The Sims 3: Town Life Stuff

Game review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Expansion offers new items, new local places to visit.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

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Positive Messages

The Sims franchise lets players create their own story. There is very little direction as to which way to play. In this expansion pack, players are especially encouraged to go out and explore the city; in addition, many of the new items focus on letting players build a home gym, which helps send the message of the importance of exercise.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

Ease of Play

Although players can do whatever they want in this game, in order to succeed they need to successfully get a job, multitask, and forge complex social interactions. To keep the Sims healthy, players will need to have a strong attention to detail and a lot of focus.


This expansion pack does not add any additional violent content to the game. However, it does require the base game, meaning players will be exposed to the content in The Sims 3. This includes fighting other virtual Sim characters and the potential to watch Sims die.


To make the life simulation as realistic as possible, Sims can opt to have sex. This is referred to in the game as "Woohoo." The activity is not graphically depicted. The only indication that intercourse is occurring is the fact that characters are in the same bed and make occasional giggling sounds. This expansion pack does not add to the existing sexual content.


This is an expansion pack that does nothing more than add new items to the base game, which you have to own to play this add-on. Players are encouraged to continue buying additional expansion packs and items, thereby growing The Sims 3 franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Sims 3: Town Life Stuff is what the game's publisher calls a "Stuff Pack." Players must have the Windows game The Sims 3 to be able to play. This product merely adds a bunch of new items, clothes, appliances, etc., that players can use to expand their virtual life, extending the franchise's theme of consumerism. In this pack, players not only get new appliances, high-tech gadgets, and a slate of high-end gym equipment, they also get access to new venues within your Sims village, including community lofts and a corner cafe. The experience of the game remains unchanged as this is not a full-blown "Expansion Pack;" there are no new modes that significantly change The Sims 3 experience.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byquan25 January 11, 2012
Kid, 11 years old September 3, 2014

Best Stuff Pack EVER!

I have all the Sims 3 stuff packs and this is my FAVORITE! All new venues and places to add to your town. When I got it I immediately placed new items in Riverv... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byme be my self June 17, 2013

Sims 3 70's, 80's 90's stuff

i dont no. i exsspected more stuff to happen when i spent $49.99 on a sims 3 game that didnt actually add much more to the game. I know they say "stuff ad... Continue reading

What's it about?

THE SIMS 3: TOWN LIFE STUFF gives players new incentives to step out of their virtual home and check out new buildings and establishments to socialize with neighbors and other virtual residents. In addition, the newly added items encourage players to build a home gym and get their Sim character as fit as possible. This expansion pack gives users content for both within their virtual home and outside it as well, which makes it more unique than many of the other \"Stuff Packs\" available.

Is it any good?

As with all previous The Sims games, The Sims 3 continues to provide players with countless hours of playability thanks, in part, to continued expansion packs. Town Life Stuff gives users a bunch of new items to add to their virtual home -- and building up the best, ultimate virtual home is ultimately the main point of the Sims experience. This expansion also gives users more content outside of the home, making it easier and a more interesting experience to go out and virtually socialize with new people.

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?

  • Families can also discuss going outside and seeing new places. What do you want to see around your real-life city?

  • Does your Sim character do anything that you would like to do in real life?

Game details

  • Platforms: Mac, Windows
  • Price: $19.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: July 26, 2011
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: T for Violence, Crude Humor, Sexual Themes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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