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Sims will Woo Hoo with each other right there in the living room while their neighbors sit on the couch watching their television. (Kinky!)

 

If you have been playing the Sims franchise of games for very long (I started in February, 2000) you get a feel for how they work. Having played Sims Freeplay for a few weeks, here are some of my more in-depth reactions to some of the odder bits of the game.
 
1. No free will
Sims Freeplay is frequently compared to a Tamagotchi, and the comparison is apt. If you leave your little Sims or simply neglect their needs for too long, bad things happen. They have zero free will. Left to their own devices, they will simply stand right where you last put them, stinking, starving, exhausted, and having to pee. They won't lift a finger to help themselves, which can feel frustrating to an experienced Simmer.

 
Can a Sim die in Freeplay? I haven't tested this yet, but I suspect not. Because it would be too easy for them to die. If death was on the table, every time you left your game for more than a few days, you would come back to a town full of dead Sims. That would sure make players angry!
 
2. No shame or sense of home
Freeplay lacks the programming logic that tells Sims who their friends and family members are, and which home they live at. (According to a splash screen tip, Sims are supposed to earn more when they perform an action on their home lot. That's not the case in my game, but I'm not sure if the tip is wrong, or my game is just broken. Even odds, there.)
 
As a result, Sims will Woo Hoo with each other right there in the living room while their neighbors sit on the couch watching their television. (Kinky!) You can have a complete stranger showering in the bathroom, and send another Sim in to use the toilet, and no one will complain. Strangers will even share beds with each other without complaint. 
 
I want to say "they're like animals," but animals know whose bed is whose!
 
This is convenient for the player. But it's also a little disconcerting.
 
3. Prices fluctuate wildly
In most of the Sims games, the price of something is its price, end of story. (Not counting celebrity discounts or sales at the bookstore, of course.) But in Sims Freeplay, the cost to add a new Sim or build a town building varies depending on your player level and number of Sims. The higher your player level, and the more Sims you have, the more expensive everything becomes. (Which is why you shouldn't add more Sims until the game tells you to!)
 

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Bookworm

I laughed out loud at your post! These are all the same frustrations I've had! They're just little robots without a brain. I even had several neighbors over to one house, then developed romantic relationships between all of them, make to male and female to male and female to female - they really don't see, to care - and then had them all woohoo with one another, right in front of husbands and wives, etc. you're right, it's very disconcerting! I've been adding sims to my town out of order using points, but now I wish I'd waited, because like you said everything is super expensive now. I wish they would develop more things for them to so. For instance, I built the nightclub, and while they can go there, you can't click on the DJ stand and have them dance to music like you can on the home stereos, you can't have them gt items from the bar, either. You can click on each other and top have them dance, but that action only lasts 10 seconds. The only other thing you can have them do there is sit at the tables and stare at one another! I'm thinking this game should be called The Stepford Sims... Hehe.

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Yosim

@Bookworm: I guess you're doing something wrong at the nightclub. When one sim becomes the Dj at the nightclub, the other sims can dance on the dance floor. When one sim becomes the bartender, other sims can buy drinks. You have to tap the Dj equipment on stage or the taps on the bar counter to have someone become a Dj or bartender.

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Martina

Oh man the sims free play is so funny i let them married and they are all girls nd after thet i let them have a baby and it is a girl the while family is girls

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Gvuguvibi

I am new and I made all of them spew by shaking my device it was gross

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Gemma

Every thing complained about is The same thing I suffer from, This game could be improved a lot. It's a great game but I want more excitement. Like sex in a bed, in a hammock bathtub make it more realistic for God's sake! I want them to be able to grind on each other when they're at The night club but no... They're Just dancing Pfft. I guess since it's The 'freeplay. It's not supposed to be as fun as The Real thing...

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Kathryn

Yeah, the strict PG rating is really stifling my creativity. The most stifling thing for me is that sex doesn't lead to babies, and there is no pregnancy! I guess we get what we pay for.

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Methot

Yea it is still fun and if you think it has all these problems and messed up stuff delete the app And find a better one

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Jal

I actually had never played Sims game until Freeplay. I liked it enough that I bought Sims 4. Now having played both it's hard to pick a favorite. The options are obviously far superior in 4. The autonomy is great. Though it feels more like a dollhouse where Freeplay feels like a game. Freeplay has events and goals and rewards with new content/objects. 4 doesn't seem to have that kind of required interaction because if you want some new hairstyles you just download some CC from a plethora of sites. The jobs and even needs can be skipped with cheat codes. This is not bad. I like having that option. The one thing I like most about Freeplay over 4 is having my friends as neighbors and being able to visit their towns and interact with their Sims and vice versa. I know many in the Sims community are very against any kind of online/social aspect. Any time someone mentions wanting a social feature they get met with "go play Second Life then" or warnings about how Sims Online failed and they don't want a feature that would slow down their game. But I think the way Freeplay handles it is a nice compromise. You do not have to add friends. You do not have to go visit them or allow them to visit you. I just think it would be a nice option for those that want it.

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