20 of the Best Sims Games: Base Games, Expansion Packs, and Spin-Offs

Best Sims Games

The Sims: a video game series that you’ve either played or at the very least heard of. First released in 2000, the life simulation video games have sold almost 200 million copies worldwide. 

Despite being one of the best-selling video games ever, there are so many different versions of the game; it can be hard to know which one to purchase. 

Coming up are 20 of the best Sims games. 

20. Best Sims Games: The Sims 4: City Living

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Deemed one of the most original series of the franchise, The Sims 4: City Living introduces players to the new city world of San Myshuno. Players can purchase apartments and penthouses; they can also attend musical festivals.

For those who have long played the game and want to leave behind their home in the suburbs, The Sims 4: City Living is an ideal choice. Players can enjoy city life, embark on new metropolitan careers, and even work their way up from a starter apartment to a penthouse overlooking the city.  

19. Best Sims Games: The Sims: Livin’ Large

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As the first expansion pack for The Sims, we had to mention The Sims: Livin’ Large. That said, the game is notable for other reasons, too, as it introduces several new game features. 

In this expansion pack, players are introduced to the antique lamp, which allows Sims to see if their wishes will be granted by the genie living inside. Additionally, players can change their Sim’s personality by using the crystal ball feature. The game also includes the following features: telescope (look into the sky and meet aliens), the vibromatic heart bed, and the “concoctanation station.” 

Sure, this is one of the early versions of the game, but it deserves credit for introducing various key features that made the franchise what it is today. 

18. Best Sims Games: The Sims: Hot Date

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Right, we’re not sure about you, but we definitely made our Sims date others when we played the game. If you’re the same, or if you never thought about that before but are now curious, check out The Sims: Hot Date.

The game is basically an expansion pack for those of us who focused less on building a home in the game, and more on getting into relationships with our neighbors. And then occasionally breaking up with them in funny ways. 

Released in 2001, the expansion pack has several new features. From new neighborhoods to 40 new interactions to make Sims’ dates better, this is an ideal option for those looking to get just a little bit more out of the Sims franchise. Interests have also been expanded, so players can engage in everything from exercise to parties. 

17. Best Sims Games: The Sims: Unleashed

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Released in 2002, The Sims: Unleashed is the fifth expansion pack for the franchise. There are several new features in the game, such as farming and being able to go to community lots. However, there’s one specific addition to the game that allowed this expansion pack to secure a spot on this list. And that’s the ability to own pets. 

Before The Sims: Unleashed, players could not own pets in the game. All of that changed with the release of this game. Players could buy different pets, from cats and dogs to fish, birds, and reptiles. With the introduction of pets, the game also added new careers, such as animal care and volunteering at adoption centers. 

16. Best Sims Games: The Sims Mobile

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Released in 2018, the Sims Mobile is a life simulation game based on The Sims 4. It is available on IOS devices and Android.

The game is very similar to the other mobile games in The Sims franchise, but perhaps the most notable feature is the ability for players to create unique Sims. They can do so by using the in-game character creator, called Create-a-Sim. In the game, players can also enter multiplayer mode, in which they interact with other players’ Sims. 

15. Best Sims Games: The Sims: Makin’ Magic

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I mean, the main feature of the game is in the name, but we’ll explain anyway. Released in 2003, this is the last expansion pack for The Sims, which in itself gives it a reason to be on this list. But it goes beyond that, as the main point of the game is to encourage Sims to create magic charms and cast spells. It takes the traditional aspects of the game but makes it, you know, magical. 

New neighborhoods are introduced in this game (Magic Town), and there are new building themes, like magic carnival and spooky shingles and vines. MagiCoins were also introduced as a new currency. 

14. Best Sims Games: The Sims Medieval

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A stand-alone game in the franchise, The Sims Medieval is ideal for those looking for a new way to experience The Sims. Same for those who are fans of role-playing and strategy games. 

In The Sims Medieval, players can control entire kingdoms and engage in quest-based gameplay mechanics. Players can participate in the game as Village Sims, which include children, farmers, noblemen/noblewomen, dragons, beast-slayers, and executioners. Hero Sims, which are the only ones who can be controlled, include merchants, knights, wizards, blacksmiths, and physicians. 

13. Best Sims Games: The Sims 2: Nightlife

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If you liked The Sims: Hot Date, you’ll get a kick out of this game.

Released in 2005, this game is the second expansion pack for The Sims 2. The game centers around a new Downtown area, where players can attend bowling alleys and karaoke bars, as well as go dining and dancing. The game lets players develop their Sim’s relationships better, as they can hit the town and romance with someone special. 

Nightlife has several new game features, from drivable cars and new aspirations to a new build mode feature.  

12. Best Sims Games: The Sims Bustin’ Out

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Really all we have to say about this game is that the music is excellent. Well, that and it’s the second title in the franchise’s console series.

