A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players can use social tactics ranging from flirting to intimidation to extract secrets from other characters.
Violence & Scariness
While intimidating other Sims, you may punch or kick them to get your point across.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Naked, bathing bodies are obscured with blurry pixels, and the Sims kiss passionately or engage in implied sex in an off-screen "love cloud."
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Products & Purchases
Another entry in the expansive Sims empire. Tons of consumer items help players design and furnish their homes.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this portable installment features much of the same subject matter as its PC and console cousins. Players have to balance short-term needs with long-term goals to advance the story. Sims make barely obscured visits to the bathroom, which feature pixilated naked bathing bodies and toilet sounds. Flirting results in suggestive kissing and even a passionate cloud of love dust.
Is It Any Good?
What the portable Sims trades in freedom (there are no jobs or families, no ability to write your own back story or let your Sim wander on its own) it makes up for in story. Strangetown is built on an amalgam of paranormal myths and feels like a lighthearted X-Files. Settings and graphics are nice enough, and the sound does an excellent job of setting the mood -- something along the lines of a campy 1950s B-movie.
The Sims 2 loads game features on an ongoing basis -- players spend as much time waiting for something to happen as they do playing. On top of that, success in the social game -- and in various Mini games -- comes down to well-timed button pushing. When the game hangs for several seconds as data loads, timing gets thrown off, Mini games are lost, and frustration ensues.
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