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Genre: Simulation - Life / Video Game for Nintendo DS / To Be Announced / ESRB Rating: Everyone / Release Date: 2006-10-27 / Published by Electronic Arts

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      17.07.2012 13:04
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      Total yanwfest of a game

      I have to say I am not at all impressed with this game, and I am very surprised with this as I am a total Sims fanatic. I feel I have been conned out of my hard earned cash.

      The cover on the box looks good and enticing enough to make you buy it, but the first thing you will notice when you turn the it on is the poor poor graphics, which is really bad considering the DS graphics aren't meant to be out of this world in the first place.
      As usual you make your sim look how you want and then you pick you pet be it a cat or a dog.

      Once the game starts there's a bit of reading to do for each menu to help you in the game, but even with this they are not very informative and it took me a while to get to grips with the cooking, which may I add only consists of a wok on a cooker ring. The most challenging thing about cooking is remembering the correct ingredients for each recipie. Once everything is read (which takes like 5 minutes) the game is so simple it's unbelieveable.
      When the game starts a day doesn't last very long, your working hours are 8am to 5pm and considering 1hour real time is 1minute sim time days are very short (even shorter as you get so bored you feel compelled to speed it up).

      People come to you vets surgery for you to fix their pets, but they always hav the same problems: fleas, worms, flu, swallowed something or broken bones. You seem to heal the same pets over and over although they have different names. Once healed after either 1 day, 3 days or 5 days their owners collect them and pay you. Thats it over and over again. You make money and go on your computer to buy food, pet products for the surgery and various surgery/office items. You are only allowed so many items in your surgery due to the lack of stoage memory in the game, but you can pass other items to friends via wireless.
      You have to diagnose the pets the same way every time, then you wash them, dry them, feed them, groom them and play with them. You might even get to give them medicine, like how exciting it is to hold a syringe over the pet for a few seconds until empty! For extra bonus money you can teach them the same repetative tricks or you can dress them up to make them more "attractive".

      As per usual you have to look after your sim by sleeping, eating, toileting, showering, etc. One thing I noticed is you do not make relationships with people, all you do is greet people in the surgery and say hi to people in the park, there is no making friends and keeping relationship levels up as in most other sims games, you don't even have a phone to call anoyone.
      You can take you pet or pets you're treating to the park, but don't get too excited by this because once there your pet is not with you, it stays in a kennel and you can't even play with it. You can walk around by yourself and say hi to people, but that's as exciting as it gets, then you go back home and do the same boring stuff all over again.

      Don't leave people waiting too long in your waiting room because they get mad and if you don't fix their pet in time they won't pay you and will bad mouth you to their friends. If you do a great job the people will recommend you to others and you might get someone famous visit your surgery, I had Hilary Duff, I got so excited I nearly fell off my chair (note the sarcasim). They don't even look like the famous people because the graphics are so limited they just look like you own sim, sigh it's so boring.
      The more money you make the bigger house you can get, but I never played it long enough to get the biggest house (I think there is only three) because I got so bored I had to turn it off, seriously my eyes were clouding over with sleep due to boredom.

      Well that's about as exciting as it gets and I cannot think of anything more to write on this game, so if you feel you would like to waste £30 of you cash and a few hours of your life that you will never get back, then get yourself straight down to the shops and buy it, or you can be sensible and buy something completely different with better graphics and some actual gameplay.
      The choice is yours as they say.

      I hope this helps :)

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      04.11.2009 15:08
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      I got this game as part of a 2 for £19.99 offer in argos. I didn't know what else I wanted for christmas so I thought I might as well, considering that I have played on the PC version of the sims and found it quite entertaining.

      It is a pretty simple concept of a game once you get the hang of it, although once you have got the hang of it, it is pretty simple, and dare I say it, boring. What you have to do is build up your main character, which is who you will be for the whole of the game. You can make it male or female, choose it's close and what it's face will look like, basically the same as what you would do on the PC version. You also get to build your own pet, either a cat or dog. A bit like you human sim, you can change parts of it. Like it's fur length, you can even change the breed, and it's name.

      Depending on how many enimals you treat you have to try and get as high a reputation as possible, the higher the reputation, the more pets you'll be able to treat and therefore the more money you will get.

      The pets you are able to treat are either cats or dogs, you have to treat them for various simptons and keep them in for as long as they need to get better. However, if you do not have any space for your pets you will have to send them away to another vet. Al though this means you wont gain any reputation, you will still get a small amount of money.

      Along with all of the vet equipment that you may need to purchase, you can also buy things which will keep your sim happy and active, like a sewing machine and a computer.

      Overall, I think this is a good game at first, when you learning all the little things that make you a good vet, but after a while does get a little repetitive, so you can only go on it for short speels of time. Occasionally it does tend to freeze, expecially when you live in the biggest of the houses, so I would strongly recomend that you save it at every possible moment. A good buy but definately not the best game in the world.

