The Sims Freeplay, Galloping to Remain in the Race
Types: Game, Simulation
With its latest update that included horses, unicorn, and horse-related hobbies, The Sims Freeplay gallops to remain fresh.
Sims Freeplay, by Electronic Arts, is the latest incarnation of the popular Sims franchise. The first installment, The Sims, released in 2000, was very-well received by critics and fans, spawning sequels (The Sims 2, The Sims 3) and spin-offs (The Sims Online, The Sims Stories, The Sims Social) for different platforms that included the Wii, Facebook, and now iOS and Android for The Sims Freeplay. If one thing was obvious, The Sims is here to stay.
The Sims Freeplay's premise is the same as its parents. You control people called Sims, taking care of their needs (i.e., hunger, bladded, energy, fun) while obtaining some goals (or you can choose not to). You can marry them with other Sims, teach them how to dive, make them drive around town, have them woohoo (make love) with each other, or even fight. Their lives depend on your fingers (and your time). You play god.
A freemium version of the Sims franchise, you can play the game without spending anything. At least, that's what EA wants you to feel. Like The Sims 3 before it, and other iOS apps that offer in-game purchases, The Sims Freeplay also boasts its own store where you can trade your dollars for Simeleons, Lifestyle Points, or Social Points that you need in obtaining some furniture, clothing, or pre-built houses in the game. But no pressure! You are not forced to do so. You can still play the game without buying from the store. In fact, the game has quests and challenges you can complete that will grant you Lifestyle and Social Points. These quests and challenges are time-based though. If you find yourself out of time and you badly need those Points for something (I spent $9 one time), the store will happily accept your money.
The Sims Freeplay is not a new game. It's still The Sims on a different technology (iOS and Android). Just like other game franchises out there, it must adapt with the times and keep things fresh. The Sims Freeplay does exactly at that. It's not perfect but the charm is still there.
Pros: Free, highly repetitive, and game gets updates.
Cons: Items in the store are pricey.
Summary: As the freemium version of The Sims, Freeplay is worth playing. It's not gigantic as The Sims for PC and MAC, but it's not as restricted as the failed The Sims Social on Facebook.