Barbie Jet Set & Style Review
Author Clayton Crooks
Wed 28 Sep 11
I'll begin this review by saying that I'm thrilled to see THQ has developed another quality offering for girls in the new Barbie Jet, Set & Style Game that's available on both the Wii and Nintendo DS. There are simply not enough games that are developed specifically for girls, and this one happens to be done very well.
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The story of the game is simple enough. You play the game as a top fashion stylist for Barbie's newly launched Barbie Jet, Set & Style Inc. You travel aboard the Barbie Jet Salon to get inspiration from a variety of international locations including Los Angeles, Paris, London and Moscow to name a few of the many exciting destinations. During gameplay, you earn "fashionista points" as you improve your skills, and when you have enough points, you get the opportunity to style Barbie for her fashion show in Milan.
The game has several gameplay features including:
HAIR-tastic: Fashionistas will cut and style clients' hair in a number of realistic motion based mini-games that include curling, extensions, straightening and coloring. This really makes excellent use of the Wii system and the Wii Remote. On the DS version, the Wii Remote is replaced with the stylus which is also very intuitive.
Fabulous: You get the opportunity to try all of the hottest manicure styles, and you can choose options such as length, shape, polish and even bedazzle them.
Glamorous: Hunt through wardrobes and create a fashion statement. This is an interesting task as you not only have to try out things that you like, but you have to make the client happy with the outfit too.
Beautiful: You apply lipstick, blush, eye-shadow and colored contact lenses.
As you can see in the previous screenshots from the Wii version, the graphics are done very well. The gameplay could best be described as "pick up and play". In other words, you can have the movements mastered within minutes without a great deal of time needed for learning a complicated control scheme.If you have a young girl at home, be sure to give this game a look.
Developer: Game Machine Studios
Release Date: September 20, 2011
Platforms: Wii, Nintendo DS/DSi
ESRB: E for Everyone
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