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 FreePlay is "freemium" app that is free to download and play, but offers players many opportunities to buy in-game content. Even without spending a dime, though, this is a full Sims game, complete with house-building, job hunting, and relationships. Two Sims characters can have sex, though it is referred to in the game as "woohoo!" and contains no graphic depictions. Sims characters can also fight one another. Players should note the large file size before downloading. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
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What's it about?
Players choose from a relatively narrow list of personalities to create their Sim, then launch into a series of well-guided goals to earn simoleons, life and experience points, and increase the value of their town. Sims have six basic needs: hunger, bladder, energy, hygiene, social, and fun. To develop “highly inspired” sims, players must meet these needs. The app gives players free simoleons to buy basic things (toilets), but there are numerous opportunities to buy more with real money.
Is it any good?
THE SIMS FREEPLAY is a great transition of the ever-popular Sims franchise to the portable world of mobile devices. It is a "freemium" app, which usually means players need to pour in a lot of real money after they've become hooked, but this game actually provides a vast, expansive experience for players without needing to spend a single penny. Although it is only a fraction of the size of its high-end PC game counterparts, this app manages to capture the same level of endless features and options for which the series has become so renowned. The touch-screen control takes a bit of getting used to and the responsiveness is not always perfect, but as far as apps that players can really sink their teeth into, this one ranks at just about the very top.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Math: money
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, decision-making
Responsibility & Ethics: fiscal responsibility, making wise decisions, respect for others
Communication: friendship building
Emotional Development: identifying emotions
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: October 20, 2012
- Category: Simulation Games
- Size: 569.00 MB
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Version: 3.1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.1 or later; Android 2.0 and up
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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