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        31.05.2009 21:32
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        I am a big fan of the sims, more so on the PC but I initially thought that all of the versions would be the same, whether they were on the computer or DS. In this case I seem to of been a bit wrong!

        The set up is pretty simple-and possibly the bit where I spend the most thought and dedication. After all, clothes are very important. You can, naturally, pick whether you want a man or a woman, the hair, body size, clothes. You can also choose your own pet. Cat or Dog. Long haired or short, the different breeds and even the name! At the moment I'm perfectly happy with my black cat, Eugene.

        Like all sims games you earn money by getting jobs and as you are a vet now, depending on if you cure your customers treasured little animals you get paid certain amounts. This means you can furnish your house, although you also have to stock up your medicine cabinet. Flea powders, shampoos, bandages and medicines are very important otherwise you can't do your job. You can also buy a sewing machine, buy different fabrics, zips or buttons and make costumes! Alternatively you can just buy the outfit ready made. This can vary from fairys to just little hats!

        It is up to you to work out what is causing the pet grief-you can do this by using a stephoscope, food or even a flea brush. To keep your pet happy you need to play with him or her, maybe take them to the park and play fetch with them.

        Some of the illnesses are fractured bones, fleas and flu to just looking a bit ugly!

        Now although that may sound good to sim fans it's really quite disappointing. When you start earning quite a bit of money and purchase maybe a bigger house and lots of nice furniture, well it can make your DS crash. It's happened to mine and to somebody else I know. So it isn't just one fault game console. It sort of freezes and it gets quite annoying when it just doesn't stop doing it.

        It's also not that interesting and I'm absoloutly addicted to my PC sims games so thats saying something when I find it deadly boring!

        I figure it's something which the creaters haven't thought through completely. A rushed product which they made just to fill a gap in the DS market. I got this game for £15 from my local game shop, but prices do vary.
        It isn't something I'd recommend that you'd buy, however if you just want to waste a bit of time doing nothing it would be ideal.

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        13.05.2009 22:02

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        Overall a fun game for the family with a celeb endorsement!

        I love the Sims series of games and this one is just as good as the rest. You begin by choosing and creating your character, either a male or female, then changing their appearence, size, hair colour, clothing etc.

        You are placed incharge of a vets practice and have a set amount of money to buy equiptment and medicines, food for yourself and the animals and even fairy wings and wellys for the animals in your care.

        A short while into the game a pet owner (one of which is Hilary Duff) arrives with a sick animal. It is your job to examine the pet in various ways including brushing them, feeding them and x-raying them and hopefully discovering the problem.
        The illnesses range from worms and fleas to being smelly or ugly!

        You can fix the aminals by washing and cleaning them, giving them medicine or dressing them in cute doggie outfits. Gradually throughout the game you can earn enough money to buy a larger house and more equiptment and you get promoted up the medical ranks.

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        11.01.2009 19:48
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        A generally good game for any sims fan.

        I have always been a big fan of the sims on the pc and when I recieved a Nintendo DS for my birthday this was the first game I bought.

        Looking at the packaging it seamed very much like the old sims I used to play. You can create your own pet choosing from a cat or a dog and then there are many breeds available in each species.
        Once you have chosen your pet you can then customise it's name, gender, colour and clothing.

        Once you are complete with pet you move into your appartment which is also the town vet's. You can buy and build furniture and vetrinary equipment in your appartment and as you progress through the game you can move to bigger and better places.

        Each day patients bring animals to your surgery with a variety of problems such as flu, fleas or broken bones. It's your job as the vet to heal these pets and return them good as new to their owner.

        You can buy a variety of medicines, food and equipment in order to heal the pets with.

        There is a training area where you can teach pets, either your own or one in your surgery, many skills such as sit etc. and you can play with them.

        There is a local park that you can visit with your pets but there isn't really anything here so I don't understand why it has been included in the game.

        In general it's not a bad game I personally enjoy the game as I like sims and they can't really go wrong for me. It is however a little repetative and can get boring. The graphics arn't the best in the world but this is the Nintendo Ds.

        There's only so much you can do in such a small handheld console so I think they've done quite well with this.

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          07.01.2009 13:39

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          well made however not as fun as PC version

          When I was younger I used to LOVE The Sims on the PC. However, seeming as I still have the same PC playing the Sims on it has become impossible as it is sooo slow! I thought about buying Sims 2 Apartment pets for ages, not knowing if it would be worth it. After a few days I gave in and bought it. So far I have really enjoyed playing it. However - you don't get to build your own house or design it which is a let-down. You live on top of your own pet spa and basically you treat pets which come in. Its pretty fun for the first few plays but after a while it gets tedious. I have upgraded my spa within the first 4 days of having it and have played most of the mini games.
          This game is really good if you want a simple, cute and entertaining game - however not good if you're looking for the "big brother" approach as in the PC Sims games.

