Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Sims FreePlay App

Since I am a huge Sims fan, I figured to do my first Reading Review on the newest Sims app that came out. This app is called "The Sims FreePlay". This app is for the iPad and iPhone. I was searching through the App Store on my iPad and this app caught my eye. As I stated, I am a huge fan of The Sims. Now, I am a fan of the regular style game where you can control the virtual people. Face it, there are Sims games out that make you go through obstacles. It really doesn't give you a wide range anymore. Since this app says "FreePlay", I knew I had to get it!

Download and Size: This app isn't quite a big deal when downloading. The iPad version is 409 MB while the iPhone version is 408 MB. While that may seem like a lot, I downloaded apps that were larger, so I wouldn't sweat over the size of this. Now, my internet connection isn't the greatest as I know it's slow compared to others, but the downloading time wasn't that bad. If you have to do something like make lunch or change the laundry or whatever else you may need to do, I would say download this item before you do the activity. Once you are done, the app should also be done downloading.

The Graphics: I do have to say that this is one of the better graphic apps I have seen. I have seen some pretty cheesy graphics on some apps, but this is the complete opposite. The game opens up with a little zoom and tour of the city that you will be playing. It is just like "The Sims 3" zoom. Watching it on the iPad is a real treat. I was practically oozing watching the tremendous site on the screen. I loved it!

Gameplay: Now if I was reading a review of the gameplay of this app, I would think, "Why do we need a recap of the gameplay since it's "FreePlay"." I don't want to burst anyone's bubble about this app, but, sad to say, this game is not "FreePlay". Once you start the game, it tells you to make a person. I understand and I was fine with that. I then moved my person into the house like it told me. Well, I was excited to make my virtual person do whatever I wanted, but you can't. In the game, there are goals that you have to fulfill. These goals, if you don't fulfill them, you will not get anywhere. The first goal, for me, was to shake my dog's hand. I did that. That wasn't a problem. But, the second thing was do buy a toilet. I was fine with that too because my person really had to go to the bathroom. After he went, the goal was to wash his hands. I fulfilled that. I now wanted to buy some "goodies" and make my guy have fun....well, I couldn't. The buy button is locked to whatever it wants you to buy. For instance, the toilet was unlocked because I had to buy one. The stereo was then unlocked because it told me to buy one. I couldn't buy any microwave or a night stand or anything else. This game isn't really "FreePlay" at all. The game kept giving me steps and goals on what to do next. When it told me to make a neighbor for my guy, I pretty much popped. I don't understand how this game is called "FreePlay" if you don't have any free range while playing. I want to do my own thing.

Grab it or Stab it: After playing this game and having both positives and negatives about the game, I decided that I would recommend everyone to: grab it! This isn't a huge downloadable app, so it doesn't take up much space. The graphics are awesome and the sound is great! Do not be fold with the name as this game is anything but "FreePlay", but if you like The Sims, I would tell you to give it a try (even if you like the regular style games). Not to mention, the best thing about this app.....IT'S FREE!

Comment on this review to tell whether you got this app or if you are willing to try it. I am taking suggestions for my next review! Until then, stay technology savvy!

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