I’ve been a fan of Mysteries of Horus since it came out. When I had a Palm PDA, I got hooked with Shapeshifter. I was so hooked with it that my PDA will suddenly die down then I will use my sister’s PDA and will play it till it ran out of battery. I remember playing it till late at night and my hand will develop cramps. What’s the connection with this and the new game I’m going to review? It has elements of Shapeshifter and Gem Shop (also one of my faves).
Fashion Season is a game developed by Alawar Games. It’s not one of the latest but it’s the one I’m playing more lately. It’s a cross of Shapeshifter where you fill in empty fields with the same shape with matching colors generating more points and Gem Shop where you have customers who purchase clothes by filling up the clothes “cup”. A bonus level where you’ll solve a puzzle which I don’t know what’s the point for as you don’t earn coins or anything. A clothes catalog with 16 clothes with different values which you purchase with the coins you win during the game and as bonus at the end of each level. To sweeten the mood of your customers, you can either offer them magazines, coffee or gift. A reminder though, they don’t refill after each level.
At first, it was interesting and addicting to play but as you move on to each level, it’s much more difficult to get bonus coins. I’ve never earned more than 8 coins anymore in the higher levels and it’s not challenging enough as you always get enough points to move on to the next level even without offering any goodies to your customer. BTW, there are 100 levels and 10 bonus levels. The music is quite catchy but tends to be annoying as you play more.
Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 (Fun at first, boring as you play more)