The Sims Bustin' Out is the first title in The Sims handheld series. This version of Bustin' Out was released for the Game Boy Advance and N-Gage in the fourth quarter of 2003. As the title suggests, Sims can get out of the house to visit other locations. Unlike other games in the series, this game is not a life-simulation; it is now an adventure game.
The Game Boy Advance version puts the player's Sim in a place called "SimValley" for summer holiday. Like the console version, GBA version gameplay is objective-based - every time the player completes a series of tasks, the game is allowed to progress. In this game, there are no furnishing objects to unlock. Instead, the player must complete all tasks to unlock new houses.
Deviating from the "point-and-click" selection process heretofore used in every Sims title, this version allows the user to control their Sim directly, using the GBA's directional pad.
There are various locations Sims may visit throughout the course of the game. As Sims advance through the game, new areas become accessible, and new mini-games may be unlocked in certain areas.