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MySims Kingdom Review

No more building Mario wardrobes, we're afraid...

MySims is dead. Long live MySims Kingdom. Just a year after the excellent MySims hit Nintendo consoles, EA has ripped the whole thing up and started again. Rather than being an Animal Crossing-style socialising sim, MySims Kingdom is now an adventure game.

This does mean we have to enter a short period of mourning for the Workshop - the place where you could let your imagination run wild and build anything you like. For many, this was what made the game stand out from everything else but it's gone and although you can still build things, this time you're doing it to help people with their problems on the Kingdom's various islands.

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Yet EA hasn't killed off everything from the first game and when you land at Cowboy Junction you'll be greeted by a familiar face: Gino the chef. He wants to take you on his famous pizza tour but his tomatoes are dead, the cow's pen has been destroyed and a thief has stolen his lucky horseshoe. Reviving the tomatoes is a bit puzzling as you'll need to build a water station, then fix some pipes and sprinklers to it. But before you begin a task you need to unlock a scroll power with essences. To do this, you'll need to pull up weeds, shake trees and mine for metals. This also gives you a chance to explore the beautiful island.

King For A Day

Each island is stunning and is filled with great characters and its own little story. Gino is desperate for no one to learn that his pizza making skills are thanks to his lucky horseshoe and it's amusing to watch the expression on his face turn from joy to woe as you complete a task only for him to find out that something else has gone wrong. Once you've completed Cowboy Junction you'll leave with a big smile on your face as Gino throws a big party. It's actually a bit of a wrench to leave but there are new places to explore, new friends to meet and things to build.

In the nature level for example, your first task is to build the new visitor centre. While you can't create anything from scratch you can still be creative. After you've dropped basic blocks you can add windows, doors, chimneys and give the property a lick of paint. Next you can plant trees, sunflowers and roses before getting to work on the inside, placing your furniture and putting up pictures. The construction tools are not as expansive as in the previous game but you can still build a property that's very much your own.

Unfortunately, as soon as you land on Rocket Reef you'll realise that the variety of locations isn't matched by the variety of tasks on offer, as you're asked to collect robot parts. This would be okay if you hadn't already collected bandanas on Cowboy Junction and crab keys on the Nature Reserve. Each island's various mishaps will require you to collect stuff, build something or fix pipes to solve a puzzle, all of which demand that you mine, metal detect and fish to collect essences.

While the tasks do get more complicated a lot of the puzzles are easily solved with trial and error.

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Like a lot of games these days, MySims Kingdom is all about the experience and it takes you on a charming journey where you get to meet and greet some brilliant characters. Yet, as an adventure, MySims is now in the company of the best that Wii has to offer and it just can't live with the likes of Galaxy and Twilight Princess. Still, provided you have some heart, this Kingdom packs more than enough personality to make it well worth a visit.

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  1. hulkbuster Friday 31st Oct 2008 at 17:15

    :lol: ....NOOBY SKOOK :!: are you NARTHLY NIBB :?: :D :D :D .

  2. princesspeachy Friday 31st Oct 2008 at 17:27

    :lol: ....NOOBY SKOOK :!: are you NARTHLY NIBB :?: :D :D :D .

    Okay... :)

    What a good game. Never played the original on Wii, but I love the design and the storyline. Much cuter and more fun than regular sims methinks.

  3. Callum D Friday 31st Oct 2008 at 17:29

    What's better though? My Sims or My Sims kingdom? I've got My Sims though it was good it good it got really boring.

  4. JohnWilliam Friday 31st Oct 2008 at 17:33

    I won't buy this since I bought the first and hated it.

  5. noodle link Friday 31st Oct 2008 at 19:12

    if they let us build what we want and build stuff for the tasks, that would make this have a gold award.

    the first rocked, if you had imagination that is (i certainly do)

  6. Super_Sonic96 Saturday 1st Nov 2008 at 07:01

    To JohnWilliam

    I have recently recieved your comment
    about your unnecassery hate to My Sims,
    due to this unprecedented event I have
    had to take actions, so I am afraid I
    have written up a note to tell you how I
    feel. Here it is---*******************
    *******************
    *******************
    Your Sincerely
    Super_Sonic96

  7. adamwalker222 Saturday 1st Nov 2008 at 21:22

    hmm
    dunno

    I will buy this me thinks
    but will there be a proper sequel not like kingdom
    is this more of a spin off?

  8. adamwalker222 Saturday 1st Nov 2008 at 21:22

    hmm
    dunno

    I will buy this me thinks
    but will there be a proper sequel not like kingdom
    is this more of a spin off?

  9. YoshiLimbo Saturday 1st Nov 2008 at 21:35

    All those glitches in the orginal are gone. Its more of an adeventure game now. 90%. Better than the first

  10. Ubahquiet Sunday 2nd Nov 2008 at 14:38

    After the first got too high of a score, I'm a bit unwilling to try this second one...

  11. PsychoPikmin Sunday 2nd Nov 2008 at 17:47

    My brother just got this and is savagely attacking a tree.

  12. GamerKid Monday 3rd Nov 2008 at 14:06

    To JohnWilliam

    I have recently recieved your comment
    about your unnecassery hate to My Sims,
    due to this unprecedented event I have
    had to take actions, so I am afraid I
    have written up a note to tell you how I
    feel. Here it is---*******************
    *******************
    *******************
    Your Sincerely
    Super_Sonic96


    lol

    seriously mysims is crap

  13. eb264 Tuesday 4th Nov 2008 at 21:08

    All those glitches in the orginal are gone. Its more of an adeventure game now. 90%. Better than the first

    does that mean the annoying sound i got out of my wii from the game loading constantly and the occasional lag is gone? if so, i've found a new home!!

  14. PrincessMango Thursday 6th Nov 2008 at 21:02

    Wow, MySims Kingdom looks a lot different from MySims. But, it's still probably got the same game concept. Too bad about the DS version; it still looks as crap as MySims. :evil:

  15. gamingprincess Saturday 8th Nov 2008 at 18:46

    :roll: I will buy this but not until i finish the first and and not until it goes down in price.

  16. Jangcrow Sunday 9th Nov 2008 at 20:31

    Im a bit sad about them taking away the creation feature, in the old one i made some great nintendo themed stuff espically my Mudkip, Treeko and Torchic arcade machines, they are reaully good wish i had a screenshot.

  17. cpt man Tuesday 18th Nov 2008 at 19:45

    the first one sucked soon as u got the the town of my town too 5 or 4 stars cant remember havnt played in a while any way im syaing the first one sucked well becuz emmm its plain thats just it so im saying that if maxis dont get this one wright well ther probly out of a job (onless sims tree comes out sone)

    p.s is the game out yet

  18. JohnWilliam Monday 24th Nov 2008 at 13:48

    To JohnWilliam

    I have recently recieved your comment
    about your unnecassery hate to My Sims,
    due to this unprecedented event I have
    had to take actions, so I am afraid I
    have written up a note to tell you how I
    feel. Here it is---*******************
    *******************
    *******************
    Your Sincerely
    Super_Sonic96

    Ah shut-up.

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