When Homer Simpson uttered the immortal words "That wasn't part of our deal, Blackheart! That wasn't part!" he may have been talking about Bart apparently being kidnapped by an evil ivory dealer. However, he might also have been talking about me being forced to review MySims, with the part of the cruel ivory dealer being taken by the draconian Steve Hogarty. The Sims wasn't casual enough for a Wii/DS audience apparently, so EA have created a spin-off series that ramps up the cuteness levels and turns everyone's favourite wall-'em-up into a twee sandbox game, where you can build houses and objects using a Spore-esque creation utility, all with the goal of making your town 'the place to be'.
As a game aimed at children, it provides more than enough content to keep creative youngsters quietly occupied for hours, which will be pleasing news to beleaguered parents everywhere. Just plonk the sprogs in front of this at Christmas and you can enjoy getting lightly toasted while they attach flamingos to the front of their first house.
Adults will probably want to steer well clear, of course, unless supervising said youngsters when they venture online to meet other players, whereby they can share created objects and play games like Hide and Seek. This is probably one of the best child-only games we've seen - after all, it isn't just a badly disguised platform yawnfest with a superhero plastered on the box -this will genuinely engage the creative side of a child. Just knock 30 off the score if you aren't in primary school.
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP