The handheld Sims Games on Nintendo DS are fantastic as well very, very strange. After hanging out in Kotaku you may have seen me say it long enough The Sims 2 on DS is my all-time all-time favorite, and while everyone doesn’t agree on the quality and technical prowess of the title, we can all admit one thing: the game is scary as hell.
This story originally appeared on Kotaku Australia.
A Reddit thread The description of this skin-creeping horror has grown steadily over the past year, with dozens of Sims Fans who visit the forum to share their experiences of terror within the game.
See while The Sims 2 seems like a simple hotel simulator on Nintendo DS, it is actually much deeper than it seems at first glance.
While you go through the steps of checking in guests and taking care of your needs, typically Sims By the way, things get weird in the game quickly. As in the first five minutes of the game, your faithful companion Tristan begins to moan about his girlfriend being carried away by a pack of scorpions and how he caught a meteor in his bare hands to overcome the pain.
Then a rich mob boss comes along and threatens to break your kneecaps. But what’s stranger is the cow cult that follows and that you must defeat them by summoning an ancient mummy known as Horus Menhoset IX. Oh, and let’s not forget the alien emperor trying to take over the hotel or the killer robot taking up residence in your penthouse.
It’s not exactly a normal game, and the vibes it exudes gave people the Heebie jeebies.
“There was definitely something sinister about this game,” wrote Redditor LazerGuidedMelody in the thread. “It was almost a post-apocalypse … Despite the people in the hotel, in the saloon, on the street, it always feels so empty.”
“One of the early stages of the game you had to work for Frankie Fusilli, who was like a gangster who got you to blow up the mayor,” wrote Lucaienn. “Later he had you bury a wriggling suitcase in the desert, and after that the mayor was no longer to be found.”
“The part that would make me start a completely new game would be if the alien invasion happened with ‘the music’.” Ginkos lovers wrote. “It would shock me so much that I would start a whole new rescue and make sure I never get to that point.”
The aura of the game was too much for Redditor Saw-lex. “I’d say I’m pretty interested in weird and creepy things, but Sims 2 on DS was too out there for me as a kid,” they wrote on the thread. “Strangetown looked deserted and it had a really shabby, deserted feel … The cult act was especially creepy to me when I was and still is younger.”
But it’s not just the characters and storyline that freaked Redditors, it’s the entire aura of the game. From the blocky graphics to the empty streets to the music, the game seems naturally scary.
Let’s listen to a few key bites from the game’s soundtrack:
I don’t know about you, but that’s enough to make me shiver – and I love the game.
The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS remains one of my all time favorite games, but it’s hard to deny how scary it really is. From its alien dissections to its weird desert cults, it’s no wonder players had nightmares about the game. Still, it’s always nice to see people talk about this underrated gem – even when it comes to chatting about how haunted it feels like.
The game is an excellent reminder of how strange and wonderful The Sims may be.
You can see the entire Reddit thread here, and share your own experiences if you’ve played this strange little game before.