The Sims: Hot Date Expansion Pack

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Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
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Relationships here are too mature for most kids.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 5 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Multi-ethnic (and multi-sized) characters are available, and men and women have the same career paths open to them (of course, one of these is a life of crime).


Players poke and slap each other.


Sims fare (obscured nudity, "playing in bed") is augmented with a variety of real-life courting possibilities, including casual sex and extra-marital affairs.


As always, one of the goals is to make money and buy goods, from ice cream to outfits (you can even purchase a copy of The Sims).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Sims can order drinks at bars.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is an adult world (the dating world here includes the opportunity to engage in casual sex and extramarital affairs), and there's really not much that's appropriate for or of interest to tweens and young teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycaitlin414 December 11, 2009

Teens Only

This has too many violent and sexual concerns,so do not let a child play this
Adult Written byBerniquen April 9, 2008
Hot Date. A old expansion pack from the first version of the smash game, "The Sims." This expansion pack was one of the best of the lot, it changed th... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMatthewAbate February 3, 2011

Unknown things are in this game!

Meowica women has found a secret! If you make your sim take a shower and go to buy mode, and delete the shower then you can see him naked without any blurrs! Yo... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byCeline05 December 18, 2008

What's it about?

With this inspired expansion pack, players leave their suburb and head downtown to locales include a beach and a park for frolicking, bars and nightclubs for meeting new friends, shopping malls for buying gifts, and restaurants for wooing your sweetie.

You'll find increased demands on the art of conversation as you work to meet new people or deepen the relationship with your partner. The icons that represent dialogue play a much bigger role in the game, revealing the interests of the Sims you meet and giving you clues about the best way to bond with them. This emphasis makes the building and maintaining of relationships much more difficult, and changes the main goal of the game from conspicuous consumption to social engineering.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about relationships. The expansion pack monitors your friendships at both a superficial and deeper level, and you might want to ask your teens if these dual levels exist in real life. Can someone be fun to hang out with, but not be there for you when you really need them? You might also want to discuss the realities of the modern dating world and the consequences of engaging in casual sex or affairs.

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows, Mac
  • Price: $17.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: December 14, 2003
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: T
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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