The 17 best games like Sims to play right now
The Sims, arguably the most beloved life simulation video game series, has been enjoyed by many since the day it was first released in February 2000. In total, there are four games in the main series, titled in numerical order. . – The Sims, The Sims 2 (released 2004), The Sims 3 (2009) and The Sims 4 (2013). But there are many games that are like The Sims series, with a different twist.
Here’s a selection of 17 games like The Sims, ranked from good to best.
17. 7 sins
7 Sins is a life simulation game in which the player controls a male character who lives in a city ruled by sex, fame and wealth. The objective of the game is to become famous in the fictional Apple City, while making decisions related to the seven deadly sins, such as greed and lust. Therefore, there are seven chapters to play.
7 Sins is rated 18, and it’s very clear why, due to the mischievous edge to it. Although some of the dialogue can be very unusual, it is interesting to see how your choices influence the game.
So if you fancy a Sims game that is more rated for adults, then 7 Sins is a good choice for you.
My rating: 5/10
Can you conquer one of the sins with a dinner by candlelight? (Probably yes!)
There are over 100 non-player characters you can interact with.
IMVU (short for “Instant Messaging Virtual Universe”) is a social networking virtual world that was launched in 2004, and you can see the Sim-like elements due to the 3D avatars that players must create in order to play. It is available online for free through a standard browser, and there are also some mobile apps for iOS and Android available.
At IMVU, members first create their own 3D avatars and can meet other members, create items, and play games with that avatar. The biggest difference to The Sims is the multiplayer capability that IMVU offers. You can connect with players from all over the world, talk to them, and walk through the virtual 3D world with them.
Although I personally prefer to play The Sims single player and focus more on building my own family and buildings, IMVU is a must for players who prefer the multiplayer side of games and meet different players from around the world.
My rating: 5/10
The room decoration possibilities are endless!
You can enjoy a relaxing boat ride while chatting with other players online.
Kudos, a life simulation game developed by Positech Games, was released in 2006. Its sequel, Kudos 2, was released two years later. The gameplay of Kudos is quite similar to that of The Sims, as the player controls the life of a character. However, in Kudos, the player can only control the life of their character for ten virtual years, starting when the character is 20 years old and ending when the character turns 30.
The game focuses much more on the life of the character itself, and less on the 3D aesthetics as in The Sims, since it is based on the art of 2D characters. The player, during each turn (which is counted as a single day, or half a day on weekends), chooses from a variety of activities that shape the character’s life in terms of their personality, mind, and body.
While playing, I missed the ability to build things for my character, like a house or a restaurant, but nonetheless, it is very interesting how the game focuses solely on one character, and the slightest choice can change the path. of the character’s life. So if you fancy a game that focuses on the choices that affect the life of a virtual character, and you wouldn’t miss the building side, Kudos is a good game for you.
My rating: 6/10
Who is the best person to socialize?
NPCs also send you social invites, will you accept them?
14. Life Quest
Life Quest, like Kudos, focuses much more on the life of your character and less on the 3D aesthetics offered by The Sims. However, the style is somewhat charming.
The idea behind Life Quest is quite simple: you create a character and help shape their life, from the moment they graduate from high school. You have to find a job for your character and keep an eye on the amount of money he has, all while completing the objectives.
It’s not exactly the most challenging game out there, however this can be an advantage if you’re looking for a nice and simple game to sit and play without going into all the details that The Sims goes into.
My rating: 6/10
The element of competition can also be found in this life simulation game.
And the bonuses you get if you win are worth it!
13. Singles: flirt with your life
Singles: Flirt Up Your Life was released in 2003 and has a very Sim-like feel. You control a couple who are single and live in the same apartment. While keeping an eye on their desires, like hunger and energy (like in The Sims), your goal is basically to “hook up” the two singles on your floor. They must first become friends and then finally start a romantic relationship.
The game is not exactly mission based, but there is an end goal in sight (that is, connecting the two characters in the game). This game is perfect for those who love The Sims, but prefer to have some sort of end goal in the game, compared to the open-ended type of game like The Sims.
My rating: 6/10
Those two seem to be getting along!
A little flirting never hurts anyone!
12. Virtual families 2
Virtual Families 2 is similar to The Sims in that players control a character and assist him in his virtual life, from finding a job to starting and starting a family. The player faces a variety of random events along the way to keep him on his toes. Players can praise or scold their characters to shape and adapt their personalities, adding a nice touch of customization to the game.
An interesting difference with The Sims is that Virtual Families 2 runs in real time: every minute of the game is equal to one minute in real life. So if you decide to play at night, it will also be night in the game! This makes the game quite exciting and avoids the possibility of the game becoming too repetitive, as I sometimes find to be the case in The Sims after playing several days in the game.
Virtual Families 2 is a good game for those who want to try something outside of The Sims, without straying too far from the idea behind it: controlling the life of a virtual character.
My rating: 7/10
That kid’s room is a bit messy!
The whole family sits down to enjoy a meal together.