The Sims, developed by Electronic Arts (EA), is a unique life simulation game in which players can create a family and take control of their lives. Sims can progress through their career ladder, and the game comes with a robust architecture tool for building the house of your Sim’s dreams.
If you’re looking for games that are similar to the Sims (e.g SIMS 4 etc), check out the following list we have collected for you:
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1) Second Life
Second Life has been around since 2003 and is the game on this list that most closely resembles The Sims Online. In Second Life, players create their own avatar that can be customized any way you like.
Second Life has a robust online community that creates new models, objects, and items for the game. These items can be bought and uploaded into the game for unlimited use. This customization aspect of the game makes it ideal for anyone who loves dressing up their Sims.
You can also own property in Second Life that can be designed to look any way you want. The architect component of Second Life is not quite as easy to use as The Sims. However, it offers much more customization through the ability to upload your content for decorations.
Touch is a browser-based rhythm game that lets players experience what it would be like to be a K-pop star. The world of Touch is music-focused, where players assume the role of a rising Kpop singer.
Your singer can be decked out in thousands of different clothing items as you compete against others. Touch features tons of songs from Korean singers and groups including Girls Generation, Infinite, Rain, Taeyang, Exo and more.
Touch gives players a dressing room to decorate much your Sim’s house. There is also online chat and guilds to join where you can band together with other players to compete in tournaments. Touch has an online aspect to it that The Sims is lacking, so definitely consider this one if you like the K-pop genre.
Players who dig the customization aspect of The Sims will find a lot to like in IMVU. Currently, it is the online world with the world’s most extensive virtual goods catalog, featuring over 30 million items and counting.
Much like The Sims, players create an avatar and have a virtual space that they can decorate to their heart’s content. Players can also chat with other players and invite them to their space. Much like Second Life, players can create items and sell them in-game to other players.
The game features currency systems that are designed to pay developers who create items for the game. Players obtain this currency and buy items with it and developers can use the currency to fund their IMVU accounts.
If managing someone else’s life is the part of The Sims that appeals to you, then you might enjoy Kudos. The game was developed in 2006 and aims to give players total control over the life of someone.
Players decide where their created character works, who they hang out with, and what they do to relax in their spare time.
Much like The Sims, you have total control over how your characters perceive the world. The game does not have 3D graphics but is presented more like a strategy game that gives you an overview of your person’s life. A free demo is available for anyone interested in trying the game.
5) Animal Crossing
The Animal Crossing series is an excellent choice for anyone who loves the locations in The Sims. Players are transported to a town of animal villagers that needs help becoming beautiful. Instead of assuming control of a whole family, players interact and build relationships with hundreds of animal villagers.
Player’s homes can be decorated with a variety of different themed items. Villagers learn your personality and preferences as you interact with them, offering you things they think you’ll like. You can fish, plant and breed flowers, find fossils, and build an entire town.
There are several different Animal Crossing games in the series. The first Animal Crossing game debuted on GameCube. AC: Wild World and AC: New Leaf appeared on the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS respectively. The Wii version of the game called AC: City Folk featured a large city for players to visit. A mobile version called AC: Pocket Camp is available to play for free on iOS and Android.
6) 7 Sins
7 Sins is a life simulation game with an interesting premise. Players guide their avatar through social decisions related to the seven deadly sins. The game takes place in Apple City. Throughout the game, player’s decisions are based on pride, wrath, greed, envy, lust, sloth, and gluttony.
Climbing the social ladder in the game requires building relationships, which unlocks new missions. The game features over 100 different characters to interact and build relationships throughout the game.
7) The Movies
The Movies debuted after the first Sims game in 2005, but the series obviously inspires its graphics. Players assume control of a movie studio and must produce movies that generate funding to hire better actors, more stages, and better props.
Actors and actresses must be managed, lest they go off track and cause problems for the studio. They can develop problem habits like alcoholism or drugs and can fall out of popularity if they are not featured enough. Players manage actors and actresses much like Sims, though you do not directly control them.
