A downloadable memoir for Windows and macOS

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(try to) Dress Up - Gameplay demo from Nivetha Kannan on Vimeo.

Growing up, I always loved to play casual dress-up games. Though I was a great fan of more mainstream titles such as Mario or Pokemon, the online dress up world still had me captivated for hours on end. I'm not sure why I liked them so much but I think it could have been due to my upbringing. As a daughter of a mostly rural Indian family, my clothing choices were monitored very strictly. My Mom and Dad weren't strict on a lot of stereotypically Asian things (they let me major in art, for example) but due to social expectations of women in our culture (and virtually every culture), my clothes were constantly censored by my parents. Dress up games gave me an outlet where I could dress as I wanted without reprimand. "(try to) Dress Up" is a game than basically acts like the dress up games I loved growing up but simulates my real world experience with dressing up. The game is designed so that you have to get my parents' permission before going out in that you're wearing. Good luck with that- they're pretty tough judges to please.

This project has been written about in various websites. Please read more about the projects in these various articles:

"You're Not Going Out Like That: (Try To) Dress Up" by Alice O'Conner // rockpapershotgun.com

"Try to Please Your Conservative Parents in This Semi-Autobiographical Dress Up Game" by Melody Lee // TheAbsoluteMag.

"Pixelthreads: Reclaiming the Dress-Up Game" by Megan Patterson // themarysue.com

StatusOn hold
PlatformsWindows, macOS
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
(29 total ratings)
AuthorNivetha Kannan
Tagsabout-the-author, biography, clothes, dress, dress-up, family, memoir, parents, personal, strict


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( Try To ) Dress Up [WINDOWS] 35 MB
( Try To ) Dress Up [MAC] 35 MB


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This was a fun little game! I was able to find the spoiler and knew what direction I had to go for and on my first try I managed to do it! On the second I got scolded by the mother, then went out but was too covered up, but on the fourth try I managed to get by the father! I'm really glad I could play through this game since my parents aren't so strict about my clothing choice, in fact my mom is the one wishing I could coordinate cute clothes better and try out make up ahahaha. Great little game! 

Is there any way to actually hide the make up somehow or do you just keep on wishing you could wear makeup?

Wonderful game, really enjoyed it!!

I played your game, and I enjoyed it. Here's a video if you're interested.

Ah! Thank you so much! I hope you liked it! Lol, it's super frustrating since not much people seem to be able to figure out what my parents would consider 'inappropriate.'

It's basically- cover your upper arms; cover your knees; no make up.

Basically, you just can't dress cute :D 

Love this, so cute and realistic in terms of parenting

Thank you! I'm glad you think so :D






ok boomer

rude I face the same problems


I know right? Those rules were pretty weird...