• Try to Please Your Conservative Parents in This Semi-Autobiographical Dress Up Game

  • Try to Please Your Conservative Parents in This Semi-Autobiographical Dress Up Game

Try to Please Your Conservative Parents in This Semi-Autobiographical Dress Up Game

And now, for something completely different.

(Try to) Dress Up is a fun, sweet, girly dress-up game about a teenage girl who wants to go out with her friends. An assortment of accessories, hairstyles, sweaters, pants, dresses, shorts, skirts and shoes await her, not to mention makeup options. But wait–there’s a catch.

Based on the developer’s own experiences growing up with traditional Indian parents in a conservative, rural household, (Try to) Dress Up throws a surprise obstacle in your path. If you want to leave the house to meet your friends, your outfit has to pass your parents’ standards. Otherwise, you’re sent back to your room to try again, much to your dismay.

The game isn’t about lambasting or embracing conservative clothing choices. Your protagonist might argue a little, but she never really grumbles or fights back when her parents kick her back to her room. Sure, it might be infuriating when your dad tells you your makeup looks “too old,” because we all know what he’s really saying. And there’s a definite groan of recognition when your mom demands to know where you even found that ridiculous skirt. But there’s a weird sense of accomplishment that comes with the game sweetly telling you that it was a good day. If you want to “win” the game, find an outfit that both you and your parents like. It’s not hard–I got one on my first try and felt pretty pleased with myself, especially with how I matched my big red bow to my red shoes.

If you want to relive the dress-up games of your youth (I was particularly fond of Sailor Moon games), check out (Try to) Dress Up. It’s frothy and cute, but well worth clicking through.

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