Video games out in the market these days are often released on every platform available, be it home console, handheld device, or even a mobile phone version. The Sims series is privy to this as well, especially with the recent release of The Sims Mobile. But just how different is the mobile version of the beloved franchise?
The Sims Mobile: What You Need to Know
For the uninitiated, The Sims series is one of those games that simply call for long stretches of time dedicated to developing not just your character, but their living arrangements, relationships, and careers as well. That said, creating a new iteration of The Sims in the form of a mobile game may seem out of place. However, The Sims Mobile manages to balance out the need to spend hours of gameplay with the portability of a mobile phone.
Interestingly, the mobile version of The Sims comes with a list of basic goals that players can accomplish, giving the game a bit of structure despite the nature of its gameplay. Though the game is free-to-play, it involves a timing system in which certain tasks may take several real-time hours to complete. On the other hand, in-game purchases can help pass the time faster. Most mobile games are no stranger to such an approach, and it seems The Sims is now following suit as well.
On top of this To Do List, a player’s Sim also has Quests that it can complete as well. This ranges from changing the Sim’s appearance to simply adding a new piece of furniture to your home. By accomplishing Quests, players can earn more Sim money, which can be used to purchase certain items.
The mobile iteration of The Sims is also fairly seamless with its simple touch and tap controls. This makes rearranging furniture in your Sim’s house much easier. Additionally, it makes for easy controlling of your Sim itself, from directing it to eat or sleep, to interacting with other Sims in the game.
While players first start out with just one Sim, the game will eventually allow the creation of additional custom Sims as players progress. Moreover, customization of a Sim is much broader in this mobile iteration, with heaps of different distinguishing features and style options to make your ideal character. Different personality traits can also be chosen to further customize a Sim. The game is also rather up-to-date with the current state of technology in this generation, as it makes use of emojis in dialogue between Sims.
The Sims Mobile is now available on iOS and Android.