Feb 27, 2014
Fashion Star Designer gives the player control of their own fashion label. Everything from leather trench coats to chainmail sleeved shirts can be made and sold to clients for cash.
Fashion Star Designer features mission style play. A client gives a vague design of what they want and the player makes it for them, using whatever materials and design they see fit. Each client has different preferences, such as the use of a certain material or design, such as floral print. Matching these traits grants additional cash. Traits are discovered by simply making clothes for that client through trial and error. Once all of a clientâ€™s traits are discovered, a new piece of clothing is unlocked.
Besides dealing with clients, players can also just make clothes at random and sell them in their boutique. As expected, each design fetches a different price depending on what it is and takes a time to sell. The longer the time selected, the higher the amount of money earned, like most freemium games. Super annoyingly only three designs can be sold at once without paying a lot of premium currency for boutique space, greatly limiting income.
Fashion Star Designer unfortunately fails to take notice of the playerâ€™s designs. Loading a bunch of designs haphazardly onto a shirt for example with some garish colors is just as effective as tasteful clothing. It is not possible to have a design rejected or even to receive meaningful feedback on a design. This makes designing good looking clothes rather pointless. Multiple colors also cannot be used on the same piece of clothing, except for belts and undershirts and the like. This makes most designs quite dull.
Fashion Star Designer is also full of in app purchases. For the vast majority of clothes, specifically anything cool or classy looking the game asks for large amounts of Gift Cards. They cannot be bought with in game Coins. While Gift Cards can be gained by leveling up, only minuscule amounts are awarded. This is compounded by the fact that leveling up often requires purchasing Gift Card only designs.
Graphically FSD features a confusing interface. With the pay store at the top of the menu and somewhat confusing creation controls there is much scope for improvement. Resizing items is especially slow and awkward. There are limited colours and styles on offer, which is surprising for a game about fashion. Very few accessories like bows and buttons are available as well. The sound is limited mostly to some inoffensive music, but it suits the tone of the game.
Fashion Star Designer purports to allow players to use their imagination and cater to client needs. But the large amount of in app purchases that greatly limit design choices and the lack of actual feedback on designs makes it little more than a glorified tap and wait simulator.