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MySims Camera (DSiWare)

Game Review

MySims Camera Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by Adam

Ever wanted to share a photo with a My Sim? No, we haven't either...

My Sims Camera is a simple program that requires an equally simple explanation; essentially, it takes animations from the My Sims series and allows you to edit photos taken with the DSi camera by placing characters and stamps into your photos in various poses and styles.

The game is in essence a very basic photo editing program; the only thing different when compared to the built-in photo editor that is packaged with the DSi is the inclusion of the My Sims licence and a handful of the series’ characters. There are a total of eight characters to decorate photos with and these can be manipulated in various different ways. For example, the size of the characters can be changed, their angle on screen can be rotated and various different poses and animations can be scrolled through. Using the “pause” and “play” buttons on screen it is also possible to change the expression on the Sim’s face, and there are a fair amount of different expressions to choose from. If the user inserts a game card from the My Sims series additional content is available for the player to use, specifically characters from the particular game inserted.

Unfortunately, it is only possible to have one My Sim character on screen at a time, unless an already edited photo is saved and re-edited to add another My Sim - though when saved, the resultant photos are rather low quality and the Sim appears somewhat blurry.

The application also allows the user to create custom frames for their photos using the My Sim characters and small selection of stamps on offer. The user can also doodle on screen in a similar to the in-built camera function. The frame feature is a little odd as it doesn’t actually do anything different from the photo editing function and doesn’t include frames in the traditional sense of the word.

Somewhat frustratingly the game cannot access photos on an SD card - similar to Flipnote Studio - and therefore if the user stores the bulk of their photos on SD card they will have to transfer photos over in the Camera application prior to “playing.”

Conclusion

Overall, My Sims Camera is a somewhat strange application with very limited features and a somewhat superfluous nature. There aren’t many options to choose from and saved photos appear a little washed out. The program also runs a little choppily, as though it is taking a while to access the photos on the system memory. My Sims Camera’s saving grace is its relatively low price, and when you consider that Nintendo have charged the same for clock applications and calculators, My Sims Camera isn’t a terrible purchase. Saying that, unless you’re a fan of the series it’s perhaps best to steer well clear of this title.

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User Comments (38)

Mr_G

#5

Mr_G said:

OMG nintendo if you do this but with an animal crossing app i will go crazy and so will my wife!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KeeperBvK

#6

KeeperBvK said:

How about mentioning which MySims characters are in this?...I'm a fan of the series and my sister is into it like mad, so it would've been nice to see some more information.

ballistikboy

#10

ballistikboy said:

I wonder why they thought we'd be interested... hrm... maybe... I just don't see alot of MySims titles flooding the DSi market or anything. Seems a little like a spot of shameless self-promotion for EA's Sims series. I gave this a 5 out of 10 originally, but I have to agree and give it a 3. There really isn't much you can do but put characters into photos you've already taken. Blahhhh.

Why didn't Nintendo release 2-in-1 Solitaire instead of this today? That has a much broader appeal than something like this...

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Shane904

#11

Shane904 said:

Actually, you can have up to three at once without overlapping them. But, this program probably only deserves a 2. And in reply to KepperBvK, they seem to all be ones from the Secret agents version.

KeeperBvK

#12

KeeperBvK said:

@ sak904: Thanks, but that doesn't help me at all, as MySims Agents features the same characters as the other games in the franchise before and there are a lot more than just 8 characters in the MySims universe. ;)

warioswoods

#14

warioswoods said:

I didn't even know that MySims was a successful franchise; I always assumed those titles flopped at retail, and I've never heard a single good thing about them. Apparently they must have held some sales ground in order for this app to make any sense.

KnucklesSonic8

#15

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Looks like I'll be spending my remaining 200 Points on the Mario Calculator after all. Thanks for the review. It was handled pretty well consideing what you had to work with. :)

KeeperBvK

#18

KeeperBvK said:

@ warioswoods:

They're all good games except for MySims Party. Even MySims Racing is a really nicely made game.

brandonbwii

#19

brandonbwii said:

@warioswoods
I recall the original MySims selling over 800,000 units. Likey reaching over a million in later months. Not too shabby for a Wii release.

I personally like the core concept/gameplay of the MySims games, but only that. After the creation phase of the game there's not much there. The story is elementry and the only memorable character in any way is Buddy. It's a real shame because the series has the potential to be Nintendo quality with more depth and better writing, just like the other EA classics Boom Blox and Henry Hatsworth.

As for the app, when I first heard about it I imagined you add MySims to photos you were about to take. I guess not. :(

KeeperBvK

#20

KeeperBvK said:

"The story is elementry and the only memorable character in any way is Buddy."

Have you ever played MySims Kingdoms or a demo of Agents? They got tons of memorable characters.

Rawk_Hawk

#26

Rawk_Hawk said:

This would be a great fit with Animal Crossing characters. I would love to have my picture taken with Tom Nook

StarDust4Ever

#27

StarDust4Ever said:

More junk to "nickle and dime" people out of there precious Nintendo points :( Also totally useless if you have prior experience in Photoshop.

cheetahman91

#28

cheetahman91 said:

Yeah more shovelware! Just another reason DSiWare isn't much of nothing with a few exceptions.

Bass_X0

#29

Bass_X0 said:

Yet it seems to be selling well. Highest placement is #3 in the charts. Regardless of what it is, its doing something right at least. Why did they bother? Because its making money.

videoqueen1000

#30

videoqueen1000 said:

why bother getting this? it is DEFINATLEY a waste of points. you can draw the characters on the graffiti thing on the dsi camera. i do not like all that sizing crap. ;)

Gogata

#32

Gogata said:

Worst piece of distol uranium masticular bi acetone sestonic sh*t I have ever bought! This deserves a 0/10! If it was free then I might have considered giving it a 5/10...

cezellen

#33

cezellen said:

Its 2 dollars. 2. Would you rather get a gum package? or this? idk, I think it should get a 5/10 cuz I actually kind of like it...

cezellen

#34

cezellen said:

I will admit it would have been better with Mii's, or Animal Crossing, but I still think its pretty cool to have a guy sitting on your head, and you can erase parts of his body, so his head can poke out of the toilet xD

ChibiJib

#36

ChibiJib said:

Nintendo must do this with Mii's! Send them to your DSi!! That'll be awesome!!!

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