Project Runway fans who just can’t get enough of the show can now go one better — they can be in the show. Well, that’s the idea of Atari’s new Project Runway game for Wii. Heidi, Tim, Nina, and even Charleston favorites Gordana Gehlhausen and Carol Hannah Whitfield make appearances in the game, which allows players to take on the roles of designer, stylist, and model.
Play options include the Fashion Studio, where players can run wild creating their own garments and makeup styles; Quick Play, a collection of fast mini-games; and the Season, which is the main play portion. The season’s contestants introduce each segment with a short video clip (Gordana talks about making a sweater out of sheep, while CH comes across as ditzy), and players are given a “recipe” to create an entire look, from the outfit to the makeup and hairstyle. It’s basically an exercise in following directions to create what is usually a decidedly unstylish piece of clothing, although you can choose from a variety of accessories in an attempt to pretty it up. Just don’t add too much, or Heidi will yell at you.
The most awkward portion of the game is the catwalk, which can be done either with or without the Wii Balance Board. Players must stomp and swing their arms quickly to keep up with the rhythm of the music until they reach the end of the runway, where a pose-off takes place. Swing the nunchuck to the side quickly, point the Wii-mote down, and you’ve got yourself a super-spastic model pose.
While the tween set may not be the target audience for Project Runway, they are the ones that will most appreciate this game. Adult fans will likely tire quickly of the simple challenges and — ironically — the limited creativity this game allows. Because isn’t creativity what Project Runway is all about? Designers on the hit show are rewarded for thinking outside the box, whereas in the game, if you don’t follow the directions to a T, you will be reprimanded by the judges. That said, if you know a tween with a budding love of fashion, this game might be the perfect step between playing with Barbies and raiding your wardrobe.