Love Nikki-Dress Up Queen by Elex
Type: Dress Up
Basic Game Setup: Nikki ends up on accident in a magical land that is ruled by who’s wearing what. To save the world, Nikki has to dress like the best in all styles and shades.
Game Play and Plot: 3½/5 Average: The game seemed to be a cross between a dress up game and a game where you travel worlds fixing people’s problems like Candy Crush or Homescapes. One travels through levels competing in dress up competitions with various characters over who fits the style theme better. One must wisely buy clothes and accessories to beat the characters in the game. The creators are very involved in the game creating various goals to, outfit sets, and side stories to entertain players.
While I will say that while this is much deeper than a majority of dress up games- and I highly applaud that- it does have some weaknesses. The plot is good for a dress up game (how many dress up games even have a plot?), but the dialogue tends to be weak. It kind of goes, “I’m in a hurry” or “I have a problem… by the way, want to have a fashion contest?” As if that wasn’t random or awkward at all. Nikki must be saying, “While you need to leave for your interview in three minutes let me go shopping and compare my clothes to yours!” On a more positive side, I do give the game points for having voice actors and actresses for the various characters. That’s something I would like to see in more games. The creators did care about making the game interesting and attention getting, they just didn’t write the greatest dialogue. (Think along the lines of puzzle game dialogue.)
On a more social side, the game can be hooked up to one’s Facebook account and make in game friends, but there is the safer, no friend option of being a guest. This saves the data on the device rather than online, meaning you lose the data if your delete the game, but don’t have contact with strangers.
Graphics: 4½/5 Amazing Quality: The game has beautiful, well drawn graphics that exceed a majority of dress up games. It’s obvious that the creators didn’t just want to make another children’s game that would be lost in a menagerie of children’s games. Time and care was taken to make beautiful, detailed outfits that are every cosplayer and fashionistas dream come true. Some may even see some of the outfits as inspiration when making ones own clothing.
Overall: 3½/5 Above Average: This is, in many ways, a fashion game at its finest. Beautiful clothes, a moderately suspenseful story, and good voice acting all make this game more meaningful than the cheesy dress up games that might be on your five your old niece’s tablet. In quality only, I would recommend this game to girls under eight to fourteen. Unfortunately, there’s more to games than quality. There’s the moral content.
Official Rating: E
Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 3/5 Immodest Clothing and Undergarments: There are numerous low and short dresses, shorts, and skirts that show off immodesty, and sometimes the stomach. The character can be undressed to their underwear. There are net stocking and underwear combos, with varying detail and descriptions, as well as at swimsuits and bikinis. One is even named Victoria’s Secret, and another makes a joke about how the lace, though covering more, won’t take away any sexiness. Your clothing can be “sexy” or have a “sexy” theme, and girls from one land are said to dress in a “sexy, bad girl” style. “Prince’s of true love” is the title of an achievement, though it does not actually have to do with kissing (I think).
There are “lolita” style clothing, but this is NOT in any way in reference to the book, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (which is basically about a man’s ‘romantic’ obsession twelve year old). Lolita fashion in Japan is merely a feminine, innocent fashion style that has nothing to do with the novel.
Violence: ½/5 Brief Mention: A woman says a “cat… assaulted” her. (Not sexually.) Swordmen and hunting games are mentioned.
Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 0/5 None
Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 1/5 Some Disturbing Content: Some of the ghost themes have skeletons and creepy corn dolls. It is mentioned that a king died, and his picture is shown. War, the war spirit, and armies are mentioned. Characters are mentioned to have been crying. “Kill” is used for descriptive purposes.
Religious Issues: 2/5 Frequent Mention: Someone is called a “Reincarnated Goddess,” though it is not clear if she is or not. Women are called goddesses in stories. ”There are several “goddess” outfits and clothes named after false goddesses like Athena. Clothing can have a “goddess” and/or a “hindu” theme. It mentions that people “worshiped style and design” in the country the game is set in. There is at least one mention of a seer. There is at least one mention of karma. There are mentions of ghosts, and there are ghost themed events. There is mention of a demon in one outfit. There are clothes that reference the Chinese zodiac. There is a good luck fortune cat.
Magic: 2/5 Some Reference and Use: A women says she summoned a character. There are witch outfits. There are mentions of elves, fairies, dryads, phantoms, and vampires in clothing and/or in general. There are clothes based off of fairy tales such as Snow White. “Fairy tale” and “magical” used for descriptive purposes.
Others: The main character can dress up in manly clothes. “Alice in Wonderland” is mentioned, and there is clothing based off of it. “Barbie” is mentioned at least once. There are dancer, gothic, pop, rock, and unisex style clothing, outfits, and descriptions. Dancing is mentioned. The player can wear tattoos. A cat says it will “fall in love” with the human player for dressing so well, though this is likely not a serious comment. “Wine” is used for descriptive purposes.
Overall: 3½/5 Almost Teenage Appropriate: I started this game honestly hoping this would be kind of like Barbie when it came to modesty, a little too revealing but in the end not meaning any harm. Then came the net stockings and black underwear that nobody needs to be seeing. I honestly don’t see who the company was trying to reach; children that won’t pick up on the adult jokes and fashions or adults that probably wouldn’t be interested in this kind of game anyway. The game had given some clearly adult clothing but seemed to be aimed at preteens and young teenagers. In all, I don’t strongly recommend the game, mainly because of the overtly sexual clothing one can wear. The only person I could see playing it would probably be a grown woman that likes dress up games and fashion, and even then, I would keep it away from my children’s prying eyes.