The Sims

EA Sports came out with a virtual game called The Sims in 2000.  It’s a casual life simulation video game that is the most successful video game series of all time.  As of May 2011, the franchise has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, and is also the best-selling PC franchise in history. The games in The Sims series are largely sandbox games, in that they lack any defined goals (except for some later expansion packs and console versions which introduced this gameplay style). The player creates virtual people called “Sims” and places them in houses and helps direct their moods and satisfy their desires. Players can either place their Sims in pre-constructed homes or build them themselves. Each successive expansion pack and game in the series augmented what the player could do with their Sims.

I have played Sims multiple times on multiple platforms, and it’s never a boring time. I used to play it on my Windows 98 computer, and now I can play it on my phone. I even created a Sim of me and made him look as close as possible to me.

Sims Freeplay

Unlike other Sims games, Sims FreePlay runs in real-time and takes real time to complete actions. You can progress through 52 levels and unlock new content, create up to 31 Sims, build town map buildings, complete goals to earn Lifestyle Points, plant, bake, go to job and school, get married and have a baby (and watch babies grow up), get pets, grow to elder and teach those young ones and much more. My favorite part is that I can send grandma and grandpa to go play bingo at the bingo hall.

Having such a technical and fun game on my phone is pretty awesome. I love having a virtual world like Sims to accomplish cash. I wish the money I earned in the game went back to real life, but that’s just wishful thinking. This is completely different from SecondLife. The Sims gets my vote.