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, 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.