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Game Boy Advance 12 3.8
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Combined User Score 12 3.8


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Game Boy AdvanceNext Level Gaming (Dec 15, 2003)
If you like The Sims then you really need to pick this game up. It puts a whole new spin on the series and it is as good as it is going to get in terms of being a portable version of the game we all know and like. This game reminds of Harvest Moon and it plays like a charm. One of the main reasons of having a GameBoy Advance is to play games that will eat away the times on a long road trip or if your at work and it is boring as hell. The Sims Bustin Out is one game that I am glad I have in these situations. The game is addicting as hell and its just a fun game to play and enjoy. Check this little gem out, you will not be disappointed my friends!
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Game Boy AdvanceGamerDad (Jan 29, 2004)
The Sims: Bustin' Out has a nice little graphics engine. All characters are well animated and the writing is decent. The sound is tinny and, fortunately, they don't go overboard with the Simglish nonsense words, there are just a few cues now and then to help indicate whether someone is amused or annoyed with your behavior. It's not the kind of game that will win over people not interested in Sims or games where the goals are as open-ended as they are here, but Sims fans and young teens will eat this one up. The Sims have moved to handheld gaming! And a new franchise is born.
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Game Boy AdvancePower Unlimited (Jan, 2004)
Het is allemaal gedaan in een grappige, cartoony Sims stijl en je zit dan ook met een brede grijns te spelen. Het geld kun je goed besteden en er is van alles en nog wat te doen. Zo kun je ook op een scooter rondrijden en deze bestuur je nu zelf (in tegenstelling tot bij de consoles). Gamers die ook de Cube-versie hebben, kunnen items swappen en content uitwisselen en twee GBA´s die een Erop Uit!huwelijk sluiten, worden getrakteerd op een extra eiland. Tezamen met de meer dan 30 uur gameplay, is The Sims in het klein niets minder dan verslavend.
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N-GageJust RPG (2004)
The game also features N-Gage exclusive mini-games, and the ability to upload your score to the N-gage Arena. You can even connect to other players through Bluetooth Wireless Technology and auction off items. Going online or connecting to a friend can also earn you special objects and unlock hidden locations. Overall, I enjoyed playing Bustin’ Out. I believe it would be appealing to all types of people, especially those of you who are already fans of the SIMs.
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Game Boy AdvanceGame Informer Magazine (Jan, 2004)
People play The Sims for the same reason kids play dress-up: the thrill of living someone else’s life. Now, thanks to a new GBA version (and its connectivity features that let you play a character on both the GBA and GC), you can pretty much do away with the real world altogether. This version veers even farther from it PC roots, with linear level progression and even (gasp!) RPG-style conversation that gives you options of what to say to the people you meet. Heck, it even throws in some actual action in the form of a few (not very good) minigames. This might sound like heresy, but be assured that this is a gorgeous and faithful (in spirit if not specifics) adaptation of one of our true gaming treasures.
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Game Boy AdvanceGameZone (Dec 21, 2003)
Needless to say, if you’re a fan of The Sims, then you’ll want, no, need to get this game. Even if you’re not, it’s still worth checking out.
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N-GageGame Informer Magazine (Jul, 2004)
Graphically the game looks really great, and converting Bustin' Out's areas to the tall-n-skinny screen works perfectly fine. And just to be crystal clear on the score difference, the quarter of a point dock is for the controls being a smidgen less responsive than the GBA version's.
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Game Boy AdvanceN-Zone (Mar 18, 2004)
Mannomann, wenn das in der Realität nur auch so einfach wäre … Aber solch ein schniekes Häuschen wäre für uns Otto Normalverbraucher im richtigen Leben kaum zu bezahlen. Gott sei Dank gibt’s zum Ausleben von Träumen wenigstens Videospiele! Und mit diesem trefft ihr jedenfalls eine gute Wahl. Lediglich die Dialoge zwischen den Sims sind ab und an etwas mau und der Schwierigkeitsgrad für unseren Geschmack ein kleines Bisschen zu leicht.
