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The Sims (Mac)

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Mac
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Build a simulated neighborhood and run--or ruin--the lives of the people that live there
  • Unlimited open-ended game play allows you to help your Sims develop and mature
  • Let your Sims pursue any of 10 possible career paths
  • Use the game's powerful architectural design tool to build dream homes for your Sims
  • Show off your neighborhood and your Sims on the World Wide Web

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Mac
  • ELSPA Minimum Age: 11
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00004TFJC
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 21 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,166 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

The idea behind The Sims is this: the ultimate goal of life is to achieve happiness, and the way to achieve happiness is to satisfy your Sims' needs. That's right, The Sims allows you to create, direct and manage the lives of SimCity's residents. Each need (eg: hunger, comfort, hygiene) can be met by interacting with other Sims or objects--throw a party with the help of a rocking stereo system, and watch your Social and Fun ratings improve.

Mismanage your new, simulated family and you'll be faced with the worst of MTV's The Real World--jealousies will ignite, fights will break out, jobs will be lost and the house will fall apart.

One gameplay goal is to improve your Sim so he or she can climb the career ladder, which nets him or her more money, which allows the purchase of higher quality stuff. Eventually, your Sim will have a mate, kids and a mansion with an indoor pool.

Triumph or tragedy, each significant event in a Sim's life is captured in a snapshot and saved in a photo album for later viewing. Players can also take photos any time they wish and the best part is that you can upload the album to www.thesims.com and share your Sims' sagas with the world. Entire families can also be uploaded and downloaded, as can houses. Want to re-create and manage your own version of Friends? Download the free face and body editor and make Sim clones of Ross, Rachel and the rest. With The Sims, you can create whatever--and whomever--you desire.

Toying with the lives, successes and emotional states of dozens of little Sims is undeniably fun--limitless gameplay, endless variety, cool Internet features and the ability to play matchmaker/landlord/counsellor The Sims a great way to increase your own Fun score. --Mike Fehlauer

Product Description

From Will Wright, the creator of SimCity, comes a strategy game that hits close to home. You are in charge of a neighborhood of Sims, and it is up to you to show them that they're living in your world now! Force them into a life of crime or help them live life in the fast lane. Build them a sprawling mansion or dump them into a dilapidated shack. Let them party like swinging singles or fall in love, get married, and raise a family. They can live out your wildest dreams or experience your worst nightmares. It is up to you to decide--their fate is in your hands.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only for the nosy and interfering 13 Nov 2001
By JE
Since I started playing this I have been in danger of losing interest in the real world.
In the game it is possible to interfere in every aspect of your Sims lives - from not letting them use the bathroom to kissing the next door neighbours wife.
Money is earned from going to work in a variety of jobs and can then be spent on upgrading the tv and stereo or a new kitchen
Throw a party or learn how to cook in your freetime
When you start to get bored it is possible to download new purchases and Sims bodies or simply build you own
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your computer life will change forever! 28 Oct 2001
On the day I got The Sims I was so happy! I'd never had a computer game quite like it. Being able to recreate yourself and your family as Sims is fab, plus you can recreate your own house or instead of putting your family into your house you could build a totally new one! With so many objects and interactions you can play on The Sims for hours. Also it's not a violent game, of course you can delibrately kill off Sims you don't like by drowning them in the swimming pool or letting cook without any knowledge of cooking and no fire alarm! But killing off Sims isn't the point of the game. The Sims can even be a learning experience. Buying super expensive sofas first isn't a good idea, because you'll soon realise that you can't afford a toilet or fridge. So you get to know how to handle money. Also you can send your Sims off to work. There are loads of job options. Your Sims can make and break relationships, get married have kids and be happy, or they can get married have lovers attack each other and become very depressed! It's up to you!
I can carry on on for years! But I'll end by saying:
THE SIMS IS THE GREATEST!
Miss it, Miss out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Become Big Brother 13 May 2005
By Dan
Wow. It's amazing how addictive and entertaining it can be sat on your couch working a little character sat on there couch. Seriously, I got the game for my girlfriend as she is a Sims fan and thought about having a go at it. I soon got bored of playing the start off with no money part of the game and got a cheat which made me millions in seconds. I made a huge house and a big family and set them going... I later discovered that I had forgot to put smoke alarms in the place when the whole thing burnt down killing most of my created family! How great is that! The unlimited stuff you can do to these little beings is incredible. You can put em in rooms with no windows or doors and watch them become evil. End up with babies some how after a bit of cuddling (I think I need it explaining again how it really happens) and have them taken off you by social services! You can make them go swimming then take the stairs away so they can't get out and drown. Did I mention the burning!!! Talk about therapeutic, hard day at work... Create you bosses family and torture them. Do the same with you teachers! I could go on... Buy it! Your kids will love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars life as it should be 21 Jun 2001
if you have to own one game it could be this its addictive and fun, with add ons and patches galore . live life as you would like to from your dream job to the perfect home, well not quite as youd like but you virtual person has a good time. Start from nothing and build up to a mansion and loads o money, its great fun not too serious with plenty of routes to take its just a bundle of laughs that grips you to your chair and doesnt let go.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sims....A Gamer's Dream!!! 2 Aug 2002
By A Customer
When I got The Sims, I was so excited I put it in my Mac STRAIGHTAWAY!
As soon as I booted it up, I knew this game was just class.
You get to control your Sims(you can make them change clothes 6 times if you want),you can put the furniture in really awkward positions(for example,you can rotate the toilet so that it faces the wall),but I'm sure you're not THAT cruel,are you????? ,you can build a sim hovel or a sim mansion and put as much furniture in it as your money will allow(but get those Sims into well-paid jobs, 'cause if you can't pay the bills,trouble awaits)
I think it was the best buy ever and was worth every penny of it!
WARNING:The Sims can -and will-probably-turn every spare second of your time into a Sim-induced bliss!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Hazel M
This game allows you to make and control your own people called Sims. You create a family of up to 8, then you buy a lot for them, build their house and move them in! You control their lives, make them successful in their careers and build their relationships. You get them money to build better houses and buy them luxury items.
This game can keep me amused for hours and hours and I really love the creative side of this game - building their houses and also, creating paintings and things for use in the game. This game is very addictive!
I think that I would advise this game to just about any age. You can really unwind from life with The Sims - great to play when you're fed up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars life as it should be 21 Jun 2001
if you have to own one game it could be this its addictive and fun, with add ons and patches galore . live life as you would like to from your dream job to the perfect home, well not quite as youd like but you virtual person has a good time. Start from nothing and build up to a mansion and loads o money, its great fun not too serious with plenty of routes to take its just a bundle of laughs that grips you to your chair and doesnt let go.
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