SimCity was first created for DOS over ten years ago and has been recreated for the current versions of Windows, Macs, and several console systems. Lately, computing has taken a look at big beige boxes and has decided to scale down to the palm-sized machines like 3Com's Palm series of computing devices.
While the machines lack the sheer processing power of a new Pentium III, the machines do offer enough power to complete several tasks - including games. Our first question was: when are you going to bring SimCity to the Palm.
The PR people at EA said it was a good idea and there was even talk of a programmer at Maxis, an obsessed Palm user, who had already built a small version of the game for Palm. While the company isn't offering a demo for gamers to tap into the world of SimCity on their handhelds, the brand name alone is tempting in a land of shareware-only Palm games. Recently, we talked Atelier into giving us a full version of SimCity for Palm, and, while it may not have the power of SimCity , it does stay true to the first SimCity.
You have simple options to zone industrial, residential, and commercial areas. You can build massive roadways and train lines, keep the peace with fire and police houses, and keep your city folk happy with parks and stadiums. You can also add trade routes with airports and seaports, and, if you hate what you've created, you can bulldoze it all.
With an amazingly small footprint of only k, Tiger Woods is a heavy iron at k. SimCity for Palm also adds a budget screen where you tax your citizen and decide where that money will best be spent. With Generations, Sims of every age can enjoy new activities! Kids can hang out with friends in tree houses. Teens can pull hilarious pranks.
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Moodlets can have a positive, negative, or neutral affect on a Sim's mood. Moodlets can be triggered by specific events, proximity to certain areas or objects, or by very low or very high motives. As of , it has sold over 7 million copies, making it one of the best-selling PC games of all time. In addition to the base game, The Sims 3 features 11 optional expansion packs and nine stuff packs. The Sims 3 boasts a robust online store that sells downloadable content including new game objects and object sets, venues, and worlds.
The game also has over three dozen free game updates that fix game bugs and add new content to the game. The neighborhood that ships with the game, Sunset Valley ,  is a beautiful setting with 97 lots full of characters. The description of this neighborhood reveals that The Sims 3 is indeed a prequel to The Sims and The Sims 2 , as Sunset Valley was apparently built before Pleasantview , and founded by the Goth family.
A second neighborhood named Riverview  is available as a free download in The Sims 3 Store when the game is registered. Each sub-neighborhood is a unique, exotic environment that is as large as a regular neighborhood. The Sims 3: Late Night comes with the neighborhood Bridgeport.
The Sims 3: Showtime comes with Starlight Shores. The Sims 3: Supernatural comes with Moonlight Falls. Aside from Riverview , more downloadable neighborhoods are available for sale from The Sims 3 Store. Barnacle Bay , a pirate-themed neighborhood, costs 2, SimPoints. Hidden Springs is a mountainous downloadable neighborhood on The Sims 3 website and costs 2, SimPoints.
Sunlit Tides is a group of islands which has two versions: standard version costing 2, SimPoints and gold costing 4, Lunar Lakes is a neighborhood located on a foreign planet and costs 2, SimPoints. Lucky Palms , a desert-themed neighborhood, has two versions: standard and gold; the standard version costs 2, SimPoints, while the gold version costs 4, The standard version costs 2, SimPoints while the gold version costs 3, SimPoints.
In September , a Gothic themed world, called Midnight Hollow costs 2, SimPoints for the standard and 4, for the gold. A new neighborhood, Adventureland is shipped with patch It is based on the base game neighborhood Sunset Valley , sharing the same description and image. But when the Altos arrive with uptown ideals, will the townsfolk feel the need to choose sides?
Sunset Valley , Riverview , and Twinbrook all take place before the events of The Sims although at different times. Barnacle Bay is set after the events of The Sims 2. Although all other neighborhoods are not explicitly stated, they can be considered to take place before the events of The Sims. In an interview with producer Ben Bell and members from the EA Forum in the UK it's written "He said that Sunset Valley itself is set before the neighborhood we see in The Sims , as if it's a prequel to the story we already know.
