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The Sims Freeplay Gets Dressy Update, Adds "Sunset Mall" for Clothing Fiends

Posted by Tre Lawrence on January 22nd, 2015
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIM-TASTIC :: Read Review »

The Sims Freeplay is awesome, but as any fan will tell you there's no such thing as having too many outfits - in real life or otherwise. Thankfully, Electronic Arts feels the same.

The game's new update adds what Electronic Arts describes as the "most requested" feature in its history: Sunset Mall.

Per the App Store page, Version 5.11.0 brings:

• Grab your besties and come on down to the Sunset Mall, there are over 16 new shops bursting with new outfits
• Dresses, shoes, coats, and more! Your Sims never looked so good, with over 500 new clothes for all age groups
• Show off the latest trends on the Catwalk with the new Modelling Hobby. Strike a pose to unlock new shops
• Strike! Meet up with friends and try your hand in the Bowling Hobby. Knock down those pins to unlock the Juice Bar!
• Take your new crush on a first date to the Burger Bar and order a milkshake for two – unlocked when you complete the Sunset Mall Quest
• Kick into healthy habits with the new Juice Bar, and slurp up a tasty refreshing juice with you and your friends – master every move in the Bowling Hobby to unlock it!
• Experience Lunar New Year with your family! Hang up lanterns, and cheer on the lion dancers in the Lunar New Year Quest – coming Feb 14

We had a ball formally reviewing The Sims Freeplay, so much so that we put together a concise gameplay guide, too. The Sims Freeplay remains free (with in-app purchases) on the App Store.

Santa Clause is Coming to Town in The Sims FreePlay

Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 12th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIM-TASTIC :: Read Review »

The holiday update for The Sims FreePlay, by Electronic Arts, is here. So of course you'll get daily daily presents filled with Holiday décor to decorate your sim's pad.

Also, on Dec 14 (Sunday) you can try to solve the mystery of the “Great Xmas Mishap Quest”. Accidents are happening all over Sim Town and it's up to you must figure out why.

Lastly, on Christmas Day, if you've been very good (and saved Christmas) you'll be able to unlock the adorable Living Teddy Bear.

Experience the holiday cheer in The Sims FreePlay for free on the App Store.

Things Get Magical in The Sims FreePlay with a New Halloween Update

Posted by Ellis Spice on October 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIM-TASTIC :: Read Review »

Witchcraft has come to The Sims FreePlay in its newest update, adding Spell Casting and Broomstick hobbies to the free-to-play title.

The Spell Casting Hobby allows players to conjure up collectibles and hatch their own Pet Dragon, whilst the Broomstick Hobby lets players to rocket up into the clouds. Players will also find themselves owners of some free gifts to celebrate this, the spookiest part of the year.

The Sims FreePlay is free to magically appear download from the App Store now.

Wag Your Tail - Pets are Here in the New Update for The Sims FreePlay

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 10th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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Is your sim lonely? Never fear, The Sims FreePlay by EA Games, has been updated to include pets! Now you can adopt an adorable cat or dog and explore the majesty of Barkshire Pet Park, or take them shopping at the new Pet Salon.

There is now a hobby called Dog Agility, which lets you train your dog to roll, balance, and jump. With the Cat Show Hobby, you can enter your favorite feline into shows and win prizes. Your sims can also be given a new personality trait - Animal Fanatic - and go crazy for their pets.

You can download The Sims FreePlay on the App Store now.

Getting by in The Sims FreePlay - Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Cheats for Helping Your Sims Succeed

Posted by Tre Lawrence on August 5th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIM-TASTIC :: Read Review »

When it comes to suburban life simulations, The Sims pretty much wrote the book. In The Sims Freeplay, we get to see a mobile-centric version of the game that is equal parts enjoyable and complex. Here are a few tips to get folks going on the natural path to building a happy, healthy cyber-community.

Currency


The first thing one probably wants to understand is the currency system. There are several different tenders that can be used to make purchases or otherwise enhance the life of your Sims. Within the game, the main form of currency is referred to - naturally - as "Simoleons." Simoleons are probably most like real-life money, and can be earned by having Sims do things like going to work. Established properties can garner Simoleons at intervals, so it pays to "invest" and upgrade these properties. There are a few easter egg Simoleon earning activities as well, like pets digging for them.

Another currency type is the "Social Point." This can be earned in neighboring towns by doing tasks such as practicing fire fighting. This encourages interaction with other players, as it's easier to get fellow players to invest in an item necessary to get Social Points. Social Points can be spent on items in the game store.