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Game Boy AdvanceIGN (Dec 01, 2003)
The Game Boy Advance version of The Sims: Bustin' Out isn't quite as extravagant as the upcoming console games because of the standard limitations of the Game Boy platform. But as comparatively limited as the GBA version is, it's still a well-designed, casual game, and it definitely fits the bill for an on-the-go version of one of the most popular game franchises around.
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Game Boy AdvanceGameSpot (Dec 11, 2003)
Bustin' Out is a decently long game whose main goals should take most players 15 to 20 hours to complete. However, you can certainly spend even more time socializing with other sims or collecting extra cash, especially if you own the GameCube version of the game and plan to transfer data back and forth with a link cable. While Bustin' Out for the GBA is clearly a different game than The Sims, it certainly has enough variety to appeal to anyone who enjoys this sort of open-ended game.
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Game Boy Advance64 Power / big.N / N Games (Jan, 2004)
Die GBA-Verion ist aber weit offener gehalten und verfolgt keinen wirklichen roten Faden. Natürlich gibt es kleine Aufgaben und Mini-Spiele, aber im Grunde lebt ihr einfach so in den Tag hinein und musst über die Runden kommen. Mag langweilig klingen, ist aber richtig fesselnd und erinnert ein wenig an das famose Animal Crossing, welches ja leider nie in Deutschland erschienen ist.
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Heureusement, la version N-Gage apporte quelques plus : des mini-jeux exclusifs, la possibilité de télécharger ses scores sur la N-Gage Arena pour les confronter aux meilleurs joueurs du monde et, enfin, la possibilité de débloquer des objets et lieux spéciaux. Le mode multi-joueurs permet de mettre ses objets aux enchères. Voici un titre abouti, prenant et suffisamment long pour réconcilier les joueurs de tous poils avec la console de Nokia.
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N-GagePAL Gaming Network (PALGN) (Jul 12, 2004)
Whoever made the decision to bundle The Sims: Bustin' Out with the Nokia N-Gage QD made the right decision: it's a great game which has transferred well to the portable screen.
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Game Boy AdvanceArmchair Empire, The (Feb 28, 2004)
Sims Bustin’ Out is perfect for people that enjoy a low-impact game. It’ll score many points for being easy to get into and a leisurely way to pass the time, but people that like things to happen should steer clear.
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Game Boy AdvanceGamePro (US) (Dec 03, 2003)
Before you run out and buy the GBA version of The Sims expecting the console or PC version in tiny form, be warned: It's quite a different but still pleasant little slice of alterna-life.
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Game Boy AdvanceGameSpy (Dec 29, 2003)
Although it isn't the truest of version of The Sims, Bustin' Out for GBA is a great game that will keep you glued to your system for at least fifteen hours. If you opt to do more than just complete the scripted events, you can get at least three times the gameplay. Seeing through every relationship and collecting every item adds a considerable amount of gameplay time. Whether you choose to go short or long, Bustin' Out is a fine choice for gamers looking for a simple and well-made game.
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N-GageGameZone (Jul 26, 2004)
I honestly had a good time while playing The Sims Bustin' Out. I never was really big on the Sim games for the PC, but this game adds some adventure settings, which makes it really fun to play. If you are a fan of the Sims franchise I highly suggestion picking up this game so you can play it on the go.
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Game Boy AdvanceGaming Age (Jan 04, 2004)
Sims Bustin' Out on GBA can be best described as the first Sims RPG. It's a great title to play at home or on the road and takes the game in a brand new direction. The simplified gameplay may turn off big Sim fans, but the new gameplay should keep most players in a good mood.
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Game Boy AdvanceWorth Playing (Dec 30, 2003)
The Sims: Bustin' Out on the GBA is an interesting, fresh take on The Sims franchise. Sims fans will likely find themselves uncomfortable with the way the game plays, since it is more like Animal Crossing, or Shenmue without the battles, than The Sims, but don't let that stop you from giving this game a try. I must point out that it is not meant to be played for long periods of time; it's obviously been crafted from the ground up with the handheld format in mind. If you frequently find yourself with just a little bit of extra time on your hands, this is the game to play.
