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The Sims 2 Pets

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

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 45 reviews

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
Adult Written bypurplecat April 9, 2008
Adult Written byaccaliabaronets May 19, 2015

More like rated e for everyone 10+

While this game is rated t for teen there's really no reason for the rating. The "sex" in the game is just laughing under the covers. No body par... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 29, 2009

perfect for tweens that are mature enough

OMG!! You have GOT to be kidding me!I love the sims,and its okay for 10 and ups,but seriously,Sixteen!!?? I am Eleven and i have been playing the sims forever!
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
This game is actually for kids-teens 11-14. Create your own character, be who you want and more. Though not the best game, the new and unique feature of pets do... 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?

Game details

For kids who love simulation games

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