"Lifestyle Points" can be gained by completing quests, increasing the town's value, leveling-up, or watching and viewing special offers. They can also be purchased with real money. Lifestyle Points can be used to purchase items and speed up tasks.

The game also incorporates experience points, which allow characters to level-up and have access to more content.


One of the best ways to accumulate cash is to work. Consistently. On that note, getting promoted helps earn more faster. Building in moderation also helps maximize reserves. Happy Sims are better able to earn spendables, so keeping Sims inspired by ensuring their needs are met.

Even the simple act of gardening also leads to supplemental game cash. Several "natural" tasks like checking mail can net small amounts that add up.

Careers

There are quite a few professions to choose from, ranging from Real Estate Agent to politician, and a Sim's career can be enhanced by "practicing" the job. Practicing makes the Sim better, and helps them get promoted. Sims can max out in careers, so the progress is not limitless.

Hobbies


Hobbies are great tools for gaining experience and limited content. The availability of hobbies to a specific character are generally restricted based on what one has unlocked and the age of a character. In other words, after the age requirement is met, one might have to do achieve/build something to be able to perform that hobby.

The biggest overall tip is to exhibit patience. The game runs in real-time, so there is always the temptation to use Lifestyle Points to expedite the action. Those Lifestyle Points could probably be best used elsewhere. Along those same lines, rushing to become a real estate mogul sounds logical - in the real world. In FreePlay, restraint is sometimes a good thing.

The Sims FreePlay Celebrates Milestone Like a Rich Child by Getting Horses

Posted by Carter Dotson on May 12th, 2014
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIM-TASTIC :: Read Review »

Like a child's fleeting fantasy, EA Mobile is celebrating a momentous occasion by getting a pony. With The Sims FreePlay having reached 100 million downloads worldwide, the game now has horses. Players can feed, groom, and ride 6 different breeds of horses in their new stables, all part of the Saddle Up update. Also, on May 22, there's going to be a unicorn. Tina Belcher couldn't be happier.

EA Makes More Money Through App Store Than Any Other Service

Posted by Andrew Stevens on July 25th, 2013

Touch Arcade reports that EA is making more money through its workings in the App Store than it is through any other service, including its own Origin service.

EA pointed out that The Simpson: Tapped Out, Real Racing 3, and The Sims FreePlay are all bringing in buckets of cash, all three of which are free-to-play titles. The Simpsons: Tapped Out actually had its biggest quarter yet while Real Racing 3 continues to average around 2 million active users a day.

The Five Most Recommended Apps This Week - July 22

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on July 22nd, 2013

Each week, we take a look at the top twenty most recommended iOS apps on Powerslyde. We want to help you find some great apps recommended by app lovers just like you, and maybe help you discover some apps that you might not find on the top apps lists on iTunes.

This week, we've grabbed the top five most recommended apps from Powerslyde:

Fitocracy
Fandango
Flipboard
Car Racing Free (Street Racer)
The Sims FreePlay

Pretty fascinating, if you ask me, and if you're reading this, I'm assuming you would be if you were here. Or something like that.

These are actually the top five most recommended apps on Powerslyde from the past week, a very different list from last week's. To see three big non-game apps at the top of the charts is a neat fact that we tend to overlook in the onslaught of games that take all the headlines these days, it seems.

Fitocracy is like an RPG for fitness, letting you track your entire workout routine in one place, and what better way to stay motivated than through gamification? Fandango is still my go-to app to find movie times and buy tickets when I'm in a hurry or on the go, and Flipboard is at least a weekly read in my house--it's like grabbing the Sunday paper, only it's stuff I want to read.

Having Car Racing Free and The Sims FreePlay--both fun and free games--at the top of the list just re-iterates the triumph of the free to play economy in gaming: if the game is fun, people are going to recommend it, regardless of the economic model supporting the game.

What do you think? Any apps or games you'd recommend beyond these? Sound off in the comments below!

Powerslyde is a mobile app that helps you discover the apps your friends are using, while letting you curate your own recommendation lists.

Grab the free Powerslyde iOS app right here, and help your favorite app get up on the Powerslyde most recommended list.

FREEday 12/23/11 - "I've Got to Break FREE"

Posted by Rob Rich on December 23rd, 2011

The holiday season is barreling down upon us. At this point I imagine a good many peoples' funds have been completely tapped out thanks to all that gift buying. No more cash for personal goodies. If only there were some way... wait! There is! A handy (and weekly) article about free games ought to do the trick!

