If you’ve ever wanted to run
your own store, this is the game for you! Open your own clothing
store and fill it with all sorts of trendy styles and see
if they sell. Are you ready for the challenge?
I think that a game based on running
your own clothing store is original. After all, I’ve
never played one on the computer, never mind a PDA! This
concept was very easy to get used to, fun enough to continue,
and then challenging enough to play it even longer. In the
game, there are two modes: Legacy, where you inherit a family
business, and Venture, where you get to choose which of the
stores to run and your location. There are twelve businesses
to choose from, but in Legacy, it is chosen randomly for
you. Once I started a game up, I noticed that it was going
to be a fast paced game. The hours in the game went by very
quickly, so I found myself pausing many times. Although it
was fast, it was not confusing, a fact that was aided by
the built-in tutorials that I followed to start up a successful
business. You have to choose what clothing to stock in warehouses
and what you want on the clothing racks. To figure it all
out, you just have to press menu and click on statistics
to see what are the top items to keep in stock and which
should be changed. One of the most important features is
upgrading your shop. You can add items such as racks to store
more clothing, or you can improve the looks of your shop.
Also, hiring staff to help out is a good idea.
The game is stylus only, probably because there is no use
for the buttons. Because of this, I already knew the controls.
To change the stock on the racks, you simply tap on them. The
menu does everything else. This made the game very easy to
understand, and easy to start. The controls used are probably
the best for this type of game.
The graphics in the game are what you
would expect from a simulation game for a PDA. There are
a few different types of people that you see in your store,
and it is easy to distinguish one from another. Sometimes,
they will have bubbles above their heads with a picture of
what they think about the clothing, or the store as a whole.
The clothing is illustrated well both on the rack and when
you get to see a larger image of it. The colors in the game
jump out at you, especially the colors of the clothing. While
Tots’n’Togs has many colors,
it also isn’t too busy, so you won’t get confused.
The music in this game is great! Not
only are there four different types (Funk, 7 a.m., Freaky,
and Gang) but they are really catchy and easy to “groove” to. They don’t
get annoying like many other game soundtracks. There are also
several sound effects to go along with the game.
Tots’n’Togs is a great game to play whether you
only have a few minutes, or hours. It’s easy to adjust
to playing it all the time. I never had the dream to own a
clothing store, but I still found this to be a great addition
to my Pocket PC game library. You should definitely check this
Playing Tips and Hints
Be sure to buy a security camera to keep from theft or
Buy as many upgrades as possible
Make sure to spend money on Marketing Wars and advertising
Hire staff to help out
Look at the sales graphs to see
what sells and what doesn’t
so you can restock with more or less of the item
(scale of 1 to 5):
The graphics are what you would expect
from a simulation game. The colors are great!
The music in Tots’n’Togs
is really catchy and easy to groove to. The sound effects are
This game is fun even if you don’t
like to buy clothing and is good for all ages.
Once you pick this game up, you’ll
keep coming back for more!