IGN Review of MySims Party
The Sims is already a quintessential casual game, but Electronic Arts figured out how to make the series even more relaxed and kid friendly with MySims. Two letters were added to "Sims," but things like impressive AI and gameplay options were removed to create a more linear, focused experience. But if that is still too complex for you, maybe you should try MySims Party, a mini-game collection starring the cute, block-headed MySims. It has the juvenile personality of an after school cartoon and the gameplay is only puddle deep, so this one is just for the kids.
You begin by customizing your avatar and there are options for both boys and girls. By winning mini-game festivals you'll earn cash and be able to buy more clothing, accessories, and furniture for your MySim. The mini-games also do a good job of including activities that will appeal to both sexes, from fishing to bouquet arranging. Some of what is here is appealingly quirky, like a game where you have to blow up a balloon to startle a napping girl. But the gameplay is too simple to engage any but the youngest minds.
MySims Party features a hub world where your Sim lives, shops, and interacts with the locals, but the meat of the package resides in the mini-game festivals. Up to four players can participate in fests of increasing difficulty. There are 40 games in total, and over the 12 festivals you'll play them all several times. Outside of this progression, any game you've completed is available in Mini-Game mode. Unfortunately, MySims Party on DS doesn't track any leaderboards like the Wii version does.
The mini-games are as basic as they get. You may have to mash buttons to catch a bus, mash a button to reel in a fish, or mash a button to blow up a balloon. Considering the target demographic, the simplicity isn't a problem. But if you are old enough to understand what the word "puberty" means this probably isn't going to do it for you. This is a solid game for kids, but that's where its appeal ends.
The MySims each have their own stats for strength, speed, etc., so you'll want to pick the right character for each game. As you play games in a festival, your Sims will grow tired and their stats will temporarily diminish, creating a need to diversify your selections. There is also a wide variety of playing cards that can alter the Sims' stats in positive and detrimental ways. A card might boost your strength or lower all the stats of a random opponent for one round. But only two cards can be taken with you into a festival (which consists of three or more games), so this element adds a tiny bit of strategy to MySims.
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