Hardcore fans of the Sims series might want to check out this deal being offered by Coolshop. For £9.99 you can get your hands on MySims Kingdoms which is a great deal given that the next cheapest price will set you back £14.99.
However anyone who has only mild enthusiasm towards the Sims series may not find much to celebrate with this - as Gamespot describe it - ‘unremarkable sequel’. Although described by developers as ‘new’, the gameplay of MySims Kingdoms does not depart from its predecessor significantly enough to be called original.
In terms of story, things are initiated when you return home from some trip and discover that half of the town’s architecture has mysteriously vanished. The game becomes a quest to restore things back to their former glory and, as you would expect, sets in motion a variety of mini-games.
The mini-games are a lot of fun when you get into them, but initial progress is slow and consists of a confusing series of item collections. Things are made worse by the fact the game gives you very little direction to begin with, but things do improve when you get over this frustrating introduction.
In terms of controls these are very well adapted to DS and the controls, on the whole, allow the mini-games to be carried out with no significant problems. The player is even given a choice as to whether they want to play using the touch screen or the D-pad.
Graphically MySims Kingdoms remains as it has always been in the Sims series with no significant visual innovations. Overall, fans of the Sims will get some fun and entertainment out Kingdoms. However, according to the reviews, with next to no real innovation, this sequel is a bit of a let down.