Released for the Nintendo Wii in 2007 (shortly followed by a PC version), MySims
is a Spinoff
of The Sims
that takes a drastic departure from the usual series: Everything is extremely cute
and you can't kill Sims anymore
. The game is bright, cheerful, and rather Animesque
. Instead of managing the life of a wide variety of Sims, you create a single character and take care of the whole town. You decide who gets to move into the town, you build their house for them, and you even build furniture. The Sims that you can move in fall into two categories: normal citizens ("townies") and Sims with businesses ("Com Sims"). The former are there to add a bit of color to the town, while the latter will give you several missions where you must build them specific pieces of furniture using "Essences" that make the item appeal to a certain type of Sim.
The six interests are Cute, Fun, Geeky, Spooky, Studious, and Tasty, and every Sims has a favorite interest, a second-favorite, and one interest they despise
This game also spawned a DS version that plays differently, as well as spinoff sequels such as MySims Racing
, MySims Party
, MySims Kingdom
, MySims Agents
and MySims SkyHeroes
This video game provides examples of:
- The Ace: The Player Character.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Summer or Liberty, depending on who gets to be Travis's date to the prom in Kingdom. Linda also has feelings for Trevor in the same game and Chaz for Summer in Agents.
- An Interior Designer Is You: Arguably the whole point of the original and Kingdom, and also a feature in the Player Headquarters of Agents.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: There are two major categories of rewards in this game: blueprints to build more stuff, and more clothes/hair to further customize your character.
- Artifact of Doom: The Crown of Nightmares.
- Attending Your Own Funeral: In MySims Kingdom, Dr. F delivers a eulogy for the brave sacrifice of astronaut Vic Vector. During the celebration of the forthcoming rocket launch. Whilst Vic is standing next to him. EAT YOUR GRIEF SANDWICHES!
- Betty and Veronica: Liberty and Summer in Kingdom.
- Book Worm: Elmira and Gordon more than any other.
- Breakout Character: Buddy goes from working as a bellhop in the first game to the Player's sidekick in later installments.
- Bribing Your Way to Victory: The only way to progress is to give tons of free stuff to the citizens. So basically, the entire game is Bribing to Victory.
- Call Back / Continuity Nod: In SkyHeroes, Violet mentions Cutopia and Spookane - islands from Kingdom.
- Candy decides she wants a concert on the moon in Kingdom. This becomes her dispatch mission.
- Buddy says Lindsay is very familiar in Agents, nodding to her role as a major sidekick in Kingdom.
- Sapphire's dispatch mission has the drink 'Red Buddy' end with Bellhop and Royal Messenger flavours - Buddy's previous jobs.
- In the time travel dispatch mission in Agents, Rosalyn sees a parallel universe where she is the mayor of a town and wants people to come to it. Wait... wasn't that her role in the first game?
- Cannot Spit It Out: Liberty and Summer to Travis in Kingdom. Presumably Chaz to Summer in Agents.
- The Caretaker: Violet, the older sister of the overly energetic Poppy, is rather protective of her despite their wide gap in tastes (Violet, a goth, loves Spooky and hates Cute. Poppy's the exact opposite)
- Caustic Critic: Gordon, especially where Trevor's work is involved.
- Color-Coded Stones: The six Interests - Fun, Tasty, Geeky, Cute, Studious, and Spooky - each have a related gem-themed Essence. There’s yellow Topaz for Fun, orange Amber for Tasty, blue Sapphire for Geeky, pink Garnet (a notably rare color for this particular gem) for Cute, green Jade for Studious, and purple Amethyst for Spooky.
- Cosmetic Award: After getting your town up to a 5-star rating, you view the credits and receive a blueprint for a Town Monument.
- Cute Ghost Girl: Cassandra.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Lyndsay.
- Darker and Edgier: Agents and SkyHeroes.
- Delinquents: Chaz; it gets him immediately suspected of trashing the classroom in Kingdom.
- Design It Yourself Equipment: All houses come with a few pieces of furniture. You are tasked to make everything else. Many houses don't even have basic objects like beds.
- Disappeared Dad: Though Daniel's mother, Beverly appears in Cutopia, there's nothing of his father.
- Missing Mom: Princess Butter's mother also doesn't make an appearance.
- Distaff Counterpart: Proto-Makoto is this to Tobor.
- Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: Dr. F's Zap-O-Tron.
- Dying Town: The entire population of the town when you arrive is six: Yourself, the mayor, the above-mentioned Poppy and Violet, a trucker named Patrick, and Buddy, the hotel bellhop.
