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The Urbz: Sims in the City (Nintendo DS)

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66
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Description

In this quasi-sequel to The Sims: Bustin' Out, the player finds themselves in the big city of Miniopolis. Starting out as a humble window washer, the player is quickly embroiled in a devious plot by the greedy tycoon Daddy Bigbucks to take over the city.

The story is much stronger this time around, with the player exploring three colorful city environments, including the New Orleans-influenced SimQuarter, the shiny Glasstown district, the gritty Urbania, and even a haunted bayou inhabited by two creepy Cajun brothers.

In addition to the traditional Sims gameplay of satisfying motives, making friends, and decorating an apartment, the player can experience eight job minigames, a "xizzle" system that lets players learn special abilities, and several new vehicles, including a motorcycle, hoverboard, and fanboat. Combine all that with a wacky sense of humor, and you get The Urbz: Sims in the City.

Screenshots

The Urbz: Sims in the City Nintendo DS The window squeegeeing mini game. What have those pigeons been eating??
The Urbz: Sims in the City Nintendo DS Getting tired? Crash on your favorite couch.
The Urbz: Sims in the City Nintendo DS Keep your living space tidy, or your character will get stressed.
The Urbz: Sims in the City Nintendo DS Another meter to monitor -- make sure you bathe regularly.

Alternate Titles

  • "模拟城市:上流社会" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Los Urbz: Sims en la Ciudad" -- Spanish title
  • "Les Urbz: Les Sims in the City" -- French title
  • "Die Urbz: Sims in the City" -- German title
  • "De Urbz: Sims in the City" -- Dutch title

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The Press Says

Game Informer Magazine Feb, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Apr 17, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Deaf Gamers 2005 7.9 out of 10 79
Game Revolution Dec, 2004 B 75
GameSpot Nov 23, 2004 7.3 out of 10 73
N-Zone Feb 09, 2005 70 out of 100 70
Armchair Empire, The Apr 07, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 09, 2005 5 out of 10 50
Worth Playing Apr 05, 2004 5 out of 10 50
JeuxActu Mar 10, 2005 8 out of 20 40

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Trivia

Llamas

Like most Maxis games, includes references to llamas. In this case, you can purchase a miniature llama as a pet in the carnival.

References

This game (and also the other Sim Game Boy Advance games) includes many references to the TV show Smallville. For instance, The sim called Daddy Bigbucks is an evil rich business tycoon. In Smallville, Lionel Luthor is also an evil rich business tycoon, The sim Luthor Bigbucks looks a lot like Lex Luthor, The fact that your sim is an alien is similar to Superman's backstory, The city being named Miniopolis is also like Smallville's Metropolis. You can even purchase a Green Meteorite (similar to Kryptonite), which it even says in the games description of the item is that it renders some superheroes powerless (another reference to Superman). Also, the game is developed by Griptonite games, another reference to Kryptonite. There are even more references to Smallville to be found in the game that are not mentioned here.

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