The nice thing about Fashion Craze is not having to pick up left behind clothes and folding clothes again. A sewing machine and talented tailor sit in the store ready to make customized clothes for all of its customers. The best part comes in seeing the results on the customers after they put on their newly tailored clothes. Halloween had my sons laughing hard as they enjoyed seeing nicely dressed customers turning into pumpkin heads.
In Fashion Craze, players have the ability to customize the store’s colors and change Maria’s clothes. Maria is a fashion reporter by day and a good niece in her spare time. She helps run her aunt’s clothing store while she’s on vacation since it could lead to good material for future articles.
As Maria survives each level, she eventually gets to pick one of three colors for more décor upgrades. Unlike many similar games, the upgrades don’t cost anything. The hard work comes in ordering the customers’ color and style, handing them their clothes and accessories, keeping their hearts full with bribes… err… surprises, and collecting the money after they’ve tried on their new duds.
The surprises vary from level to level. They include a soccer ball, fancy ballpoint pen, flowers, and balloons. Every level comes with a coffee maker and those levels with kids come with a doll and car to keep the kids happy.
It doesn’t take long before things get crazy in the game. At first, I thought the game was a little boring, but it gets better as I progressed. The clothes change based on the seasons from skimpy bikinis to warm and plush sweaters. Colors also change for the four lines of clothing with 21 available colors.
The décor comes in bright colored pastels to brighten up the store. It’s nice not having to pay for upgrades giving you something to forward to as you wonder about the next upgrade. Each day begins with a note indicating the weather or season, so you know what to expect when the customers arrive.
You must take care in seating customers when there are two seats as some customers’ heart meters will drop if you put them next to the wrong person or better yet, fill up when you find a perfect seatmate.
Thank goodness Fashion Craze prevents you from going stir-crazy by only letting you pick the right color material and the right styles. If you accidentally click on the wrong colored material (one that no one has requested), nothing happens. When customers pour in, it’s easy to click all the wrong things.
But I got annoyed with seating the customers. I’d drag a customer to the chair only to see the customer bounces back to standing up and waiting. It’s not as if I dragged the customer above or below the seating area — this shouldn’t be an issue. Sometimes I click an outfit or a customer, but nothing happens. This occurs more often when kids start coming in pairs with their parents. In this case, you must click on the person with the request.
When the customers try on clothes, they don’t look like as you would expect and that’s what makes this the most fun part of the game. Two customers could order the same thing, but they look different when they put them on. One outfit looks like a raincoat, but sometimes it looks like a robe.
While Fashion Craze doesn’t offer any runaway or original features, it’s a solid game with well-drawn graphics. The story only plays a small role in the game as the focus is the game play. Some casual gamers will find this high stylin’ game fashionable and worth trying on to see how it looks, or rather … plays.
System Requirements: Windows
- Windows XP/Vista
- 1 GHz or faster processor
- 256 MB RAM
- 260 MB hard drive space
- 64 MB graphics card
- DirectX 9.0 MB or later