The Sims Life Stories

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Fun but flawed story-based people simulation.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 28 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Sims characters vary greatly in personality, appearance, and social behavior.


Sims characters can push, shove, and slap other Sims, depending on the situation.


While not graphic, Sims can get kisses, hugs, and end up in bed together.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Players can purchase a bar for their home, have a party, and serve drinks.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that these games let players have their Sims do any number of things, be it fall in love, eat breakfast, get undressed down to underwear before slipping into bed, kissing with someone on a couch, or getting into bed to "woo-hoo" with other Sims (nothing graphic is seen, however). The game does not contain nudity, bad language, or any major scenes of violence. The game's "Crude Humor" warning reflects the belching, whispering a dirty joke to another Sim, or seeing your Sims use the toilet (though the characters are pixilated at this point, which makes them fuzzy).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySarah A. August 1, 2017

Very good

This is a very good choice for your kids. It is not very inaproperiate and teaches you child being nice
Adult Written byJon Lovitz May 20, 2009


This game is really fun! Kids and adults alike will enjoy it.
Kid, 11 years old September 3, 2014


I love Riley Harlow's story. Vincent's story was alright, but Riley's Story was more fun so I'm going to talk about her story.
I can't... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 14, 2010

What's it about?

THE SIMS LIFE STORIES lets you choose to play as a young woman, Riley Harlow, who finds herself caught between a new beau and an old flame, or as Vincent Moore, a successful tech entrepreneur in search of someone to share his comfortable life. Each story takes place over 12 chapters, plus you can also choose \"free play,\" which is more akin to the classic The Sims storyless gameplay. You must micromanage the lives of virtual people (\"sims\") by having them eat when hungry, sleep when tired, develop relationships, and take on a job to make money so you can buy items to customize their homes. The game mechanics work more or less the same in Life Stories, except you follow a specific story. Consider Life Stories a romantic comedy.

Is it any good?

Similar to past Sims games, much of the humor lies in the gibberish language spoken by the sims, along with the cute animations, such as tickling someone, tossing out a stinky bag of trash, or the pixilated body parts when your sims need to use the toilet. Life Stories offers a fun twist on Sims gameplay, but it isn't perfect. A number of artificial intelligence problems can disrupt the experience. Another problem is related to time, which sometimes seems out of sync in the different locations.

Other odd behavior might be fixed with a downloadable update from EA: Riley can serve drinks at a house party in her underwear, for example, yet her guests don't say a thing. Despite these shortcomings, Life Stories is a very fun game, whether you've played any of the past Sims games or not. In fact, you may find that you're more interested in what will happen to your sims than you are willing to admit.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why these Sims games are fun. What do you like to control about the lives of these little simulated people? How is their world unrealistic? For kids who have played other versions of The Sims, do you like this story format better? Why or why not?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: February 6, 2007
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: T for crude humor, sexual themes, violence
  • Last updated: August 1, 2017

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