Parents' Guide to

The Sims 2: Free Time

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

After years of toil, Sims finally get to kick back

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 9+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 12+


The amount of sex is very minimal, and doesn't happen unless initiated by the player,referred to as 'woohoo'. Children younger than 16 can play this.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much consumerism
age 18+

Sims 2 appropriate for age 16+

Going by reports of others, I thought that this would be ok for a mature 11 yo girl. I had no problems with simulated sex as it was "under the covers" and pixilated. However I have become concerned over the past two days, and am now trying to work out how to remove access to this "game". The first issue (that I didn't think about till afterwards ) was the father interacting with a neighbor . . . and there was a "heart" option. Thinking this through, I realised that it was an option for an "extra-marital" relationship, and offered in a very casual manner. This is not the sort of thing I want for a child to experiment with when starting out on the road of real-life relationships. The second issue arose today when I found out there can be a prelude to the pixel-obscured, under-the-sheet Wooo-Hooo. When a woman is kneeling down in front of a man, with his waist and her head pixelated, it's not hard to guess what foreplay is going on. This is not the sex ed that I want for my daughter. Finally, the "aspirations" of sims can include Threesomes. This is considered the same importance as any other "aspiration", such as getting a job or having a family. The program allows for moral ambiguity, and the options are not suitable for children who have no real-world experience, and so are unable to put these concepts into context. In summing up . . . . NOT for children. Mid teens at the earliest. I believe that those who think otherwise are like I was a couple of days ago, and have not been exposed to all that this program has to offer.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

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

Free Time isn't exactly a paradigm shift for The Sims 2, but it's a substantial improvement for players new to the game. Rookies to the series often find themselves spending all of their time simply trying to keep their Sims washed and fed, but thanks to the new hobbies exclusive to this expansion, it becomes easier for Sims to start enjoying themselves right away. As they become experienced with their hobbies, they start to enter the "zone," which allows them to spend more time enjoying themselves and less time worrying about relieving their bladders or getting some shuteye. The Lifetime Aspiration Meter is an equally compelling addition. It helps focus your Sims' activities by providing goals, and results in rewards that further increase your Sims' spare time. Other adjuncts, including the ability to take friends with your from one stage of your Sims' lives to their next and improved parenting skills (no more guessing what the crying baby needs), sweeten the pot enough to make this expansion a very worthwhile Sims 2 add-on.

Of course, now nearly four years old, the core game is starting to show its age. The Sims are still pleasant enough to look at, and their animations are just as funny as ever, but the game's inanimate objects -- including furniture, houses, and outdoor terrain -- are beginning to look quaint compared to similar objects in other PC games. The good news is that the minimum hardware requirements are now so low that almost any computer purchased in the last couple of years can run the game very well. Still, as far as graphics are concerned, next year's release of The Sims 3 can't come fast enough.

Game Details

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

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