Parents' Guide to

The Sims Life Stories

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fun but flawed story-based people simulation.

Game Windows 2007
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 7+

Very good

This is a very good choice for your kids. It is not very inaproperiate and teaches you child being nice

This title has:

Great role models
age 9+

Fun!

This game is really fun! Kids and adults alike will enjoy it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (10):

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.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: February 6, 2007
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: T for crude humor, sexual themes, violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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