Parents' Guide to

The Sims Mobile

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Energy-based life sim makes progress purchase-dependent.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 10+

A real life experience game

It's a real life experience game, it has sexual content so talk to your kid before letting him or her play the has an option for in game purchases but you can watch ads instead.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+


This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Personal information is not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is not shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • User's information is used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Data profiles are created and used for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (23 ):

This is a fun little app for newbies and Sims veterans alike, although its basic, no-frills content is likely to appeal more to players new to the series. What makes it fun is having the kind of control none of us has in real life, not to mention more social and career options. On top of that, The Sims' tongue-in-cheek approach is endlessly entertaining -- or it would be, in a non-energy-limited scenario. Buying energy is more or less essential if you want to play longer than 10 minutes. In addition to that, you need lots of other kinds of currency to progress at a decent rate and unlock enough of the game to make it interesting. If you opt for the free-to-play approach, be prepared to sign in multiple times a day as your energy slowly recharges, and be prepared for a lot of repetition at the start. For quite a few levels, all your Sims can do is go to work and attend other players' parties. Oh, they can date and engage in one or two hobbies (if they've unlocked them), but with most of the clothes, furniture, buildings, and activities locked until higher levels, they can't do much else. Things pick up, of course, once you level up (or spend some money), but without spending a lot of time (or a lot of money), you and your Sims are in for a routine as banal and repetitious as most of us endure in real life.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free (Contains optional in-app purchases.)
  • Release date: March 6, 2018
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Version:
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: December 10, 2020

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