He said the Goths  are in the town, as their younger selves obviously as well as other familiar names and faces. Lots of new characters too. Agnes Crumplebottom does make an appearance as her younger self in Sunset Valley and players soon discover that the source of her crabbiness is due to the death of her husband who features as a ghost.
According to the Games for Windows magazine, "The biggest change to The Sims 3 is that it takes place in a wide-open, constantly changing neighborhood — a much bigger sandbox. The neighborhood is as such, and its neighborhood can be compared in vastness to the ones featured in other titles like Grand Theft Auto, Bully, Need For Speed Carbon and Burnout Paradise.
Also, on the map, icons for buildings are different colors. Red icons are career buildings, royal blue icons are public places, light blue icons are for the location of Sims in the active household, orange icons are for other Sims' homes that the selected Sims knows, and green is the active household's house.
There are also new public events in The Sims 3 , such as music concerts, movie premieres, pool parties, barbecues, sporting events, outdoor fishing, and the most civic-minded public activity in a Sims game to date, attending a public protest at the City Hall, where Sims can voice their discontent with the administration's legal mumbo jumbo by angrily shouting their own nonsensical Simlish mumbo jumbo.
When a child or teen Sim finishes school, there's a chance he or she may bring a friend home; there's also a chance the child or teen Sim may get invited over to a friend's house. The player has the option to accept or decline. Accepting, the player can then follow the Sim to their friend's house. Depending on how high their relationship is, the Sim can "Request to Sleep Over".
If the friend accepts, they'll say, "Sure, make yourself at home". EA released a Create-a-World tool in December , so players can create new neighborhoods for their Sims to live in. The player has the ability to control one family at a time and can easily switch from one family to another.
All the Sims of each city evolve together, but it is possible to stop the aging and the story progression so the Sims that the player doesn't control won't get married or evolve. Aging and story progression are different settings, and can be set independently. Both options affect the entire city and not an individual family. Free will can still be turned on and off, but also now has varying levels of High, Medium, Low, and Off.
This setting is a game-wide setting rather than a save-specific setting. Currently, free will in The Sims 3 affects the entire city, not only the family the player is playing, which can cause non-player Sims, such as neighbors, to be passive. This was fixed with patches. The player can choose the length of a Sims life, from 25 Sim days brief to Sim days epic , and can also extend their life by eating a life fruit, a growable garden item.
All Sims within the city will age according to the player's settings. Families are rated by how difficult they are to play. Difficulty is based on Sim relations, traits, number of family members, and children. There are six levels of difficulty. As Sims interact with other Sims, they learn about them. The opinion the Sim has with the Sim they are currently interacting with and their traits are displayed on the screen.
The type of relationship a Sim has with another is displayed in the relationship panel. Each Sim has different interactions based on their traits. Improvements to Sims include more customization options, a trait system that creates unique personalities, Sims that take care of themselves, and wishes that allow the player to set short- and long-term goals.
The player now has a larger selection of body types for Sims, and are able to create different hair styles for every Sim. The player is now able to pick their Sim's shoes. There are a total of 22 hairstyles for female Sims and 17 hairstyles for male Sims. There are a variety of hats and hair accessories that the player can use, but they all come with set hairstyles. Each of the hats and accessories can also have their colors and textures altered.
Hairstyles can be chosen separately for each outfit. Compared to previous games in the series, a lot more things can be modified. It is possible to just change the nose, for example, and it is possible to use the 'dot' system to go into more depth, i. Accessories can also be added gloves, socks, eyeglasses, bracelets, earrings, shoes, watches There are more styles for hair than ever before.
The player cannot add layers when customizing clothing, but if the clothes already have layers then the colors and textures for each layer can be altered. The player can also click on any part of the Sim and the Create a Sim tool takes them directly to the right menu for editing whatever is selected.
There is an eyelash length slider bar. Socks and shoes are also fully customizable. There are six possible skintones but only three of the six are realistic. The other three are green, red, and blue. There is a slider so the player can edit how light or dark the skintone is. For example, they can make a light green Sim with a dark green mother and a light skinned father. Body modifiers also use sliders that adjust weight from thin to obese and muscle size from flabby to muscular.
