The Sims Mobile
A pocket-sized life
Free (IAPs) From Electronic Arts, ea.com Made for iPhone, iPad Needs iOS 9 or later The Sims Mobile is not the first mobile Sims game. That honor went to The Sims FreePlay, a freemium game that came out seven years ago. The Sims Mobile is freemium as well, but in a much more enjoyable way than its predecessor.
The Sims Mobile is a focused experience, doing away with complete freedom of choice in favour of “stories” — small chapters of life based on your career, relationship, and hobbies, with rewards for completing each stage. Perhaps you’ll be a doctor, trying to figure out the mysterious Llama Flu, or an aspiring foodie learning the cooking ropes. Each one is accompanied by charmingly quirky writing, as well as unique and funny interactions, and rewards that range from money, to experience points, to gaining new clothing.
There are, like in any freemium game, multiple currencies, and it is with these that you buy everything: clothes, furniture, even new Sims. Without paying for a single piece of content, you can slowly earn enough to buy that new oven you’ve had an eye on, and with careful, attentive playing (which can be achieved by turning on push notifications) you can end up raking in the Simoleons in no time.
The Sims Mobile is incredibly well–made, with custom animations and objects that are impressively detailed for such a small screen. Your Sim will heave a sigh when they fail, sweep their paramour off their feet, and stir a souffle mix with such panache that it’s hard not to see those little people on–screen as real life humans that you can control.
It’s a simplified version of the PC game, for sure, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing — it’s well-suited to the mobile platform. the bottom line. Not the full Sims experience, but a streamlined pocket version.
Everything is done through “stories,” which are completed with daily tasks and hangouts.