The Sims 2: Open for Business
What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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.