A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Style Savvy is a fashion game that focuses on putting together pretty outfits and having virtual models try them on, but that it is also a business simulation, and as such can impart many lessons about responsibility and money management. There is nothing offensive in the game (unless you find the whole concept of the fashion world offensive, which some people do). Parents should also be aware, though, that the in-game markets, from which players buy new fashions for their shops, change their stock daily, and occasionally have one-day-only specials. This factor can entice kids to play the game every day, in order not to miss something.
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What's it about?
You start off STYLE SAVVY as an employee in a ritzy fashion boutique, but after successfully helping customers put together fabulous ensembles, you make enough of a name for yourself that a store-owning billionaire asks you to manage a shop of your own. Once the business is in your hands, you'll have to not only design the look of your store, but also design outfits to display on store mannequins, visit clothing markets to buy new fashions for your store, occasionally enter some of your designs into fashion shows, and help customers.
Is it any good?
Style Savvy is a surprisingly in-depth game that goes far beyond just playing dress-up. The player is a business owner and must juggle the work and responsibilities that comes with managing a business. The game is also neatly set up to impart tips on how to play better by mixing and matching the right clothing elements and keeping up with the latest trends in the game's own fake fashion magazine. When you manage to put together an outfit that your virtual customer really likes, it's a strangely rewarding experience. A lot of effort went into the design of the game to make it as realistic a fashion-industry experience as possible (what other game has you scouring the booths of trade shows to find new products for your store?), and it shows. Fashion games may only appeal to players with very specific tastes, but if your child is one of those people, she or he will get a lot out of Style Savvy.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about fashion and personal style. How important is the way someone looks or dresses? Are people treated differently dependent upon how they're dressed?
Parents can also discuss budgets and financial responsibility with their kids. In the game, you're encouraged to work within a budget, and each customer who comes into the shop also has a budget they must stay within while shopping. Why are budgets important? Kids who play the game can try to work out a budget for their own lives outside the game.
The way the in-game shopping is set up, children may want to spend time with the game daily. Is that a good idea? Why is setting time limits on game play important?
- Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
- Subjects: Hobbies: fashion
Social Studies: the economy
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, making conclusions
Creativity: combining knowledge, imagination, making new creations
Responsibility & Ethics: fiscal responsibility
- Price: $29.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Nintendo
- Release date: November 9, 2009
- Genre: Girl
- ESRB rating: E for (No Desrcriptors)
- Last updated: August 31, 2016
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