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Parents' Guide to

Artist Colony

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fresh artists' lifestyle sim has some suggestive themes.

Game Windows 2009
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Art Colony plays in a very similar way to The Sims, but in this simulation all of the characters are artists (painters, singers, sculptors, dancers, photographers, etc.) and that aspect adds a surprisingly fun twist. Having the specific directive of making sure those characters stay inspired enough to create art feels like a very fresh and different goal for a video game, and it is genuinely fun to see what the works will look like once created -- and how an artist's work will improve with training. There are times when the actions can feel repetitive (especially because yardwork is a constant need in order to keep the colony looking pretty), but that true of most sim-style games. The sometimes sordid subplots, which unfortunately add a level of inappropriateness for younger players, also add some necessary drama to the story.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release date: December 28, 2009
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Alcohol Reference, Suggestive Themes
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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