The creators of The Sims 3 on mobile and The Sims Social on Facebook has released The Sims Freeplay for iOS for both iPhone and iPad. In the game you will create up to sixteen customized Sims and their houses to interact with. Your Sims can do the usual Sims activities and careers to acquire Simoleons, the in-game cash. Completing goals in the game will give you Livestyle Points, which you can use to speed up tasks or buy items. Of course, there is always the option to purchase Simoleons and Lifestyle points via in-app purchase if you don’t want to take the time to slowly gather them.
Let’s check out the options for customization of your Sims. You can name your Sims, choose your gender, their hair style, clothing tops, pants, and shoes. Don’t worry if you don’t like the look of your Sim, you can always adjust them later, except for gender and name. I took the liberty of tabulating the amount of customizations you have below.
|Customization||Amount of Options
|Amount of Options
|Hair Styles||18 (with 5 colors each)||14 (with 5 colors each)|
|Tops||154 (21 styles)||159 (26 styles)|
|Bottoms/Pants||144 (24 styles)||123 (20 styles)|
|Shoes||139 (20 styles)||97 (15 styles)|
|Premade Outfits||29 (6 styles)||23 (7 styles)|
Controls & Interface
Controls in the Sims are pretty intuitive. You use a single finger to move the screen by swiping or tapping to interact with objects or people. Your two finger motions are used to zoom and rotate the screen. Zooming is accomplished by the usual pinching or expanding motions, and to rotate, you leave one finger stationary as your pivot point while the other moves the camera around that pivot.
Sims FreePlay follows the same six Sim needs: social, fun, hunger, hygiene, bladder, and energy. These are all displayed along with your Sims overall happiness level in a compact dashboard in the corner, which also displays your Sims current goal. Other than that there are buttons which take you to customize your Sim, to access the item store to decorate, to view your town map, and in-game app purchase store.
In Sims Freeplay, game time occurs at the same pace as real world time, so when it’s night for you it’s nighttime for your Sims. The Sims Freeplay gameplay is pretty familiar if you’ve played any of the series. You still complete activities and go to work to acquire Simoleons, and complete goals to acquire Lifestyle points. Simoleons is the cash you use to decorate and customize your houses. Lifestyle points can be used to purchase unique items for your Sims, cupcakes to fulfill your Sims needs and make them inspired, or use them to speed up tasks. In-game app purchases are available if you want to use real money to purchase Simoleans or Lifestyle points. The amount of customization possibilities for your houses and town are great and should allow you to create unique looks for each of your Sims.
Otherwise, the game is what you make it. Choose how your Sims will interact with each other, build and destroy relationships, and create a town for your Sims to interact in with pet stores, car dealerships, and grocery stores. Best of all, do it all for free! Unless you are impatient, in which case you can use in-game purchases to speed up your creations.