The game has two modes. If players want to leave their house and visit other locations, like Casa Caliente, they have to enter Bust Out Mode. And it’s recommended that you do: the game has several new lots for players to explore, from Goth Manor to Studio 8. 

11. Best Sims Games: The Sims 3: Katy Perry Treats

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Released in 2012, this game lets players indulge in a sweet, Katy Perry-inspired world. Everything is colorful and pretty, and everything is inspired by Perry’s real-life clothing and props. So, needless to say, if you’re a fan of Perry’s music, this game is for you. 

You don’t need to be a fan to purchase the game, however. There are other features that stand out. For instance, the game has new venues such as a town park, a neighborhood swimming pool (designed in the style of Katy Perry, of course), and a local hangout. 

10. Best Sims Games: The Sims: Superstar

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Do you aspire to be a superstar? Practice your talents out on your Sim in The Sims: Superstar. 

Released in 2003, the sixth expansion pack for The Sims lets players lead their characters to fame. The game has several new features, from new careers (actor, singer, model) to new objects like music video, film, and soap opera sets as well as fashion runways, open mic stages, and music recording studios. Oh, and to top it off, some of the game’s new NPCs include Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Christina Aguilera, and Avril Lavigne. So, not too shabby. 

9. Best Sims Games: The Sims 2: Apartment Life

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Released in 2008, this is the last expansion pack for The Sims 2. In the game, characters move into a brand-new apartment and begin to lead a life of adventure, fun, and drama. It’s up to you how you choose to spend your day to day life. From taking your kids to the local park or mingling with other players in coffee shops, it’s never a dull moment in the world of The Sims 2: Apartment Life. 

The game has new features such as new interactions, deaths, and objects like a heart-shaped bed. 

8. Best Sims Games: The Sims 2: Castaway

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This is the third console spin-off of The Sims 2, and the game begins on a boat, which then experiences a devastating storm that wrecks the ship. Players then wake up on Shipwreck Island, and they must attempt to survive on the island, all while trying to figuring out a way to escape. 

It’s essentially a basic survival game, but it has its classic Sims elements to it. For instance, Sims can die if their hunger motive becomes too low, just as they can in other games in the franchise.

7. Best Sims Games: The Urbz: Sims in the City

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A video game for PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles, this game is unlike any other game in the series. For starters, the Sims live in a city called Urbzville. Very hip, I know. The city is divided into nine districts, and each has its own style. At its core, the point of the game is to build a reputation with the other Sims, in hopes of gaining fame. If you gain fame, Sims can enter VIP rooms and advance to new districts in the city. 

It’s a fun and different game when compared to the others, with features that previous games did not include, such as weather. 

6. Best Sims Games: The Sims Social

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Okay, we know that this game is no longer available, but we have to mention it because at the time, it was one of the games that made games on Facebook so popular. Until they weren’t anymore, which is why EA shut down the game in 2013. Still, we look at the game with nostalgia because we too spent a lot of time on the social networking site playing it. 

On Facebook, players could customize their Sims, and that went beyond their clothes; players could also choose their personality traits. Individuals could also build homes and relationships. The game was set in a town called Littlehaven, and players could go around on quests, hoping to earn a nice reward. If you did get a reward, you could share your progress with your Facebook friends. 

5. Best Sims Games: The Sims 2: Pets

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Building on The Sims: Unleashed, The Sims 2: Pets is the fourth expansion pack for The Sims 2, released in 2006. Essentially, the point of the game is for Sims to own and raise pets. You can create your own pet, teach them to sit, spike, shake, and roll over, and even give them a job. 

In addition to pets, the game also includes items like litter boxes, fish tanks, and scratching posts. 

If you aren’t allowed to own a pet, fulfill your dreams with The Sims 2: Pets! 

4. Best Sims Games: The Sims 4

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The fourth installment in the franchise, The Sims 4 deserves a special shoutout for focusing more on creating and controlling the neighborhoods in which the Sims live.

The game has several updates, from improving the Create a Sim feature, as well as adding more tools, and focusing more on the emotions and traits that embody the virtual people.

3. Best Sims Games: The Sims 2

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The second installment in the franchise, The Sims 2 is regarded as being one of the best in terms of story-building and gameplay.

The evolution of gaming in this installment has been credited many times, as well as the fact that it has the most charm, with a realistic story and a soundtrack that is full of nostalgia. 

2. Best Sims Games: The Sims 3

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While some prefer The Sims 2, others fancy The Sims 3. Why? Well, some say that it’s more realistic, with the open-world being more fun.

One user online, when asked whether the game is good or not, simply wrote back “just yes.” So, we think that says it all. 

1. Best Sims Games: The Sims

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Okay, nothing can beat the original. Sure, the other versions are more realistic, a little bit easier to play, and have cooler features (like owning pets and becoming famous), but many of us will remember playing the original Sims as kids. And nothing, and we mean nothing, can beat some good old nostalgia.

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