Video Game / The Urbz

The Urbz: Sims in the City (or simply known as The Urbz) is a Spin-Off title to the immensely popular people Simulation Game, The Sims.

Set after the events of The Sims Bustin' Out, the player controls an "Urb" (this game's version of a Sim) who have just moved out from their parent's home to Urbzville. Starting out as a nobody, our main character must explore the 9 different districts spread in the city, befriend the locals, and earn reputation points to climb up the social ladder. In addition to the usual gameplay of fulfilling the Urb's basic needs, the player must complete certain assignments, such as learning mini-game skills, mastering a job, defeating villains, using a Power Social, or otherwise fulfill various tasks from the town citizens to accomplish their goal.

There are two different versions of the game, released on console (Nintendo GameCube, PS2 and XBOX) and handheld (Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS).

The Urbz provides examples of the following tropes:

  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels: Gasoline Row depicts the biker culture, and the residents all look like members of a motorcycle gang. The district tagline is "bad girls and tough guys".
  • All There in the Manual: A lot of the characters' information are only mentioned on the game's (now defunct) official site. According to the page, the main character's "Official" name is Jayde.
  • Animesque: Neon East is clearly inspired by Japan's Anime culture, and is famous for the sushi bar and the bright neon colours of the residents' hair and clothes.
  • Bit Part Bad Guys: Urbzville has a crime problem, and it's being entirely caused by three unpleasant people. Each of these people will haunt three districts, mugging the locals, terrorizing them for kicks, and go after the player for as long as these thugs are around. They won't stop until a Power Social from the district is used on them, causing them to leave the area alone for good.
  • Celebrity Endorsement: The Black Eyed Peas provided a few of the game's soundtracks and their 5 members appear as residents of the district Cozmo Street.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: You can spend real-life hours in the clothing store or wardrobe to pick out new outfits, and no in-game time would have elapsed when you're done.
  • Coolest Club Ever: Each district has their own club, where all the residents go at night to party until the sun comes up. They all have furniture that is absolutely fantastic for fulfilling an Urb's needs, and only in these clubs will Darius give the player Power Socials. However, they're all guarded by a Bouncer to make sure uncool people (i.e. a player who doesn't have enough respect) can't gatecrash the place.
  • Dress Code: Actually enforced by the game mechanics. All districts have relationships with one another, and their residents act accordingly to those dressed in that district's style. Some districts are friendly to each other, such as Neon East people getting along with anyone from Cozmo Street. An Urb will have a harder time socializing if they're in the wrong clothes for the area; one example is a person dressed in Diamond Heights fashion, which is extremely expensive formal attire, trying to socialize in Gasoline Row or Central Station. The residents of both areas dislike people from Diamond Heights and will reject an Urb trying to socialize with them, and perform mean actions on anyone wearing such outfits.
  • Expy:
    • String Bean's character design is deliberately based off Dudley Landgraab's design from The Sims: Bustin' Out, which is a prequel to this game. His character's official Bio even mentions that he hates being called "Dudley".
    • Likewise, Venus Moonflower is very similar to Mimi Landgraab (also from Bustin' Out). Both ladies sport orangish-blonde Girlish Pigtails, are bubbly and free-spirited in personality, and loves pink. Their outfits are of a similar style as well.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The Simlish version of "Let's Get It Started" sounds more it's supposed to be the the original version, "Let's Get Retarded".
  • Life Simulation Game: Just like the original however it's more simplified due to a lack of dating, child-rearing, or aging.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: Mazuiko Jackson, which is fitting for a resident from the Anime-inspired district, Neon East.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Sophie and Babbette Coutre, a pair of twin celebrities from Diamond Heights, are quite obviously based on Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: Zigzagged. You can kiss characters however you can't date anyone or have Woo-Hoo.
  • Oddball in the Series: Contrasts with the main series with its stylistic art design, quicktime events, lack of romance, and characteristics - such as reputation and Celebrity Endorsement - that wouldn't reappear until The Sims 3.
  • The Quincy Punk: One of the villains, Urangoo McBain have a punk styled appearance and is known to be very violent and short-tempered.
  • Quirky Town: Urbzville, a small town divided into 9 districts of differing sub-cultures, each with its own unique style and quirks.
  • Repetitive Name: Loop D. Loop.
  • Skate Heaven Is a Place on Earth: Kicktail Park is THE skating district of Urbzville.
  • True Art Is Angsty: invoked Invoked in The Foundry, a district full of self-proclaimed artists who wear black/dark colours and behave like a stereotypical Emos and Beatniks. As one of them would say:
    Crispin Black: I take young idealistic artists and turn them into young nihilistic artists.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: Like its parent series, the character's clothes, accessory and hairstyle can be customized at any time. In this game, the trope is enforced, as the main character must change into matching district-specific outfits when they visit the place for the first time.
  • Wealth's in a Name: One of the NPCs in Urbzville is named Cash Monet. Unsurprisingly, he is a resident of the glamorous, high-end district of Diamond Heights.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair:
    • The main character's default appearance is a girl with purple hair. It can be customized to any colour, though.
    • Everyone in Neon East, except for Venus, have outrageously coloured hair. Mazuiko, Chewy and Loop has blue hair, while Sara has pink hair.
    • One of the district villains, Kiki Blunt, has green hair.