The specific game I’ve been testing out is the newly launched New Style Boutique 2 – Fashion Forward. The premise is simple: you can play your way through the game in your choice of fashion career – boutique owner, hair stylist, make-up artist, designer or model. Find out more on the game’s website here!
Sort of… I haven’t been much of a ‘gamer’ since my early teens, choosing phone games over consoles (yes I was climbing levels on Candy Crush for considerably longer than anyone else except my mum, yes I was obviously really dedicated to the Kim Kardashian game). I am exactly the sort of person who gets extremely into whatever game they are playing (you should’ve seen my Farmville), and since getting my hands on a Nintendo 3DS, my first console in forever, I fear I’m heading down that road once again. Nintendo is a brand everyone of my generation grew up with; from blowing the dust out of the very first Game Boy to play Pokémon, to accidentally smacking my dad in the face while playing ‘tennis’ on the Wii Fit. I never got a DS, or 3DS, when they came out (my last handheld Nintendo was a Game Boy Advance), so I was super excited to get started.
I was intrigued by this game because it simulates, in a way, the business I am very much involved in. Although I’m not running my own boutique irl, the decisions I have to take in the game are as business-minded as any of the ones I make on a day to day basis. Creatively speaking, you can dress your avatar in outfits from a good range of ~styles~ (including ‘gothic’, so what more could I want). Doesn’t my character actually look exactly like me?
In these respects I think New Style Boutique is exciting and ideal for anyone with an interest in fashion both as a creative outlet and as a business. For me personally it will make the ideal Christmas (or other holiday) gift for a teenage family member who is into fashion, but would totally suit anyone who likes to invest themselves in lifestyle simulation type games (me).
*this post is in collaboration with Nintendo*
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