The Sims Mobile

LQ: 8.6


Brain grade: 7.7
Fun score: 9.5

Game Type: ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 12+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

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The Sims Mobile takes the beloved life management simulator The Sims and puts it right onto your mobile device. Instead of controlling a whole neighborhood with multiple houses, this game focuses on one house with a maximum of four people that the player can control. Players can create their own characters, give them jobs and hobbies, build and design their dream house, and manage a series of interpersonal relationships. Players can date, marry, start a family, break up, divorce, and move away. Careers can be started and then switched and then switched again. Assigning your Sims to different events will earn the player experience points and strengthen that Sims skills in the target area. Players earn money and experience for completing certain tasks which can then be used to upgrade other areas in the game, such as home furnishings, clothing, etc. 

The Sims Mobile is a free to play game but some features require in-app purchases. It is available now on iOS and Android. 


The Sims Mobile helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Self-Awareness: Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings. 

Because of the free-play nature of the Sims Mobile, players can explore a variety of relationships within the game in a safe setting. The player can flirt, get into arguments, even break up or divorce. For players who may be experiencing some “big feelings,” or going through a period of their lives that seems overwhelming, being able to play through some of these experiences in-game can be a way to explore these feelings and practice different reactions outside of real-world consequences. For example, if a player continues to start fights with all the other Sims they encounter, they will be able to see how this affects their character and take away the experience of this interaction without having to actually argue with a bunch of people in real-life. For players who struggle with self-awareness, exploring a variety of emotional prompts within the game can be a good way to practice expressing these emotions in a safe place. 

Flexibility: Trying something new. 

The Sims Mobile is a life simulation game and within it, players are given many different choices for how to live their virtual lives. They can choose their home, their career, their relationships, and their family size. For players who struggle with flexibility, simulation games like The Sims Mobile can be a great way to try a variety of different options in a fun and interesting way. And because it is all being done in a virtual space, if the experience is negative, the player can simply try something different the next time.

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