The Sims Mobile is a life simulation game developed by Maxis and Firemonkeys Studios, published by Electronic Arts. Just like the other series of Sims, it lures and keeps you attached to it for hours. According to Sensor Tower, the game’s revenue has exceeded $15 million in sales in the first four months of its release. The game allows you to create your own unique Sims with different personalities and building your very own home for your sims. Shaping your individual Sims lifestyle allows you to play together with other sims, you can create their hobbies and turn them into careers.
What exactly is a Life Simulation game?
In short, a player ultimately controls one or more virtual characters at the same time, maintaining or growing relationships, or simulating an ecosystem. Some examples of life simulation games would be Alter Ego, Animal Crossing, Harvest Moon as well as the all time popular, The Sims.
Objectives of the game
If you’ve played Sims before or if you’re totally new to the game, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. As mentioned earlier, Sims Mobile is a life simulation game, so just picture yourself having a life in the virtual world. You would have to keep yourself fed, sleep, shower, exercise etc. While you’re busy with those, you’ll have to manage your relationship, have a family, have kids and have a career while you’re at it. So really, it’s just like another life you have virtually.
Sometimes putting into words, it can seem daunting. Like how we manage our life juggling so many things at the same time. so putting it in a game can show us at times that we should slow down and focus on other aspects of our lives.
At the end of the day, whilst enjoying the game, you may actually find yourself reflecting upon your real life.
Creating a Sim
Ever wanted to customize how you look like or create your perfect significant other? *ding-dong* You’ve reached your destination. You’ll be able to customize even the tiniest detail of how you want your in-game self to look like as well as your characteristics which is also known as your traits. Traits can help each Sim to define their own personality. Of course each trait provides you with bonuses in your Career or Hobby and sometimes additional EXP when interacting with people. We will go deeper into what traits provide later.
Decorations are different as compared to clothes and cosmetics, these costs Simoleons (in-game currency). In order for you to get clothes with an in-game effect, you’d have to go to the special designer. The special designer will generate random and unique clothes for you. From the picture above you can see hearts floating about, that is one of the many in-game effects.
How do I progress in game?
There will be a series of quests for you to follow, and for every quest you clear you’ll be awarded with different rewards. However, at times you will not be able to complete the quest in one day and that’s okay, you can continue at a later date, this game has the auto-save feature.
You can assign your Sims to events. Events are part of their stories, like their hobbies and their relationships. You can also switch Sims while the events are running, each Sim can be assigned to one event at a time. Don’t worry if the event is completed and you’re not physically playing, the event completes itself the next time you log on.
Each Sim also has energy that can be used to perform various tasks. For example, if you assign your Sim to work, you can use energy to speed up the timer by completing the tasks required.
You’ll be given a house with all the necessities, but you’re gonna have to do a little bit of a clean up. Starting with the basics, you’ll be able to perform tasks like sleeping and showering. With that said, as you progress in the game, you’ll be able to customize your own home. Customizing with fancy furniture, planning its layout and altering the landscape and terrain. You can even add a pool and garden, whenever you feel bored of the original design, you can opt to rebuild with new ideas.
As you progress in-game, you will proceed to unlock and clear many chapters. For each chapter you clear you will unlock free furniture for your house. This will come in handy because sometimes you wouldn’t have enough Simoleons to afford what you need. This enables you to perform and progress in the game without having the need to worry about insufficient funds.
Interacting with other Sims
Interacting and building relationships with other sims, like how we do in reality. We socialize and talk to different people on a day to day basis the same concept is applicable here as well. From the image you can see that there’s a couple of options for you to introduce yourself to the other Sim. (yes Sims is very LGBTQ+ friendly) You can start by making friendly introduction or if it’s love at first sight, you can also opt to go for a flirty introduction. Of course that does not mean that you can immediately register for marriage after the introduction, no, you’ll have to improve your relationship with your significant other before you can move onto wedding planning etc.
There are options available for you to when you select certain actions, taking the image above as an example. You can choose to tell a certain type of story to increase your relationship. Whichever story you choose, will determine your relationship bar with the Sim. So think of it this way, for every decision you make, you will create a path for your Sim, however minor that decision is.
Starting out on your career
Speaking of traits, taking this Sim for example, he’s starting his job in a cafe as a barista. A trait that is beneficial for him would be Foodie, Sims with Foodie traits are generally better at barista and culinary careers.
Earlier we talked about starting events with Sims, taking the above for example. Once you perform a quick shift your Sim will be unavailable for any other events until this event is completed.
After starting an event, you’ll have the option to help your Sim out to shorten the time in the event. What this does is that, every time you help out your Sim, your Sim will finish his or her event faster.
All in all, we hope this gives you a quick insight of what Sims Mobile has to offer for you. Even though this is quite different from the Sims we played and experienced on PC, there are still some aspects of the game that are very similar to the Sims we know. Needless to say, since this is a mobile version, EA is still constantly improving the game by releases updates.
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