The Sims 3: 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Let your Sims relive earlier eras with this decent add-on.

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age 8+
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Kids say

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Educational Value

The Sims 3: 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive Messages

The Sims games are lighthearted simulations that let gamers micro-manage the lives of little people. Sims can behave properly or poorly, but there are repercussions for actions. For example, if you flirt with your neighbor, your spouse might be angry with you. If you don't go to work you can be fired. On the flipside, good deeds are usually rewarded.

Positive Role Models & Representations

In The Sims games -- including this expansion -- you don't control one player in particular, but rather can create unique-looking Sims with various personality traits to see how events will play out. The characters, however, can lean toward altruistic or mischievous, so it's difficult to assess how positive these role models are.

Ease of Play

Unless you're familiar with The Sims games, they can be difficult to get the hang of, at first. There are many elements in the game, which take some getting used to, but there is a tutorial, of sorts, to help the player along. The mouse-based actions are OK, but all the ways to manage the Sims can be a bit overwhelming.


Characters can fight in the game, which is usually represented with cartoon-like "dust clouds" that mask the act.


The game does including flirting, kissing, and hugging --  by characters of the same gender or opposite gender -- plus your Sims can engage in "woohoo" under the covers, which suggests sexual interaction. Players can sit on the toilet or take a shower -- their bodies are pixelated and blurred for privacy.


This expansion is part of Electronic Arts' popular The Sims 3 franchise. You must own the original game, so this game could be looked at as further marketing of the original game.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know The Sims 3: 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff is an expansion disc or digital download, so you must already own The Sims 3 to play this extra content. The Teen-rated game has some suggestive scenes ("woohoo"-ing under the covers), kissing, some minor violence, and crude humor such as burping, flatulence, and vomiting.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3, 3, and 5-year-old Written byjonallypugliese1023 November 1, 2013

great games

Love The Sims games been playing them for most of my life There is nothing wrong with these games Last time I checked they don't show any sex so I don... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old March 3, 2013

Best game,But Some Inappropriate things

Haven't bought this game,But sims 3 is the best.The only thing 9 years old need to know is that DO NOT DO UN AGE STUFF.For example your 10 and you wanna ha... Continue reading

What's it about?

As with the seven other expansion packs for The Sims 3, THE SIMS 3: 70s, 80s, & 90s STUFF is a collection of new content -- mostly clothing, hairstyles, and household items -- to add to the existing game. As the name of this $20 disc or download suggests, your Sims can sport a '70s afro and bell-bottoms, some '80s shoulder pads and huge earrings, or don a '90s grunge look straight out of a Nirvana concert. Items for the home range from disco balls to awesome arcade games to furniture with an industrial metal look. This add-on doesn't really add any new gameplay elements to The Sims 3, however.

Is it any good?

The Sims 3: 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff does provide gamers with new clothing, hair and facial hair, furniture, and other household items to play with -- and it's a fun look back at the style and decor from these decades -- but there really isn't a lot to do with it. For example, it would've been cool if the '80s arcade games you put in your home were really playable, as mini-games. Or, how about adding new gameplay elements with this add-on, such as new missions, careers, or surprise guests from celebrities during these eras? It's not a bad buy for those who already own The Sims 3, but on the flipside, Electronic Arts could've done so much more with it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this new expansion adds three decades worth of design and decor to your Sims. Is this only interesting to those who lived through these periods, or is it also cool for kids to also get a sense of fashion, music, and pop culture references during the '70s, '80s, and '90s?

  • What other simulation games have you played and liked? How do they compare to this game?

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