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The Sims 3 (3DS)



First Sims game in 3-D is still intended for older players.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The message in this game, as with all other entries in The Sims franchise, is that players are free to explore and create their own virtual life. They are in command of their own destiny. Work hard and get a good job and they will become successful, or spend more time socializing with others to be as popular as possible. Each situation has its consequences, and it's up to each player to determine the best way to live.

Positive role models

Players are in control of their own destiny. They get to decide if they want to be a model citizen or an antagonist. However, the game makes it clear that doing the right things -- like working, keeping active, and taking care of personal hygiene -- is the way to go. There is no reward for engaging in bad behavior.

Ease of play

With the use of the 3DS's stylus, players can easily navigate the virtual world with a point-and-click interface. Multitasking can be difficult, but the gameplay controls are easy to conquer.


There is no overt violence in the game, but players can create violent situations if they choose. For example, if players decide to be antagonistic toward other Sim characters a fist fight may break out. Players can also create fires or other hazards in their virtual homes to harm their Sims. In no instance is violence rewarded, and there is never any meaningful reason for players to incite a violent situation.


Players can take their Sim character out on the town and meet other Sims. They can engage in a variety of flirty activities, including kissing and making out. After a while they can have "WooHoo." WooHoo implies sex, but the word "sex" never appears -- two Sim characters giggle and moan while under bed covers.

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You can buy a range of items for your Sim's house. The game encourages the pursuit of "nice stuff," because inferior quality products will negatively affect your Sim's mood.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Sims 3 for 3DS is similar in tone and structure to other games in the series. Players are encouraged to live healthy, productive lives by taking jobs, eating properly, socializing, and taking care of their personal hygiene. They can also engage in more mature activities, such as flirting and even make "WooHoo," though the act itself is hidden by bedclothes. Players can direct their Sims to insult and even get into fights with other Sims, but there is no reward for these activities. Note, too, that consumerism is a persistent theme. Players are encouraged to covet and shop for better items and clothes throughout the game.

What's it about?

THE SIMS 3 is all about letting players mold their own story. They can create an avatar and act out a virtual life however they see fit. If they have dreams of becoming a millionaire, they can dedicate themselves to acquiring the best possible job. If they would rather focus on meeting people and starting a family, they can do that too. Most every facet of life -- including going to the bathroom -- is part of the game. The 3DS edition is the first 3-D entry in the franchise, making the real-life simulation as realistic as possible.

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what avatars can tell us about ourselves. How is your Sim the same or different than you?

  • Families can also discuss the kinds of activities and jobs in which their Sims engage. Are they the same or different than what you are interested in?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:March 27, 2011
ESRB rating:T for Crude Humor, Mild Violence, Sexual Themes

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Teen, 13 years old Written byThe sim expert July 2, 2013

Let's be real

The sims 3 3ds is actually really cool. Sure its not like the pc type but it's really awesome! What's better, I've been searching "How to have a baby" (on sims 3ds) and I tried EVERYTHING. Finally, I saw how this person had really good advice, and so many people were like: It works! Here's how it goes: You woohoo with your sim 4 times once every four days, and while your woohooing for the four days, you'll have to make room for makeout, and once that's done, the extra 5th day will be used as the last making out. If the next day, you go to woohoo, and there's a button saying: "Try for a baby" click it! If it doesn't work because you did something wrong. hope this helped!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old August 17, 2011

Playing Sims 3

Yes, it can be a little bit violent. But, you see nothing bad. If your Sim perhaps doesn't like another Sim, it can declare a nemesis, insult, slap, and fight. But the slapping and fighting is like in cartoons. You see a cloud of dust and hardly see the Sims. So that's no problem. And yes, there is sex, which on there, is labeled as 'WooHoo'. But if you want a kid, you press the 'Try For Baby' button. All they do is go under the covers and you some movement. Then rose pettles sprinkle on the bed and after a few seconds, they get out and cuddle nicely. If you want a child, but don't want to have sex, you can go on your Sim's phone and adopt a child. But you only request their gender and age. So it may not look like you, that is why most players press the 'Try For Babies' button. There is no drugs or alcohol. You can buy a bar for your home, but when you lick on it, it says either 'Get Juice' or 'Get Drink'. That doesn't mean it's alcohol. I think it's safe to say this game is great for everyone as long as everyone makes good choices.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 7 years old June 14, 2013

not a good game

bad bad gmag fof kids my age
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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