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VINE VOICEon 1 May 2006
This expansion for the Sims 2 is the first that I really appreciate, despite liking the other two. The opportunity to get your sims running their own businesses breaks down the divide between work and home, allowing a more inclusive experience of your sims' efforts to make money and use the skills they build up over time.

Along with the obvious necessary processes in running a business, there are also some great oddball moments that the programmers throw in to make it fun (as always). Bad makeovers at the salon and untrained cashiers make for absurd, humorous situation, but all these can be overcome with a little patience.

A big plus point with this expansion is that you can rename lots from the neighbourhood view even if they have been built on, or a family has moved in. Also, your sim can buy a community plot to run their business from in any neighbourhood - the newly introduced 'shops' one, downtown, university or the original. Unfortunately, whilst playing with a family, they cannot visit your other sims' business lots, or home lots(in the case of a home business) to purchase their goods or services (only those community lots not occupied by any of your business sims, as before). Whilst playing with a business sim, however, sims from your other games will buy goods and have makeovers etc., with the results being seen when you next play that family.

The extra objects you receive aren't necessarily special, although there are new roof forms - dome, cone and octagonal-based cones - which are brilliant if you're tired of the regular styles, but personally I find them a little awkward to use and need a bit of practice.

If you haven't bought any of the other expansions yet, I'd suggest this one on the basis of new gameplay.
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