Everybody’s heard of The Sims, right? Ever since the game was introduced for the PC, numerous expansion packs have been released, each expanding the Sim universe a little more. It only makes sense that when a Game Boy Advance version is finally available, a character would have full use of an entire Sim town. The most interesting aspect of The Sims: Bustin’ Out, however, is that the main objectives of the computer game have been changed almost beyond recognition.
If I were to open my PC version of The Sims, the neighborhoods displayed would almost resemble a time capsule. Families consisting of my friends and I, various former crushes and I, Sim men named after politicians, porn starts, and the like.. the fun of creating and building a household was pretty much the only worthwhile part of the game. However, in the GBA game, you can only create and control one character at a time. The houses are already built for you, and you must progress from house to house by level, eliminating all choice.
The main focus of the game is achieving goals. There are six goals per level, each requiring the fulfillment of a few simple tasks. The point of this game is not so much to challenge yourself but to have fun. This is easy to do, with a nice array of money-making minigames and fun people to talk to. Balancing a Sim’s basic needs is much less of a hassle than in the computer game, as well, which is a plus.
I would recommend this game simply because it’s fun. It’s a great way to kill time, whether that time be a study hall, long car ride, or plane trip. And, as a casual gamer, what more can I ask for?