My daughter is eleven and got hooked on The Sims years ago when I first got it for the PC. As stated above the game is what you make of it. Young children enjoy the interactions, building and role play the game provides.(It is like a virtual doll house) The mature aspects of the game (The Woo Hoo, make out, etc.) go undiscovered by younger kids. Not until the newer games, Sims 2 I believe, did the adults have to woo hoo to have a baby, but adoption is always an option. The best aspect I've found is the time management skill. My daughter enjoys trying to get all of the Sims required actions completed without the cheats.