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the sims, freeplay


Summary
Create characters, design their homes, and run their lives. Will they be successful entrepreneurs, family oriented, or complete losers? The choice is up to you.

Description
Type: Simulation
Platform: IOS, Android, Windows Phone 8, Kindle Fire, Blackberry 10
Players: 1 Player
Age: 7+
Game Time: Endless
Developer or Designer: EA
Publisher: EA

Pros
Endless Play
Free
Control up to 31 Sims without loading new households
Design characters and homes
52 levels to complete
Humorous interactions
Updates add new items/ features

Cons
Need to make in-game purchases to progress properly
Need online friends to play the game to complete some tasks
Real time means interactions take longer
Can't have same sex relationships.
Need an internet connection
Not as many character designs as the original
Can't put tasks in a queue

Review



the sims, freeplay


The Sims is a life simulation game that was first released for Microsoft Windows in 2000. Since then, there have been many sequels and spin-offs, the most recent of which is The Sims Freeplay for mobile gaming.



the sims, freeplay


It is free to download, but also offers in-game purchases. If you want enough simoleons to afford some of the more expensive items, this is difficult to achieve unless you pay real money. There are also themed sets such as particular styles of clothing etc, that you can only get through real purchases. This is the equivalent of the expansion packs that you have to buy for the PC games.



the sims, freeplay


The Sims Freeplay is different from other versions of The Sims in a number of ways. First of all, instead of being limited to eight characters to a household, you can play up to thirty one sims, switching homes effortlessly without having to reload. Second, The Sims Freeplay has levels. By fulfilling your characters' wishes, they receive experience points, which increase your level, and unlock new items and interactions; this gives you a goal to strive for.



the sims, freeplay


Another difference is that the game is played in real time. There are benefits and disadvantages to this. I like that your sims are in the same time zone as you, and it adds extra authenticity, but at the same time, it also takes longer for tasks to be achieved, and waiting can be quite annoying. For example, some actions may only take a few seconds, such as petting the dog, but others like sleeping take hours - or even up to a day - to complete, and there is no fast forward This is probably why you are able to control so many characters at once, because if you are just playing with one or two, you'll have to wait ages before you can do anything.



the sims, freeplay


Another aspect of the game I don't like is that you can no longer add tasks to the queue. For example, if you want them to have dinner, take a shower, then go to bed, you can't click them all as 'things to do'; you have to wait for each task to be finished before assigning another.



the sims, freeplay


While you can still design your characters, there are not as many possibilities. For example, hairstyle and hair colour are not separate attributes, but combined.



the sims, freeplay


The Sims Freeplay is pretty much The Sims Lite or like a demo of the full version. You can enjoy some aspects of the game while on the move, but you can't access all the good parts.

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#Download
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