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MySims Party review

Everyone's invited, except fun...

Pros

  • Tons of minigames
  • Can customize your Sim and house
  • In-game socializing!

Cons

  • Reliant on annoyingly precise motion controls
  • Barely feels like an authentic Sim game
  • Minigames are basic
  • brief and uninspired

So this is what happens when you have too much time on your hands. MySims, a bunch of aimless, loveable slackers %26ndash; and stars of two excellent games %26ndash; have decided to liven up their little town, INSERT NAME HERE, with 12 festivals. Twelve. Talk about biting off more than you can chew. Each consists of a series of four-player minigames (or you can play solo against the computer), the idea being to accrue the most points and %26lsquo;win%26rsquo; the festival, which will usually unlock some new teammates or a novelty hat.

Minigames are a bit too reliant on annoyingly precise motion controls. There are around 50 of them, but they%26rsquo;re basic, brief and uninspired. Festivals can be incredibly frustrating, as there%26rsquo;s too much loading and too many cutscenes between events %26ndash; events that are often only 30 seconds long.

The Sim element is practically non-existent. You can customize your MySim and house, and build new structures around town, with %26lsquo;monuments%26rsquo; unlocked by achieving high scores in festivals. But that%26rsquo;s it. You can run around and talk to people too, but what%26rsquo;s the point? They%26rsquo;re only yakking about minigames. Wait till the MySims tire of competing with each other and get back to what they do best: absolutely nothing.

Jun 3, 2009

More Info

GenreOther Games/Compilations
Description<p>Sims goes through a cute makeover again in this limited and too easy party distraction.</p>
Franchise nameThe Sims
UK franchise nameThe Sims
PlatformWii, DS
US censor ratingEveryone, Everyone
UK censor rating3+, 3+
Alternative namesMy Sims Party
Release date:10 March 2009 (US), 13 March 2009 (UK)
Available platforms:Wii
Genre:Other Games/Compilations

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

When he's not dying repeatedly in roguelikes, Tom spends most of his working days writing freelance articles, watching ITV game shows, or acting as a butler for his cat. He's been writing about games since 2008, and he's still waiting on that Vagrant Story 2 reveal.
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