Parents' Guide to

Imagine: Fashion Designer - New York

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Poor graphics hamper this look at the fashion industry.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
Imagine: Fashion Designer - New York Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 5+


I had no idea until reading some comments here that the “Imagine “ games were intended to help direct young girls in their career path, but for me this game did just that. My Mom purchased the game for me when I was 7 or 8 and I absolutely loved every part of it from styling the models to presenting your line on the runway- it was so professional and detailed for what I thought was just a simple DS game. I’d highly recommend this game or a choice from the imagine line for anyone’s child because it’s brilliantly thought out, it gives you real world scenarios and makes you establish a professional relationship with an employer- it’s just such a great exposure at such a young age. It might just be a game but that feeling of fulfillment from experiencing that profession stuck with me and helped me find my calling, it might help your little girl/boy find her/his way too. :)

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 10+

CSM Review Skimped On Quite a Few Details!

Some parents may not like the occasionally immodest clothes and crazy makeup (which I honestly didn't mind at all). But I was really surprised and a little disappointed to see that CSM didn't warn parents about the game's subplot: the main character falls in love with a guy who asks her to live with him. They do marry in the end, but it's still wrong for a kid's game. Also, in the song "Billy S." on the game's soundtrack, the word "****" is used (in the near-profane way), the word "hell" is used in "Suddenly I See," and all the background songs (except "Wake Up") are about romance, or have romance-related lyrics or themes. Imagine Fashion Designer:New York isn't a super-racy game, but considering the target gamers' ages, I think they could've done better with the game's plot and background music choices.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (12):

Imagine: Fashion Designer - New York could have benefitted from better graphics, since some of the outfits really don't look very good. Also, if players make a mistake (such as choosing the wrong hair color), they have to start the entire task over again which can get tiresome. On the other hand, the assignments are varied and fun, calling for players to meet different sets of criteria each time. For example, a photo shoot at the Japanese embassy calls for an Asian model in a kimono with red lipstick and eyeshadow, white blush, and no accessories. Overall, Imagine: Fashion Designer – New York is a fun, but not spectacular, peek into the industry.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: UbiSoft
  • Release date: October 7, 2008
  • Genre: Girl
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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