You’ve seen Sally run a series of salons and spas. Now see how Sally got started in this flashback to her time on a hit TV show! Is Sally’s success from luck, or did she earn her way to the top?
As you can see, the storyline is quite simple. Sally competes in a game show, wins prizes and meets many colorful contestants along the way. I’ll admit that I did snicker at some of the scenes. However, I do wonder how a TV Show about cutting hair managed to get so popular. Then again, I play video games about cutting hair. So maybe it’s not very shocking. Celebrities also visit your salons with the names Donny Jepp and Damonna. If you don’t know who these people are supposed to represent, then you need a brain transplant.
If you’ve played the last two games, then you remember that they had Sally running around cutting hair, giving massages and so on. In this one, you have to match up icons in order to wash hair, cut hair and anything else that salons are famous for. That’s right; they changed a time management game into a match 3 style for no other reason than to make it unique. While I’m not against change, there is a wrong way to implement it. Fans of Jurassic Park should remember when the third movie came out and they changed the mascot from the badass T-Rex to the lame Spinosaurus. The movie itself included a fight scene between the two dinosaurs with the latter having a weak victory over the former. Then, when Jurassic World came out, the studio realized that they made a huge mistake and went back to the T-Rex. They even filmed an awesome fight scene between the T-Rex and the dinosaur created through genetic engineering.
As for the game play itself, it can be rather addictive but you won’t get extra points for making amazing matches. Your goal is to fill up the bars for each action and use them on the customers.
Unfortunately, I found myself so busy making matches I’d often forget that I even have customers. Let me tell you, when the game play distracts from the level’s goal rather than helps you achieve it, that’s the sign of a serious design flaw. You can also purchase upgrades in-between levels and you have to meet the minimum goal in order to get to the next level. Try for expert but, if you’re anything like me, you’ll just pass through this game without even caring. At the end of each venue is a level where you have to beat a different competitor to come up with your own signature style.
The challenge is grating and, more often than not, you won’t find the matches you need to win. I had to replay the final match quite a few times and finally beat it because of a game glitch.
This game is addictive but not worth your time. I give it 3 out of 10, if you must know how Sally got started, just find someone’s let’s play of the game on YouTube.