The Sims Double Deluxe

Common Sense Media says

Engaging game is like playing house in cyberspace.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Multi-ethnic (and multi-sized) characters available and men and women have the same career paths open to them (of course, one of these is a life of crime).

Violence

The Grim Reaper visits all Sims, and not always due to natural causes. Watching a virtual human burn to death is pretty unpleasant.

Sex

The characters do get (fuzzily) nude for showers and you can direct adult Sims to ?Play in bed? -- though the action is under the covers, sometimes a baby appears afterward.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

While no name brands are used, one of the goals of the game is the acquisition of money and material goods.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is a lot like playing house and can be addictive.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

THE SIMS DOUBLE DELUXE is one game with three facets. The first is the original The Sims, which allows you to create and control the lives of little people in your computer. The other two -- Livin' Large and House Party -- expand the number of items and actions your characters can manipulate in their virtual world. Players can design their own character or family, build and furnish a home, then put their creations into "live mode" where they make friends, build a career -- and try to meet their basic needs, from taking a shower and making dinner to getting enough love and comfort.

Picking out outfits, your home and sofa are great fun, but there's lots of work in keeping the household running smoothly -- and there are dire consequences: Ignore the wife, and your relationship deteriorates; don't get enough sleep, you'll miss work (and eventually get fired); and if you aren't an attentive parent, your baby will get taken away.

Is it any good?

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The game takes awhile to get started, but once you've established yourself and your relationships (and accumulated some wealth) it becomes easier and more fun to play -- sort of like real life. It's quite addictive, and you'll be amazed how many hours of your real life have gone by while you installed new bathroom tile, barbecued, shot hoops, and gave backrubs to the neighbors in your suburban Sims world.

The House Party and Livin' Large expansion packs included here increase the activities your Sims can engage in, and introduce a broader range of luxury items they can acquire. Impress your neighbors with a rocking backyard party -- complete with DJ and caterer -- or wow them with your retro designer furniture. But be careful; some of the new items contain secrets or curses that can dramatically upset your doppelgangers' lives.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how household jobs, rules and schedules make for a more a more harmonious home. You may also want to talk to your kids about how life seems to get more manageable for the characters with more money. Is this a realistic reflection of our society? How so?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$34.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:August 8, 2003
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:T for (Windows)

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Kid, 12 years old Written byLOL.LALALA April 9, 2008
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Kid, 12 years old Written byGilmores Girls ... April 9, 2008
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I played this game with my friend when she slept over. It was really fun! There are lots of cheat codes you have to know though. One of our persons died. It was just computer though! It's a very fun game if you know it's not real is what I'm trying to say.

Teen, 13 years old Written byLuVrOfFrOgS April 9, 2008
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Good and Bad

I played this game when I went to my friend's house. Right away I loved it and wanted to borrow it. My friend showed me how they get nude when they take a shower or bath. It was fuzzy and not that bad. You make a sim or sim family. They have kids to make too. In the game you start with 20,000 dollars to buy a house and furnish it. Then, to earn more money, you find a job in the newspaper. It is alot of fun but it would be confusing to little kids. I want it very soon.

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