- Elemental Crafting: You could say that the six Interests are "elements" and the specific types of them are your materials.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Princess Butter. Though YMMV regarding this.
- Exclusive Enemy Equipment: Averted; the Com Sims wear special hair/clothing, but it's unlocked for you if you give them enough stuff (see Bribing Your Way to Victory, above)
- Expy / Shout-Out: The versions of Vic Vector and Rosalyn Marshall in Agents are pretty clearly parodying Mulder and Scully of The X-Files.
- Fangirl: Jenny is obssesed with Starcruiser X (of Star Trek), is the president of five fan clubs, and enjoys writing fanfiction about it.
- Featureless Protagonist: The Player Character. The option of picking gender came in after the first game.
- Five-Man Band: The Uber Sims maybe
- Fluorescent Footprints
- Foreshadowing: King Roland mentions elves, who could get Princess Butter a unicorn when she loses the contest at the beginning of Kingdom. About halfway through the game, the Player can visit the Forest of the Elves, which also has unicorns.
- Fractured Fairy Tale: Kingdom has elements of this.
- Gamer Chick: Jenny loves to visit the arcade and is in seven video game clans.
- Genre Savvy: In Agents, Jenny is able to pick up that Evelyn's case preludes a bigger adventure.
- Also in Agents, Buddy suggests they wait for someone to scream to guide them in the right direction once the Player reaches the Industrial Sector. It works.
- Girl in the Tower: Violet briefly becomes this in Kingdom thanks to the Duchess of Cutopia. The Player Character must free her by distracting a guard and rebuilding the stairs. Played with in that she takes a liking to the tower itself and later refurbishes it.
- Hellish Pupils: Crystal. The Player Character can have them.
- Heroic Mime: The Player Character in the original, Party and Kingdom.
- High School Dance: At the Royal Academy.
- Hulk Speak: Gonk in MySims Kingdom.
- Identity Amnesia: Not only does your character loose her/his memory in MySims SkyHeroes after being shot down before the events of the game, but Paul gets amnesia after turning into a yeti in MySims Agents and Sir Charles lost all his memories in MySims Racing after being shot down by Morcubus. Fortunately, all three of these characters regain there memories (you after dreaming of being shot down by your new boss, Paul after getting help from some secret agents and Sir Charles after being hit on the head by a coconut).
- Instant Fan Club: DJ Candy in Kingdom and Agents, Chaz gains one in the latter.
- Kid Detective: Presumably, the Player falls into this.
- Kissing Cousins: In Agents, Makoto says that she needs a date for the prom, or else she'll have to go with her cousin, T.O.B.O.R! (Keep in mind that they're robots.)
- Kleptomaniac Hero: If you can collect it, it's an Essence you can smear all over furniture.
- Light Is Not Good: The island of Cutopia in Kingdom.
- Limited Wardrobe: Some Sim; Candy has been in all the games so far, and only gained a new outfit with SkyHeroes.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: The hardest decision you have to make in this game is who to move in, as you have only about 20 spots for houses but around 100 different citizens.
- As of the release of Sky Heroes there have been a grand total of 170 Sims in Console, DS, PC and Mobile versions.
- Loads and Loads of Loading: Quite possibly the original game's biggest flaw. It takes an eternity to get going, and you're greeted with more loading every time you enter a house/cave, leave one, or go to a new region of the map.
- Luckily fixed in Kingdom, it only loads with a "traditional" loading screen when you edit your character, and the islands are loaded with cutscenes. The entirety of an island is loaded at once, including the insides of buildings, reducing the only waits to the original load-up and character editing.
- Love Triangle: Travis, Summer and Liberty in Kingdom. Chaz, Summer and Luke in Agents.
- Macguffin Delivery Service: In Agents, this is how Morcubus gets his hands on the Nightmare Crown at the very end.
- Noodle Incident: If you assign Rosalyn to the "F, Robot" dispatch mission (in Agents), she will mention government agents cleaning up Dr. F's experiments. She mentions a cybernetic hippo and don't get her started on the trans-dimensional pudding incident...
- Oblivious to Love; Travis.
- Obviously Evil: Morcubus. He tried to steal Poppy's dog just for entertainment.
- Esma. Not only is she Morcubus's right-hand man (and refers to other people as "peons"), it is implied that she gave Brandi that eyepatch.
