The Sims 2: Open for Business

Game review by
Nikki Douglas, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Teens can be the boss in this OK installment.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 20 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

There is some crude bathroom humor.


Sims get jealous and angry and fights can break out. Also, Sims can die.


Sexual suggestions, situations (Sims can have sex), and some crude humor.


This is part of a franchise that encourages players to acquire wealth. The Sims universe continues to be full of tons of products to buy -- and to desire.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and bubble-blowing that seems a lot like bong smoking (characters get the giggles).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that teens can set up pretty odd businesses, such as a bar/spa/bubble-blowing hookah hang-out. Teens can create bars/nightclubs, and they can also place photo booths where Sims can have sex. They can also get jealous and angry and fights can break out. This expansion pack requires The Sims 2 to play.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 and 13-year-old Written bymrscw1234 December 23, 2009
Adult Written byangel_baby44 April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written byPrincessLeia July 30, 2009

Ther Perfect Real Life Simulator!!

I don't understand why it's rated 16+. Geesh, some things kids watch on TV these days is WAY worse than playing Sims 2. There is some mild sexy-stuff... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bybeauty1099 July 13, 2012

it is good

i think its good

What's it about?

In THE SIMS 2: OPEN FOR BUSINESS, players nearly intuitively set up their first business. Sims can purchase a community lot to build their store (even a new, teeny-tiny lot) or put on their bunny slippers and just work from home. As in real life, it takes money to make money. Since players decide the prices of services and retail goods, they may learn quite a bit about time and budget management. Successful business owners earn perks, such as contact lists (to build the business further), cash bonuses, and better business relationships.

Is it any good?

The game doesn't deliver on all its potential, but it does teach good entrepreneurial skills to teen players. Also, like all Sims titles, this game offers never-ending creative options. Fans of the franchise may wish that they could build businesses that more closely matched Sims career tracks, so they could open an office, a medical clinic, a fast food place, etc. But, overall, the game does fill a hole in the Sims universe.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about building a business from the ground up as well as dealing with customers and employees. This is also an excellent way to discuss time-management skills with teens.

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $34.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: May 4, 2006
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: T for Sexual situations, crude humor.
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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