With patch 1. Height still cannot be changed due to conflicts with animation. Five personality traits can be chosen for each Young Adult Sim and above, with the chance to change them with a Lifetime Happiness reward. Younger Sims have fewer traits. A teen has 4 traits, kids have 3 traits, and toddlers have 2 traits. Some traits are not available for younger ages. For example, toddlers can't be Flirty. In CAS, only young adults, adults, and elders can choose a lifetime wish, but in the game, children and teens can also choose to pursue a certain lifetime wish early.
Players are also able to choose from three types of voices and a slider to choose the pitch of a Sim's voice. Age types of Sims within the game are baby, toddler, child, teenager, young adult default age. Adult middle age and elder. The lifespan of a Sim can also be edited, making it any number of days between 25 and Sims are able to take care of themselves, allowing the player to concentrate on what happens in their lives rather than balancing their needs.
Sims now have wishes which can be fulfilled or ignored, and these often correspond with their needs for example, a Sim may develop a wish to "Order Pizza" if they are hungry. Pregnancy in The Sims 3 is similar to pregnancy in The Sims 2. Pregnant Sims experience the same belly expansion, though in The Sims 3 the expansion is gradual. Sims can now read books about pregnancy and get medical advice at the hospital.
A Sim relatively high in the Medical career track can also give the pregnant Sim some medical advice and determine the gender of the baby. Pregnancy lasts 3 days and during that time the Sim will have backache moodlets, cravings, and in the earlier days, morning sickness. They also have a positive "Pregnant" moodlet throughout the pregnancy. When the day comes, a message box will alert the player that the baby is on its way. Wherever the pregnant Sim is, she will have contractions.
The player can have another member of the family drive the to-be mother to the hospital, or tell her to go on her own, the father of the baby will join the mother at the hospital separately, after she has entered it, and this applies for if the father is in the active household or not.
After a few Sim hours the Sim will emerge from the hospital with a little bundle of joy. Boys are wrapped in blue blankets, while girls are wrapped in pink ones. If your Sim gave birth at the hospital and had twins,each parent will carry one; if she has triplets, the mother will come out with a baby basket and remove the babies when she gets home the basket will disappear.
Depending on how the pregnancy went, the player can get to choose one of 2 traits, both, or none. After birth, the Sim gets an "It's a Boy! Both young adult and adult women can get pregnant, but young adults are more fertile. Sims can give birth at home or in the hospital.
There is a possibility that a Sim will have twins or triplets. There are higher chances if the Sim has the "Fertility Treatment" Lifetime Reward or watched the kids channel on TV frequently or listened to kids music. Traits are like segments of a whole personality that the player can assign to their Sims. They can combine to create increasingly complex personalities. There are 63 traits to choose from in the base game, with Expansion packs adding more, plus some hidden traits which can be passed on to the offspring of service Sims firefighters, police officers, etc.
When the player assigns Traits to a Sim, that Sim will look and act the part. Toddlers, Children and Teens get a new trait at their birthday. If children had a good childhood, then the player can choose a trait. If not, the game will give them a random one, which is usually negative. Some traits give special abilities.
They can be useful towards skill improvement Artistic and Athletic traits, for example and special interactions Childish Sims can play with toys. Mooch Sims can ask for food. Young adults and up have 5 traits, teens have 4 traits, children have 3 traits, toddlers and babies have 2 traits.
With University Life expansion pack, Sims might be able to earn additional 6th and 7th traits by graduating from the university or reaching level 8 of a social group. The fewer traits a Sim has, the less complex that Sim's personality will be. For example, giving a Sim the Kleptomaniac trait only will result in him constantly stealing while giving a Sim 5 traits will result in more balance. A Sim can have any combination of traits as long as they do not contradict each other.
Traits are genetic and what occurs during pregnancy can affect what traits are passed on. The parents also help pick the traits. For example, bad parents don't get to pick their own traits and will have randomly assigned ones that are generally unfavorable. NPCs can also pass on secret traits that only their children will get.
