The Sims: Life Stories (Windows)

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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 Title screen
The Sims: Life Stories Windows Loading screen
The Sims: Life Stories Windows Talking to neighbours
The Sims: Life Stories Windows Watching television

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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Critic Reviews

Video Games Daily Feb 27, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85 Feb 07, 2007 15 out of 20 75 Feb 13, 2007 74 out of 100 74
IGN Mar 01, 2007 7.3 out of 10 73
PCM: Personal Computer Magazine Feb 23, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70 (UK) Feb 13, 2007 7 out of 10 70
PC Games (Germany) Feb 15, 2007 69 out of 100 69
Absolute Games ( Feb 16, 2007 67 out of 100 67 Mar 08, 2007 54 out of 100 54
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Mar 11, 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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