|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: syn Sophia||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Nintendo||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 2, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The game features over 10,000 garments to purchase, and there is plenty of replay value for those who want to collect all of the game's different outfits. In addition to being able to unlock all these clothing items, your character is also able to visit hair and makeup salons to improve their own personal style. While this doesn't impact the gameplay too much, it still is a nice touch and is a great way to keep you immersed in the game.
As far as the visuals are concerned, Style Savvy looks great. As a game that is focused on fashion and design, Style Savvy certainly needs to look good, and it definitely succeeds here. Each customer has a very detailed character model, complete with various body types, different facial features, and a rainbow of skin tones.
However, though the different characters all look great, what really shines here are the clothes. Style Savvy features 10,000 different pieces of clothing, and each is amazingly detailed and moves on the different models as you would expect them to. While pants are rigid and cling or hang based on the fit, dresses are more fluid and mold to the character's shape. The different clothes also sport some pretty neat designs, and I found myself working very hard to earn shopping days so I could unlock more of the game's many clothing items.
However, while the game looks good, I wish I could say the same of the sound. I really don't think much effort went into the sound production on Style Savvy and, unfortunately, it shows. The background music is essentially an endless loop of the same song, and there are no voiceovers. Sure, there's a sound effect here and there, but it really isn't anything to turn the sound up for. You are better off listening to some pop tunes to get some inspiration for your fashion boutique than listening to the dull soundtrack offered here.
Style Savvy is an excellent game for its niche audience. While there have been other fashion-based games for the Nintendo DS, Style Savvy hits all the right notes. With plenty of clothes, easily attainable story goals for youngsters (and plenty of advanced goals for older gamers), Style Savvy offers the total package for anyone with an interest in fashion. Just make sure that you coordinate your shoes and belt with your DS while playing!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor