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The Urbz: Sims in the City

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
Game Boy Advance
69
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Nintendo DS
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 Practice enough at each mingame and you'll gain levels in a specific category.
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 A style-heavy intro sequence.
The Urbz: Sims in the City Game Boy Advance On top of the world

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 Nintendo DS Feb, 2005 8 out of 10 80
IGN Game Boy Advance Nov 15, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Game Boy Advance Nov, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Revolution Nintendo DS Dec, 2004 B 75
GameSpot Nintendo DS Nov 23, 2004 7.3 out of 10 73
Cheat Code Central Game Boy Advance Aug 16, 2005 3.5 out of 5 70
N-Zone Nintendo DS Feb 09, 2005 70 out of 100 70
Worth Playing Nintendo DS Apr 05, 2004 5 out of 10 50
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Nintendo DS Sep 09, 2005 5 out of 10 50
JeuxActu Nintendo DS 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.

Information also contributed by Imari W.

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