In the past, it would take a lot for a celebrity to make it in the world of video games. These days, it’s entirely possible for a celebrity to break into the industry and have a lasting impact. One of the most recent examples is musician and game developer Robert Pattinson. You may know him from films like the upcoming Legend, or Twilight, or from his work with the band, The Kills. Now, he’s created his own universe within the popular “Sims” franchise, one filled with drama, romance, and plenty of opportunities for fans to play along.

The Game’s Big Selling Point

At its core, The Sims 4 is a life simulation game. You create a character and then populate their life with tasks, people, and objectives. As you progress, you’ll build a home for your Sim, attend school for them, and help them get into relationships and have kids. Sound a little bit like an on-line dating game, right?

That’s not far from the truth. While the gameplay and narrative are definitely comparable to those found in most popular multiplayer games, the setting and integration with social media makes this one stand out. In the game, you’ll interact with fans via Twitter and Instagram, and gain access to their personal lives. You may even get to choose what clothes your Sim will wear, or if they’ll go au naturelle or sport some fashionable attire.

To me, that’s what makes this game so special. Most people playing will be casual users who simply want to have some fun and enjoy the story, but for those who want to get into the action, there’s a PvP mode where you can battle against other players. If that’s your kind of thing, you might want to give the game a try.

Romantic Potential

More exciting than creating your own Sim, or playing as one, is the opportunity to play the role of an agent. You can take on clients and help them navigate the often complicated world of love and romance. In the process, you’ll earn romance points, which you can use to progress through the scenes that the game has to offer. There are seven main scenarios, which are unlocked as you progress through the game. Your Sim can develop romantic feelings for another character (player-controlled or created), and it’s up to you to decide how to handle these interactions. What do you do when your client has a girlfriend, and you want to protect your investment? How about when your client is in love with you, but you don’t feel the same way? These are just some of the questions that you’ll have to answer if you decide to take this route.

Different Ways To Play

If pure simulation gameplay isn’t your thing, you can always opt-in for one of the game’s two modes, “Casual” or “Adventure.” In “Casual,” you won’t be completing objectives and watching cutscenes; you’ll just be exploring the world that Sims has to offer and enjoying the experience. Even then, you’ll have to manage your time so that you can achieve what’s important to you in your daily schedule. In “Adventure,” you’ll have to actively seek out objectives and fight off attackers. You won’t be confined to the World Sim, either; you’ll be able to travel to other galaxies and interact with alien life forms.

The Creativity Bonus

For those who want to create their own unique Sim, or give one a life of their own, The Sims 4 allows for some really cool stuff. Using the free “Creativity” tool, you can give your Sim unique features, like a prosthetic limb or colored contacts. You can also make them talk differently or have them perform certain tasks. While the possibilities are endless, you’ll have to use your imagination to come up with unique characteristics.

More Than Meets The Eye: A Closer Look

Forbes has ranked the top 30 games that you can download for free on the App Store and Google Play. While many may think that The Sims is at the very bottom of that list, it’s actually the second-last game on that list. This, however, doesn’t mean that it’s not worth your time and attention. Far from it.

The reason why The Sims 4 doesn’t make it to the top of the list is because it is, in fact, a complete game that you can download and play for free. As mentioned by Forbes, this makes it “the perfect quick-play game for people looking for something mindless to do on their smartphones.” I couldn’t agree more. While it may not hold a candle to some of the game’s bigger titles in terms of overall quality, it’s still a fun and worthwhile experience if you’re looking for a quick bite to eat or a good movie to watch on your phone. If you’re new to the game or just want to try something different, I highly recommend checking it out.

An Impressive Portfolio

Even if you don’t play video games, it’s fair to say that you’ve heard of The Sims. The popular life simulation game has been around for decades, offering a wide range of experiences for players. While it may not be the most innovative game out there, it’s always been a good choice for parents who want to give their children a leg-up in life. Perhaps the most impressive part of this game’s portfolio is the variety of experiences that it provides. From creating your own Sim to playing as one, to exploring a world filled with romance and opportunity, The Sims has a little bit of something for everyone.

It’s this very versatility, which makes it so appealing. Even if you’ve never given the game much thought, you can download it for free from the App Store or Google Play, and give it a go. It might just surprise you with how much it offers, and how much fun it can be. If you’re looking for a quick, fun game to pass the time, you can’t go wrong with The Sims.