For all the Android ladies out there:
Do you ever get bored in your daily routine, maybe even when you’re at the salon? How about playing a little game to distract you?
This is your opportunity to run your own virtual hair salon and keep your customers happy by coming up with unusual ‘do’s.
If it’s always been your dream to run an (imaginary) salon check out "Sally's Salon Luxury Edition"… and read today’s review to find out all the details!
This review was written by Paulina Gegenheimer.
Features & Use
Test device: G1
Android version: 1.2.1
Usable as of version: 1.5
Sally has always wanted to run her own hair salon... and now she’s finally managed to save up enough money to open one up! Help Sally with her workload and be sure to keep her clients happy by giving them great haircuts.
When you first start playing the salon is located in a shopping mall; throughout the course of the game the goal is to move to hotels in more “desirable” parts of town. In the long run you’re also looking to own a whole chain of salons.
You have to work hard to reach this goal, so be sure to give your customers what they want. Depending on if they want their hair washed, blow dried, colored, or cut, a small symbol will appear next to your customers’ heads. There are also symbols for each step you have to take in order to achieve the desired look, which makes the whole thing quite easy to get the hang of.
Speed and good service are the golden rules of Sally’s Salon; if ever you aren’t fast enough you will see first-hand how easily your customers’ moods turn sour.
The better a client’s mood (you can tell by the hearts that appear above their heads), the more points you’ll be awarded when the time comes to pay and leave the salon.
A certain amount of satisfied customers has to be reached every day; if you manage to reach this number before the end of the working day you’ve made it to the next level. Your score is automatically saved and you can continue where you left off the next time you play.
Before a new level starts you are given the option to purchase more appliances, speed, or work capacity for Sally. This will prove to be very useful the next time you begin a game.
I predict that "Sally's Salon Luxury Edition" will make a bigger splash amongst female Android fans. Its design is quite cute and it’s fun to play—provided you don’t play too frequently as then it might get a bit boring.
Screen & Controls
Controls are super simple and the first time you play you are walked through the game step by step. Move your customer to the appropriate seat by touching them; they will then start walking and take a seat near a sink to have their hair washed, for example. Sally can be navigated in the same way: just give the customer a tap and she’ll start doing her thing.
That’s all very well and good when there are lots of customers to see to, but after a while these simple controls get to be a bit underwhelming…
When a customer wants their hair colored or cut you have to choose what you think will suit them best. If they like the result they will look happy and a heart will pop up above their head. The more hearts floating around a customer’s head, the happier they are with the result.
There are different symbols near the top of the display: the heart on the left shows how many customers left the salon with the highest amount of hearts. The symbol in the middle lets you know how much money you’ve made that day and the symbol to the right shows how much you have to make in total.
You can provide coffee and magazines as this will help your keep your clients happy a little longer…
As far as "Sally's Salon Luxury Edition"’s design goes: I like it, it’s really cute. It’s also easy to navigate the app and there aren’t any superfluous instructions to confuse you.
Speed & Stability
I didn’t experience any hiccups whilst testing "Sally's Salon Luxury Edition". The app takes a bit of time to lad between the levels, but this doesn’t bother me.
You can download a free demo version of "Sally's Salon Luxury Edition" from the Market. The full version comprises 75 levels and costs 1.99 USD.