Critic & User Reviews
EXCELLENT!!! Perfect for kids and adults!
posted by stephieb29 (CLEARFIELD, UT) Mar 14, 2010
Member since Feb 2010
4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Better than the original
posted by ecase629 (SAN DIEGO, CA) Nov 8, 2008
Member since Jun 2007
27 out of 32 gamers (84%) found this review helpful
Ostin7900 commented on how all you do in build pipelines, but there's actually alot more. You still collect essences, but this time you use them unlock future tasks or items. I feel it works better because it gives everything a reason. In the original, there was no reason to interact with objects other than to watch your character mess with it. In Kingdom, it rewards you with different essences for interaction with objects and people.
They also have you building homes for people, designing detailed custom objects and yes, sometimes making a pipeline.
They're kept all the "mini-games", but made the controls tighter and again more of an objective this time instead of just collecting to collect. For example, you'll need 10 sapphire essences for a task, so you'll do the metal detector mini-game. I feel this works better than the original.
It's islands this time, so the whole different lands thing works better with bodies of water separating different themes as apposed to a cowboy ranch next to scientist's lab like in the original. They don't give you your own house, but that was never needed in MySims, it was just for decoration and had no use. You use a boat to sail from island to island and use this to change clothes if you want. It all works well with the storyline and again, gets rid of pointless interaction of the original.
Overall, it's a great game. Over 7 hours into it and not nearly finished with 4 islands yet to discovery, maybe more? If you like part one, give this one a chance. At first it might not seem like it's better, but it is.
Love This Game, But It's WAYY Too Easy!
posted by DebLee (ALBERTSON, NY) Nov 25, 2008
Member since Jul 2006
12 out of 15 gamers (80%) found this review helpful
What I like about this game:
- Bigger world. More space to build things.
- No more glitches. In the first MySims game for the Wii, it was extremely glitchy, especially as you got deeper into the game. No so in Kingdom, this game seems to be fully polished.
- You don't have to build the individual furniture pieces, which I found tedious after a while in the first MySims. The furniture is preset, but you can still paint different colors on most pieces.
- More costumes! Yay!
- New essences.
- New abilities - you can hook up a computer to a generator outside and it will work! Or set up a hot tub in the backyard, as long as you hook up all the pipes to a water pump, you can do whatever you want.
What I don't like about this game:
- I beat it in like two days. Since you spend less time constructing individual furniture pieces, you can accomplish a lot, and do it faster.
- You get upgrades after you complete a certain amount of King Points. After you complete the first tasks for 5 islands, a new set of tasks unlocks on all the islands. Unfortunately for me, I started on the new tasks before even visiting all the remaining three islands - and unwittingly beat the game by accident, before I had even seen all the islands! Luckily you can continue to play after you beat the game (to try and get all the collectibles, etc.).
- Mana is what powers your wand. If you run out, you can't build anything. You can trade in essences for mana, but then your using up your essences.
Overall this game is great and definitely worth a rent!
Cute & Clever
posted by jogre1 (BIRMINGHAM, AL) Apr 29, 2009
Member since Dec 2007
3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
My kingdom for some Sims
posted by JCDenton (FREEDOM, NH) May 21, 2009
Member since Mar 2006
3 out of 5 gamers (60%) found this review helpful
This is a game less about social interaction and more about adventure puzzle-solving. Of course, when I say "puzzle-solving" what I really mean is that the game gives you tasks to complete that allow you to continue. These really aren't puzzles, mostly because you're led through them and it's mostly straight-forward otherwise.
The story puts you in the shoes of a royal wandolier, appointed by a king who... needs you to do... stuff. Anyway, doing this stuff requires you to visit a bunch of islands with interesting themes. One island looks like the old west, one resembles a space station, there's a cemetery, academy, playhouse, etc. Suitably wacky characters pop up in each world and require your help to improve their little simulated lives. Doing so will unlock more islands, give you new outfits and unlock new parts.
Speaking of parts, building is a big part of the gameplay. Some of the tasks ask you to set up water or electric lines, but many are about decor. Much of this is free-form, which actually makes the game nicely accessible for younger players, but engaging enough for the seasoned gamer. Oh sure, none of this is all that difficult, you can't die and depth is minimal, but it's an enjoyable experience.
Some problems remain. Environments tend to be too cluttered, leaving your camera angle in constant trouble. Dialogue boxes are mostly just exercises in how fast you can press the A button. The motion-sensor controls can be jerky when placing items on the screen.
It's limited appeal and gameplay might turn some off, but it's a pleasant experience for kids and your inner child.
i have my own island. best game ever
posted by jacobblast (BELLE VERNON, PA) Jan 23, 2009
Member since Jun 2008
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Best Wii game out there!!!!!!!
posted by gamer301 (CLAYTON, NY) Dec 17, 2008
Member since Mar 2008
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
I would love to give this game a ten, but there are a few things that are annoying. For instance, character customization could be better, and the camera angle is not very good. But at the flop side, everything else about this game is totally awesome. The characters are hilarious, the tasks are really fun to do, the powers for your wand are pretty cool. The storyline is not perfect, but decent enough.
