Sleep deprivation, torturous feeding rituals and horrific diaper contents. Now your Sims can have it all with the third Sims instalment for the iPhone. The Sims 3 Ambitions brings new quirky content to the series in the shape of new more detailed professions, and the chance of having your Sim evolve as a parent.
The interface, presentation and sound effects are more or less the same since the first Sims game released in 2009. Some of the glitches I encountered in the World Adventures game have been removed, but there are still rough edges to be found. Zoomed out the game world seems rather grainy, and not too welcoming. Furthermore the game looks worse than the previous instalments on the iPhone 4 due to a lack of updated visuals for the retina display.
The gameplay is the same with mini games depending on situation, and profession. What is kind of awkward is that you basically only get six characters to play around with graphically. A chef, a fire fighter, an artist, a rock star, a teacher and a sport star. As you select the outfit first you might then apply for another job. This means that you can have a fire fighter teaching, and a chef rocking it out. A more modest collection of outfits, or at least a selection of non-work related styles would be a good complement. You can import your saved Sims from the other two games for the iPhone giving you a chance to have your old Sims becoming a sports star.
There has also been improvements to the build mode letting you design more aspects of the Sims house. It costs a lot of dough, and takes a while to get really into. Even workplaces can be built, and it is really cool to design your own night club for example. The main attraction to the game is the Sims having a baby. This gives you a new Sim to cater for, and it is quite fun to watch the baby grow into a toddler. Then the progression ends, and you won’t have it turn into a teenager. At least I haven’t managed to get any more than a moderately fat toddler.
If you enjoy the other Sims games definitely consider getting this as well. It is more of a addon than a complete game. Much what I thought about the World Adventures game, but the difference is that you at least get the Sims feel in this one. There is no flying around the world, and the mundane life feels more real. Of course being a rock star might be a bit out of the ordinary mundane world of the Sims. The mini games are generally improved, and controls quite alright.
In my opinion the original the Sims 3 for the iPhone is still the best place to start if you are new to the franchise. The Sims 3 Ambitions is the most polished experience, and definitely recommended for old time fans for the series for both PC and iPhone.
The Sims 3 Ambitions $4.99
Seller: Electronic Arts
Tested on an iPhone 4.