15 Games Like The Sims

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

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

In The Sims franchise players create and control their own simulated characters (known as ‘Sims’) in a virtual world reminiscent of real life. With these virtual characters players interact with the game world while also developing their own unique identities that includes goals, ambitions and personality traits.

Due to the sandbox design the franchise allow players to chase career aspirations, develop their dream life, grow a family, replicate their own life or simply build beautiful houses to home your virtual characters. By simulating the challenges of life and offering a wealth of possibilities to players the franchise has become a leader in the genre and remain relatively unchallenged since first released in 2000.

The life simulation games like The Sims here offer an experience that will let you control the life, goals and relationships of one or several characters. Many of the games here are available online (no download) or for free, making them great alternatives to The Sims, Sims 2, Sims 3, Sims 4 and the countless expansion packs.
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My Sunny Resort

Create your dream resort complete with sun, sand and palm trees in My Sunny Resort, a browser based management game from the Upjers team who are well known for their browser based experiences. Taking the popular and successful formula from their other management games such as My Fantastic Park and My Free Zoo Upjers has cha...[Read Review]

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8.9 User Avg (65 votes)
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Second Life

Second Life is a free to play online life simulation game designed to appeal to fans of the virtual world genre that want to go a step deeper with enhanced customisation and a real world inspired economy. Developed by Linden Labs Second Life has been online since 2003 for Windows and Mac with regular core releases occurring...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (236 votes)
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Lady Popular

Lady Popular gives you complete control of your own life as you battle it out in the fashion arena, decorate your apartment, juggle a boyfriend and more in the browser based game for young girls and boys. Available in either your browser (or one of the available mobile apps) you’ll be surprised by just how much depth ...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (303 votes)
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Sansar

Growing their virtual offerings Linden Labs has taken the success from Second Life and moved it into a VR environment with Sansar. Still available to play through a desktop client for Windows Sansar remains accessible to players who haven’t opted to engage with virtual reality gaming yet. Ultimately the promise of San...[Read Review]

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7.5 User Avg (3 votes)
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The Movies

Imagine being the director of your very own movie set? That’s the vision that The Movies intends to deliver on with a unique and enjoyable mix of life simulation and tycoon business management. From creating the movie set, writing the script and building the stats of your movie stars The Movies lets you control all of...[Read Review]

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8.4 User Avg (82 votes)
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City Girl Life

City Girl Life is a social and fashion focused experience designed to blend fashion, fame, fortune, friends and New York City. It is developed by Playdom that can be played directly through Facebook via Facebook Gameroom, the Facebook page is also an active hub for the community alongside the official forums. With a communi...[Read Review]

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8.4 User Avg (494 votes)
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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. In this sequel you’ll find familiar gameplay to the original Virtual Families title with a focus on living out your dream life within your computer as you adopt a tiny person and...[Read Review]

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8.4 User Avg (55 votes)
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Kudos 2

Kudos 2 is a fun casual life simulation game developed and published by Positech Games with a stat heavy focus that will see you balancing a wide range of numbers that tie closely into how you live your virtual life and the relationships you explore. It’s a fully fledged life adventure that gives players control over ...[Read Review]

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8.1 User Avg (22 votes)

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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 their liking. In Virtual Families...[Read Review]

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8.1 User Avg (41 votes)
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Desperate Housewives: The Game

Desperate Housewives: The Game combines The Sims style gameplay with the popular television series to create a story based adventure spread across 12 episodes which tie closely to the first two seasons of the franchise. Fans of The Sims series will feel right at home with the style of gameplay on offer which is clearly insp...[Read Review]

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Life Quest 2

Life Quest 2 has you moving into Metropoville as you take a 12 step journey to the ultimate life. It’s a unique mixture between strategy and life simulation that has you ultimately shooting to move up the social ladder. The decisions that Life Quest 2 will pose to players are very reminiscent to those that will you fa...[Read Review]

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7.8 User Avg (14 votes)
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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 also the first (of two) game in the Singles game series. The game was released back in 2004 with top of the market graphics at the time which has enabled the game to stand up to more modern standards despite being over 10 years old a...[Read Review]

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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 Virtual Villagers series are: ...[Read Review]

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7.4 User Avg (20 votes)
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Escape From Paradise

Imagine going on a luxury cruise to end up stranded on an unknown island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This is the challenge you’ll face in Escape From Paradise, a game that mixes strategy, time management and various mini games into a single adventure for Windows that also allows you to create your own customised pas...[Read Review]

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7.4 User Avg (11 votes)
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Ciao Bella

Ciao Bella (Ciao Bella: la Bella Romanza) blends life and romantic simulation games to create a fun and bubbly game experience with a story structure at the core. In Ciao Bella players are put in charge of Elena and must get her through her hectic life in one piece as you manage all facets from health, culture, family, work...[Read Review]

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7.1 User Avg (28 votes)