26 Games Like The Sims

Games Like The Sims Our collection of games like The Sims brings you the very best creative, sandbox and life simulation games including free and online options.

The Sims is a highly popular game series published by Electronic Arts (EA) that focuses on simulating real life but also provides a sandbox style experience due to the lack of defined goals and objectives.

In the various games in The Sims series players create and control their own simulated characters (known as ‘Sims’) in a virtual world. Players then create houses for their Sims and a unique identity that include goals, ambitions and personality traits.

Sims can also be part of a family which allows you to control the entire family and set tasks for them to perform. Depending on their preferences some gamers create an objective to work towards, spend their time creating their own dream life or simply building houses.

The life simulation games like The Sims here mostly focus on offering an experience that will let you control the life, goals and relationships of one or several characters. You’ll find that many of the games here are available online or for free which makes them a great alternative to The Sims.

Don’t forget that the games like The Sims featured below can be sorted based on their user ratings. We encourage all visitors to cast their own votes and contribute to these scores.


Games Like The Sims

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Second Life

Second Life is a free to play online life simulation game that will appeal to fans of the virtual world genre. The game is developed by Linden Lab and has been online since 2003 for both PC and Mac. The game is intended for an older audience (late teenagers and above) with a large portion of us... Read More »

User Score
9.0
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The Sims FreePlay

The Sims FreePlay puts the creative power of The Sims series into your hands with a trimmed down version for iOS and Android devices. If you’re an avid fan of The Sims or just a fan of life simulation games in general then you’ll no doubt love the experience on offer. Customisation is at the he... Read More »

User Score
8.0
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IMVU

IMVU is a social focused website that is available online for free. The game launched back in 2004 and has grown rapidly in that time to tens of million registered accounts and millions of items in its virtual catalogue (most of them designed by users). IMVU allows members to create their own 3... Read More »

User Score
8.2
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Animal Crossing: City Folk

Animal Crossing: City Folk is the third game in the popular game series and the only one that is available on the Nintendo Wii. The game was released in 2008 and re-released in 2011 in the Nintendo Selects Collection. City Folk has very similar life simulation gameplay to previous games under t... Read More »

User Score
9.2
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Desperate Housewives: The Game

Desperate Housewives: The Game combines The Sims style gameplay with the popular television series. Fans of The Sims series will feel right at home with the style of gameplay on offer and enjoy the touch of housewife secrecy. The game features writing from one of the Desperate Housewives writer... Read More »

User Score
7.9
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Suburbia

Suburbia is a Facebook game that clearly takes inspiration from the Sims Social (a game that has been retired for some time now). The game isn’t just some clone though and has plenty of fun to be had for fans of life simulation games. In Suburbia players take control of their character’s life i... Read More »

User Score
8.8
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Animal Crossing: Wild World

The second game in the Animal Crossing series is Animal Crossing: Wild World. Wild World released in 2005 for the Nintendo DS and is one of the top ten all time selling games for the console. In Wild World players live in a remote village that is populated by humanised animals. Gameplay involve... Read More »

User Score
5.3
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Virtual Families 2: Our Dream House

Virtual Families 2: Our Dream House is a continuation of the Virtual Families series of life simulation games developed by Last Day of Work. The game encourages you to live out your dream life in your computer as you adopt a  tiny person and their family. Virtual Families 2 is available on PC, ... Read More »

User Score
9.0
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A World of Keflings

A World of Keflings is the second game in the series and once again combines the management and building genres very successfully. The game was originally launched on the Xbox 360 but Windows and Wii U versions are also available. The game is all about creating a huge castle and helping out the... Read More »

User Score
8.0
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Virtual Families

Virtual Families is a popular and unique life simulation game developed by Last Day of Work. Like other games from this developer the game is played in real time which means your sims will be sleeping while you sleep. However, some players may find that this slows down gameplay too much for the... Read More »

User Score
9.3
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The Sims Life Stories

The Sims Stories is a series of video games optimised for laptops and older computers. The Sims Life Stories was the first game in this popular spin-off series and lets players who can’t meet the requirements for the main series get to experience what The Sims has to offer. The Sims Life Storie... Read More »

