Admit it. We’ve all played this game at least once in our lifetime. Now before you dismiss this game as more of a girl-centric one, this is to remind you that The Sims is for both genders. Anyone remembers playing The Game of Life? That board game which was a life simulation which was the first of its kind – no doubt it was fun but in all honesty, it really was a poor imitation of the real thing. We all grew tired of being represented by pegged pieces of red and green, trying to achieve major life goals like graduating from college, choosing a profession, getting married, having kids, buying houses as players are made to travel along the road, filling their cars with more pegged plastic children. You could tell there was a dire need for the incorporation of artificial intelligence in that game.
And this is when in 2000, Maxis – a subsidiary of Electronic Arts (EA) came up with The Sims. What makes this game so great is that here there really was no need to achieve any defined goals here. Instead, the game creates virtual players called “the Sims” and places them in hopes and also helps in navigating our moods and fulfilling our desires. Players almost have all their authority on our virtual avatars to anything like cook, watch TV, clean, read, socialize, flirt etc with the sole exception like finding jobs, paying bills, having kids – which are all at the discretion of the player. And despite the fact the game really has no life goals to accomplish but instead, fulfilling the day-to-day living necessities is what made it so addicting. The players had an option to opt for additional expansion packs which allowed their Sims to do a wide range of activities.
Over the years, The Sims has turned to be one of the most popular games in the world and ended up inspiring other video game developers to design similar Life-simulation video games. The Sims can now be found on any platform like PC, Browser, PS2, PS3, PS4, XBOX 360, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance and now even on Android and iOS. The developers have also expanded many versions of this game like The Sims 2, 3, 4, The Sims Social (for Facebook) etc. Anyways, if you have played this game and grown tired of playing it and exhausting all the expansion packs, here is the list of video games similar to The Sims that are our recommendations. You can find these games like The Sims for PS4, mac, PlayStation 4, android, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iphone and even online.
1. Cities: Skylines (Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX One)
While this game might not be necessarily similar to the traditional The Sims games, Cities: Skylines offers a very different dynamic to those gamers who are not really interested in feeding their virtual avatars and instead will impress all those people who are very much into turning the game’s maps into beautifully detailed and intricately designed cities. It offers the players a very challenging gameplay experience by trying to build functional cities that can satisfy the requirements of all its residents. It boasts of a lot of cool features like getting to play the city mayor, create schools with a click, designate zones for residential, commercial and industrial purposes, provide utility services, reaping tax benefits and repeating the cycle all over again so as to achieve new milestones. Overall, a very fun game indeed.
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