- Official Couple: Violet and Lord Daniel. Liberty or Summer and Travis, depending on who the player tells Travis to ask to the prom.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Travis, Summer, Liberty and Chaz in Kingdom. Several other characters are the right age to be so.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Cassandra; she only scares people for amusement and she's actually nice.
- Player Headquarters: You get your own house very early on that you can deck out with all the stuff you make that you don't want to give away. You also get a Workshop, but you don't really go inside: Instead entering takes you to the Build Screen for furniture.
- Also, in MySims Agents, you get a headquarters in name, as well as function. Here's where a good part of the plot happens, and you go everywhere from here. Also, this is where your recruits hang out when you haven't sent them on missions.
- Posthumous Character: Cyrus Boudreaux.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Hair, at least, in Butter's case.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Wolfah.
- As well as the animals in Renee's Reserve, the bunnies on Cutopia and Elmira's pigs.
- Sdrawkcab Name: Tobor, the robot.
- Shout-Out: More present in the later titles, but plenty throughout.
- In Agents, when meeting Dr. F, He will say "It's dangerous to go alone! Take this," then will give you the magnifying glass upgrade.note
- In the above mentioned game, examining a certain pipe in the Industrial District Sewers gives us this gem: " I hope nothing comes spilling out of this sewer pipe. I wonder if there are any turtles living in there?
- SkyHeroes has some rather...interesting lines. Candy referring to her team as a Power Trio may be coincidence, but then we have the chapter title Powered Up by Phlebotinum and one character remarking on your Crowning Moment of Awesome...has someone on the MySims team been hitting the TV Tropes page?
- If you send Marlon on the High School Yearbook mission in Agents he will comment that young wizards have to go to a different school via train and that things are always trying to kill them. I wonder why that sounds so familiar...
- In MySims Classic, Vic Vector makes obvious references to World of Warcraft, which includes, bind-on-pickup items, Items that are not suited for Vic's "class", and the trope goes Up to Eleven when an epic mount is mentioned.
- In Kingdom, there is a scroll entitled "Solid Gears of Metal."
- Dr. F's friendly, reasonably malfunctioning, but there to help you when you need it robot, Tobor.
- In Agents, Vic Vector is a government agent obsessed with finding evidence of the paranormal in even the most apparently straightforward of cases, and Rosalyn Marshall is his by the book partner who tries to reign him in while remaining staunchly sceptical even in the face of some pretty compelling evidence. There's even spooky theremin music playing in the background during their first case with the player. Sound familiar?
- Starcruiser X, Jenny's beloved TV show and the source material for her fan fiction. Even comes complete with Large Ham captain, judging by the quotes Jenny comes out with.
- Sending Lindsay out on the last dispatch mission causes her to say "Why did it have to be snakes?".
- In the Candypaluna Dispatch mission, DJ Candy mentions that they found a mysterious black monolith under the surface.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Cutesy Cheerful Child Poppy and Gloomy Goth Girl Violet.
- Speaking Simlish: As this is a spinoff of the Sims series, it uses Simlish, the language that is widely used in the Sims series.
- Spoiled Brat: Despite her name Princess Butter is anything but sweet. She expects everything in life to be handed to her and is extremely angry when she comes in third place in the Wandolier contest.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Violet and Daniel in Kingdom. It eventually works out.
- Sugar Bowl: The series is very much Lighter and Softer than classic Sims and even the darkest landscapes or situations adhere tightly to the Rule of Fun and the Rule of Funny.
- Supreme Chef: Chef Gino, the very first character you will have the opportunity to move into town, is one of these. According to the Relationship Book in the menu, the Townie Maria is also a Supreme Chef.
- Training Dummy: Master Aran the karate master has you make a bunch of these for him.
- Two Girls and a Guy: Candy, Sapphire and Zack are always together.
- Video Game Caring Potential: It's easy to get attached to these little guys. Everyone has a favorite.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: You can't kill them, but you can take all their stuff and then kick them out of town. To get 100% you need to do this: Become "best friends" with someone by giving them stuff, receive the reward (either an outfit or a new blueprint) and then boot them and invite someone else, to get his best friend reward, and so on.
- Of course, once you've done that you can just move your favorites back in.
- Or, if you know who you want, plan it out so that you save your favorites for last.
- What Could Have Been: There are several characters that have been removed from games or scrapped altogether.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pinky, Tim. Alexa has purple. Some styles allow this for the Player.
- You Require More Vespene Gas: You'll need to go looking for Essences if you want to get anything done: Aside from an introductory mission where you build a chair, you always need to include Essences to make a piece of furniture satisfactory.