U handheld Sims the games on Nintendo DS are fantastic and very, very strange. If you hang around Kotaku long enough, you may have seen me claim The Sims 2 on DS it’s my favorite game of all time, and even if not everyone will agree on the quality and technical ability of the title, there’s one thing we can all admit: the game is as disturbing as it gets. and hell.
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A Reddit thread detailing this horror that strips the skin has been constantly built up over the last year, with dozens of Sims fans who take to the forum to share their experiences of terror in the game.
See, meanwhile The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS it seems to be a simple hotel simulator, it is actually much deeper than it seems before.
As you go through the movements of controlling guests and caring for your needs in the typical way Sims way, things get weird fast in the game. As in, in the first five minutes of play your faithful companion Tristan begins to complain about his friend being carried away by a packet of scorpions, and how he took a meteor in his bare hands to overcome the pain.
Then, a rich boss of the mafia arrives and threatens to break your rolls. But what’s weirder is the cult of the cow which follows, and which you need to defeat by summoning an ancient mummy known as Horus Menhoset IX. Oh, and let’s not forget about the foreign emperor trying to retake the hotel, or about the murderous robot that resides in your penthouse.
It’s not exactly a normal game, and the vibrations it gives give people the heebie-jeebies.
“There was definitely something strange about that game,” Redditor wrote LazerGuidedMelody in the thread. “There was something almost post-apocalyptic about it … Even though there were people around the hotel, the living room, the street, it still felt so empty.”
“One of the first stages of the game was you had to work for Frankie Fusilli who was like a mobster, who made you try to blow up the mayor,” he wrote Lucaienn. “Later he would bury a crawling suitcase in the desert and then the mayor was no longer where to find it.”
“The part that would make me start a whole new game would be when the alien invasion happened with ‘music,'” Ginkos lover he wrote. “It would have shocked me so much that I would have started a new rescue and made sure I never got to this point.”
The aura of the game was too much for Redditor Vio-lex. “I say I’m pretty interested in weird and scary things, but Sims 2 in DS was too out for me as a kid,” they wrote in the thread. “Strangetown looked deserted and had a really deserted, deserted atmosphere … The cult plot was particularly scary for me when I was younger and still is.”
But it’s not just the characters and plot that have scared Redditors, it’s the whole aura of the game. From the blocky graphics to the empty streets and the music, it seems like the game has been intrinsically designed to be scary.
Let’s listen to a few key bites from the game’s soundtrack:
I’m not about you, but just to give me the thrills – and I like the game.
The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS it remains one of my favorite games of all time, but it’s hard to deny how scary it is. From his alien dissections to his strange cults in the desert, it’s no surprise that players have had nightmares about the game. Still, it’s always nice to see people talk about this understated gem – even if it’s to talk about how much you feel persecuted.
The game is an excellent reminder of how strange and wonderful it is The Sims can be.
You can see the full Reddit thread here, and share your experiences if you’ve ever played this weird little game.