Parents' Guide to

The Sims: Hot Date Expansion Pack

By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Relationships here are too mature for most kids.

Game Windows, Mac 2003
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Teens Only

This has too many violent and sexual concerns,so do not let a child play this

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
Kids say (1):

It's worth noting that by advancing the game play so much (and so well) it is kind of a drag to return to the old neighborhood. The home is still inextricably connected to the game -- you've still got to go to work, sleep, and shower -- but you can't help but feel constrained by the four walls once you've relaxed at the beach. All of a sudden, your regular Sims life of watching TV and taking out the trash doesn't seem so interesting.

Hot Date is not for the kids who play the other Sims games. It's suited for advanced, mature (and upwardly mobile) players. Not only is the gameplay more subtle, but the downtown life eats up your cash like this creative game eats up your time -- with wild abandon. As the title suggests, the subject matter here is mature -- or at least as mature as a bunch of adults whooping it up over mechanical bull rides and slot machines can be.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Windows, Mac
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: December 14, 2003
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: T
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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