Pros: Hilarious characters and voices, tasks are really fun, graphics are nice, it is fun to find new tasks and to travel new places. Overall, the finest Wii game yet.
Cons: Camera sinks, storyline could be better, and a few characters can be annoying, and character customization.
This game is pure gold and every Wii owner must own it. If you're a fan of LittleBig Planet or Boom Blox, this is the game for you.
GREAT GAME!!! A must play for any 'SIMS' fan.
posted by Rezzie (BREMERTON, WA) Jun 25, 2009
Member since Oct 2008
3 out of 7 gamers (43%) found this review helpful
Larger world than the original, but dumbed down
posted by weregamer (SUNNYVALE, CA) Mar 23, 2009
Member since Feb 2009
2 out of 5 gamers (40%) found this review helpful
On the good side, the game world is larger and the gameplay is much more directed with stronger storylines. There is a minor "puzzle" element with the addition of mechanisms where the player must construct mechanical linkages from power sources to machines, but these "puzzles" are no challenge and uninteresting because there is insufficient freedom in solving them - there is one obvious solution and not much room for further experimentation.
But for children and adults who enjoyed the original for the chance to build things on their own and choose their own activities, this is a big disappointment.
There is no longer a workshop and there are no blueprints. Furniture items are atomic units with specific costs in materials and essences (which are no longer distinct categories). Character requests are specific ("Needs a house with three points of "structure", two of "domestic", and one of "fun"), not open-ended preferences.
The essence gathering parts of the game have been tweaked in some ways, and the wiimote is used in most of them for basic gestures. But with the most creative time consuming activity in the game gone, most of the game play consists of tediously gathering materials.
My overall impression is that EA listened to a massive chorus of parents saying "This game is too intellectually stimulating for my little TV consumer. A proper brain-dead child can't be expected to explore, experiment, or design, let alone to choose their own goals given lots of choices. Please just spoon-feed them with what they should do like all the other games I give them.
posted by jubadub (WEIRTON, WV) Dec 18, 2008
Member since Jan 2007
1 out of 3 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
Great for kids, but not much else!
posted by greg137 (CALDWELL, ID) May 15, 2013
Member since May 2010
So that being said it can be described like a surger waffer, being all sweetness and light with no REAL substance! This doesn't compare to the industriousness of the Harvest moon series, and it doesn't have the thrill and danger of either skyrim or wind waker! Wind waker has more charm than this, but if you are looking for a game for tykes and young children then by all means give it a rent! Try out the other mysims games too while you are at it! Expect fetch quests and collect-a-thons galore in this game, and none of it is to be taken seriously! If you want thrills and excitement look elsewhere! I was never really a sim fan to begin with, and no, this game didn't convert me, but to each their own! Try before you buy!
posted by coremberlynn (MILLERSVILLE, MD) Aug 6, 2012
Member since Jun 2012
Very fun and entertaining
posted by Rjw91011 (FORT WORTH, TX) Jul 16, 2012
Member since Jul 2012
it was REALLY fun and bought it had a nice storyline but it did get boring at some parts to me but of course its a good game and i recomend it to anyone who likes creative games with quests or a storyline
My sims kingdom
posted by canthelpbutwait (SANTA MARIA, CA) Jun 23, 2012
Member since Jun 2012
I love this game!
posted by HarukaSuzumiya (BLUE ASH, OH) Jun 8, 2012
Member since Jul 2011
Perfect for everyone!
posted by laineybug24 (LONGMONT, CO) Mar 27, 2012
Member since Mar 2012
posted by swingy33 (CANYON COUNTRY, CA) Jun 18, 2011
Member since Jun 2011
Make a Kingdom!!!
posted by Exxo22 (PONCA CITY, OK) Nov 5, 2010
Member since Nov 2010
posted by Robofish (OWINGS MILLS, MD) Oct 11, 2010
Member since Dec 2009
Play them both if you can, but if you can only play one, play this one
posted by dretia (BUFFALO, NY) Aug 30, 2010
Member since Aug 2010
it wont work for my wii
posted by samm815 (LEXINGTON, SC) Jul 2, 2010
Member since Jul 2010
makes me sort of sick
posted by gamekarma1 (DALLAS, TX) Jun 19, 2010
Member since Dec 2009
VERY EASY GAME TO PLAY
posted by christa (GERING, NE) Jan 9, 2010
Member since Jan 2010
Not For Adults
posted by Erasmus (ELYRIA, OH) Dec 15, 2009
Member since May 2009
I gave it a 2 for creativity. I was impressed at how you could edit how your voice sounds. Also the ease of creating buildings and places was neat, and how many different designs you could do was pretty cool.
Other than that, the storyline stunk, the areas were tiny, the quests were to easy, the interaction with other sims was rather bland, boring, and predictable, and everything else was very childish.
So if you're a teenager or older, this game is definitely not for you.
posted by GamerGirl0 (BALTIMORE, MD) Oct 18, 2009
Member since Apr 2009