The Sims 2: Open for Business
By Nikki Douglas,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Teens can be the boss in this OK installment.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
There is some crude bathroom humor.
Violence & Scariness
Sims get jealous and angry and fights can break out. Also, Sims can die.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual suggestions, situations (Sims can have sex), and some crude humor.
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Products & Purchases
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).
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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.
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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.
- Platform: Windows
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Release date: May 4, 2006
- Genre: Simulation
- ESRB rating: T for Sexual situations, crude humor.
- Last updated: November 4, 2015
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