The Sims: Life Stories

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Life Stories is the first title in the The Sims Stories series, part of the larger Sims franchise. Unlike the main The Sims 2 game, which offers open-ended gameplay, this title focuses on the life of 2 characters, Riley Harlow and Vince Moore, and the game mechanics are more reminiscent of the console ports. The player needs to guide 2 characters through a more or less linear story, with set goals to achieve and through the use of scripted sequences. Each character has an independent, pre-defined story, and upon completion a classic mode is unlocked, where the player can create a new character with much more freedom and open-ended gameplay.

In Riley's story, she is evicted from her house in Sim City and moves to her aunt's house in Four Corners to start a new life. She will get to meet the neighbours and Mickey Smith, who soon becomes her love interest.

Vincent Moore is a business tycoon from Bitville who breaks up with his girlfriend Samantha Hayden after proposing to her. He too will fall in love, with Naomi Hunt, but there are business rivals to take into account.

The game has been optimized for laptops through the controls and by not requiring an independent graphics card.


The Sims: Life Stories Windows Tutorial mode
The Sims: Life Stories Windows In story mode you have to perform specific goals
The Sims: Life Stories Windows Title screen
The Sims: Life Stories Windows Creating a family

Alternate Titles

  • "The Sims Житейские истории" -- Russian spelling
  • "The Sims: Životní příběhy" -- Czech title
  • "The Sims: Livets Historier" -- Swedish title
  • "The Sims: Kertvárosi Krónikák" -- Hungarian title
  • "The Sims: Historie z Życia Wzięte" -- Polish title
  • "The Sims: Histórias da Vida" -- Brazilian title
  • "The Sims: Elämäntarinat" -- Finnish title
  • "Los Sims: Historias de la Vida" -- Spanish title
  • "Les Sims: Histoires de vie" -- French title
  • "Die Sims: Lebensgeschichten" -- German title
  • "De Sims: Levensverhalen" -- Dutch title

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Armchair Empire, The Windows Mar 19, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Feb, 2007 80 out of 100 80
PGNx Media Windows Mar 18, 2007 8 out of 10 80
PC Powerplay Windows Jan, 2007 79 out of 100 79
IGN Windows Mar 01, 2007 7.3 out of 10 73
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Mar 19, 2007 72 out of 100 72
GamerDad Windows Mar 01, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Absolute Games ( Windows Feb 16, 2007 67 out of 100 67
MacLife Macintosh Jul 02, 2007 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Gamekult Windows Feb 22, 2007 5 out of 10 50


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Related Web Sites

  • Their Lives, Your Stories (An Apple Games article about the Macintosh version of Life Stories (April, 2007).)
  • Wikipedia (A full overview of the game in the open encyclopaedia)
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