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Game Boy AdvanceGamingExcellence (Nov 05, 2005)
Overall the game is entertaining and just different enough from the PC versions of the game that it is worth playing. Although once all the levels or tasks have been completed the game does loose some value. One could create a new Sim and start over, but the tasks will seem pointless and very repetitive. Continuing with the Sim the user has completed the levels with makes the game the same as its PC versions, and one could say it really limits the replay value. For something a little bit different and for a new challenge with the Sims, The Sims Bustin' Out is a solid GBA release.
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N-GageGameSpot (Jun 08, 2004)
Fans who know The Sims through their PC exploits may be disappointed by the significantly more-straightforward path that The Sims Bustin' Out follows, but what's here is pretty engaging. It's pretty low-key and doesn't rely on a lot of twitchy-action gameplay mechanics, which is perfect for the N-Gage. Certain aspects of the gameplay can become a little tedious over time, and the game could've benefited from a slightly cleaner presentation, but there's really nothing like it on the N-Gage, and it's still good fun, despite its shortcomings.
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Game Boy AdvanceJeuxvideo.com (Dec 18, 2003)
Pour sa première apparition sur GBA, Les Sims fait bonne impression. Malgré une linéarité évidente, un semblant de lassitude après quelques heures de jeu ou un mode multi qui n'apporte rien, le titre est original et fort plaisant. Plusieurs mini-jeux viennent renforcer ce sentiment (même si quelques-uns manquent de maniabilité) et alors qu'on aura du mal à revenir au soft une fois terminé, force est de constater que le premier contact s'avère assez réussi.
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N-GageJeuxvideo.com (Jun 03, 2004)
Alors que Les Sims 2 approchent à grands pas, la N-Gage se dote enfin de sa version du jeu ! Bien que le titre soit agréable et sympathique, on se dit aussi que Nokia devrait changer de stratégie commerciale et arrêter de proposer les mêmes titres que les autres consoles (en l'occurrence que la GBA) six mois après. Ce n'est pas forcément ainsi que la N-Gage élargira sa cible de gamers.
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N-GageIGN (Aug 13, 2004)
Still slightly marred by chunky horizontal-scrolling issues, the game remains fun and is a really easy one to pick-up, understand and play through. And since the game isn't action-heavy it's really easy for us to overlook the occasionally drop in frame-rate. The added bonus is that the game is ideal for the on-the-go-playing-with-the-phone-on-the-subway gamer. You can play it for a few minutes, quickly turn it off (the game won't reset until you turn off the phone) and pick up from where you left off.
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Game Boy AdvanceGamekult (Jan 08, 2004)
Doté d'une réalisation graphique en 3D isométrique agréable, ce Les Sims : Permis de Sortir est donc une adaptation fort honnête de la série. Peut-être un peu moins riche sur la longueur que les autres versions puisqu'il est assez épineux de sortir une myriade d'add-on sur cartouches, ce titre est aussi un peu moins soporifique au premier abord et devrait bien remplir son rôle auprès des fans de la série les plus nomades.
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Game Boy AdvanceUOL Jogos (Jan 23, 2004)
Se você não se importa de viver sem a modalidade de simulação e a pequena duração do título, "Bustin' Out" para GBA é uma boa maneira de descobrir o que encantou tanta gente em "Animal Crossing" e "Harvest Moon".
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N-GageGameSpy (Jun 07, 2004)
All is not perfect in Bustin' Out though, because while you'll never run out of things to do, you'll likely run out of patience for those things before too long. The joy of open-ended gameplay usually means that you can pick what you want to do and what you want to avoid. In The Sims: Bustin' Out, you have to juggle so many tasks instead of just being able to focus on the ones that you find the most compelling. It's this fault that keeps this very good game from being a great game.