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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun does not cover it....
Not many would think of the Sims as a strategy game--maybe it is just a game to muck around on, running or ruining peoples' lives.

However, there is a strategic element to helping your Sims bring in the right money to run their household successfully, make friends and advance in the job ladder.

The game is fun for all ages; you create a Sim, or a...
Published on 14 May 2007 by KTS

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only really good as an introduction now
I used to love The Sims (TS, for future reference) - it was the first PC game I ever bought, to be honest. But, let's face it, TS is now only good for one thing: as an introduction to it's new and improved (and I truly mean it) sequel, The Sims 2 (TS2, for future reference.)

Don't get me wrong - TS is a great game. There's something strangely satisfying in...
Published on 25 July 2006 by Fluffy


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun does not cover it...., 14 May 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: The Sims (PC CD) (Video Game)
Not many would think of the Sims as a strategy game--maybe it is just a game to muck around on, running or ruining peoples' lives.

However, there is a strategic element to helping your Sims bring in the right money to run their household successfully, make friends and advance in the job ladder.

The game is fun for all ages; you create a Sim, or a family of Sims, move them into a house and decorate. Then the game seems to take over your life; keeping the family safe from fire, keeping them happy, answering the telephone when it rings in case it is a reward....

However, some material in the game may be inappropriate for children; especially when the game is combined with Hot Date (one of the many expansion packs). Some of it is slightly sexually explicit.

I would definitely recommend this game as it is addictively fun, and a great distraction!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanna play God??, 10 Mar 2002
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This review is from: The Sims (PC CD) (Video Game)
The sims is a great game which allows you to play God with countless amounts of little pixelated people. Make sure that the're well fed, cleaned rested and that they get to work on time, and you'll be on the path to a great sim family. Of course, some people just like watching their sims fall into ruin. This is just as fun, sometimes even better, than making a flawless family of perfectly behaved little guys and girls.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 6 April 2002
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This review is from: The Sims (PC CD) (Video Game)
Adults and children from everywhere will love this game. You have complete control over your sims, from what they wear to who they fall in love with. You can do what ever you want, YOU control it. There are thousands of items for sale, but to buy them, of course, you have to earn money - just like in the real world. Your sims can have children who will then be little sims and have to go to school and study hard. This game is amazing I would recommens it to ANYONE!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 21 Oct 2002
This review is from: The Sims (PC CD) (Video Game)
The Sims is a truly excellent PC game - and it's all so simple. You create your own cast of animated characters and control every aspect of their life - the way their houses are decorated, what jobs they have, and even who they're going to fall in love with. There are so many different options, and there's no way you'll get bored with it. And even if you do, there's five expansion packs to keep you interested, and probably more to come!
There are loads of random events - babies, new job opportunities, marriage proposals, and so many objects and people for your Sims to interact with. If you haven't yet caught on to the craze, it's about time you did!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only really good as an introduction now, 25 July 2006
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: The Sims (PC CD) (Video Game)
I used to love The Sims (TS, for future reference) - it was the first PC game I ever bought, to be honest. But, let's face it, TS is now only good for one thing: as an introduction to it's new and improved (and I truly mean it) sequel, The Sims 2 (TS2, for future reference.)

Don't get me wrong - TS is a great game. There's something strangely satisfying in playing a simulated person for hours on end, getting them more friends, higher careers and more money. There's something strangely serene in simply watching them fall in love, marry if you're lucky and have a baby simply by kissing each other. There's something strangely pure in only ever being one age - adult or child - and they combine to make TS strangely good ... and I feel absolutely horrible for saying that a game that gave me nearly 2 years fun and happiness is only good as an introduction now, but there you go.

After the honeymoon period has worn off, you'll find yourself longing for more realism - you'll find yourself wanting your sims to grow up from being a child and have families of their own, you'll find yourself wanting to see generations of the Sim family, you'll find yourself wanting 3-D elements. These are provided ... in TS's sequel, TS2.

TS provides a solid foundation for TS2 - and, seeing as it's only £5 now, I'd recommend buying it simply to get this foundation and upgrade in time - but that's all it is now: an introduction. It used to be a great game in it's own right, but my recommendation for purchase now is purely to get to grips with The Sims Universe (it's got that advantage - simplicity) before playing the better version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant idea well executed, 18 July 2000
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This review is from: The Sims (Video Game)
Maxis have outdone themselves with the Sims. Think of 'Little Computer People' and then put 100 times more interaction and random events and that'll give you a vague idea as to where The Sims comes from.
The graphics are terrrific - very intricate, the sound is amusing - all the people sound like Pingu - presumably so that they could sell the same version internationally. Gameplay is mostly excellent - there are potentially thousands of different situations that can occur. The command control is easy to operate.
The only downer with the game is the amount of patience you have to have in the few 20-30 hours with your Sims (hence the fact it loses a star - some people will get bored quickly, which is a shame.) Get past that and you have an absorbing and rewarding game that'll keep you coming back for more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMply great!, 24 Jan 2001
This review is from: The Sims (Video Game)
This game is highly addictive! Build a house, buy furniture and let the Sims get on with their life: it sounds so simple that you can't imagine it to be fun, but it is!!! What I especially like is tha fact that you don't need expensive programs to put your virtual self into the game, you just need a bit of practice with a paint program! The Sims isn't realistic in every detail, of course, but it's like a dollhouse where the dolls have a mind of their own. You need to guide these simple minds, of course, because they're only driven by instinct and often, for example, decide to watch TV when their carpool arrives. But still, excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sims Review, 27 April 2002
This review is from: The Sims (PC CD) (Video Game)
The Sims is a great simulation of real life.
Plenty of cheats and downloads are available off the web, it provides hours of gameplay with new discoveries round every corner!
If you get bored, buy an expansion pack and that'll be another year or two of gameplay!
I rate it 5/5
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life will never be the same again, 7 Jan 2001
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This review is from: The Sims (Video Game)
Fancy playing God? You got it. We'll not quite, you have the choice of giving your Sims a free will, which in fact adds an even more interesting dimension to the game. Once you have established your game it is fun to just watch the Sims go about their daily lives, a warning-don't leave them too long or they can really mess up the place (even clogging the toliet)You can always hire a maid! Or worse still, setting the house on fire, unless you buy a smoke detector. The possibilities are endless. Watch they way they react when you first move them into their new home, or when you buy a new object, or decorate, they will soon let you know if they hate anything. Whatever happen though, it is your game and you can choose to make their lives a heaven or a hell. You can even lead them into a life of crime as a pickpocket (admittedly the Medical technician's job pays better) or let them slob out at home, but beware, this can lead to them telling you they are too depressed to even look at themselves! Also of course the bills do mount up so money has to come from somewhere (you can always sell that expresso machine or virtual reality helmit!) I could say so much more about this game, but then it would keep me from going back to playing the game and I've got to see what they've been up to. Truly addictive, so when you are worrying about the Sim's and their bladder, sleep, comfort, social, fun, and food needs etc, spare a thought for yourself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How about having a life?, 18 July 2000
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This review is from: The Sims (Video Game)
Yes, this is an amazing feat. Quite startling in depth and quality, but am I the only person to wonder at the time needed for games like this. Championship Manager is another example- I already have a job and don't really have the time or inclination to spend the hours needed to get involved.
Added to this, there is a really boring side to the Sims- the need to constantly check the needs of the Sims, the minutiae of the game. This did not seem so onerous in Sim City with having to maintain the water coverage, but dealing with model people and their smaller needs just jades after a bit.
Is it me or do PC games increasingly cater for people who do not have the inconveniences of jobs and friends?
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