User Score
9.0
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SmallWorlds

SmallWorlds mixes social networking and social gaming to create a fun game world for younger children to explore. The game is playable within your browser and was released in 2008 after a 6 month long beta. SmallWorlds is unique thanks to its integration with other websites. Players can watch Y... Read More »

User Score
7.8
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A Kingdom For Keflings

A Kingdom for Keflings is predominantly a city builder developed by Ninja Bee that was released on the Xbox 360 in 2008 with a PC release several years later. In the game you’ll take control of a giant in the land of Keflings. These Keflings are based on humans but are much smaller resembling g... Read More »

User Score
8.5
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Virtual Villagers (Series)

The Virtual Villagers series is a collection of life simulation games originally developed by Last Day of Work for the PC and Mac. There is also an iOS and Android version of the various games which replicate the computer versions, some of which are available for free. The current games in the ... Read More »

User Score
8.4
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Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a popular life simulation game with city building aspects available for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is published by Nintendo and was released in late 2012 (Japan) with international releases in June of 2013. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf players take control of the ma... Read More »

User Score
9.8
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The Sims Castaway Stories

The Sims Castaway Stories is the third game in the laptop optimised series of games known as The Sims Stories. The game is one of the more unique games in the series and has proved to be one of the most popular because of that fact. Just like its predecessors players have the option of a story ... Read More »

User Score
8.6
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Disney City Girl

Disney City Girl is a social and fashion focused experience developed by Playdom that can be played directly in your browser either through the Playdom website or Facebook. The game is very similar to other games in the genre feels like a spiritual successor to Playdom’s other hit social game. ... Read More »

User Score
7.1
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Singles: Flirt Up Your Life

Singles: Flirt Up Your Life has lots of similarities to the The Sims series of games and is the first game in the Singles game series. The game was released back in 2004 and was a very impressive release for its time so it still stands up on a visual and detail level today. The game is designed... Read More »

User Score
8.0
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The Sims Pet Stories

The Sims Pet Stories is the second release in the laptop optimised spin off series of The Sims known as Sims Stories. As the name suggests the game has a focus on looking after pets so has obvious appeal to animal lovers. Gameplay in The Sims Pet Stories revolves around managing your family, lo... Read More »

User Score
8.9
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Viva Pinata

Viva Pinata turns a unique game idea into a fun sandbox simulation game with beautifully crafted graphics that can be enjoyed by all ages. Viva Pinata is published by Microsoft Game Studios and is available on PC and Xbox 360 (with spin-off games on the Nintendo DS). The focus in Viva Pinata is... Read More »

User Score
8.2
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Kudos 2

Kudos 2 is a fun casual life simulation game developed and published by Positech Games. The game lets players control countless aspects of their life and has huge amounts of depth and customisation available. Players will guide their own sim through a virtual life lasting for 10 years (age 20-3... Read More »

User Score
8.8
the-movies

The Movies

The Movies offers a unique and incredibly fun mix of life simulation and tycoon business management. This makes it the perfect tycoon game that also has great appeal to fans of The Sims series of video games. The Movies was developed by Lionhead Studies for the PC back in 2005 with a Mac port b... Read More »

User Score
8.3
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Ciao Bella

Ciao Bella: la Bella Romanza blends life and romantic simulation games to create a fun and bubbly game experience. In Ciao Bella players are put in charge of Elena and must get her through her hectic life in one piece. The game lets you have complete control of Elena including her career, relat... Read More »

User Score
6.1
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Oz World

Oz World is a social MMO with a small download size that was released in May 2012. The game has you exploring a variety of areas in the game world and communicating with others as you deck out your character in a variety of clothing options. On top of the standard social features players can al... Read More »

User Score
7.2
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MySims Kingdom

MySims Kingdom is based on The Sims series but offers unique and very different gameplay to the original series making it definitely worth your consideration. The game was released in 2007 for the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo DS. The gameplay of the Wii and DS version are quite similar althoug... Read More »

User Score
7.3
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SocioTown

SocioTown is a free to play massively multiplayer online experience that can be played within your browser. If you want a social orientated experience that you can start playing in less than a minute with no setup then you might be interested in what SocioTown has to offer. The game has been de... Read More »

User Score
8.6