Common Sense Media says

Mature life sim with more personality than ever.

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(out of 356 reviews)
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Teen, 16 years old Written bydestiniwynter October 29, 2015

Sims 3

Very inappropriate game for young children to play.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written bygamerdad711 October 25, 2015

a little bit of sexual stuff

This game is a great game and it can teach kids how to budget their money and and what karma is. The only problem i have with it is the try for a baby option but it is not graphic.
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Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old July 17, 2015

Kind Of Mature

I, being an 11 year old myself, say this game is pretty mature, with the fact that there is "Woohoo" and "Try For Baby," which both have censored animations, and the fact that violence pops up around the towns every now and then. I would suggest this game to mature 11 year old children and older, there shouldn't be kids playing this game who say "Ew!" every time they see two people kiss in a movie. This game is very fun and educational, if the player decides to take their household down the path of a career and a family. I feel as though this game could easily teach children and younger teens about the life ahead of them, what to expect and what not to expect, and what's the right thing to do in certain situations.
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Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Teen, 15 years old Written byZerosense July 8, 2015

Fun game with very little violence and no language

There is feature that sims can ''woohoo''which might be a little inappropriate for younger ones but the game is mostly ok for kids above 9.
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Too much sex
Kid, 10 years old May 12, 2015

Great game with little bad stuff

its really fun with some inapropriate content but i really dont think its bad it has some acholic refrence but thry call it jouse there is almost zero violice so its fine
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Great messages
Easy to play/use
Adult Written byFireFire May 1, 2015

The Sims 3

This is a great game, You should buy it - Just like other Sims games. You live life - You die - Make a new Sim. Sex 7/10: You get to make "woohoo" sound when in bed with other sims, You can try for baby and there are not many but some graphic sounds, Very sexy. Language 0/10: Nothing. Violence: 3/10: There is ways of joining an evil Syndicate and being evil, insulting others and finding it funny. Scaryness 2/10: The grim reaper kills you at the end with the dramatic music and some kids will be scared! otherwise great game
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written bymeatboy52 March 23, 2015

Its a great game!

I think this game is perfect for 11 year olds and up. I play it and I love it. there is death, but its not like murder. there's no blood, they just collapse. it also teaches kids to take care of people or pets cause you have to take care of your sim by making it go to the bathroom, eating, hygiene and the stuff we need. but when your in the shower or on the toilet, it does not show inappropriate parts because it blurs it all out. there is sex but you cant see it. all you see is a lot of moving under the covers and you hear giggling. that's all. you also get your own job and all. explain to your kid that sex isn't bad, but to do it when your older when you want a child.
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Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 9 years old March 21, 2015

BADDDDDD

TOOOOO MUCH SEXXXX
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent of a 8 year old Written byDevon1972 March 16, 2015

It's not just about sex but love and romance

Come on people youngster today have relation at the age of 16 + So this game where nothing is show is not that provocative as some says. Is the wheel of live as our real life if the children is well raised there is no problem with this game and it's so far from GTA. They don't just have sex they are making baby in love... At 9 you're kids should at least know that baby don't come with the stork..
Adult Written byjhconlon1236 February 18, 2015

This game is great

This game is very over rated there is nothing bad about it i recommend you buy this for your child
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Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Adult Written byhujjy4 December 25, 2014

Listen Up AMAZING

There are more sexual and violence references in Disney and Nick shows. It's definitely not a thing you have to worry about, even if they have no idea. My child is 13 years old and loves this game. She creates characters based off people she knows in real life.
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Teen, 14 years old Written bypopsfootloose949 December 22, 2014

I would not recommend this to a young audience.

The Sims 3, in all its critical praise, has suggestive themes in it that need to be addressed: - Censored nudity can be seen when in the shower or on the toilet; not too extreme, but may be seen as sexual. - Options to WooHoo (a.k.a. have sex) with a Sim that you are in a romantic relationship with either in a double bed or in the shower. - Some of the clothing options can be seen as sexual; dress your character responsibly. - Same sex couples can be seen. While not anything that is uncommon, it may bring up some questions. - The Grim Reaper comes for a Sim at time of death. Death comes from electrocution, drowning, burning, old age, etc. - Bars are featured in-game. Sims can purchase alcoholic drinks. Other than that, I don't think there's anything else. Another thing to note about The Sims 3 is that it shows middle schoolers (and possibly younger) great ways to advance in the business world and is, at times, educational. Hope this helps any parents looking to buy this game for their child!
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Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old December 18, 2014

Nothing Wrong, Just Mature

in the sims 3, there is a option to try for baby and woohoo (sex) but it is all under the bed covers so they will never see and when they goto the toilet, shower, etc it is all pixelated so you cant see the rude bits. all violence is in a puff of grey smoke so you will only see a sim fall over in the end and there is no blood, cuts or bruises. They just need to be a bit mature when the DO choose to have sex. dont buy any expansion backs apart from Pets and Seasons otherwise it will make the game rated T (us) or M (australia). it is only alredy reated that because of the expansion packs you can buy. doesnt matter about the stuff packs.
Adult Written bythegirlwithauni... December 4, 2014

ITS FINE

They mention *baby making* a lot but thats really it. Take it from a long time player of the game. Once they've had the talk, its FINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Easy to play/use
Teen, 13 years old Written byGarret October 25, 2014

A fun game, that can be addictive.

