Video Game / The Sims Freeplay

The Sims Freeplay is a free-to-play mobile incarnation of The Sims series of life Simulation Games. It was initially released on December 15, 2011.

It plays similarly to The Sims 2 but is based on The Sims 3 assets. While mainline Sims titles use their own clock, The Sims Freeplay uses a real-time strategy based on games like FarmVille. Due to this, unlike the main series, it can take real-world hours to do simple tasks. While the game is free-to-play, it's better at this than other titles. The in-game currency, the Simoleon, is easy to get in-game and Life Points can be earned from completing tasks, watching advertisements, or hitting achievements.

The game started out very basic, but thanks to regular updates it now includes various things such as more clothes, children, new activities, etc. It still gets updates as well. The game is the third game in the Sims franchise to require an online connection to play. The Sims Online and The Sims Social were the previous two.

The Sims Freeplay contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Name Change: The "Child" stage is renamed to "Pre-teens" and "Elders" is renamed to "Seniors".
  • Holiday Mode: The game sometimes features events themed around upcoming or current holidays, such as the "Ghost Hunting Event" in October 2012 and "The Missing X-Mas Elves" in December 2013.
  • In-Universe Game Clock: Unlike most other titles, Freeplay uses a real-time clock. In most games 1 minute in-game is the equivalent of 1 real-life second. In Freeplay 1 minute takes literally 1 minute, unless you use Simoleons to get past that. This real-time clock system originated from the Nintendo DS version of The Sims 2 .
  • G Rated Sex: Update V5 12.0 added in the "Woo-Hoo" option, which, like in all Sims titles, is what sex is referred to.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: You can use simoleans to make wait time shorter.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Initially babies couldn't age, but future updates added in the ability to age up several stages.
  • Vocal Evolution: Inverted. Most likely due to it being a mobile game, the Sims don't have the range of noises they make in most titles of the game. It's more akin to The Sims 1.
  • You Require More Vespene Gas: Simoleans are treated this way