Wishes are exclusive to The Sims 3 and provide the player with a wide selection of requests that keep their Sims happy as well as working towards some short and long-term goals and rewards. The player can promise to help their Sims with a wish or throw it away. Satisfying these basic tasks will unlock minor rewards and increase the Sim's overall morale with a "moodlet"—a minor condition that contributes to the characters' overall mood.
Evil Sim just stole candy from a baby? This is considered a positive moodlet for this Sim. Having to listen to the annoying sound of the crying baby? This is considered a negative moodlet. Working toward a Lifetime Wish will win the Sim "Lifetime Happiness Points" that can be spent on extremely powerful items, including the teleporter . Instead, they really get to focus on telling the story and making decisions; the Sim just makes suggestions along the way.
Points gained from wishes may be spent on rewards, either in the form of an object or a permanent change in the Sim. For example, with 20, points the player can choose to buy the lifetime reward "Mid-Life Crisis" for their Sim, which allows them to pick their traits again. Skills have been expanded on from previous versions adding two skills that were Talent Badges in The Sims 2 fishing and gardening , and two that were hidden skills writing and painting , plus 18 more skills added by various expansion packs.
They still have 10 levels of proficiency with the exception of collecting. Sims with high levels in a skill will unlock new abilities. For example, having a high level of logic allows a Sim to tutor other Sims, cooking unlocks recipes, fishing unlocks bigger fish, etc. Sims get a "Power Study" moodlet if they study at the Library , which helps with skill-building.
Reading these books increases the Sim's skill level for the skill in question. For example, reading a book about charisma will increase the Sim's level in charisma. The player does not see the skill in the interface until they unlock the first point, which can be done by attending a class or reading a book about the skill. The player can then view the skill journal. The skill journal displays statistics and information about challenges, for example, the Athletic skill journal displays the number of hours of cardio workout, hours of strength workout, and distance jogged.
The skill journal will display other information depending on the skill. For instance Cooking will display the recipes learned and the quality at which the Sim can produce that meal. The statistics and challenges for Collecting are available in the skill journal. Also when Sims reach level 10 of a skill, they will get a certificate in the mail to display on a wall or sell for Simoleons. Of course, there are also some new ones.
Every career has a building in the neighborhood. Sims are also able to make a living at home selling paintings, writing novels, or growing fruit and vegetables. To get some extra cash on the side if the Sim also has some cash to spare, they can buy out businesses and receive a percentage of the profits they earn.
If Sims are less inclined towards pursuing a full-time career or are too busy skill-building, etc. Part-time jobs have a lower pay than full-time jobs and do not give career opportunities. Part-time jobs are also available for teen Sims.
The player can decide how hard they work while on the job. The option to work hard will increase the Sim's performance faster at the expense of their mood. Taking work home, schmoozing the boss, reading medical journals, or completing opportunities also have an impact on a Sim's job performance.
Chance cards and at-work events can still cause the Sim to lose their job, but may actually help them get a better job in another career track. Reaching the top of a career doesn't mean they're done, either.
If a Sim keeps excelling at their duties, they can rake in extra Simoleons through additional raises. A new feature The Sims 3 offers is branching careers, which allows Sims to choose a certain path in their career for example, a Sim in the Music career can eventually choose to specialize in Symphonic music or Rock. Game Update 1. A free patch for The Sims 3 was released around the same time as Ambitions. It introduced the tattoo feature in Create-A-Sim from Ambitions although with a smaller number of available tattoos.
It also introduced new Build Mode features such as the ability to make certain columns multi-storeyed and allows players to adjust the pitch of the roof. Players also have greater control over editing their towns. It introduced the Vehicle Enthusiast trait which was originally shipped with that game. A free patch for The Sims 3 was released around the same time as Late Night. It introduced three new features to Create-A-Sim from Late Night , the muscle definition, breast sliders teen females and older only and the return of astrological signs.
It also allowed players to choose their own Lifetime Wish rather than having to choose one of five predetermined ones based on the traits chosen. Build Mode added the ability to build stages, fountains with spurts, half-walls, make curved swimming pools with curves being adjustable in size and gave players the ability to move wall hangings, photographs and paintings up and down walls.
