This is a great game that deserves your worthwhile

User Rating: 9 | The Sims Bustin' Out GBA
"The Sims Bustin' Out" is a role-playing game that steers away from previous installment's sense of game play. Instead of directing your sim around using a cursor, you are directly controlling your sim. Oh yeah. If you are unfamiliar with The Sims, The Sims is a game where you create a virtual male or female and carry out their lives, with things always going on. Bustin' Out changes a little of the experience by allowing you to step out of your house and step into the town otherwise known as SimValley.

The game starts off with you moving into your Uncle's farm. The living quarters you are directed to is poor and the first thing that will probably cross your mind is to move out of there quickly, because a barn is not a nice place to live in. Your Uncle starts you off by running errands that have you get familiarized with the town, or at least the part of town you are limited to. You meet some of your fellow sim friends and some you will need to be acquaintances with. Once you finally move out of your Uncle’s barn and get a little more popular, it is evident that something bad is happening to SimValley.

The graphics for this game are good, but of course, we have seen better for the Game Boy Advance. The game is very colorful, which suits the feel the game is going for. Other Sims in the game have their own personalities and they look very different from one another.

The sound in this game features the usual upbeat, ambient techno music. You either like it or you don’t like it. It is good quality, but as you could expect from a GBA game, it isn’t perfect. Sims speak in their own little language called “Simlish”, which sounds like sophisticated gibberish. Every voice clip of Simlish is directly lifted from the console versions, so you are not getting much variety. Most sound effects are also lifted straight from the console versions.

Game play in this game is my favorite part. This game is very enjoyable to play, because the free play style is very fun. The interface is a little boring and could’ve been a little more creative, but this isn’t anything to complain about. Controls are smooth and translating a PC game with many buttons to the GBA which has the A and B buttons worked well. Like any Sim game, you can spice up your home with furniture, which is nice because it allows you to get a little creative. In fact, all the creativity the game throws at you makes this a very enjoyable game to play.

This game will last a very long time, because after finishing all the missions, there are still friends to make, skills to earn, promotions to achieve, and so forth. There is a lot of replay value, especially if you are interacting with the GameCube version of Bustin’ Out. There are so many things to do in this game that I highly doubt you will get bored of the game quickly. The price tag is not expensive; remind you, this game is two years old prior to writing this review.

I had a really fun time with this game and I predict you will too. Overall, this is a great game that deserves your worthwhile