Top Model: iPhone App Video Review
We may not be beauty queens—or even beauty court jesters—ourselves, but that doesn’t mean we can’t live the life of a top model on our iPhones using Top Model, by developer Animoca. This free application lets us uncage our inner model, freeing up hours of gameplay, as well as an addictive nature we didn’t know existed in the realm of fake, digital shopping. All in all, Top Model is a compelling package, and though we’re sick of the pop-up adverts, we can’t help but recommend it. For our full thoughts on this lipstick-studded app for the iPhone, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Gameplay
The idea behind Top Model is deceptively simple: The player assumes the identity of a self-named model in a fictional—and really quite two-dimensional—fashion town. From there, it’s the players duty to buy new clothes, makeup, and hairdos, performing odd-jobs that range from glamorous to dirty to make a living as a model. It’s a unique concept, and though we’ve seen this style of casual RPG structure in several games before (most notably titles for Facebook) we appreciated the slightly glitzier appeal. As players progress in experience, they’re allowed to purchase more, cooler clothes, as well as perform better jobs. There’s also a host of other benefits, including spa facials, dates at the cafe, and magazine cover shoots.
All of this is done through the use of “energy,” and based on the way our character tore through the stuff, we’re assuming modeling is very hard work. Energy can be replenished in a number of ways, one of which includes purchasing in-app currency to spend on cafe binges. Thankfully, this isn’t a must, which means we had no real need to make any purchase to play the game: A definite plus in our book.
Design and Graphics
The graphics in Top Model are certainly well-done, though not in the gut-busting Infinity Blade sense. Rather, their lively, and bear a certain Zynga-esque tone to them that had us thinking Farmville—in a good way. One thing we did not appreciate, though, was the included pop-up adverts. These annoying buggers slapped us in the face when we attempted to do certain actions, such as walk in a building. We appreciate the need for supplemented advertisement income: However, we would appreciate a smaller, simpler banner ad, next time.
At the end of the day, Top Model is still an engaging title, though, and one we feel fans of this genre will dig immensely. If spending an hour or two at the mall before heading to a glamour shot shoot sounds like fun to you, then this free application will take you straight to Cloud 9.
Top Model requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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