MySims Agents Review
Wii | DS
MySims Agents box art
System: Wii, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: The Sims Studio 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Electronic Arts 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sep. 29, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Another technical issue with the game came in the form of the way it displays objects. Your secondary mission, sprucing up the town, is severely hampered by the game's inability to render very many objects in the DS game, which makes it so that there are specific "zones" where you can add items. This limitation prevents you from making the lush, deeply customized town that you can in previous iterations on the Wii or even in DS games like Animal Crossing, which really restricts your creative freedom.

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Sound is not half bad, but nowhere near good. The characters all speak in Simlish, which is adorable as always, but I noticed a lot more repeated phrases in this title than normal. Certain characters always say the same phrase in Simlish, no matter when you talk to them, which can grate on your nerves fast. The background music is fairly boring and inoffensive, and it's doubtful you'll even notice it's there.

MySims Agents on the DS could have been a competent game. If the mini-games worked better (or, better yet, were dropped from the game altogether) then I could see this as a fun little diversion that featured the same ol' construction-based adventure that we've all grown to love. But in this case, the addition of mini-games really hampered the mechanics, and made this game a real chore to plow through.

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If you must experience MySims Agents, it looks like the Wii version is going to be your best bet, as the DS version just doesn't get the job done.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.3
Graphics
The world is very cute, and there's plenty to explore, but characters often appear jagged, and there is a limit to how many objects can be displayed on the screen at once.
2.0
Control
Many of the mini-games do not control well, using either control scheme. This makes some objectives nearly impossible, and you'll have to rely on luck more than anything to complete them.
3.3
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Cutesy music is barely noticeable, and the repetitive Simlish phrases walk the fine line between adorable and agitating.
2.1

Play Value
The impossible controls make the mini-games very frustrating. Even though side missions and construction elements can be fun, the story-based mini-games ruin the experience and make this game a chore to finish.

2.4
Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • In MySims Agents on the Nintendo DS players are agents assigned by their agency to help the mayor stop a notorious thief from stealing an ancient treasure.
  • By searching for clues, solving intricate puzzles, and matching wits with the thief, gamers can protect the treasure and the town!
  • Along the way they can talk to their favorite MySims, sharpen their agent skills with 10 different mini-games, and search through underground caverns for clues to the thief's undoing!


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