          All in all I would rate it a 3.5 out of 5!
          hope this helps.

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          02.01.2009 21:13

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          Great way of passing time!

          Great game for adults and children alike. Look after pets in your apartment and manage a busy animal spa. Take charge of all of the management decisions including decorating your spa and apartment. Treat animals in the spa - diagnose their ailments (which can be up to 6 different ones) and then work through different treatments to suit them. Features several mini-games (including bird dancing!) and is entertaining enough to occupy anyone. Your character has several of their own pets including a snake, hamster, rabbit and more, and once word gets around that you can help animals you will find all sorts of family friends and neighbours dropping in with their pets, in need of your help.
          It's the kind of game that you can pick up whenever you are bored, and can play for as little or as much time as you like - so great to fill any quiet minutes but not so demanding that it takes over your life!

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          08.12.2008 14:50
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          Maybe The Sims should only be available for the PC!

          I love, love, love the Sims 2. I play it on my PC and DS but I have to admit this game was a disappointment. It cost around £19.99 which was a complete waste of money. The cover is the same as on the PC case (and the PC game is good but after all it is just an expansion, the DS game stands alone). The thing that struck me was the poor quality of the graphics. They were certainly a let down. Firstly, you must make your Sim and they select its pet (which can only be a cat or a dog).

          Unlike the other Sim games for DS, this has no tasks for you to fulfil, it's all a bit repetitive. Basically, people bring their pets (which start to look the same just with different names) into the surgery with problems (which again are limited, they usual have fleas, worms, flu, broken bones or they've swallowed something). You then give them treatment and the owner comes to collect them after one day, three days or five days. They then pay you so you can buy food, pet products and other items. Also, the more money you gain the bigger the house you live in. And that's it. Again and again.

          To add to the boredom, you still have to take care of your Sim, making sure they sleep, eat, shower etc. However, you don't interact with other people, you only greet them when they come into the surgery and then say bye when they leave with their pet, that is all. There is the option to take your pet to the park but there's no playing or interaction, there is just walking it around.

          Hilary Duff appears as a Sim in the game (I say this vaguely, the graphics are so bad it could have been anyone but the name states it's her so we'll have to take the game's word on that). It's important not to leave people waiting or to take too long treating the pet otherwise the owners won't pay you and will bad mouth you to all of their friends (oh, no!).

          So, overall I do not rate this game in the slightest. I do however recommend all of the Sims 2 PC games, the other Sims 2 DS games (but definitely not this one) and look out for the Sims 3 that's coming out in February because I bet that will be fab too.


          This review can also be found on Ciao.co.uk, under the same name :)

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          29.08.2008 18:02
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          One for the kids!

          Being an avid fan of The Sims 2 for PC, I thought that there'd be no better way to start off my DS games collection than with The Sims 2: Pets. I was wrong!

          The game is essentially very simple - the character you play is a vet, therefore you must treat the patients. There are various breeds of cats and dogs, and you must bathe them, give them medicine, feed them, dress them up and teach them tricks. You can also have your own pet dog or cat, with whom you do the same.

          Unfortunately, the game is very repetitive and I grew increasingly bored doing the same things over and over. Perhaps I've been spoilt by the amazingness of The Sims 2 and all the expansion packs for PC, but I don't feel that The Sims franchise has transferred well to handheld consoles.

          Perhaps a game best suited for children with aspirations in the veterinary career!

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            11.08.2008 00:21
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            Boring

            The picture shown seems to be a Wii game but the description definitely says Nintendo DS so that's what I'm writing about!

            I bought this game for the Nintendo DS and quickly got into it. Greeting the customer and taking in their sick pet, learning how to check what was wrong with the poor animal and then learning how to treat the different ailments.

            I really enjoyed brushing to check for fleas, trying to get them to stand still so I could check them out with my stethoscope. Then I'd wash them with the special flea shampoo or give them some influenza medicine.

            If they weren't happy, I'd groom them and dress them in outfits (seems silly to me and I'd never do it to a real animal but it made them happier on the game!) and their owner would collect them, happy as larry and pay me lots of money.

            I continued to do this for a while but eventually I realised that was it - there wasn't any real progression. No new illnesses to diagnose and treat, just more animals to do the same stuff with and make loads of money. Ended up bored of the repetitive game and sold it!

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          For the first time ever, players can create pets for their Sims to love, train, play with and take to the park. Create-a-Pet allows players to mix, match and create the perfect dog or cat for their Sim. Labradoodle? Shnoodle? Puggle? Choose breeds and customize your pets. Put your pets to work in a variety of different careers including Show Business, Security and Service. Hang out in Central Park, the community center where you can interact with other Sims while shopping for various pets accessories. Play doc as your run the town Pet Care Center! Gain status based on your Sims pet care skills, from performing examinations to healing, playing and training.