On March 23, 1988 the game was taken off the the German index after the German distributor Rushware entered an objection. MicroProse themselves also objected, stated that a law should not lump computer software in with pornographic videos. The incident was even discussed on the front cover of the UK newspaper The Independent.
- Commodore Format
- July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Sims
- Computer Gaming World
- November 1996 (15th Anniversary issue) - #86 on the "150 Best Games of All Time" list
- Happy Computer
- 1986 - Best Simulation of the Year
- Issue 04/1987 - #3 Best Game in 1986 (Readers' Vote)