While it doesn't look like there's another regular Sims game on the horizon, EA and Maxis are forging ahead once more on iOS and Android with The Sims Mobile (download for Android, download for iOS), a free-to-play version of the game available today for your simulation pleasure. Because sometimes it's easier to tackle virtual life problems than your own real ones! If you've ever wanted to work at a coffee shop or restaurant to afford decorating the heck out of a house, now's your time to shine. Let's take a look at the details.
Like most Sims games, you start out with the character creator. You can just randomize until you find something you like, or you can customize. Your options are about what you'd get from a Sims game without any DLC installed, but I was still able to create a reasonable facsimile of my glorious visage, right down to the glasses. You can also randomize your name, and I ended up with Dax Barth, which sounds pleasingly like a Star Wars villain.
From there, you're presented with a modest one-bedroom house, and the game walks you through tutorials for decorating, interacting with objects, chatting with other characters, getting a job, and performing your job. At first, your only choice is the barista life. As your character levels up, you'll get more options, some of which require in-game currency to unlock.
And there is a lot of currency. You have good ol' Simoleons, which are relatively plentiful; SimCash, which accelerates timers and allows you to buy special items; fashion gems, which unlock more clothing options; Sim Tickets, which you use to buy additional character slots (you get two for free); and heirloom tickets, which you use to buy heirloom-grade decorations. This type of decoration comes with boosts, which primarily come in the form of additional energy. Activities at work cost energy, which you recharge at home, kind of like real life. It also automatically recharges over time, albeit slowly.
But despite the variety of buyable currencies, The Sims Mobile does feel less grindy than The Sims FreePlay, its predecessor from 2011. And there are no ads. So if you're a fan of the series, it's definitely worth a look.