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The Sims 3

For: Mobile   Also on: Android, DS, 3DS

Domestic bliss

Product: The Sims 3 | Developer: IronMonkey Studios | Publisher: Electronic Arts | Format: Mobile | Genre: Casual, Simulation | Players: 1 | Format: J2ME | File size: 899KB | Reviewed on: K810i other handsets | Version: Europe
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Making a new instalment of one of the most popular games on the planet must be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, a lot of people will buy it whether it's good or not, and everyone will sit up and take notice of it just because they've heard of it.

On the other hand, it gets increasingly difficult to impress your audience. They've swung around tombs, filled grids with jewels and raced rally cars around mud tracks four or five times before. Why should they pay to do it again?

For The Sims it must be particularly tough. After all, this is a game about real life - about getting a job, cooking meals and making friends. There's only so much you can change before you start making the game less real and destroying the whole reason The Sims is so popular.

But The Sims 3 manages it. By enhancing everything the game already had and implementing similar systems to those in the new PC game of the same name (life goals, wishes and random moral decisions), it not only improves the experience, but makes it feel like an entirely new game rather than a mere update to The Sims 2.

Just like the PC game, The Sims 3 takes the emphasis off micro-managing the needs of your Sim person (they're still there, but easier to see to) and puts it onto the bigger things in life. A blessing because, let's face it, there's only so much entertainment you can cream off depriving a virtual person of the toilet then watching them wet themselves at a party (before curling into a ball and sobbing with the shame of it).

Actually, now I've written that, I've realised that particular example will probably never get old.

But doing the cooking and cleaning the kitchen has gotten old, and that's why The Sims 3 needed to evolve the franchise.

So, you can now visit other places in the neighbourhood whenever you like. And even interact with other Sims you see wondering around while you're out. You can go to the supermarket and stock up on ingredients for a meal, or go fishing, then return home and cook up a recipe by playing a cooking mini-game.

Best of all, for fans of soap operas (or just of causing trouble), you can visit other Sims' houses. Options while you're round include eating all their food, sleeping in their bed, using their shower and making 'woo hoo' with their life partner. Right in front of their faces.

Of course, they'll throw you out if you cause too much trouble. As well as form a lifelong hatred of your Sim.

Which brings me on to another great feature in The Sims 3 - which is the breadth of conversational options you get when you talk to another Sim. You have all sorts of options to choose from, and can choose to make another Sim an enemy, best friend or love interest.

In case you're wondering what benefits making enemies with everyone could have, that answer lies in the game's new 'wish' system.

Wishes pop up throughout the game - goals such as learning to fish, cleaning the toilet, or making friends (or enemies) with every Sim in town. When they do, you can choose to lock them in as one of your four current wishes, or ignore them.

They give the game a purpose - and an addictive one at that. They also make it a massive challenge, since there are 75 of these wishes to unlock.

Your Sim also comes with persona-based goals, which are personalised to them. If you created a 'sleazy' Sim at the start of the game, for instance, one or their goals might be to make woo hoo eight times in one day. These are bigger, more long-distance objectives adding yet another layer to the gameplay.

It's testament to how much depth its makers have managed to cram into a mobile version of The Sims 3 that there's more to this game than there is room in this review to go into it in all. As well as everything above, you can also develop your Sims' careers, buy new furniture and objects for their houses, get married, and respond to moral decisions, like whether to steal from work.

There are also mini-games to play for all of the key activities in the game - cooking, fishing, repairing items, cleaning and gardening. Winning mini-games means upping the number of skill points your Sim has for that activity.

The Sims 3 has really raised the bar from the previous game in the series. Our only gripe is that the loading times before entering buildings are a bit lengthy. Everything else nails The Sims experience perfectly - it's got strategy, long-lasting gameplay, realism, fun and goals that'll have you hooked. Expect it to take over your phone for some time.
The Sims 3
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Kath Brice | 1 June 2009
Brilliant mobile version of the latest Sims game which introduces all sorts of goals and activities to make it pure fun and addictiveness wrapped up in the familiar Sims skin
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Aug 2011
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b2nd20 | 09:24 - 8 August 2011
Buying the fishing rod is one of your goals. It took forever on one of my later Simms but I went to the lake and got the goal.
If you've gotten to goal 70 the question marks for personal goals should be gone and goal displayed
U can't have babies on mobile.
After all goals the surprise is the pawn shop
You make a simm jealous by flirting with their partner
Jul 2011
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artin | 13:52 - 9 July 2011
hello does any1 know how to discover the last goal please email me at artinpoursahebgharan@gmail.com thanks
Jun 2011
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Ginny Weasley | 02:53 - 14 June 2011
there's no trash can inside Bernie's house you bitch!
May 2011
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BIG a | 16:59 - 6 May 2011
How do you have a baby!!! Every where i ask people say no or they give me the computer way. Just tell me if you can have a baby or not. If so HOW!!!
May 2011
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BIG M | 16:35 - 6 May 2011
How do you have a baby!!! I cant figure it out its so annoying. Can you even have a baby??
Anonymous | 15:05 - 12 February 2011
theres one trash can inside the house and its the trash can of bernie. get inside his house to kick his trash over and the kick over all the trash cans in torn will be achieved.
Anonymous | 10:51 - 21 November 2010
what the cheats to get money?
Anonymous | 13:27 - 7 November 2010
u left buying a repair kit
Anonymous | 17:00 - 17 September 2010
great game.....definitely holds your interest w/ lots of goals for your sim :O)
Anonymous | 19:33 - 28 February 2010
i am engaged & he lives with me .. butt how do i have a party. people say it says it when you pick up the phone but it doesnt help ?
also, how do you get your sim pregnant.. im no bothered weather its a boy or girl.. help please ?
thanks : )
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