bonuses such as a different interior or music to play in your shop, and holding sales, which are, unfortunately sales off everything or none. Also, each brand has a brand rep that might later on ask you to help them pick out colors for a new design and afterwards, they will give you 10 of that style to sell in your own shop. Every time a customer comes to your shop and buys something, they earn a stamp, and once they earn 8 stamps, they get a stamp discount. Every customer has a different style, and judging by what they are wearing, you can pretty much determine what brand they like or what color they like, so you can find a garment that fits their style, or else, they won't like it.
There are also a few more places you can go. You can always go to Strata, and visit Grace, who will always give you some helpful advice. Or you can go to your apartment, where you can change what you're wearing (whatever styles you have ever bought for your shop automatically shows up in your wardrobe, so naturally, you have a TON of clothes.) change your makeup (mascara, eye shadow, contacts, or lipstick) or look at the photo albums (pictures of you when you win a contest). There is also a makeup shop managed by Olivia where you can always buy contacts, lipstick, eye shadow, mascara and get your eyebrows done. (Not what I prefer spending my time doing) Once you have enough types of each, you can unlock certain bonuses at Dominic's mansion. Near the makeup store, there is a hair salon, managed by Didi (I think that's her name) where you can get different hairstyles as well as highlights. Lastly, there is a Contest Hall, where you can enter fashion contests hosted by Rococco, the Grand Phoenix of Fashion. With each contest level, there is a theme which you are required meet and you can see your model walk down the runway wearing YOUR clothes.
There are some great things and some not so great things about this game too.
1. To unlock a new level in the contest, you have to earn a certain store rank in order to qualify and I think it's great because it sets a goal for you to reach. Though that's sometimes a bad thing since I stay up so late trying to get a certain rank.
2. The game is designed so that when a customer asks for a certain type of garment, such as a cardigan, which a lot of people seem to be asking me for, I can just press the search button and it can sort into categories of brand, color, type, image, detail, pattern, palette, and since each customer has their personal budget they have a category for price range too!
3. At the Buyer's Center, they have all the brands for you to choose from, and once you pick a brand, you can shop as much as you want until you run out of room in your inventory.
1. The music sucks. Even the music that you earn a high rank to get sucks. It was so unbearable that my parents actually told me to just turn the volume off! Maybe they could add some music that I could actually listen to.
2. The customers keep asking for the same thing. I had this customer who came at least seven times, asking for boots every time she came, with the same excuse, "I can't bear to look at my old boots, it's time to move on." I soon noticed that each of the customers who had a certain type of garment in mind, had the same request, with the same excuse. This made it so that it was so predictable on what they wanted so it kind of ruined it. Just a little.
3. This game is WAY too short. I know this seems like the type of game that will never end, but once I finished the last level of the contest, the International Contest, it started playing the end credits! I was so surprised, but even after the end credits, you're allowed to keep playing so it wasn't that bad.
I really liked this game, and if you are a 11 year old kid like me, I bet you will enjoy this game a lot. It will definitely be something that I will keep on playing for a long time to come. This game definitely deserves five stars!!!