A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The follow-your-dream spirit that almost all the contestants espouse trumps the occasionally catty remarks from the judges as the overall message of the game.
Positive Role Models
The videos (directly from the show) that introduce the contestants, depict them all as earnest, determined, and even well-rounded people. If you watch the video clips in the "Bonus" section, you'll find two or three in which contestants insult one another's designs, but those clips are never seen during the course of the actual game.
Ease of Play
If anything, it's too easy.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
It is possible to design slightly suggestive clothing in the game (bare midriff tops, miniskirts). Also some real-life cleavage is visible in some of the video clips from the show.
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Products & Purchases
The game can be seen as an ad for the Project Runway TV show, but there are no real-world brands used anywhere in the game (despite obvious potential to do so).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Project Runway is based upon a reality TV show of the same name and, as such, becomes a gateway game to wanting to watch that teen-appropriate show. And although that TV show is far from the worst offender in reality-TV-land, it can at times sink into places of cattiness, name-calling, bleeped profanity, and diva fits which is why we suggest it for teens. While none of that is part of the game, any child playing the game is likely to want to watch the show. This is simply something that should be kept in mind. As a virtual dress-up doll kit, the Project Runway game will be appealing to many children -- fans of the show or not.
Is It Any Good?
Outside of its season mode, Project Runway offers ample opportunities for real creativity. The options available in the "workroom" allow you to design innumerable fashions -- and you can easily spend hours doing so. You may wish you had that much freedom in the game's season mode, though, which has way too much handholding. Instead of just being told, "Design an outfit inspired by nature," you might be told to design a green, long-sleeved scoop neck dress with a daisy pattern on it. When your model is in the makeup chair, you'll be told exactly which colors of blush and lipstick to use. There are always a couple of things you can do that aren't specified exactly, but since your design is scored based on how well you match the recipe, the game doesn't grade your design sense so much as it does your ability to follow instructions.Thankfully, accessories allow you to personalize your outfits a lot more.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.