Introducing The Sims for iOS -- The Sims FreePlay
The release of The Sims
FreePlay as a "Freemium" title offers gamers the option to play the game using real-world money to speed things up, or their time to play without spending money.
The initial release of the game included a fully-playable world but was naturally something of a laboratory for the game developers, who worked out the kinks and over the course of the first year of the game's existence fine-tuned elements like the wage amount each Sim Job
earned and the amount of XP
they each earned to find a fine balance that allowed for challenging play without making it all too easy - or too hard.
As a game, unexpected objects like the Automatic Pee Cleaning Machine help to illustrate why this is so awesome a Freemium Video Game
Once they found that sweet spot and brought the game into balance, the next phase for development was to begin expanding the content in the game, adding additional Housing
, businesses, industries, and the like, but they did not stop there!
One of the important elements that they wanted to add to the game was a social
networking aspect, and this they have done in several ways: the game allows for you to add real-world friends and their Sims
, and it has a mechanism (via The Party Boat
) for you to share news of your accomplishments via social networks like Facebook
networking components of the game are divided between the traditional elements of being able to share news or Events
with your friends via Facebook
, and the other half is being able to visit the Towns
of your friends (who play the game) via The Party Boat
. But more on this later.
The integration of FreePlay with social
networking, and the addition of new content that has helped to keep the game fresh and interesting has also added to the complexity and challenge level to the point that having access to a guide that includes both walkthrough and reference resources is an important requirement - and that brings us to the SuperCheats Unofficial Guide to The Sims