The cartridge arrived by itself, good condition, plays well, and like another reviewer said there is a sticker attached to the other side no doubt for cataloguing/merchandising for organization but it comes off easy!
This game is nostalgic for me particularly because growing up I loved the sims franchise since sims 1 so anything remotely related I played and/or read about. This included! Truthfully growing up I played those PC emulators, but I recently got a hold of an SP and since getting this it has just been a walk down memory lane!
How this game varies from others: this is a game where you play as an actor/actress in a hidden reality show of Strangetown where the residents don't even know they are a part of Daddy Bigbucks get richer scheme! It differs in how it is MUCH more RPG than life 'sim'.
Bustin' Out and Urbz had a bit of a better balance when it came to that while this is a plot driven puzzle with errands and hidden wants you have to figure out on top of the main storyline for each episode. After each episode you are rated by the Goth family (based on the Sims 2 version) for what you achieved in each episode (hidden want, errand, aspiration, plot finished).
As an adult I can play through it much faster than when I was a kid, but it's still a little tricky because some aspects of the game are up to chance while others have a need for outside logic skills (Bigfoot loves Chickens minigame: finding the right combination of colors and order for Bigfoot to eat the chickens and Keehaulin' at the Casino: a game that's like a combo of Crazy Eights and Rummy in one).
Overall, I like this game but if you're looking for a more balanced life sim and RPG I would suggest Urbz or Bustin' Out! This one is if you want to stick to the franchise, but want to try something new that differs from prior GBA sims games.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) PollyPockets from New York on 5/30/2023