Parents' Guide to

The Sims 3 (3DS)

By Mark Raby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

First Sims game in 3-D is still intended for older players.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2011
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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 1 parent review

age 11+

It's fine really

If your kid has ever played a T rated game it should be fine. Also it uses heavy censorship so nothing graphic is shown. And it is also a very fun game for any kid over the age of ten.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (18 ):

The 3DS version of The Sims 3 is not only visually revamped to make use of 3-D effects, it also packs in new features. Players can literally put their own face on their Sim avatar by taking a picture with the system's built-in digital camera, and can wield more control over the surroundings by using the built-in motion-sensing feature to create earthquakes or blowing into the microphone to create "stink storms." Players can trade Sims with other people in real life, allowing them to take the social aspect in the virtual Sims world and bring it to the actual world. Tweaking the game's features for the 3DS system makes it a valuable entry to the platform's list of launch titles, and anyone who is a fan of the franchise should enjoy it.

Online interaction: Players can trade their Sims with other people -- including strangers -- in StreetPass mode.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: March 27, 2011
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: T for Crude Humor, Mild Violence, Sexual Themes
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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