One of the world's
most popular "life" simulation games comes to the iPhone with The Sims 3.
Although it may look like a straight PC port, this game has been
redesigned for the iPhone and features that classic and zany
gameplay which made Sims a worldwide hit on the PC. You may be
thinking that this game is The Sims-lite for the iPhone? To an
extent it is but it still offers a very in-depth and engaging
experience from start to finish.
on your virtual life, you need to create your avatar that includes
gender, appearance, personality and characteristics. Once you have
created your virtual character, you need to start your Sims life by
performing a variety of
daily exercises from eating, going to the toilet and of course
entertainment. It's all juggling game as you make friends, cook dinner,
buy furniture and ensure that you have enough hours of sleep. If you
fail to achieve any of these, your character will see an untimely
Your characters also have lifetime wishes that must be
achieved by the player in order to appease your Sim such as learning
a new recipe, kicking over someone's bin or some other weird act. There are a considerably amount of wishes to be
achieved and sometimes they are tricky because your Sim has to live
their life and ensure all facets are covered. With over 70 wishes
available, EA have thrown a golden carrot into the mix and if you
achieve all your characters wishes, this will unlock a new career
that can be chosen by the player.
a huge role in this game as you upgrade your house, go to work to
earn money, purchase new items, invite friends over to watch TV and
so on... sometimes it's mundane but for the majority it's fun.
It's also cute to see your Sim get blurry when they go to the toilet
or have a shower.
With all these activities, there is even some
romance available or if you're a worker, four career paths are
available to the player with promotions and the like. Working
is a key component and takes up the majority of your day in order to
bring home the bacon to purchase additional necessities
and luxuries. Thankfully you have 16 hours of play and sleep after
Talking to other
Sims opens up a menu of choices for
the player that to some extent is dictated by your Sims personality
as you flirt, joke and have serious conversations with them. And
yes, same sex relationships are possible in this game.
The Sims 3
contains a variety of mini-games from cooking that requires you to
shake your iPhone around to repairing fridges and computers by
connecting new circuits. All in all, these mini-games add to the
longevity and entertainment factor of this game.
Sims 3 is a good looking game on the iPhone with some great
attention to detail. The Sims are animated well and interact
perfectly with each other. Your house can be as cluttered or as
Spartan as it's your choice. The game does zoom out once you leave your
house to see the entire city and you can even visit friends and
strangers and even sleep in their beds if that's your shtick. The
music is ambient and friendly and the sound effects contain all that
classic Sim talk and sound effects.
In the end, The Sims 3 is a brilliant game that will promise players hours upon hours of enjoyment. Although different from the
PC version, this is the perfect mobile version and the only thing I
could recommend for this game is some multiplayer interactivity
somehow. With a sturdy gaming engine, great graphics and the ability
to play this anywhere and anytime, The Sims 3 comes highly