The Sims (GCN)
Simulation 14 January 2003
A bestselling life simulator developed by Maxis, a studio that specializes in the genre (they've created SimCity, SimTown and other titles). The Sims enables the player to take care of a virtual family of Sims. During the game the player must take care of various needs of his characters – starting with typically physiological ones (eating, toilet, hygiene etc.), through social relations, to career. The player has great freedom in expanding his family’s house, which can be furnished with various items that will be useful for the Sims. The gameplay mechanics are based on very simple principles and lack any violence, making the game a good title for casual players. A specific humor and large number of funny animations of character’s reactions are worth mentioning.
The Sims 2 (GCN)
Simulation 24 October 2005
A sequel to the bestselling human life simulation game – The Sims (2000). The Sims 2 was developed by Maxis Studio (SimCity, EA Land, and others) in cooperation with the Electronic Arts company. Players again take care of virtual characters leading them through their entire lives – from early childhood till elderly age. The main goal is to achieve as high Life Score as possible, which stands for how well a sim leads his/her life. When compared with its predecessor, The Sims 2 offers much more complex character creator and a wider array of available objects. A new, more efficient game engine allowed for presenting the life of the sims in fully 3D graphics.
The Sims 2: Pets (GCN)
Simulation 17 October 2006
The fourth expansion for the popular game The Sims 2, in which you control the daily lives of player-created characters. As the title suggests, the expansion adds various pets to the game: from dogs and cats to guinea pigs, fish, hamsters and birds. You can design your pets just like your human Sims. They can also wear many accessories, such as scarves and collars. You have to remember, however, that the pets don't live forever and you have to take care of their basic needs, such as hunger and the need to relieve themselves. Dogs and cats in particular require quite a lot of entertainment, care, and training. The Sims 2: Pets includes a reward and punishment system, which allows you to better train your animal companion — otherwise, you risk mischief and collateral damage. Curiously, the well-cared-for pets can become show-business stars, which earns you a monthly reward.
The Sims: Bustin' Out (GCN)
Simulation 16 December 2003
The Sims: Bustin' Out is a game combining elements of adventure and life simulator. The production is the responsibility of the Maxis development studio team. Players direct the actions of a teenager (boy or girl) who found himself on his uncle's farm to learn many useful skills in life.