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Sims for DS
The Sims 2 (DS)
Member Name: bettyboop2002
The Sims 2 (DS)
Advantages: A playable game
Disadvantages: I got bored quick, poor graphics
I got this game in a used game store with two others on a 3 for £10 offer. It is for nintendo DS and is a small cartridge in a plastic box with an booklet inside.
To play the game you just insert the cartridge into your DS and tap the game icon, it does not need any installation.
The game is for ages 7 and over. I think this is about right as anyone under 7 would probably struggle to read and understand the objectives.
When starting the game you can load or create your sim character, you give your sim a name, choose the sex, hair colour, hair style, facial appearance, clothing and choose from fortune (earn additional money), popularity (improves relationships faster), romance (other sims will be in the mood to fall in love more often) or party (recover twice as much sanity using objects).
You use your control pad to move the sim around and your stylus to interact and select actions. On the touch screen you can select pockets, which is where the items you pick up are stored, Goals tells you what your current objective is, objective examples talk to a person, vacuum a room, give someone cash or buy them a gift.
Relationships - here you can view the other sims you have met and view their mood and the strength of your relationship with them.
You start with $2000, you drive into a small town and your car breaks down and you meet Jebediah, a handyman who will fix your car and says it will take couple of days and sends you to the hotel to wait where you find the manager has left and you are to take over. It is your job to run the hotel, check in guests, tidy up and improve the hotel rating.
You have your own hotel room with a stat panel where you can view aspirations, hotel info (score, guests, money earned and spent and net profit), your skills (creativity, business, body, charisma and mechanical) and game stats (aliens vanquished, goons captured, vacuum earnings and metal detector earnings).
Also in a hotel room you have a fridge to get food or drink, a sofa to sit or sleep, a bed to sleep, a shower, toilet and sink. Performing these actions increases your sanity level. A bar displaying your sanity level is shown on the top screen along with the time and your cash. Unlike other Sims games I have previously played, all of the needs are in this one bar, if there is something in particular your sim needs it will appeal in a bubble above the sims head, for example a picture of a shower.
The graphics aren't that good at all so sometimes it's hard to see what they need.
To improve your hotel you will need to build new rooms, to build a room you will need to go to the town hall and buy the plans for this room. You can get cash when guests check out, gamble in your casino, buy a lottery ticket in the store, sell items in the store and hoover.
When hoovering, drag items out of the dust bowl with your stylus to get cash and blow into microphone to get rid of dust.
You can sell rods in the town hall and gourd in the saloon. You can also buy better furniture and appliances in the store and sell your old items.
There are license plates to collect, if you find them all you will get a bonus and you can sell these plates to the sheriff in the jail.
When you have built an art gallery in your hotel you will earn money from it, keep going in and painting pictures for other sims to buy.
To interact with other sims perform action buttons will appear on the bottom screen, tap whichever one lights up until action is complete.
I have to admit that I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as other sims games I have played, after managing to save up enough cash to build rooms you then have to wait 8 hours for the room to be completed. The town is very small so you quickly get fed up of seeing the same rooms and I really don't understand the sims needs. The sanity bar could be full and then all of a sudden the sim wants food, if you aren't near anywhere somewhere to get food the sanity bar will rapidly decrease and if it gets too low the sim will float away and wake up on the bedroom floor or in jail. If this happens the jail will take a good amount of hard earned cash from you and the sim will be very slow at moving around until you fulfil the needs of your sim.
You are told to explore the desert in search of parts from alien spacecraft and for items to sell, but as soon as you venture into the desert your sanity bar starts to decrease quickly.
The game gets dull and slow after a while. I couldn't be bothered to wait hours for a room to be completed, so I saved my game and changed the time on my DS forwards 8 hours, this worked a couple of times, the third time I did it the game called me a time travelling cheater and I kept getting attacked by aliens! It's an okay game but in comparison with other Sims games I was definitely disappointed, there are not enough goals and activities to keep me interested for long.
I wouldn't have been happy if I'd paid a lot for it but as I got a really good deal I'm not too disappointed.
Summary: Not as good as other Sims games
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