MySims Agents (Wii)

Common Sense Media says

Best MySims yet, with secret agent vibe, cool spy gadgets.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game teaches you that if you use your mind to think logically about the clues and while playing the minigames, you can solve mysteries and succeed.

Positive role models

Your character is the brains of the Sims Protection Agency. While other characters can be rude or get snarky, you always remain professional and figure out clever ways to find clues. Many of the mysteries that you solve help other people who have been wronged. At times, your snooping methods can become questionable like when you hack into a computer, or spy on the mayor to obtain the codes to unlock his personal safe.

Violence & scariness

There is some slapstick style humor and comic mischief in the form of characters slapping each other or falling off treadmills, but no one is ever hurt.

Language

Over-the-top phrases like "Holy Mohawk" can be heard, which are meant to create humor. There is a little name-calling by disgruntled characters, but it is mild.

Consumerism
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that MySims Agents is a detective adventure where you become a special agent tasked with solving a series of entwined mysteries. Kids must use their wits to solve the mysteries and win the minigames that are educationally challenging. With nifty spy gadgets, over-the-top characters to interrogate, and occasional slapstick humor, the game delivers gumshoe fun for all. This is a review of the Wii version, the DS game is a different game.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Calling all secret agents. MY SIMS AGENTS has an opening just for you. In this detective adventure, kids design their own avatar and then join the Sims Protection Agency to solve a series of interconnected mysteries happening in a cute little city and its surrounding areas. Most of the mysterious happenings involve the murky, manipulating Morcucorp and its CEO, Morcubus. To get to the bottom of what Morcubus is up to, you must interview the citizens of this world (Sims), search for clues using fantastic spy gadgets (which let you move heavy objects or follow footsteps on the ground), and play snooping minigames like hacking into a computer by using the Wii remote to navigate quickly through a maze. You will travel to remote locations, don disguises, navigate environmental puzzles which require jumping up into hard to reach places, and consult with teams of secret agents as they solve other mysteries throughout the city.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

MySims Agents is a fantastic mystery adventure for kids. The interconnected mysteries help to keep your interest as you explore an expanding world, which takes you all the way to the top of a ski mountain and then down into a spooky mansion. The characters are quirky and very amusing; you even get to meet a Yeti. The game does a good job of varying the gameplay by having you search of clues, but also turning some of your snooping into intellectually challenging minigames. For example, to analyze an object that you find, you play a minigame about arranging atoms in just the right order to form a molecule. You have to align the atoms so that they make the correct number of bonds. And because the gameplay is so varied, it will appeal to both girls and boys. Its got fun platform puzzling, logic challenges, decorating opportunities, and lots of opportunities to change your avatar's look to go undercover.

Since Sims don't talk (they speak in expressive gibberish), kids will spend a good part of the game reading the cheeky dialogue. The characters deliver just the right amount of snark to appeal to this age group. This is the best in the MySims series of games; and one of this year's best games on the Wii for kids.If your kids likes mysteries, they will love MySims Agents.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about avatars. In this game you can tweak you avatar in many ways including choosing the sound of their voice to deciding the color of their skin and everything inbetween. Why did you make the choices that you did? Did you change how your character looked during the game? Why?

  • This is a game that can easily be broken up into smaller parts by stopping at the end of a mystery. Did you set your own time limits this way? Is it hard for you to stop playing this game?

  • This is part of the very popular The Sims series of games from Electronic Arts -- just this version is geared to kids ages 8 to 12, rather than teens. What makes playing with little Sims so much fun? Why are they so endearing?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$50
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:September 29, 2009
Genre:Adventure
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo Wii)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byBooks rule November 30, 2011
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7
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Very fun!

I've always loved the my sims games, but this was one of my favorites. The minigames (way to fix things in this game) makes you think and get harder as you progress through the game. Another part that I liked is you can travel to different places. Also if you played other my sims games you know most of the characters. But in this game their different people with the same personality. I recommend this game!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old April 15, 2010
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8
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I love it

I think this game isn't bad for kids like me
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old March 27, 2010
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Hard To Fix

This was pretty good. Sometimes the puzzles can get challenging. The problem is sometimes they're too hard and then you end up stuck with something you can't get past. Right now I'm stuck on like my 4th mystery and I don't know how to get anywhere or do anything until I fix this speaker. Fixing is the hardest.

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