This game is a fun, realistic life simulator that can be iffy at some parts. The parts that might alert a parent is the option to have sex with or "WhooHoo" another sim. While this may be iffy for some kids, it doesn't show anything graphic or realistic, unlike for example Grand Theft Auto and such. It is not much to worry about, if the option is selected by the player a short sequence is shown where the sims dress in bed apparel and go under the covers as the covers move and hearts float above. One problem is that this option can be selected repeatedly, but the other things in this magnificent game will probably come to the players attention such as jobs, houses, skills and other things. If the player chooses to get aggressive with other sims through chosen dialogue a fight option will sometimes occur, but the fight sequence is slapstick and humorous and dust blocks what they are doing (no different than watching the three stooges). Sims will expose themselves nude in spots when they take a shower, bath, or go to the bathroom but it is all blurred out with pixels so nothing is exposed. A fun game, but kids may need guidance every now and then.
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Easy to play/use
Teen, 13 years old Written bysupergojira2001 October 22, 2014

Good for kids!

The people in this game (sims) are very cartoon like. They speak a made up language so there's no swearing. There are bars, but they only serve juice. There are sex related things and nudity but all of that is either never shown or pixelated. However it might be a bit too complex for kids under 8 or 9. Good game for kids.
Kid, 10 years old October 11, 2014

The Sims 3

I am only 10, but I'm a lot more MATURE than the average 10-year old. For the average kid they should be at least 13, as the game includes making out and "WooHoo". You also fight and be mean to other sims, as well as be a criminal. Really fun game.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Kid, 11 years old October 10, 2014

Kids can show their creative side and actually choose what they want to do.

Kids probably will try to avoid or not understand doing sexual interactions. Most girls 10-13 are sexist and won't even think about boys. Kids are most likely (if they're mature) going to express their creative side. I'm 11 and the only reason I wanted it is because you can actually DO things. In most games when you buy an item its just there for decoration, but in the sims you can use it. Violence? The Violence isn't bad. Its all Cartoon-y and covers it up with clouds. Kids can create their own story by getting like their dream job and house. Everything is normally alright for ages 10 and up, 6-9 are iffy, and 5 and under are aloud but wouldn't be the best mix. This game shouldn't be rated Teen, it should be rated 10+. Parents should know what their kids are doing are alright. (Besides most sexual interactions are censored+ Its not like we haven't seen a kiss before.) This game is definitely not 15+. This game is really addicting. 10+ should be it's real rating.
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Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old October 5, 2014

Great for kids 10+ and maybe 9 if they are mature

Sims can 'WooHoo', try for a baby, streak, and skinny dip, but it's all censored. When Sims take a shower, bathe, use the bathroom, or anything that includes being nude, they're areas will be pixelated. If Nudity Censor is turned off, they're areas won't be in detail. Breasts won't have nipples, and the other area is just a bump. If sims do a shower WooHoo with Censor off, the sims will just stand there in the shower. Sims can go to a bar and have made-up drinks, but that's it. They can have juice and nectar, but they'll just be a little wild and frisky. As for role models, sims can have bad traits like snob, meanspirited, hates children, etc. No foul language will be used in the dialouge because sims do not speak a real language. Actually, they do. Gibberish. Parents, your children may want to spend a lot of money on any games in The Sims series, but just be careful and you won't end up spending too much money. Parents with kids under 13, you should play or watch videos of The Sims before letting your kid play. This game is not for kids 5 or younger. Kids 6-8 should be watched when playing. Some sexual parts may be confusing for kids under 10, like when sims WooHoo/try for baby (the games term for it) and the bed/haystack/shower/wherever moving with sounds or all of it being censored in a shower. Anyways, parents, just be careful for any kids under 13.
Kid, 11 years old September 30, 2014

❤ Luv It ❤

❤ The Sims 3 is such a beautiful and fun game! I play on it about 1-2 hours a day, depending on what i have to do. Its super fun! And it has cheap expansions, add ons and free CC! (Custom Content!) Positive Messages = 7 - There are many positive aspects of the game. The game has 'Memories' where all great (and the not so great) memories are stored. Mostly good though! Even if its just swimming, the game collects memories and allows players to capture the memories! Also, the sims that are good get rewarded during their lives! Sex = 4 - Not much. Romance is not forced upon and not genrally the core of the game. Its a option you can go for. Woohoo is just covers and love hearts! Woohoo is not big, and requiers the players consent. Violence = 2 - Fights covered up with clouds. Many sims wont harm the players sims, and they are pretty peaceful. Unless chosen, violence wont happen. Consumerism - 1 = Sims like rich houses and nice things, but that's part of the game! They earn cash unless cheats are used. Drinking - 1 = No drinking. It is replaced by ''Juice'' that makes a sim have suger rush. Its not influenced and is a option. Safety = Older players can sign up to Origin and assess a online world where they can socialize, send gifts, receive gifts, share memories and make friends. They can also upload sims and houses and furniture as well as use the free simpoints they get with the game. ❤ I loooove it! 10+ c;
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