The Sims 3: Into the Future

Game review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Time-traveling expansion gives base game futuristic look.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to manage their time and resources effectively as they live a virtual life, doing everything from keeping up with their personal hygiene to building a house and getting a job. Players can visit three possible futures based on the decisions they make within the game, which is thought-provoking. The Into the Future expansion pack adds an element of social responsibility to the game by showing players what the planet might look like if it's not taken care of.

Positive Messages

The Sims 3 base game, like its predecessors, fosters creativity. However, there is no particular message or direction that the game tries to get across. Players can choose to be mean-spirited and apathetic, or they can be noble and sweet. The game experience is dynamically altered based on the decisions players make, and bad choices are not really condemned.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Everything is open-ended, meaning Sims can behave well or poorly based on player choices. Players themselves are encouraged to be good role models because other Sim characters will react positively if they're treated with respect.

Ease of Play

Although players can do whatever they want in this game, to succeed they need to get a job, multitask, and forge complex social interactions. To keep the Sims healthy, players will need to apply themselves and focus attention on details.


Sims can taunt, argue, and get into physical fights with each other. The ones with nasty personality traits may actually feel better after beating up another Sim.


As in previous The Sims games, courtship and romance play a big part. Sims with the Romance trait will aspire to have as many lovers and make-out sessions as possible and, if married, will be inclined to cheat on their spouses. Sims can have both heterosexual and same-sex relationships and can be seen jumping under the sheets in bed to make "woohoo" (the game's term), which is accompanied by groans and giggles.


This is an expansion pack that adds new items and features to the base The Sims 3 game, which you have to own. Players are encouraged to continue buying additional expansion packs and items, thereby growing The Sims 3 franchise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Sims 3: Into the Future is an expansion pack to the game The Sims 3, meaning that players need to have a copy of The Sims 3 to use this expansion. This product adds a new, exciting element to the game, allowing players to travel to the future. In addition, it contains a slew of new items that players can use to customize their characters and virtual homes: futuristic elevators, hover boards, robots, high-tech gadgets, and other cool items from the future.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byLucy C. October 30, 2017

Sims three is GREAT!!

I love this game a lot! Children can have the expirence to live the life they really want. Ms. Standalot, my son's teacher, let him play it because his gra... Continue reading
Parent Written byJanna S. October 17, 2017

5th grade for sims

I think this game is a very good game for 5th graders when they are board or overwelmed. Playing this game can calm you down during hard homework, or anytime. T... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 16, 2016

Good Expansion

Made robot slave army. They blocked the pool ladder when my sim was swimming. 10/10 would have slavebots overthrow leader again

What's it about?

With the expansion pack THE SIMS 3: INTO THE FUTURE, players are greeted by a man who claims to be from the future but who needs help repairing his time portal to get back home. Once players help repair the portal, they are free to travel into the future. Players are able to visit one of three possible futures: an optimistic future in which the world is a veritable utopia, a much more grim version of the future where everything is barren and desolate, and the \"Normal Future,\" which is only a slight modification from the present world. In addition to players being able to explore these new areas, the expansion contains a lot of new, futuristic items that can be used to decorate a Sim character and its virtual home.

Is it any good?

The Sims 3: Into the Future breathes new life into a game that's already chock-full of interesting gameplay elements. The concept of time travel is one of endless intrigue, and this expansion takes a very interesting twist on the concept by allowing players to visit three potential futures, based on whether the virtual Sim world is taken care of or not. The Sims franchise has always been about choosing between good and bad decisions. This expansion presents that idea in a new light, allowing players to see drastic differences in their virtual world, presumably based on what would happen if the right or wrong decisions were made during the next several decades. In short, for players who need a new twist on The Sims 3, this expansion pack delivers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of balancing their real and virtual social lives. Why is it important to set computer limits?

  • There are three depictions of the future in this game: the optimistic "Utopian Future," the desolate "Dystopian Future," and the generic "Normal Future." Which one do you think is most likely to be like the future in real life, and why?

  • Does your Sim character do anything you would like to do in real life? Do you let it do things you would never do? Why, or why not?

Game details

  • Platforms: Mac, Windows
  • Subjects: Hobbies: building, collecting, fashion
  • Skills: Self-Direction: self-reflection, time management, work to achieve goals
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: October 22, 2013
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: T for Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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