Above: It seems you'll be creating, painting and placing your items with the Wiimote
Building items to help people is done by dropping specific blocks into a wireframe box - do it right and you'll accomplish the task. But you can build everything you own in this way too, and further customize it once it's done.
Collecting Essence is the main draw to helping people or exploring the surroundings - the more Essence you collect, the more styles you'll be able to apply to your creations. For example, finding pinewood allows you to apply a pine effect to an item.
You can gain spooky, offbeat Essences by scaring or playing tricks on your friends in the town - but they might not take kindly to your pranks!
The search for Essences can also take you digging - just like Animal Crossing. But where AC was about collecting and earning special items, My Sims is far more about socializing and building up a vibrant world.
Februrary 20, 2007