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Sims in the Big Smoke,
This review is from: The Urbz: Sims in the City (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
This was my introduction to the Sims not long after I got my DS. And I loved it. I'm a big fan of point and clicks, quest-like games with little to no violence. In this game, you move to the big city and have to style yourself and earn new skills and popularity to get ahead in the big smoke. You have to decide on which clique you want to join, make friends with them, but also keep the other clique members sweet when you need a favour. You start off in a small area, and to access each new area you need to complete missions and goals, often by sorting out problems for other Sims. The missions and goals range from finding lost items, making friends with certain Sims, getting jobs and impressing people. As you progress into the game, and make new friends, you get given items and let in on the secret of an underground tunnel to help you get around the town much quicker - handy when you're caught short or you need to get somewhere ASAP.
Whilst doing this, your overall mission is to free the land from the clutches of a wicked business man, apparently intent on world domination and he plans to start by buying your city!
There is a glitch in the game which sometimes prevents you from completing a certain mission first time around, but you can get round this by saving before attempting tasks.
Along side your missions, you still need to keep an eye on your stats, which can be frustrating sometimes when you need to complete a mission and can't! But with a bit of forward thinking (i.e. filling up as many stats as you can before attempting a task), that usually doesn't cause too much trouble.
The graphics aren't state of the art, but for me the game-play more than made up for that.
This game was similar to Bustin' Out for the GBA, and if you liked that you'll probably like this too. A shame they didn't do a few more like this.