Have been wanting to play it on 3DS for the longest time and my twin managed to catch a really sweet deal for the limited edition ^o^
FabStyle is a Nintendo DS/3DS game that was released under the Ruby Party label though not branded a Neoromance game.
Mobile version of the site (doesn’t require Flash).
Expect spoilers in the post.
The game is a mash-up of running your own clothing store with dating sim elements. You will be a student at the academy studying business, fashion, finances as well as etiquette.
So you gotta do quizzes, finals, running the store and making sure you meet targets and initiate sales (though it’s all at the tap of a button, no worries) while making a good impression with the guys.
The first two levels are easier but the last two levels requires you to memorise the items and drop them to each customer. Which isn’t very fun for me.
If you’re entirely new to all kinds of Japanese etiquette, business and stuff, this is the game to kick off that part of your education. I kid you not.
You won’t necessarily meet the guys all in the first time playing so playing it multiple times also gives you the variety in your advertising and sales LOL
The romance in this game is a mixed bag. Depending on the character you’re after, it’ll either fall under slow burn or how fast it goes from zero to hundred. Certain characters will leave and you won’t see them for maybe a year or two/much later in the game.
The 3DS version has longer events and reflects your current coordinate which is fabulous. I bought this just for that, to be honest.
There’s also this amazing scene, starting at 0:47.
I love that you can get Megumi to hit a bad guy.
One of Yves’ events had Megumi pranking him by dressing up in Gothic lolita clothing, at Mari’s suggestion. 😂 There are also thick lace-up boots that commonly goes with it. Comes in three colours.
Some side characters are pretty colourful. One is the wife of the Japanese mobster who got more influential and offered to settle some trouble that Megumi has with rival stores, lol. Mari, the other employee, quickly reassures the lady there is no trouble whatsoever.
Shima Yumiko is an interesting character too. She has ties with Jin and knew Megumi’s sister as well. So when we bested her in level 3, she didn’t appear after. Which is pretty anti-climatic.
Then rival store owners on level 4 play ‘the other bitchy gal’ for the sake of winning. Which is *yawns*.
There are cases of problematic customers bringing in an item to return or exchange due to an imperfection or even items that weren’t even bought from you! That’s pretty funny.
The customers you get also depend on the guys that you’re interacting with. So spice it up to get a good mix of them.
Some events on level 4 let us see how jealous the guys get. Won’t it be interesting to see the protagonist getting called out on juggling multiple guys at a time.
Look at the evidence. Choosing who to dance with at the final award ceremony.
It’s a fun game but gets a little draggy at the last level, especially if you’re gonna replay it. Plus points for the quizzes because they give you actual real-world information on that LOL
Overview of the limited edition
The limited edition has a set of illustrated cards, soundtrack CD with vocal tracks from the game. There is a selection of in-game footages on DVD but those with Megumi appearing are not included, sad.
Though it’s worth getting them, if you snag them at a deal.
- Blue Ala Carte(?) (ブルーアラカルト), sung by Reo
- Mebius no Obi, sung by Yves
- Ittehoshii, sung by Akira
- Coincidence, sung by Akira
- Mahou no Waltz, sung by Fleming
- You are All I Need, sung by George
- Peace, sung by Rick
- S’Fabulous, sung by Bobby (Grace Mahya)
- Summer Time, sung by Bobby (Grace Mahya)
- Kagayakeru Hibi, sung by Fuchi Mikako
Tracks 11 to 23 are the game’s background music. I really like the BGM, the modern interior is much preferable over the classic, probably because I’m tired with it LOL.
The DVD includes the opening sequence, the award ceremony (4 variations), ending credits (3DS and DS versions), two promo footage and a tiny selection of events with the guys.
Jin (CV: Daito Shunsuke) – Hajimari no Hi ni, Show no Yoru ni
Reo (CV: Okamoto Hiroshi) – Coffee
Yves (CV: Nakamura Tomoya) – Ninki Model
Akira (CV: Miyano Mamoru) – Hana no shita de (3DS version), Totsuzen no Hinketsu 1, 2
Fleming (CV: Midorikawa Hikaru) – Dancing Joe (two parts), Koi no Ketsumatsu (Fleming)
George (CV: Kusao Takeshi) – Koi no Ketsumatsu (George)
Rick Gruber (CV: Ogawa Teruaki) – Parasole Matte, Shuugeki, Koi no Ketsumatsu (Rick)
There are about 10+ events for each guy in the game and such a tiny amount compiled on the DVD is like a punch to the gut.
Check out the hardcover book covering the characters and their background, the clothes from various levels are included and they are gorgeous. A super short Q&A with the cast is included.