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Six Exciting Ways To Play The Sims 3

Updated on August 30, 2009
It's all so sickeningly perfect...
It's all so sickeningly perfect...

The Sims 3 is an open ended sandbox style game. That is its greatest asset and also its greatest weakness. With no clearly defined end point, or goals that matter, new players can end up feeling lost once they have explored the general outline of the game.

If you're lost and looking for new things to do in The Sims 3, (before the expansion pack comes out) here are six different ways to play.

Death makes you hungry...

Torture Mode

This involves creating environments your Sims will be unhappy in. You can make them mildly unhappy by locking them in lots which satisfy their basic needs but don't allow them to roam, or you can create conditions which are unbearable.

Related, but seemingly random fact:

Contrary to some people's beliefs, you can drown a sim in Sims 3. You just have to build walls around the edge of the pool once they climb inside it. Alternatively, you can just let your Sims randomly drown by providing them with a pool. Strangely enough, Sims will occasionally drown themselves for entirely no reason.

Oh, and sims like to burn themselves to death on occasion as well, case in point:


The Joys of Motherhood

Legacy Play

This is very popular with those who write Sims stories. A legacy involves creating a Sim, or a sim family, and then playing through the various generations. Interesting stories can evolve and soap opera like dramas may just keep you engaged long enough not to revert to the first method of play mentioned in this article.

Architect and Interior Designer

The Sims 3 is so customizable that for some people, it's all about creating wonderful homes. There are some amazing player created lots out there, and many of them are available for free download on the Sims 3 official website, not to mention the many other websites dedicated to The Sims 3 out there.

For a few sites that provide awesome free Sims 3 downloads including patterns and lots, check this article out.

Pictured mansion from Sims Army

Be The Emperor of Evil - Like a BOSS

Over Achiever

The other way to play is to push your sims to the limits. Perfect their skills, have them rise through the ranks of their careers, and allow them to live eternal lives of awesome achievement. Create endless lots of gardens, build an aquarium of a thousand fish tanks, be the Emperor of Evil, it's all up to you.


Challenges are where you set your Sims at a disadvantage and then make them work to get themselves out of it. Creating homeless Sims is a popular past time. Or you can drive yourself mad by creating, say, a mean spirited sim who also wants to be super popular. If left on free will mode, that would be nigh impossible to achieve.

For the most famous homeless sims, check out Alice and Kev

No Cheats

The Sims 3 is all about the cheats, and once you know they are there, it can be hard to resist using them. But playing The Sims 3 successfully without cheats can also be a rewarding experience.

If, on the other hand, you want to cheat, there's enough cheats to get you started here.


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      Catherine O'Connor 8 years ago

      I just bought Sims3 and saw how refined Create a Sim is.

      My idea is create a family of your own relatives or

      friends, with their real characteristics, and watch them

      to see what they do. I once worked at a place where the

      female boss hired her husband, promoted him, and had her

      daughter hired in another department. Now that I don't

      work for her, but know their characteristics good and bad

      of her family, I think it might be fun to watch their

      clones as Sims. The laughter would be could therapy.

      Yes why not create your office!

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      Hope Alexander 8 years ago

      Honestly, SimsEntusiast, I think most people start to hate the sims after a while. I think it's because their cow like stupidity becomes irritating.

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      SimEnthusiast 8 years ago

      These do sound exciting! admittedly, so far I've only tried legacy play and architecture/interior design. The latter of those two did not end well, as I decided that sims were unworthy of my creation. I don't think I like sims very much, and that is why torture mode appeals to me. Legacy play is also interesting, because after a few generations (3 or 4) all of the preset things in the town are gone, and the town can take whatever shape you give it. No more having to break up families so your new sims can fit in.

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      Hope Alexander 8 years ago

      I hate to ask this, but how can one possibly be 'good' or 'bad' at playing the Sims? It seems to me it's not a game you win or lose, it's just one you play.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      This is breathtaking. As a fan of the Sims games, I know about the game play and am very good at it as well. I've never used a cheat, to be honest with, and really don't like cheats or books that are published around helping you in a video game...I guess I'm just old fashion. Right now, I'm holding back on buying this game because I know that it will hijack all of my free time! Thanks!