An upcoming new free to play Sims title for iPhone and iPad gives the series something of a shakeup with new real time play.
IGN reports that a new Sims title is on the way for iOS. Like The Sims Social, it's a free to play game, but unlike the Facebook offering, it's not based around the coin-op style "pay to play" energy model. Rather, in a striking departure from the rest of the series' accelerated time, FreePlay Sims complete their tasks in real time, with some of the game's monetization coming from impatient players wanting to speed this process up.
If you think sitting for two hours watching your Sim put a load of laundry on and then having an extended visit to the bathroom might be incredibly tedious, you'd of course be absolutely correct, which is why the game allows you to control up to 16 different Sims. The game is designed to be dipped into periodically rather than played for extended sessions. In this sense, it's somewhat like Nimblebit's addictive but ultimately pointless Tiny Tower, occasionally harassing you via push notification to come and pick your carrots or put the washing up away.
The game is set to hit iOS devices in December. It'll be free, with in-app purchases available to speed up tasks and unlock premium items. Supposedly, however, all content can eventually be unlocked through normal play, unlike The Sims Social, which keeps the best items behind a paywall.
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