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Good, but it's been done better by others
on 6 November 2007
The reviews of this game were pretty good, and I bought the game of the strength of that. While I am not horribly disappointed (and it did keep me occupied for quite a few hours) I don't think it's quite as good as the reviewers claim.
It's a charming game: you're a Sim who moves into a resort town that is slightly down-at-the-heels. The general idea is to make the town the most popular resort around, and there are various activities you can do to boost the town's rating. There's things such as fishing, designing clothes, decorating your house, different sports...all quite varied. So there's a good mix of mini-games, the graphics are cute and it's less 'minute-by-minute' planning than the usual Sims games (which I find a relief).
It's also a very slow game. I found it quite frustrating to have to start from the beginning every time I wanted to catch a fish or swing a racquet. Surely they could just ask whether you wanted to do the same thing again? Talking to people takes a while, and does get a bit same-y. I found the menus quite ungainly, requiring a mix of stylus and touchpad to get things done.
None of this would be a total blocking point if it weren't for the fact that a game that improves on those points actually exists. "Animal Crossing: Wild World" overlaps this game by about 90% with regards to activities and cuteness. However, it doesn't have the same downsides: it's faster, less clunky to navigate and a bit more fun.
The conclusion: MySims is adequate enough, but I would recommend it only if Animal Crossing was completely unavailable for some reason.