- Build a simulated neighborhood and run 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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From Will Wright, the creator of SimCity, comes a strategy game that hits close to home. You are in charge of a neighbourhood 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.
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 Sims' 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, Amazon.com
- Unique, addictive, fun gameplay
- Included photo album feature records triumphs and tragedies
- Free uploads and downloads expand the game and allow swapping with other players
- Sims are smart--it's sometimes best to just let them act on their own
- Addictive gameplay may cause loss of sleep, job
- Complex behavioural modelling program--requires serious computing power
- No pets other than fish
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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.
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!
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!
The graphics are very impressive. The characters the animation is very realistic. They cook, read, watch TV, dance, kiss and do much more ( hmm.. like hugging the lady next door.) As if this were not enough, you can customize just about every aspect of the game! You can create skins, heads, walls, floors, roofs, and objects. Go on-line to Exchange your Albums, Families & Houses using The Sims Teleportation Device. Enter contests to win fantastic Maxis prizes.The list is endless. Can I round it off in three words
"I LOVE IT"
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Having received the product I realised that I had paid far too much money. This turned out to be an old game. I would have returned it only my son had opened it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lorraine Boyle
Didn't come with code to start game with. Waste of time and money!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Both discs don't even work! DONT BUY!
(You'll waste £7.48 because you have to pay delivery charges too)