8) Singles: Flirt Up Your Life
Singles: Flirt Up Your Life released a few years after The Sims and was widely panned as an easier version of that game. Players follow routines to make their characters progress from small talk to professing love and finally running off to bed with their love interest. The game is focused on building relationships and having sex, rather than managing a character’s everyday life.
While characters in this game do have needs similar to The Sims, there are no consequences for not meeting them. For example, characters won’t starve to death if their hunger need reaches zero. There may be some value here for people who like the relationship aspect of The Sims, but this game was not well-reviewed when it was new.
9) Virtual Families 2
If raising a family in The Sims is your favorite aspect of the game, then Virtual Families 2 might appeal to you. Players choose a person from thousands of choices and help them choose a mate to start a family.
Players guide their character through their chosen career path. They can also expand and renovate the house for their virtual family. Your virtual person’s personality is shaped by the decisions you help them make. Random events can add an unexpected element to the game.
10) Avakin Life
Avakin Life compares more with the Second Life and IMVU than The Sims, due to the online aspect. Of those three games, it is the only one that is available on smartphones. Players of the game create their own avatar that can be dressed up with thousands of items. You can also build your own dream home in several exotic locations.
The online aspect of the game allows players to interact with millions of people across the globe. Players can take on a job and get paid to afford better items for their wardrobe and home. Become a fashion star or a trendsetter in this huge mobile world.
11) My Time at Portia
My Time At Portia places you in a charming town oddly enough set in a post-apocalyptic era where your mission is to restore your father’s workshop by using a variety of building mechanics, upgrading tools, and even crafting your own items.
You will also be taking on jobs from other community members while competing with the other builders in the town.
My Time At Portia merges a lot of the game-play elements you will find in a game like Stardew Valley and meshes it with the relationships and the bonds you can form in a game like the SIMS.
There are plenty of quirky NPC’s that you can interact with and the relationship-building has a lot of depth to it as you will be able to form romantic relationships, get married, start a life with your new partner, and more. There is just so much fun to be had in the town of Portia.
12) Stardew Valley
Stardew Valley captured the hearts of many when it was originally released. It sets you in a town where your grandfather’s old farm was located in Stardew Valley.
You start the game with old tools and only a limited budget with the goal to begin anew. This game might be a farming simulator at its core, but it is much more than that.
It is more of an open-ended RPG that allows you to create your own farm, learn to live off the land, interact with and become an integral member of the community, develop relationships, and explore.
It also packs in the beloved customization options that you would expect from a game that was partially inspired by the SIMS.
Each of the residents that you will come across will have their own lives and there is plenty to discover within it. There is also skill-building which allows you to learn new crafting recipes and give you the ability to customize your skills.
13) Family House Game
Family House is a game that gives you a lot of surprisingly in-depth mechanics that you might not be used to getting in a mobile game.
It allows you to re-create the ultimate dollhouse experience where your mission is to create a family house, improve it, grow your own food, interior decorating, and more. It also encourages you to explore your family history and meet your ancestors and form relationships with them.
14) Cities: Skylines
It is an open-ended simulation game that allows you to really tell your own story. You will be tasked with building an entire city from start to finish.
From having to budget, to map out public transportation systems, you will be responsible for maintaining every inch of your city and the various elements that go into running it.
It encourages creative freedom and it allows you to decide the fate of your entire city. Throughout the game, you will be forced to deal with some of the various things that real cities have to deal with like natural disasters, water pollution, and more.
15) House Flipper
If you are someone that is completely obsessed with watching the different remodeling shows on HGTV, you will fall in love with this game.
While the game is very simple in its premise, it offers a lot of unique customization options and you can tackle your dream of buying rundown homes, repairing them, renovating them, and giving them a second life to turn a profit.
Throughout the game, you will have to complete a variety of tasks including cleaning, laying tile, painting, and more.
If you are someone who really loves simulation-style games like the SIMS, you don’t want to miss out on the simulation game-play elements each of these games have to offer.
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