The Sims Unleashed - PC

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The Sims Unleashed (PC)
Also for: Power Mac
Viewed: 2D Isometric, Scrolling Genre:
Strategy: God game
Add-on pack
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Maxis Soft. Co.: Maxis
Publishers: Electronic Arts (GB)
Released: 4 Oct 2002 (GB)
Ratings: 15+
No Accessories: No Accessories


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It has to be said that the world of The Sims is quite a comprehensive one. The seemingly endless supply of expansion packs since the game's release in early 2000 has ensured that fans of the series are kept up to date with new and exciting things to do. There's one aspect of the virtual family that has always been notable by its absence, however. Know what I'm talking about? Yes, you do. That's right - pets! Now your virtual family is truly complete as The Sims Unleashed expansion pack introduces the wonderful world of domestic animals to the game.

Your Sims can now visit a pet store and bring home a variety of cute and cuddly creatures. They can make a big splash with the addition of a lumbering Labrador or fickle feline to the family. They can also buy a parrot, turtle, lizard or fish that are fun for the whole family, but don't need to be house trained.

The Sims Unleashed also gives players dozens of new social interactions and expands their neighbourhood. Thirty all-new residential and community lots featuring new homes, lush parks, a hip new cafe, cool shops and a farmer's market are available for Sims to explore. Now the Sims can walk their pooch in the park or bring their cat to a cafe and build their relationships with their neighbours through their adorable animals. Just like real life, eh?

Amongst other things, the subject of gardening is introduced to the Sims' virtual lives. They can now grow a variety of vegetables in their own backyard plots, using seeds purchased at the local garden store. Proper care of the garden will yield a crop that can be picked and stored in the new kitchen pantry or sold at the local farmer's market. The new pets will also come in handy as they help chase away the pesky rabbits, gophers, and mice.

Providing a much-needed aspect of the game, The Sims Unleashed is a welcome addition to the family. But remember: a dog is not just for Christmas, it's for life, even if it's only virtual.