Hair Salon is the first game to make exclusive use of the Nintendo DSi’s features. All DS’s can run the game, but purchasers of the latest hardware will be able to use the DSi’s built in camera for face recognition. Rather than a random game avatar, they can make their own “look” fly. With thousands of hair and makeup combinations, even Sha Nay Nay would never run out of ideas. This time around the action takes us to the hair salon where players can try their hands at running a busy boutique salon. Gamers learn to cut, colour and style hair as well as to apply general makeup. Additionally, gamers must learn to be client focused and ensure that they are doing all they can to they can to keep clients happy. Once gamers master the basics, they can participate in contests that, if they win, will boost your salons rankings.
As a former hair stylist, I find Hair Salon to be intriguing. How authentic is the experience and from where did they do their proto-typing? If Hair Salon does not address the following questions, I can not imagine that whoever designed the game ever went into a “real” salon, at least one on the “other side of the tracks” and I do not mean weave tracks!
Can a player offer a discount, if the client brings her own weave hair?
Is there a character that can enter my salon selling various goods at extremely discounted prices, I need a flatscreen?
How many options are available with regards to weave hair (i.e. Yak, Hawiian Silky, Indian, etc., etc.)?
Are their chairs made especially appropriated for kids to swivel around in until they become dizzy and/or nauceaous?
Are there local cuisine offerings like catfish and bbq dinners and/or hot link sandwiches in nice styrofoam to go boxes?
Is there an in-house live Jerry Springer casting for all patrons to view or hear about at every visit?
Can patrons run out to the beauty supply for their stylist in the event he/she has run out of product and/or supplies?
What happens if we get too close when clipping Miss Ruppert’s cuticles? She cussed Tran out good the last time!