STYLE BOUTIQUE 2: FASHION FORWARD
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on December 3, 2015
I, Diana “DumeeGamer” Dumee, have one big guilty pleasure when it comes to gaming, which is definitely the Style Boutique series. I have been playing this series of games since New Style Boutique 3DS and have been hooked from the start! The clothes, winning contests and selling stuff to make people happy. I can only say: It's great. So I am as happy as a puppy with two tails that New Style Boutique 2: Fashion Forward is finally released!
The first thing I noticed about the game is that Style Boutique 2 has way more options than its predecessor. Not only will you be the manager of your own style boutique. You can also be a hairdresser, a make-up artist, a model and a fashion designer. You can switch freely between those jobs at any time. One thing is for sure, you’ll never have to get bored, there’s always something to do!
Being the owner of the boutique is similar to what I was used to from playing New Style Boutique. It’s nice to see that some brands and clothes are still there. I really liked the clothes of Enid Chen and I’m happy this brand is still present at this latest installment. But, the fact that some of the usual brands are still there, does not automatically mean that they have the exact same clothes. Some clothes are gone and there is lots of new stuff to discover.
Although my favorite career in the Style Boutique universe is still running my own boutique, I really like the new additions. When you’re doing someone’s make up you'll get a photo of what your client wants and you have to create a look as similar as possible. The happier your customer is with the look you created, the more money you'll make. Hairdressing works almost the same way, although you won’t get a photo, but while talking to your customers in order to discover what their wishes are, you'll receive some hints. With these hints, you can create a coupe and you'll get paid more if your customer likes what you did.
The modeling career in the game is also cool. You can choose an assignment at the photo studio. The photographer will tell you to what location you’ll both go. Once there, you will have to pose for three pictures; one from head to toe, one portrait and one from your waist up. When you get back to the studio you can pick out the one you like most and the assignment is done. After that, your photo will be all around the city, shown on billboard and busses. So that is indeed really cool.
And now for the part I was really curious about: designing your own clothes. You have your own atelier and can choose the type of clothing, the color, the pattern and design your own emblems. It is a really cool addition in which you can let your creativity and imagination run wild. Now, I know this might not be interesting for every gamer out there, but I liked it very much!
There's also the Caprice Chalet, in which you can create rooms. As you progress in the game you can collect or buy more miniatures which you can use to decorate rooms. I must say, there is a shop where you can buy these miniatures, but they are really expensive. But I know, just like in the previous Style Boutique, when you first start playing the game you’ll have a money problem, but later on you make enough money to do whatever you want. So I’m trusting Nintendo to follow that strategy and that this is nothing but a temporary inconvenience. When your rooms are ready, villagers will ask you whether they can use to room to rest or relax for a while. And when you’re letting them rent your rooms, you generate an extra bit of hard-needed cash for your own little fashion empire.
Like always, you’ll have more colors, patterns, brands, miniatures, clothes, etcetera at your disposal as you spend more time in the game. Needless to say, I like this game very much! It offers so much more than its predecessor did, which was already a very cool game. If you liked the previous Style Boutique games, you’ll absolutely love Style Boutique 2: Fashion Forward!
STYLE BOUTIQUE 2: FASHION FORWARD
November 20, 2015