We only get one kick at the can, but few of us live our lives to the fullest extent. The Sims 3 World Adventures presents life the way it’s meant to be lived: From day to day, with good friends, and with more than a few weekends spent horsing around the Pyramids or the Eiffel Tower. But while The Sims 3 World Adventures looks deep into the souls of those afflicted by wanderlust and projects their every wish, the game’s presentation is pretty standard Sims stuff, and doesn’t feel very exotic.
You begin The Sims 3 World Adventures by crafting your very own virtual person. Or, if you like, you can import a previously-made Sim from The Sims 3 for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Either way, your goal is familiar: You must keep your Sim happy and content by feeding it, grooming it, helping it to land a job, and holding its hand while it uses the toilet.
See the world’s biggest floating mime!
This particular version of Sims 3 has a small twist, however. Hint: It has to do with the “World Adventures” subtitle. Your Sim has an innate desire to ramble, and you must help it make excursions around the globe. Destinations include Egypt, France, and China.
Though your Sim can park itself abroad for a considerable amount of time, its early trips will almost certainly be bite-sized weekend affairs until it builds a career beyond “cash register monkey.” As a result, you’ll probably feel compelled to squeeze every minute of fun out of your Sim’s jaunt. When your Sim is on a trip, it’ll think of various wishes it’d like to fulfill, which land you with the responsibility of making it happen. Your Sim might want to collect an exotic recipe, buy furniture, harvest a native plant, or make a foreign friend laugh.
Good luck getting that bullwhip through airport security, Dr. Jones.
Despite the game’s interesting surroundings, there’s little about The Sims 3 World Adventures that makes the game as exciting as actually flying around the world. Characters still babble in lovable but familiar Simlish. Your Sim will still throw a tantrum about using the toilet when you want to go and see the Sphinx. And even though your Sim might wander off the path well-traveled by tourists (ours found the entrance to some undiscovered ruins, netting some cool reward cash), you’re informed of these side trips through a text message, not through any kind of visuals.
The Sims 3 World Adventures has a few intriguing ideas, but they’re half-baked. There is, for instance, an air sickness minigame that involves keeping the picture in focus while the plane is in flight. If you manage to keep things clear by using the iPhone’s tilt function, your Sim will arrive at its destination as fresh as a daisy. If you screw up– and it’s very easy to screw up– your Sim will be a pukey, grumpy mess and you’ll waste a lot of time getting it cleaned up and into bed. If time is tight and you’re due back at your job, disaster is inevitable.
The Sims 3 World Adventures is undeniably a strong game, but that’s primarily owed to its pedigree. It’s hard to avoid becoming engrossed in any kind of Sims adventure. If you’re aching to see how your Sim might react to visiting the Pyramids, go for The Sims 3 World Adventures. Otherwise, stay home and order in some Chinese food.