The revamped version of Sally’s Salon just got a new sequel! Sally and François are on cloud nine running a booming salon business until one day when Sally’s new best friend April barged in and convinced the wide-eyed innocent Sally to sell her beloved salon studio in exchange for a partnership in Happyville, a luxurious spa. Can Sally and François survive April’s master plan?
Sally’s Salon was a simple, yet extremely effective, Time Management game back when it was first launched in 2007. As with all the other Gamehouse Original Stories games, the 2017 reboot version of Sally’s Salon added a hefty storyline as part of the gameplay, but it was still quite entertaining. This storyline in this latest sequel is being told through the lens of François, but Sally still remains the protagonist. Thus, it certainly does not help that Sally’s personality and actions are particularly annoying in this sequel. We also find the storyline to be tedious and unnecessarily long, especially during those pre-level sequences.
The gameplay in Sally’s Salon: Kiss & Make-Up does not differ much from the previous installment. The main objective of each level is to serve customers and finish the day with at least one star. There are still side-objectives that vary from level to level, various pop-up mini-games that some might find distracting, mice to catch for extra points, and challenge levels in addition to the 60 main levels. Two main aspects of the game that are just introduced in Kiss & Make-Up is the helper and the variety of locations. The game allows you to use diamonds to purchase ability upgrades for François, the game’s helper, as well as position him at different stations. Since Sally no longer owns just a salon in this new game, the locations differ in terms of functionality along with aesthetic. The game features everything ranging from a regular salon to a spa and a yoga studio – a nice touch to the game that helps keep things fresh.
For advanced players who are looking for some challenge, look no further – Sally’s Salon: Kiss & Make-Up is quite a difficult one. Even the levels in the first venue are relatively challenging compared to other Snuggford games. The game also allows the option to switch between three difficulty modes; Easy, Normal, and Experienced. Unfortunately, the long pre-and-post-level cinematic sequences and dialogues disrupt the flow of the game and make it slightly less enjoyable.
Another notable upgrade in Sally’s Salon: Kiss & Make-Up concerns the production side of things. While the majority of the visuals maintains the visual style, the bright colors, and the whimsical quality that were prevalent in the previous game, the animations in this sequel are at times smoother and the characters are more lifelike. However, since most of the times these upgraded animations are used to complement the long-winded story sequences, we have a love-hate relationship with them.