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The Sims

Platform : Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP
4.2 out of 5 stars 152 customer reviews

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  • 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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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B00004U204
  • Release Date: 11 Feb. 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,744 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

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.

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 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

Pros:

  • 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
Cons:
  • 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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By A Customer on 6 April 2002
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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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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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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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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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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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I spotted "The Sims " in a games shop and hinted that I would like it for a christmas present. When I did it was installed straight away. It was amusing and entertaining for the simple fact that it wasn't like anything I have every played before. I have spent hours glued in front me PC play this ( no one else could get on PC.) While playing the game may be easy, actually mastering the game is not. You'll find yourself annoyed when your sim won't want to get up because you let them go to bed late again ! NOW your sim won't clean up just because they are either too depressed or lethargic. Then argh !! they get married and have children .. just to finish the day off you realise you havent bought a fire alarm thus by the time they have clean up it off to work. FANTASTIC !!
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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