A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Sims 3 Ambitions is a more feature-rich life simulation game than its predecessor, The Sims 3. The same basic concept applies -- players take care of a virtual Sim character and build up his or her life as high as possible. In Ambitions, players can now also start their own business and have children, making the process an even more accurate simulation of real life. As with most games in the Sims franchise, players need to foster relationships with other Sims, and can eventually have "woohoo" (sex) with them. Depending on how players treat their Sims, they can also become aggressive and violent. The way the game plays out is entirely up to each individual player.
What's it about?
The Sims 3 Ambitions allows players to live a virtual life. They can get a job -- or even start their own business -- and make friends, get married, have children, and build their dream home. The caveat, of course, is that there is so much to do and so little time. Players need to figure out the correct proportion of time to spend at work, with family, socializing, and taking care of personal hygiene. The specific additions that the Ambitions version of this game includes are a more fleshed-out set of career paths, the ability to have children, and more items and mini-games. Otherwise, this game is nearly identical to The Sims 3.
Is it any good?
THE SIMS 3 AMBITIONS is a more complete version of the Sims experience than previous apps in the franchise. With the addition of being able to have children, a more robust career simulation, and a slew of new mini-games and items, it almost functions as a completely new game. The controls are not perfect, and sometimes the game may appear sluggish or slow to respond, but all in all it is an impressive game for a mobile platform, and should live up to the high expectations of those familiar with the Sims brand.
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For kids who love simulation games
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