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The Sims 3for Android

1.5.21

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MAXIS has converted their classic simulation game scenes to Android. You look after your character, making sure they are clean well-fed and happy. Climb to the top of your career or focus on romance; the choice is yours!

A world on your cell phone

It is easy to spend hours on this definitive virtual life sim.

The Sims has been around since the turn of the new millennium. While The Sims 2 left a lot of fans disappointed, The Sims 3 is a redeeming entry into the series. So what’s new?

For starters, you’ll notice a Wishes system here. This provides additional tasks to complete as you help realize your characters' dreams. These are often in the form of mini-games. Some of these games utilize the accelerometer in your phone, which is a cute variation in gameplay. It’s always noteworthy when developers make the most of the platform.

MAXIS has done an excellent job porting this title to mobile, but it lacks some of the depth you’ll find in the PC version. The desktop edition features open-world environments; the mobile app has to make do with loading screens, which breaks the flow.

The game has a couple of important weak spots. The controls can sometimes be a little fiddly as a consequence of a desktop game being crammed into a mobile, but the graphics remain sharp and engaging. Also, the music is on a short loop and can become a bit repetitive; be prepared to mute.

Where can you run this program?

The Sims 3 is available on Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Bada, Symbian, BlackBerry OS, and Windows Phone as well as all major consoles.

Is there a better alternative?

No. A similar game would be SocioTown. It’s a free browser-based alternative, although it doesn't yet have the polish of The Sims.

Our take

This game is a bit pricey for a mobile game, but EA have packed the essence of the desktop version into a smartphone.

Should you download it?

Yes. If this form of open-world simulation is your thing, The Sims is the best option.

The Sims 3for Android

1.5.21

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