Style Boutique

Style Boutique Review for DS

On: DS

As the owner of a clothing boutique, you must purchase inventory, monitor the store’s funds and try to please a constant stream of customers who look to you for the best fashions.

Review Verdict Read Review
8Out of 10
Back to game info
Style Boutique screenshot
Style Boutique screenshot

You might have noticed that this review looks slightly different to other reviews on VideoGamer.com. That's because we look at games clearly designed for younger gamers in a slightly different way to other games. We'll endeavour to tell you just what you need to know in a clear and concise way so you'll be confident it's the right purchase for whatever your situation.

What is it?
As the name suggests this DS exclusive, aimed at pre-teen girls, sees you working in a style boutique. Initially you work for someone else, but before too long you're running your own store. Customers come in to the store seeking certain fashion items, be it a shirt, pair of trousers, skirt, dress, scarf, pair of gloves or shoes. You then need to look through your stock to see if you have something that meets their requirements.

Complexity
An initial tutorial period tells you all you need to know and walks you through the various aspects of the game. There's quite a bit of text to read and players will need to understand the concept of money and the cost of items. All new terms are explained, so as long as the player has reasonable reading skills there's nothing here that's overly complicated for over 7s. Although you'll spend a lot of time selling items to customers, there are plenty of other parts to the game. Money made in your store can be used to buy items for the new fashion season or to replenish stock, you can visit a beautician and hair salon to customise your own character's appearance, and there are fashion contests to take part in.

Suitability
Any young gamers who like going shopping for clothes in real life will enjoy what Style Boutique offers. There's no real customisation in terms of hand-drawn designs, which will be disappointing for some, but does mean that no artistic skills are required. The game is all about picking items that go well together and making sure you have a well-stocked store.

Style Boutique screenshot

Production value
Style Boutique is a simple game, but characters are nicely modelled and the all important clothing is well designed. There's a limited selection of music to begin with, but more is unlocked as you play. For young gamers who want to play with friends, the game includes an open store mode that allows local players or those playing over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection the chance to buy items from other people's stores. You can download new items online, too, and challenge local friends to fashion contests.

Anything for adults?
While a few fashion-obsessed adults might get some enjoyment from putting together outfits, most will find the simple gameplay and cute visuals a big turn-off. This is a game made for a very specific group of young gamers and adults are advised to stay well clear.

VideoGamer.com's Verdict
Having given Style Boutique to my nine-year-old sister to play for a week in order to get some idea of how it appeals to that audience, it's clear that it does the job very well indeed. The mix of fashion and business ownership struck a chord that meant the game didn't once leave her DS. For kids into fashion this would make an ideal gift.

New stuff to check out

13 Comments

To add your comment, please login or register

User Comments

Stegosaurus-Guy-II's Avatar

Stegosaurus-Guy-II

Wait...you gave this a higher score than Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker?
Posted 15:55 on 10 July 2010
chuckles24's Avatar

chuckles24@ pinkbear96

it is the truth. after playing it for like three months you get all bored of it cause you can't have everlasting things in ur stockroom
Posted 14:26 on 10 July 2010
chuckles24's Avatar

chuckles24

I absolutely LOVED this game. I loved the Alvarado and the Masquerade clothing especially. Really loved the content and complex of the game and especially loved the customers especially Didi the hair stylist cause she gives you lots of money and the people from Nuances they have everlasting money so that's really cool.
Posted 14:24 on 10 July 2010
PussyCat's Avatar

PussyCat@ Karlius

Karlius... its a kids game.. there wouldn't be masterbatin in it... it is fun tho.
Posted 13:24 on 27 December 2009
PussyCat's Avatar

PussyCat

the game is okai... my mate has it.
Posted 13:08 on 27 December 2009
pinkbear96's Avatar

pinkbear96@ Rickitis

im just telling you. the game is fun at first but then you might get bored of it
Posted 06:43 on 22 December 2009
pinkbear96's Avatar

pinkbear96@ rbevanx

no there isnt a feature where you can paint the nails
btw im not tom :)
Posted 06:42 on 22 December 2009
rbevanx's Avatar

rbevanx

Tom is there a feature where you can paint the nails.

If yes are the options any good.
Posted 18:30 on 04 November 2009
Karlius's Avatar

Karlius

I usually like a bit of Asian Jewish Lesbian Midget Beastiality Porn? Got any of that in it?
Posted 18:22 on 04 November 2009
dudester's Avatar

dudester

Just how much did Tom enjoy reviewing this?
Posted 18:21 on 04 November 2009
IndoorHeroes's Avatar

IndoorHeroes

Depends how open minded you are.
Posted 18:14 on 04 November 2009
Karlius's Avatar

Karlius

Is there any masturbation material.
Posted 17:53 on 04 November 2009
Rickitis's Avatar

Rickitis

I WANT THIS GAME! :-D
Posted 15:42 on 04 November 2009

Game Stats

Technical Specs
Style Boutique
8
Out of 10
Style Boutique
  • Easy to get to grips with
  • Well presented
  • Loads of items to buy
  • No real customisation tools
Agree? Disagree? Get Involved!
Release Date: 23/10/2009
Platform: DS
Developer: syn Sofia
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Simulation
No. Players: 1-4
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 3,296
View Full Site