Parents' Guide to

The Sims 2: Apartment Life

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Sims move on up, gain good/evil magical powers.

Game Windows 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

A great game for teens and adults

This is arguably the best game ever invented. I wouldn't let kids under 13 play due to some more mature themes, but safety is not at all a problem and it's easy to figure out. Most of the objectionable content is entirely user-dictated and does not have to be an issue depending on how the game is played.
age 12+

good for mature 12 year-olds

This game is fun and easy to play.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (13 ):

If this element of fantasy is not to your liking, you can simply choose not to associate with any witches and instead focus on new features more in keeping with the series' realer-than-real vibe. Like the reputation meter, which bobs up and down based on how much respect you show other sims. It can have a marked impact on how both new and old acquaintances react to you. And, depending on your sim's affluence, butlers are now available -- a godsend for players who can't stand cleaning up after themselves.

Of course, apartment living also comes with some disadvantages. Improvements to your pad are limited to the decorative variety -- no structural changes allowed. And if your roommate is short on cash come the first of the month? You'll have to pony up to make up the difference, or face an angry landlord willing to take you to collections. This broad range of new features and content, both helpful and hindering, helps make Apartment Life one of the strongest expansions to any Sims game to date.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: August 26, 2008
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: T for Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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