Urinals were also made available in Buy Mode. A free patch for The Sims 3 was released around the same time as Generations. It introduced the ability to apply body hair to Sims male teens and older only , the memory system, dating , and the ability to adjust lifespan and individual age lifespans through the options memory. A free patch for The Sims 3 was released around the same time as Showtime. It introduced the Simport feature from Showtime. The patch also allowed players to choose two new outfits per outfit category including Career Outfits once a career is chosen for a Sim.
A free patch for The Sims 3 was released around the same time as Supernatural. It introduced population controls to the Options Menu with the ability to control the appearance of Celebrities and Vampires from Late Night , stray pets and wild horses from Pets , as well as Werewolves, Witches, and Fairies in Supernatural. It added new decorative objects to Build and Buy Mode such as drainpipes, wall patterns, roof cornices, a bookcase, and neighborhood rock objects in Edit Town.
Fangs and bite marks could also be applied to Sims in the Accessories tab. Online gift giving was also introduced and implemented within gameplay. A free patch for The Sims 3 was released around the same time as Seasons. It added many new features such as the ability for Sims to swim in oceans and rivers, an attraction system and the ability to take greeting card photos.
Build Mode featured the return of diving boards to the swimming pool section and a new Blueprint Mode was added allowing players to quickly drop down and build customizable premade rooms together. In Create-A-Sim, an alien skin tone was added, the ability to create Alien Eyes and Alien Ears in the Looks section and the option to make Sims fully bald and have no eyebrows. A free patch for The Sims 3 was released around the same time as Island Paradise.
It added the ability to place lots partially on water, moving to a new town, purchasing additional homes, having more control options when importing a lot from the bin to a larger empty lot. It also added objects, such as a spiral staircase and a ladder. A free patch for The Sims 3 was released around the same time as Into the Future.
It added interactive loading screens which players can gain lifetime happiness while the game loads. In addition, 15 new patterns have been added to Create a Style. Producers claim that The Sims 3 Exchange makes it easier to create and share custom creations. The Sims 3 Store launched at the same time as The Sims 3 and offers exclusive content that can only be found at The Sims 3 store. The Sims 3 Store has ongoing, regular releases of new content that is only available through The Store.
From the game Launcher, the player can then install the item into their game with a single click. With another recent game update, the player can purchase items inside of the game via the Store's button. Unlock exclusive new hairstyles as a stylist, invent gadgets as an inventor, create works of art as a sculptor, and play new cases as a private detective!
Exclusive items to deck out your town and your Sims'' home, Hollywood-style. With Generations, Sims of every age can enjoy new activities! Kids can hang out with friends in tree houses. Teens can pull hilarious pranks.
Adults can suffer midlife crises. And so much more! Zombies Fan Pack now! Now your Sims can proudly display their love of the classic game Plants vs. Zombies with a Plants vs. Zombies t-shirt and poster. Now your Sims can proudly liven up your blank walls and decorate with your favorite seasonal theme. Download your Mascot Attack Pack now!
Which you can do with this mascot set! Download your Tropical Waters Hat Pack now to set a festive tropical mood! You can be the most eye-catching chica or chico on the beach with the towering fruit hat, or be the partay captain with the boat captain''s hat!
Download your Cosmic Cosmetics Bundle now! Look both fascinating and alluring when wearing any of these cosmically inspired cosmetics! Purchase one of our games by visiting your local retailer or by browsing our Games Page. Already own a Sims 3 game? Please register your game and get full access to the site's features. Origin brings an entire universe of gaming into a single, convenient application. Downloads are streamlined for quick and easy installation, and you can securely purchase and play your favorite games any time and any place you want.
You can even chat with your friends right from the Origin application while you play. New features recently added to Origin include live streaming demos, free-to-play games, and a beta cloud storage feature. For gamers on the go, Origin services are also available on your mobile device! Please enter your date of birth or login:. We need to check your age to ensure that we adhere to our commitment to market our products responsibly.
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