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 Trendsetters places a very high value on one's clothing and appearance, but that it's really a business simulation. Your child will not just be dressing up virtual customers, but also managing her shop's finances, networking with other local business owners, studying the fashion market to learn what's popular (and what makes a good purchase for her shop), learning how a store's decor can pull in certain types of customers, and more. For kids who are already into fashion, the game's message is: Don't just be a fan, be an industry player. While men's fashions finally make an appearance in the game, you can still only play as a female character -- a very thin female character.
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What's it about?
STYLE SAVVY TRENDSETTERS is a bigger, more expansive, more 3D version of its predecessor. As in the first game, you start off as an amateur fashionista checking out new styles in a little boutique. When your impeccable fashion sense catches the eye of the shop owner, she hires you to work for her and become a style guru. Eventually, you're running your own shop -- including visiting the Buyer's Center to purchase new items to sell, dressing mannequins in your window, and of course, putting together fabulous outfits for your customers. New to the sequel: Men's clothing!
Is it any good?
If you played the original, then Style Savvy Trendsetters will feel incredibly familiar to you. Basic gameplay is unchanged, though there are loads more fashions to choose from (including men's) and you can decorate your apartment as well. But the first Style Savvy had a winning formula, so the developers were probably wise in not messing with it too much. One thing they did do was remove a lot of the challenge. When a customer comes in and asks for an "edgy top," you can just search "edgy tops" and filter out every item that doesn't meet that description. Of course, no one ever forces you to use the search option. And there are tougher customers who won't tell you exactly what they want; you need to figure out their style by looking at what they're already wearing. Still, the whole thing feels easier than the first time around. But that's not necessarily a bad thing to just-for-fun players.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the pros and cons of caring about your appearance. In what ways can it be good? When does it go too far? How important are brand names in fashion? Do you need expensive clothes in order to look good?
Parents can also talk to kids about money management. What lessons can you learn from the game?
If you have a passionate interest in a subject or hobby, how can you turn that passion into something more?
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
- Subjects: Math: arithmetic, money
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, strategy
Creativity: developing novel solutions, imagination
Self-Direction: initiative, motivation, work to achieve goals
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Nintendo
- Release date: October 22, 2012
- Genre: Girl
- ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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