The Sims 2 Pets

Game review by
Anise Hollingshead, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Cuddly but unsubstantial Sims 2 add-on.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 45 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The behavior is up to the players. Sims can act kindly or rudely. They can be mean or nice to other sims and they can be bad pet owners. It's entirely up to the player, but the game makes it funnier to act out.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Actually, it all depends on the player. But if someone is a bad pet owner, what kind of model is that?

Ease of Play

The game is easy to pick up and play.


Characters can have sexual relations with other characters. This isn't shown graphically, but is referred to as "woo-hoo" in places like double beds.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The Sims can drink and smoke.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this has a "Teen" rating because it builds off the original Sims 2 game, which has the same rating. Families that already own Sims 2 are probably aware of the sexual content, but families that may be contemplating buying these titles together need to be aware of the sexual situations and crude humor. Parents may want to read the reviews of the original Sims 2 games and expansions.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byLucy C. October 30, 2017

Cute and Fuzzy!

My son and my husband both like playing it! They make pet's and, mostly, my son's grades got higher and he cares more about animals thanks to this fun... Continue reading
Parent Written byJanna S. October 17, 2017

Sims are great! now even better!

Pets. What can be better. I love this game so much! My son loved his dog so much that he wanted the same dog in real life! When kids go to 6th grade, it is the... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byChickable2 February 11, 2012

Love at first sight

It's good, although you MUST watch children under 11. I really love this game. Yes the pets can whohoo but if you can, make your child think whohooing can... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMiloub April 24, 2011

Eh, bit sexual..

Ahh, it's ok. I say 10+. Kids start to get into things to learn at 10. The game has no real education at all. And it's graphics are horrid on most gam... Continue reading

What's it about?

THE SIMS 2 PETS is yet another expansion in the crowded Sims 2 world, giving Sims 2 players the ability to add pets to their families. These pets are cats, dogs, fish, birds, and womrats (fictional rodents similar to guinea pigs). Along with the pets, other new items in this expansion include toys, buildings, and accessories for the pets.

Is it any good?

Unlike the Sims, these pets cannot be directed. They serve more as an added method for Sims to improve various areas of their lives through their interactions with the pets. The Sims can train, play, feed, and take care of their pets in myriad ways. The more the Sims interact with their pets, the more the pets evolve.

These pets are not only cute and sociable; they can also be moneymakers. Sims can earn money through their pets by hiring out their services for careers such as acting, or by selling them. However, the money earned is relatively small. This is an entertaining addition to the Sims 2 world, but the $30 price tag seems a little steep considering the small amount of actual content.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about pets and caring for them. Does this game reinforce any behaviors of good pet owners? Why did you choose a particular pet to play this game? How are the pets' behaviors similar to real pets? Different? Why do you think the Sims pets evolve the more you interact with them? Do you think giving extra attention to real pets makes them smarter?

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