A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Multi-ethnic (and multi-sized) characters available and men and women have the same career paths open to them (of course, one of these is a life of crime).
Violence & Scariness
The Grim Reaper visits all Sims, and not always due to natural causes. Watching a virtual human burn to death is pretty unpleasant.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The characters do get (fuzzily) nude for showers and you can direct adult Sims to ?Play in bed? -- though the action is under the covers, sometimes a baby appears afterward.
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Products & Purchases
While no name brands are used, one of the goals of the game is the acquisition of money and material goods.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is a lot like playing house and can be addictive.
Is It Any Good?
The game takes awhile to get started, but once you've established yourself and your relationships (and accumulated some wealth) it becomes easier and more fun to play -- sort of like real life. It's quite addictive, and you'll be amazed how many hours of your real life have gone by while you installed new bathroom tile, barbecued, shot hoops, and gave backrubs to the neighbors in your suburban Sims world.
The House Party and Livin' Large expansion packs included here increase the activities your Sims can engage in, and introduce a broader range of luxury items they can acquire. Impress your neighbors with a rocking backyard party -- complete with DJ and caterer -- or wow them with your retro designer furniture. But be careful; some of the new items contain secrets or curses that can dramatically upset your doppelgangers' lives.
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