24 Games Like The Sims

Games Like The Sims Our collection of games like The Sims below lists the best creative, sandbox and life simulation games, including free, online (no download), Android, iOS and offline options as voted by our community.

The games similar to The Sims franchise here offer an experience that will let you control the life, goals and relationships of one or several customisable characters while also shaping the world around them with mechanics such as house building, community creation and avatar customisation. This makes these video games fantastic alternatives to The Sims, Sims 2, Sims 3, Sims 4 and the countless expansion packs and spin-off franchise titles.

What are games like sims called? What video game genre does Sims fall under?

The Sims is a life simulation video game with sandbox elements which mimics real life conditions while giving players the ability to impact, customise and control their virtual game world. Central to the life simulation genre is the ability to manage your own virtual life as you would in the real world with The Sims in particular focusing on house building, career management and fulfilling the dreams of your Sim characters. You'll also find that many of the life simulation games similar to The Sims offer these game elements to some degree.

What is the purpose of The Sims?

As a sandbox focused title the purpose of The Sims and games like The Sims is to live out a virtual life according to the player’s own vision using the tools available in The Sims universe. For some players this purpose will be to build the ultimate dream house, live out their perfect career, create an ideal family life or some mixture of these goals. While there are some defined objectives to guide player progress and teach them the available game mechanics the definitive purpose is ultimately up to the individual player.

Why are Sims called Sims?

"Sims" is the name given to all characters within the universe of The Sims and is widely regarded to be in reference to the fact that they are simulated human beings in a simulated world and thus shorted simply to "Sims".

Will there be a Sims 5?

While there are currently no official announced plans to develop The Sims 5 given the success of the franchise to Electronic Arts (EA) historically it is likely to assume they will release a Sims 5 at some stage. The Sims franchise has operated on a 4-5 year core game cycle with releases in 2000 (The Sims), 2004 (The Sims 2), 2009 (The Sims 3) and 2014 (The Sims 4) which may suggest a possible Sims 5 release in 2019 or 2020. However, a mobile version, The Sims Mobile was released in 2018 which could indicate that EA intends to extend the lifecycle of The Sims 4 beyond 2019/2020.

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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 More]

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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. With endless possibilities and the ability to make real money while playing Second Life continues to grow in a saturated marke...[Read More]

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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 so much more. Played inside your browser (or one of the mobile apps) you’ll be surprised at how much depth the game has and just how fun it is. Starting out in Lady Popular you’...[Read More]

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OurWorld

OurWorld offers a virtual world filled with exploration and online games for tweens and young teenagers. The game is developed by FlowPlay and can be played within your browser making it both popular and accessible. After you create your account you’ll be able to heavily customise your avatar which will be your connection t...[Read More]

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IMVU

IMVU is a social focused website that is available online for free through your browser with mobile apps (iOS and Android) also available. 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). ...[Read More]

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Touch

Touch is a unique dance orientated experience where you’ll create your own pop music star and take them from nobody to star. With impressive graphics and plenty of customisation it’s easy to get lost in your own story of stardom. At the start of the game players will choose their gender and style which can range from cute t...[Read More]

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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 becoming available later. In th...[Read More]

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City Girl Life

City Girl Life 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. If you are fan of similar social...[Read More]

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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, Mac, iOS and Android. Just lik...[Read More]

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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 More]

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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 designed with a teenage audience...[Read More]

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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 20-30). In Kudos 2 players will pl...[Read More]

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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 writers and voice acting from Brenda...[Read More]

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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 More]

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Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise

Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise is the Xbox 360 exclusive sequel to the widely popular Viva Pinata. With similar gameplay but additional biomes and co-operative play the title is everything you loved plus a little extra. The game was eventually made available on Xbox One through the Rare Replay compilation. In Trouble in P...[Read More]

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Club Cooee

Club Cooee is one of the more unique virtual chat rooms available and is a great experience for fans of social virtual worlds such as IMVU. The game is published by Cooee GmbH and always has thousands of users online. Club Cooee has all the fun features of similar games and includes chat, games and the ability to create you...[Read More]

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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 on designing the perfect gard...[Read More]

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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 as a more mature alternative ...[Read More]

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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 More]

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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. Escape From Paradise starts you on day 1 of your stranded existen...[Read More]

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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 gnomes or something similar to ...[Read More]

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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, relationships, health and the all-i...[Read More]

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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 Keflings but the journey ther...[Read More]

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Avakin Life

Offering a large social community within a mobile app Avakin Life offers you the ability to start your own new life on your iOS or Android device. Customise your own avatar and an apartment while hanging out with countless people in the great social locations. Starting with the creation of your avatar players have a range o...[Read More]

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