The Sims Bustin' out
One of the most popular
games of all time has finally been transferred to the N-Gage and if you
haven't been living in a cave for the last five years than you would know
that this phenomenon is called The Sims. Although the game is virtually a
direct port of the GBA version, the N-Gage version does have a few more
tricks up its sleeve that does help with the longevity of this addictive
title. Similar to the original game on the PC, gamers control their very own
character called a sim. The story also revolves around your character that
has left the big world of Sim City to move into his uncles farm for the
summer in the peaceful town of Sim Valley.
As with the other Sims
game in the series, gamers must also create their own unique character that
includes giving them their own personalities, looks and of course a plethora
of other attributes such as gender and even things like cleanliness. Once
you have created your character, all the attributes that you have included
in your character will effect the way how your character interacts with the
Sim environment. This means you could be a slob with great social skills or
even a bipolar supermodel.
The Sims Bustin' Out is
also similar to real-life where you must ensure that your character maintains
their personal hygiene, gets enough sleep and of course enough socialisation.
Your character also interacts with a variety of different characters in the game
that includes your loveable uncle Harry and even some comical characters such as
Dusty Hogg, a Harley Davidson driving biker. Not only by being successful in
your Sims life but you will also successful in real-life because unfortunately
this title can sometimes become a little distracting at the best of times. That
is, if your character is happy, you will be happy!
The gameplay of the Sims
could be best described as a human simulation game where you must perform a
variety of tasks in the game such as cooking dinner, inviting friends over,
sleeping, eating and of course going to the toilet. Fortunately some of the more
mundane things in the game that were quite annoying on the PC version have been
toned down this version so you can concrete on completing your tasks than always
worrying if you are eating enough or going to the toilet enough. The game also
contains three exclusive mini-games that includes snake, tennis and blocks that
also ensures the playability and longevity of this title.
Interestingly enough, the
game also supports Bluetooth that allows you to trade equipment with other
N-Gage owners which although doesn't really add anything to the playability of
the title, is kind of cool. The Sims Bustin' Out also supports the N-Gage arena
that allows you to post your scores on the world wide web.
Graphically, the game
looks quite impressive on the N-Gage and supports a nice 3D gaming environment
that looks quite detailed, especially considering how much is happening on
screen at once. The game itself also looks more cartoonish than the original
title and actually suits the storyline perfectly. Even the little things in the
game have been incorporated into the title such as kitchen items, televisions
and even gymnasiums.
The sound effects of the
Sims is extremely reminiscent of the PC version with that extremely entertaining
Sims talk and of course some nice light instrumental musical scores that helps
immerse the player into the world of the Sims.
If you have never played
the Sims, than I would highly recommend The Sims Bustin' Out on the N-Gage
because not only is this title extremely addictive but it's great for playing
every now and then to visit old friends and more specifically, see how your
character is doing in the land of Sim Valley.
- Andrew B
The Final Say!
Sims Bustin' Out
- reviewed by Andrew B
Review Date: September 2004
Distributed By: Nokia
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