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I had played a few other Sims games but this is the first I have played for the DS and I am quite impressed with it.
First of all you create your Sim by choosing their gender, the look of their face, their skin colour, hair colour, hair style and their clothing. You also give them a name and then you answer a few questions which will help decide which rep group you will work to be part of, the Streeties, the Nerdies, the Artsies or the Richies.
After you have done this the game starts with you losing your job as a cleaner and as you try to get it back by talking to, big meany, Daddy Bigbucks you get arrested!! You then have to try and talk your way out of jail and your quest for social status begins, as you have to work a job to get an apartment.
There are various missions as you try to stop Daddy Bigbucks from taking over the city and drive him outta town and also missions in relation to your rep status.
There are various jobs you can do to make money and more job options will get unlocked along the way as you complete various missions. Depending on how well you do in your job, this is decided by playing a mini game, the more Simoleons you will gain. You can use these Simoleons to purchase items for your house, for new clothes and also for things you may need for certain missions.
Whilst trying to compete your missions and up your rep group staus you mustn't forget that your Sim needs his/her basic requirements to be met constantly in order to function.This includes eating, using the toilet, showering, sleeping etc. You will find that you will need your Sim's needs met to talk to other Sims, as if they are hungry or sleepy etc they don't wanna talk!
Part of the game is also trying to increase your skills by gaining skill points in areas such as cookery, mechanical, logic etc and the easiest way to do this is to attend classes at the university but you have to pay for these.
The aim of increasing these skill points is to help you get promoted in certain jobs, as to get promoted in each job you must get the correct skill points and also make enough money.
For your missions and to increase your status with yours and other rep groups and also to generally increase your popularity, you will need to talk to people around the city. Each Sim has a different 'personality' and will enjoy talking about different things, so its a case of trial and error, common sense and memory.
Each time you talk to a Sim about something they like your friendship level with them will go up and therefore so will your popularity (gradually!).
The games graphics are quite good for the DS but the sound and music was not so good, so I never really had the sound on!
It's really easy to play, controls are really easy to get the hang of.
What I really like about this game is making lots of money to buy the best apartment and then buy lots of cool stuff to fill it, thats quite fun.
I also really like the mini-games you have to play for each of your jobs, though a couple of them did take me a while to get used to!
I did also find myself getting quite addicted to this game and there is loads to do....loads of mission so I was playing it for quite a long time actually!!
I first bought this game about two years back.having been impressed with the PS2 version, I thought it would be the same, just for a handheld console. Not the case at all.
You start off with a create an urb option. Like the Sims, you create the character to look however you want. Dress them, then you're asked a few questions which determine your "rep group", which is either Artsie, Streetie, Richie, or Nerdie. You then go through a short introduction, which unfortunately doesn't explain much. You then meet Kris, your "guide" for the first few tasks. She sets you tasks, and explains the basics of the game. By playing a simple game, you earn simoleans, which are used later in the game to buy objects. To start with, the game seems to be limited, but then you find out you can escape the block you're in - unfortunately by getting arrested. After you've been released from jail, you are set tasks by various urbz around you, some unlocking new areas, others earn you a "gift".
There are several unlockable mini-games, which you use to earn simoleans - basketball, operating on a gnome and a comedy act to name a few.
Most of the game is operated via the stylus, with the exception of moving around the city. The only thing I struggled with was finding out where to get certain objects and how to get new tasks.
The game took me a few weeks to complete, but mainly because of the extra tasks. Even upon completion of the game, there is the option to carry on playing. I'm planning on buying again, as I traded it in a few months back.
I haven't tried the Urbz on DS, but I have on my PS2. To be honest it's fairly confusing, especially if you start off playing in multi player. But after a few tries it gets more and more interesting. What you should aim for is to get enough reputation at first in order to get all the special features like social moves, which are indeed pretty cool to watch. Another thing you shouldn't forget is to get a job, try doing one job for a while so you get more specialist and then you can earn more and buy loads of funky clothes from the shops. Over all I think it is better than the very first sims game, but it's not to be compared with sims 2 as it's much better, you can pretty much do all the things you do in the urbz, but you get much more variety!
Sims Urbz is a fantastic game in my opinion (but you will have to play for yourself to find that one out). The music is really interesting, and even though I have completed it, I still go on it and make more money. Moogoo Monkey is not the easiest game but Red Man Incante is a fabulous game. And if you have ever wanted to operate on a garden gnome you can do that on this game! So play this if you want fun, cheats and MONKEYS!
Urbz: Sims In The City takes the great gameplay of the Sims and relocates it to an all-new setting. Bi cities move 24/7 and reputation means everything, so you'll have to bold and show some attitude if you want to make it there. Be challenged by your bosses, get access to big social events and get the gear you need to be a master of the urban lifestyle!