A couple few weeks ago, I got the chance to beta test a new casual game for Large Animal Games. The beta version of Fashion Solitaire looked like Barbie’s Magical Dream House had leaked all over it, but when I saw the final version today, everything had gone from pink to purple. Good work, Large Animals! Still femme, still fits the cartoony fashion theme, but it deviates from the all-over pink meant to attract women.
Fashion Solitaire is a casual game along the lines of Spider Solitaire or Freecell, but cuter. The cartoony models and paper-doll clothes rock! I spend a long time dressing my Sims, and I spent more time styling my superheroes than fighting crime in City Of Heroes. The models appear in undies and a towel-turban until you assign them hair.
Each model needs to be decent (a top, a bottom, shoes and hair), and then you can add optional accessories like jackets and jewelry. But models want to wear certain things. One might want to wear a skirt, or something red, or something plaid, and you get bonus points for dressing them in what makes them happy. Your bonus points become money, and you can spend your money making new clothes. This is the part where Stick came over to kibbutz.
The game rewards you for dressing your girls like freaks. You receive bonus points for dressing your models in their chosen color or pattern, so it’s better to put as many colors as possible on one item when you make your clothes. You also receive bonus points for grabbing as many clothes cards at once as possible, so you should throw the first thing you see on your models, resulting in “got dressed in the dark” chic. Sometimes disaster play is more fun than trying for success.
If you like it so far, you’ll continue to like it. Each level is exactly the same, only the clothes cards are different. I got the miniskirts and capris but I lost interest before I unlocked the ball gowns.
Overall, Fashion Solitaire is a cute break from Minesweeper, which means if we’re on the phone, there’s a good chance that I’m dressing cartoony models.