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iMAME - It's probably a Christmas miracle that it hasn't been taken off the App Store yet, but the virtual arcade machine that can be manually loaded with more games is indeed still up there. If, for some odd reason, it still hasn't been downloaded, now is the time to jump on it. There's always the possibility that this gift that keeps on giving will stick around for some miraculous reason, but why take that chance?

Dungeon Hunter 3 - Gameloft's latest dungeon crawler shakes up the series something fierce. It features four new character classes (Astromancer, Warlord, Shaman, Trickster), the option to play as a male or female character and a price tag of zero dollars. Interest has been piqued, yes?

The Sims FreePlay - The Sims has gone free-to-play, and while this might mean things such as tasks being completed in real-time it doesn't mean an end to the fun. With a price this nonexistent, it'd be a shame not to give it a look-see.

ZENONIA 4 - Gamevil's action/rpg series has just received it's most refined iteration yet. It looks prettier, plays better and is bound to give long-time fans of the series spontaneous fits of the giggles thanks to the inclusion of notable characters from past ZENONIA games.

The Sims FreePlay Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on December 21st, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIM-TASTIC
The Sims experience bundled up into a freemium package.
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FREEday 12/16/11 - Free Games This Week

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on December 16th, 2011

Holy heck this was a great week for the free games. Free! Games! Right? OK, OK, I'll stop crowing and just get to the games. Fine. Geeze.

Breakout Boost - "Atari’s been reviving their classic franchises on iOS; first was the dual-stick shooter reinvention of Asteroids as Asteroids Gunner. While that took a lot of liberties with the Asteroids formula, their latest reinvention, Breakout Boost, is a bit more traditional. The classic Arkanoid-esque gameplay is here: break all the bricks by bouncing a ball off of a paddle at the bottom of the screen."


Mad Tracks - From iTunes: "Zoom through super sized 3D environments jam-packed with special power-ups against up to 3 other players in real-time. Compete in a mad dash to the finish or battle it out in one of the many mini-games and challenges."

Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World - "Previously a PC point and click adventure, Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World follows the tale of Kaptain Brawe, a Space Police officer on a mission to rescue two kidnapped alien scientists. It sounds like serious business but it actually forms the basis of a very entertaining storyline. The humor is reminiscient of Lucasarts and classic Telltale Games titles.

Real Soccer 2012 - From iTunes: "Real Soccer is back for the new season, bringing soccer on mobile to a new era! Join the community of fans as you create and share content with the Custom Kit Editor. "

The Sims: Freeplay - From iTunes: "LIVE FREE! From the creators of The Sims™ 3 series of best-selling iPhone games, comes an ALL-NEW Sims experience that you can play for FREE on iPhone and iPad!"

Marathon 2: Durandal - From iTunes: "Welcome to Marathon 2: Durandal, the second in the epic trilogy of first person shooter games that re-defined the genre. Experience the pulse-pounding action as you once again defend humanity from the alien Pfhor."

Mystery Manor: Hidden Adventure - From iTunes: "Mystery Manor is a mystery-style hidden objects game. In a mystic mansion, inhabited by strange but lovely people, spooky monsters and funny ghosts you’ll have to find hidden objects, unlock new rooms and complete quests. "

Arel Wars - From iTunes: "Deploy your troops, master their tactics and overrun the enemy’s towers in three grand campaigns. Form the strongest army in the land and fight for your place as champion of Drusilla. "

The Sims Freeplay Coming Soon From EA

Posted by Jennifer Allen on December 1st, 2011

Fans of popular EA franchise The Sims have never failed to find delights on the App Store. With four different varieties encompassing the original, Ambitions, World Adventures and Medieval, there's plenty of fun to be had. However, there's nothing replicating Facebook game The Sims Social. That is until now.

Coming to the App Store next month will be The Sims Freeplay, an entirely new game that bears a lot of similarities to other freemium games. It'll be the kind of title that players can check in on throughout the day with The Sims world running constantly in the background. Players will get the chance to create up to 16 customized Sims, design their dream homes, care for pets, grow gardens and even find some time for baking too. A goals system which will presumably tie in with the career potentials of the Sims means that there'll always be something new to do. There will also be the near obligatory in-app purchases we've all come to expect from freemium titles.

The Sims Freeplay is set for release next month. For now, check out the screenshots below for a taste of what's to come.