- 1 An Introduction to The Sims™ FreePlay
- 2 The Sims™ FreePlay : Gameplay
- 3 Features of The Sims™ FreePlay
- 4 Tips ‘n’ Tricks for The Sims™ FreePlay
- 5 Personal Impressions // Review of The Sims™ FreePlay
- 6 App Specifics for The Sims™ FreePlay
- 7 Download The Sims™ FreePlay
- 8 Summary
An Introduction to The Sims™ FreePlay
From mega-giant gaming developers Electronic Arts (EA) comes another free to play addition to the record setting franchise, The Sims! The highly acclaimed and widely popular Simulation game where players can create and control an entire world of sim-ulating fun in which they control avatars from birth through life as they navigate growing towns and relationships etc.
The Sims™ FreePlay : Gameplay
Utilizing simple single tap controls players must navigate through a plethora of menus as they build houses to increase their Sim population and then control and dictate their lives and everyday tasks and necessities. Making sure that the Sims live in leisure by eating, resting, working and playing players are awarded “Simoleons”, “LifeStyle Points” and “Social Points” (which are all in-game currencies) as well as XP which allows for levelling up and unlocking new buildings and items. These currencies provide the means to purchase said buildings and items and expand the population and quality of life of the Sims by opening up new revenues of work opportunities, hobbies and pets which all in turn generate more income. Players can furthermore switch between sims directly or through the world map and thus through buildings. There are a plethora of menus and different routes and shortcuts to controls Sims yet on the whole is easy to navigate through.
Features of The Sims™ FreePlay
LET THE FREEPLAY BEGIN! CREATE UP TO 34 CUSTOMIZED SIMS FROM HEAD TO TOE, AND…
- Design dream homes complete with swimming pools and multiple stories
- Live out your perfect Sims story at every stage of life from Babies to Seniors
- Get to know your Sims and give them unique personalities for them to live out their Life Dreams
- Visit your real friends’ Sim Towns! Complete goals, form new relationships and compare your friends’ interior design skills against yours!
- Care for pets, grow gardens, even bake a cake
- Give your Sims careers and earn Simoleons to improve their situations
- Complete goals for Lifestyle Points, then spend them on hip items
- Live with your Sims in real-time
…and most of all, play for FREE!
MORE SIM-ULATING POSSIBILITIES
Will your Sims be friends – or enemies? Form relationships with a slap, a high-five (or some Woohoo!). Make your town bustle with pet stores, car dealerships, supermarkets and even a beach! Expand your city as you get more Sims.
Tips ‘n’ Tricks for The Sims™ FreePlay
Just as with every other build and clicker is to be active! Certain aspects of the game will progress in real time without being online, yet to truly enjoy, players need to invest time and energy into the game. By constantly logging in players can maximize profits by collecting as soon as they become available as well as embarking on tasks etc. and building new structures as soon as they become possible to do so.
By taking part in quests / tasks players can unlock various hobbies for their Sims. Unlocking these hobbies can take a lengthy amount of time and can actually be a little bit of a hassle as players must devote valuable time and resources to one particular Sim, yet in the long run unlocking numerous hobbies is an absolute must. Therefore, as doubtful as it may seem in the buildup, once completed the rewards quickly pay off in excess!
With so many buildings being locked at the start with only a few being able to build, it is easy to be unsure of what to concentrate limited resources on. However, once the town has as least four Sims residing, then players’ first priority should be to build and staff the pet store. Pets are an extremely passive way of increasing the quality of life of Sims and in return, earn easy Simoleons, XP and the coveted Lifestyle points!
“Lifestyle Points” are the premium ‘diamond’ currency of the game where just like all other build games is the primary method of baiting players to buy IAP’s. This means that LifeStyle points can be used for most common things like exchanging for Simoleons and (most obnoxiously) speeding up build times. Thus, if wanting to enjoy The Sims Freeplay by its title and play for free, it is imperative to horde the LifeStyle points away and only spend on thrifty purchases like pets or designer homes etc. This all of course becomes purely academic if players have the means and will to spend countless IRL money – in which case, spend away!
With Simoleons income being very, very sparse in the beginning it can be hard to know what to concentrate on when starting out. That said the best way to quickly leap frog through the game is to obtain as many Sims as possible as quickly as possible! Not only does this unlock more revenue produces opportunities of constructing new buildings but also generates more income from the number of Sims themselves. Therefore, it is possible to simply build multiple empty lots which are considerably cheaper than an apartment or house, which in turns adds another Sim to your populace for very little money. Doing so multiple times is by far and away the best way to spend through the game.
However!! Since the Sims need to take care of everyday bodily functions like resting, eating, cleaning etc. it is easy to simply grind out gameplay or invest in IAP’s in order to buy each and every Sim their own house filled with amenities. Yet this is not necessary!! By having just one or two furbished apartments, players can rotate their Sims to sleep, eat and wash in any house they choose which negates the need to spend heavily on building and furnishing residential buildings and instead allows players to invest in revenue produces building where the Sims can work and also gain XP!
This is also extremely important as the game works in a weighted, pricing structured tiered system where the same item will cost more depending on players’ levels. So again, to counterbalance this, it is highly recommended to save and by a fully furbished house first when it is the cheapest and then only buy empty lots after that. It is also great to set the majority of Sims on tasks and while waiting for them to finish and rather than idly wait by, invest some time earning free money, items, XP and prizes by watching back-to-back video advertisements.
Personal Impressions // Review of The Sims™ FreePlay
Within the first few minutes of the game, it quickly becomes obvious that the biggest hurdle is gathering enough cash to fund projects which produce more cash. This catch 22 of not being able to build the means to earn more money is trying and best and truly tests players’ patience. Had the game been a little more generous at the beginning to at least allow players to get a decent footing before setting on the grind then Sims FreePlay would have been a lot more enjoyable.
That said however, by all intents and purposes The Sims™ FreePlay due to its real-time build times, is designed to be a game enjoyed over the long term and not just a quick blast and burn download. So as long as players keep this in mind and have the patience to play for short regular sessions over a long, long time – then this Sims game is well worth the while.
So just to break it down in an easy to balance format;
- The graphics are clean.
- The sounds are crisp.
- The depth of storyline is enjoyable.
- Longevity of gameplay is very high (if one has the patience).
- (The Pets are adorably cute!)
However on the flip side;
- Navigating between menus is a little cumbersome.
- Loading times between menus can be slow and stagnant.
- Takes a long time to overcome the first few hurdles.
- Tasks, Quests & Events are extremely protracted.
- IAP’s are expensive considering how much of an asset that are to micro transactions.
- Considerably more structured with less free-will than PC versions.
All in all and despite that the negatives seem to outweigh the positives, The Sims™ FreePlay can be enjoyed from start to finish completely free so for that the game scores a solid four stars out of five.
App Specifics for The Sims™ FreePlay
5.30.3 (iOS) (Last Update Jun 10 2017) (as at the time of writing)
5.30.3 (Android) (Last Update Jun 09 2017) (as at the time of writing)
623 MB (iOS)
74.2 MB (Android)
100,000,000 – 500,000,000
7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
2.3.3 and above.
Rated for 12+
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese.
$0.99 ～ $159.99
Download The Sims™ FreePlay
App Store : iOS
Google Play: Android
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And as always, ‘happy gaming’!