About The Game
Do you have what it takes to be the next top model? Stroll down the catwalk and pose elegantly during photoshoots. Prove that you’ve got the best style and make-up at all times. Will you receive a photo, or will you have to leave the show? The jury decides!
Experience the life of a supermodel in a fantastic 3D world! Compete in make-up, fashion, photoshoots and catwalk minigames: apply foundation, blusher, mascara, eye shadow and lipstick to create the perfect look.
Prove your taste in fashion by matching your outfit to the required style, then strike the pose the photographer needs with the Circle Pad in many different locations. Master a precise rhythm of steps and pose at certain points on the catwalk.
Move into the luxurious Loft and organise your week with your PDA, answer weekly questions about the glamorous model business, and collect and spend Play Coins to go for a day at the Spa.
In this job we have to review games that are blatantly not targeted towards us at all.
This of course is also an issue many reviewers face but unlike many of them we try to be as fair as possible to the game and it's intended audience something many others simply don't do.
The target audience for this game is Girls 7+.
I'm not remotely close to that category (in either gender or age!)
It should also likely be noted I've never ever played a single game in my life that had anything to do with modelling or fashion of any kind. (Unless dressing my villager in Animal crossing counts)
And I largely have a complete disinterest in the real life fashion world.
Top model 3d is a game based on a modelling competition.
10 girls (including yourself) share a penthouse suite and must compete in a modelling event each week where one girl is eliminated.
The penthouse is a fairly basic & uninspired location in it you can walk left to interact with your coach, in the centre interact with a rival model who'll either give advice or tell you how bad she is at things.
Head right to take the elevator to the daily task or the weekly elimination show
You'll usually have to set daily tasks (training) for yourself though on occasions your coach will select one for you.
I'm pretty sure Nintendo haven't realised you can post real world pictures yet
The tasks consist of 4 category - make up, fashion, photo shooting & catwalk.
Make up is the one I avoid at all costs (because I'm absolutely rubbish at it) on the top screen you'll see what the model is suppose to look like and on the bottom you'll have a variety of products in various colours to achieve this look.
A bar on the top screen will increase if you’re doing well and decrease if you aren't. (this is the same for all tasks)
get the bar in green to achieve the best rankings.
Fashion has you dressing your model from a selection of clothes to achieve the look your coach states your aiming for prior to starting the task.
I'm great at this because it would appear there is only a handful of required looks and I've figured out the clothes for each one (by checking the bar as I add or remove things since I clearly don't have any idea about fashion.
Photo shoot requires you to press buttons in the order they appear on screen and then move the control stick in set motions to get the right pose.
Mess up too many of these and the bar will slide down out of the green.
Catwalk is similar to photo shoot (at least the controls are the same) though you'll have to do more button presses and more shapes with the control stick in a row than on the photo shoot)
You can skip training sessions by using 8 play coins to have a spa pampering session for your model.
While I always appreciate it when developers other than Nintendo put play coins to use there seems to be little reasoning for doing so here.
You spend the 8 coins and skip that daily session but you never get to see the spa just tells you that you went and it's on to the next day.
The photo shoot features various locations but all play exactly the same.
Before you can take part in a single task your model must eat some fruit.
While this is a basic it does at least try to convey that no model should starve themselves for the profession.
And it would have likely been a bit much to expect them to eat a 3 course meal before a job!
After you've done the 5 weekly tasks / training sessions you'll go before the judges where you perform the catwalk once again before answering a set of fashion related questions.
The questions may prove more difficult for younger members of the target audience or indeed a 36 year old man with little to no interest in fashion.
Some are reasonably easy "What does BMI stand for" while others may prove more difficult "who were levi jeans first made for" (I'm sure someone will shout that out at me while reading this)
While the answers to the questions count towards your overall progression and help decide if your model gets through or not as long as you do well on the catwalk and in the weekly tasks I never failed to get through.
On my first attempt I won every round and became the next top model so I wouldn't say it was the hardest game you'll ever play.
The game also features a free play mode where you can just simply choose the task you want to do and play it.
Once crowned top model and I won a contract with a top modelling agency the game simply returned me to the main menu.
There was no ending or even credits.
I know many games have done this past and present (and even when they do put credits on most will just bash buttons trying to skip them) but I'm a firm believer in properly crediting the people that make a game no matter how many people like said game.
Some of the weekly questions are far easier than others
The questions are multiple choice.
The model must eat before each task (Starving yourself isn't the answer to anything)
Take some fruit or even all 3 your model must eat something before they can go to work.
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
Once you beat the game it simply jumps back to the start menu.
Play coins can be spent on spa days but you never get to take part in or even see these.
Graphically fairly bland
Lack of tasks will lead to repetition
The Penthouse is on the small side of things.
Many websites will review games like this (usually having played the game for mere minutes) then dismiss it completely because the reviewer is so far from the target audience they simply don't care what they write.
I don't have any interest in fashion but I've tried to give this game as much as a fair chance as any other game I review.
Over 3 hours of play time & I've completed the game.
How many other reviewers can say or prove the same remains doubtful.
The graphics should be more polished and the game would benefit from a few more tasks.
You have to do 5 a week in the game before the judge stage and you only have a variety of 4 means you'll be doing at least 1 task twice a week.
Ultimately if the player is in the target age range and enjoys fashion or modelling most of the games issues won't matter all that much and they'll probably have a little fun with it but the fun probably wont last that long.
A review copy of the game was provided by TREVA Entertainment GmbH and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.