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  • Summary: Urbz aren't typical Sims; they have a completely new look, attitude and outlook on life. Roaming through the rough-and-tumble city streets, Urbz are all about their friends, their pets and building their reputation. This highly-anticipated title benefits from the unique Nintendo DS capabilities by offering players a touch-screen input and a multitude of in-game features that are not available in any other version of the game. Exclusive features for the Nintendo DS include 24 objects, a unique touch-screen menu system, 5 minigames, 7 characters and 5 pet species that players can create with the special in-game ?gene manipulator?. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. The superior writing of The Urbz makes it far better than its predecessor "Bustin' Out." There aren't many handheld titles this solid. [Feb 2005, p.113]
  2. For a handheld like the DS this is the perfect little obsessive compulsive game to keep you occupied for five minutes while you wait for a table, or as a game your girlfriend can swipe from you and figure out that touching is good.
  3. It’s a rare occurrence for me to become totally engrossed by a videogame, but this one had me captivated from the get-go.
  4. I was apprehensive when I first started playing this title. The complexity was a turn off at first, but I learned my way around the game in no time. The subtle approach that the storyline takes will ease you in.
  5. The various drives and needs are back and rather than be an engrossing part of the overall gameplay they're just a pain in the ass.
  6. The constant need to micromanage my character was a huge turn off, and EA's horrible use of the touch screen doesn't help this title achieve greatness.
  7. 40
    A perfect example of what lazy game publishers will urge their developers to crank out in order to make a profit at a system's launch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. ShanellG.
    Jul 24, 2005
    This is the BEST one i have ever played and i only have two best ones wario touched and THIS !!!
  2. NatashaG.
    Jul 31, 2005
    This is the BEST game I have ever played I have played lots of games I thought that it was going to be a bad game but is cool.
  3. LauraM.
    Dec 9, 2007
    It is a trill packed game with lots of interesting things to do and also has funpacked mini games.
  4. EvanM.
    Jan 29, 2005
    This is a challengingly fun DS game!
  5. ValerieB
    Mar 23, 2008
    This game was a greatt game. It was fun. I completed the first 5 missions in a few days because it was all I played. The "S" mission is hard at the end to get through the shocking bars when you are the pet. The artsies mission is hard too. This was a very good game but it was a bit to much like the GBA version. There was only one new game (The sushi one) and there were only a few new characters (Mokey, and Shannon, and Jack and a few others) and there wen't new building and not many new goals (if any). I do wish it had a wireless connection though. For a 2004 game when the DS first came out, this was a very good game. Expand
  6. Sharne
    Jul 7, 2005
    I thought this game was Very Good. It took me around 3 months to complete. My Mate even enjoyed playing mine so much that she got her own DS so she could play the game!!! I think it was a great piece of work by the people at EA Games. THANKS !! xx Expand
  7. JakeM.
    Feb 6, 2005
    I have played this on my DS and think it does not sure the full capabilities of the DS. The graphics could be far better and you hardly ever use the touchscreen which is a big dssappoinment, i thought that the DS was to go where no other portable system had gone before, so why ruin it with making games that are just like the Game Boy Advance games. Could of been alot better, but this is still a fun and addictive game to play. Expand

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