to satisfy his inner child...
Unless youíve been
under a rock for a very long time indeed, you will be
familiar with EAís successful The
Sims series. Unfortunately
for me, I actually have been living under a rock for quite a
while now, and havenít ever got stuck into any previous Sims
games, so I really didn't know to expect. Still,
itís clear that MySims
is a bit of a departure from the usual Sims
format. There are no real dealings with the ins and outs of
a characterís life here. Instead, the game focuses on one
thing: building stuff.
After moving in to a run-down town, the mayor assigns you the task of
making the area great again. You do this by running round
the town, collecting essences from various sources, then
using these essences to make the requested item for the new
inhabitants that arrive. As you progress in the game,
completing these building tasks earns you extra blueprints
to build new furniture and extra clothes to customise your
And that's pretty much all there is to it. There's nothing
that bad about MySims
- apart from the damn
loading screen appearing every time you do... well, anything
at all. There's just not enough to it. Collect essence,
build furniture, collect essence, build furniture - it soon
gets far too repetitive.
essence, build furniture..."
There is an online feature where items
can be traded and mini-games can be played, but there isn't
a search function to look for new players, so you can only
add people you know. Unfortunately, there aren't any
eight-year-olds in my social circle that own the game, so I
couldn't try this feature out. People who are big fans of
the Sims franchise
may well be drawn to this game because of the name attached
to it, but if that describes you, stay away. With its
sickeningly cute graphics and simple, stripped down gameplay,
MySims will suit only those whose age is a single
digit. For everyone else, things will get a little bit dull
just after you try making a giant penis monument for a
PUBLISHER: Electronic Arts
FORMAT: PC (reviewed) / Wii
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