Parents' Guide to

The Sims 3

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Mature life sim with more personality than ever.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 67 parent reviews

age 6+

good for kids

its a very good game and theres nothing innapropriate only references, basically sex is woohoo and alcoholic beverages are juice and its all very censored so a small kid cant tell
age 12+

Very Fun.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (67 ):
Kids say (323 ):

As with previous Sims titles, The Sims 3 isn't suitable for younger players. The game is a balanced and honest portrayal of peoples' foibles as well as their strengths. Characters can be dishonest, nasty, lustful, mean, and materialistic. Characters can die and turn into ghosts, although it's also possible to control and even halt the aging process.

The game is a nice blend of familar gameplay for those who have played the earlier versions, and interesting new gameplay. For example, the game offers a new detailed building tool that lets you drag walls to change the size of rooms in your house, or rotate items 45 degrees to place them on an angle, and a new family inventory that lets players store items without actually selling them. The game is still a bit cumbersome to control, and it's a shame you can't multi-task (like brushing your teeth while waiting for your morning waffles to cook), but overall the new features and refinements help to make The Sims 3 extremely engaging while giving it almost limitless replay value.

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