My Favourite Free, Online, and Paid Life Simulation Games Like The Sims
There are plenty of games like The Sims available for fans of the series. Most of these games are even available for free or can be played online. I hope you enjoy my personal selection of life simulation games.
The Sims is a well known life simulation game series published by Electronic Arts (EA) and it is often considered the best game of its genre. The Sims is also one of the most successful video game franchises ever.
The games and websites available on this page are a mixture of free, paid, and online. Thus, there should be an option to suit everyone's requirements. If you know of one that isn't included, then please let us know in the comment section.
I've put together this list over the course of several years. Both my sister and partner fell in love with The Sims series very early on and are always asking me if I can recommend them something similar to play. I created (and update) this page to keep them all in one place. I hope you also find it a useful resource.
What Do You Enjoy Most About The Sims?
A free online social game for older players, IMVU is a website where members use 3D avatars to chat, meet people, and play games. IMVU has over 52 million registered users and features one of the largest virtual goods stores. The game is definitely for older gamers though.
The basic version of IMVU is free to play but users can gain extra benefits by paying real money to get credits. IMVU will appeal to Sims fans who enjoy the social aspect of the game series.
IMVU also has a big focus on member driven and developed content. Members are able to create, design, and even sell virtual products in the IMVU product catalogue.
IMVU has millions of members and is extremely easy to get started playing. With all of the customisation options available, it definitely rivals what The Sims but definitely is for an older audience.
2. Second Life
A free game where The Sims meets MMO, Second Life is combines deep avatar customisation and endless creation in a massively multiplayer online game that you can explore for free. If you love creating your own personalised characters and the world around them, then Second Life will definitely appeal to you.
Second Life was launched in 2003 and allows players to interact with each other through avatars and participate in individual and group activities. The game has evolved over the years and remains one of the top free-to-play virtual worlds around, with tens of millions of accounts.
During peak times you'll find around 50,000 people online so there are always new experiences to be had in this massively multiplayer virtual world.
As a player (known as a Resident) of Second Life, you are free to explore the world and can even create and trade virtual property or services. For the creatively minded, there is truly no end to your Second Life experience and you can access all of it for free.
3. My Sunny Resort
Build a dream resort and manage your guests while playing My Sunny Resort, another free game that is playable completely in your browser.
In the game you are tasked with designing your dream resort, hiring staff, and also managing your guests. It has many Sims-like elements, such as the way that players can customise each individual guest room with pieces of furniture. This requires some strategy to ensure that you stay within budget.
The way that you interact with guests also feels like something out of The Sims gameplay, as guests have their own needs that you'll have to fulfil by building activities and restaurants to extract maximum value from their holiday budgets.
My Sunny Resort is a fun mixture of management and building rolled into one game. If you want something Sims-esque for your browser, this game from Upjers is a great choice.
My Sunny Resort Gameplay
4. Lady Popular
A fashion focused game experience, Lady Popular is a great browser-based alternative for gamers who love the fashion and customisation that The Sims series offers. In this game you'll create a character with the goal of becoming famous in the fashion industry.
You can heavily customise your virtual avatar, their apartment, and stats as you battle against other players to become the fashion queen with the highest style points. There is so much to customise in Lady Popular, that it is easy to get lost in the depth of the game as you buy clothing, pets, furniture, and other visual improvements.
This is one that fans of fashion will feel at home with as the large range of items, styles, and avatar options never gets old.