How to download and install The Sims: It is practically since 2000 that you hear about The Sims but you have not yet decided to try it because it is not clear to you what it is and you still do not know if you might actually like it or not. Well, don’t worry, all you have to do is get comfortable and get ready to read this simple guide that I wrote to illustrate everything you need to know about this famous EA title: how to download it, how to play, what to do treats and how to know the whole world behind it.
One of the objects that has always fascinated us as men is the mask. Everyone likes to wear masks, everyone likes the idea of being able to hide behind someone else. Another concept that has always fascinated us, or at least since technology allows us, is that of the virtual simulation of life . Those people who have held a Tamagotchi in their hands at least once know something. Well, if we merge these two dynamics we get something similar to The Sims.
Imagine being able to create an avatar and being able to manage it exactly as if it were a living being in all respects: feed it and satisfy its needs, find it a job, make it interact with other characters, make it explore the city and much more. All this while sitting comfortably in your armchair. Dynamics of this kind are undoubtedly fascinating, both for hardened gamers with years of experience, and for those who are only recently approaching this world. But come to us, get ready because I’m going to explain everything you need to know about The Sims and how to download it. Let’s begin!
How to download The Sims on PC / Mac
If you can’t wait to start playing The Sims , run to download the trial version of the game on your computer following the instructions I’m about to give you. The demo lasts 48 hours and allows you to test every aspect of the game. Subsequently you can choose whether to leave the world of The Sims or whether to continue your “parallel life” in the world of Sims by purchasing the full version of the game.
Before proceeding with the download of The Sims , I recommend that you check the minimum requirements of the game and compare them with the characteristics of your computer. You can check whether The Sims is suitable for your PC by visiting the official page dedicated to The Sims 4 system requirements .
Once you have visited the page, hover your cursor over the item Can Your Run It? and follow all the on-screen directions to find out if your PC / Mac can run the latest version of The Sims, which is The Sims 4 . If you want to do it first and already know the technical characteristics of your computer, here is the complete list of requirements for The Sims 4.
- Operating system: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 or macOS (version 10.7.5 or higher).
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (1.8 GHz, AMD Athlon 64 Dual Core 4000+ or equivalent. Intel Core i5 or higher recommended.
- RAM: 2GB, 4GB recommended.
- Hard disk: 9GB of available space to add at least 1GB for various customizations and saves.
- DVD-ROM drive: only required at the time of installation from optical media (not needed if you download the game in digital version)
- Video card: compatible with Pixel Shader 3.0 and with at least 128 MB of dedicated memory. NVIDIA GTX 650 or higher recommended. On Mac, NVIDIA GeForce 320M, 9600M, 9400M, ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro or higher cards are recommended.
- Sound Card: Any DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card is fine
- DirectX: as above, compatible with DirectX 9.0c (requirement only necessary for the Windows version of the game).
- Peripherals: mouse and keyboard are sufficient.
The Sims download
The first step you need to take to download the free trial version of The Sims is to install Origin . If you have never heard of it, Origin is an EA license management platform that allows you to purchase, download and install games via the Internet in a very easy and fast way. It is available for both Windows and macOS , but for the moment the free demo of The Sims 4 only works on the Microsoft home operating system. To find out more, read on.
If you want to download Origin and use a Windows PC , connected to the official website of the program and click on the Download button located under the Windows logo (the flag). Download is complete open, double clicking on it, the OriginThinSetup.exe file that you have just downloaded to your computer and, in the window that opens, press first on the Run button and then on the Install Origin button .
Once pressed on the button for the installation, a window will open with the settings relating to the operation of Origin (e.g. automatic start when the PC is turned on, automatic update of the games , sharing of the PC hardware specifications, etc. .): select the items according to the settings you prefer, accept the conditions of use of the software by placing the check mark next to the item I have read and accept the Origin End User License Agreement and click first on the Continue button and then Yes to go on.
As a last step, enter your EA account details and press the Sign in button . If you do not yet have an Origin account, go to the Create an account tab located at the top right and fill out the form that is proposed to you. Alternatively connected to the official Origin website , click on the Register button located at the bottom left and fill out the forms that are proposed to you.
Once logged in, you will be able to browse the library of all the games available on Origin and download both the demos and the full versions of the games, including The Sims.
Do you use a Mac and not a Windows PC? No problem, you can also install Origin on the Apple platform, but as already mentioned above you cannot download the demo of The Sims 4 as it is currently only available for Windows (while you can buy the full version of the game without problems).
To get started, go to the official Origin website , click the Download button located under the apple logo and wait for the download to complete. It shouldn’t be long. Once the download is complete, go to your Mac’s Downloads folder, open the Origin.dmg file you just downloaded on your computer, take the Origin icon and drag it to the macOS Applications folder .
When the operation is complete, start Origin from the macOS Applications folder and the End User License Agreement screen will appear . Once you have read the conditions of use of the software, click Accept to continue with the installation.
At this point Origin will install a helper , that is a software component, to manage the games. This requires authorization from the Mac administrator. Then enter the password for your user account on macOS (the one you use to log in to the system) and press the Install Assistant button to continue.
We are almost there! You should now be in the presence of a window to manage the original Origin settings ( automatic start, automatic download of updates and sharing of hardware specifications ). So put the check mark on the boxes that interest you and when you are ready to move on, click the OK button . If you want, you can also click on More info to inquire about the items that can be checked.
The last step you need to take before you can access Origin is to identify yourself with your EA account. Then proceed with entering your username and password or, if you do not yet have an account, click on the Create an account tab located at the top right and fill in the registration form for the service.
How to install The Sims
Once Origin is installed on your computer, all you have to do to install The Sims is to open the program, select the items Free Games> Trial versions from the left sidebar, locate The Sims 4 (Try) in the list of available titles and press the Get it now button .
At this point, select the item My games library from the Origin sidebar, click on the cover of The Sims 4 and start downloading the game by pressing the Download button . Make sure therefore that there is selected the ‘ Italian menu for language selection and click on Accept .
Finally, choose whether to create a shortcut to The Sims on the desktop and / or in the Start menu , press Next and start the actual download of the game by putting the check mark next to the item I have read and accept the above license agreements and clicking on the Next button .
At the end of the download (which you can follow and / or pause at any time by clicking on the box that appears at the bottom left), you can play the demo of The Sims 4 for 48 hours simply by selecting the game from the My games library section by Origin.
If at the end of the free trial you intend to purchase the full version of The Sims 4 , open Origin, search for The Sims 4 in the search bar located at the top left and click on the game poster located under the item Shop Results .
In the screen that opens, choose between the standard and the digital Deluxe edition of the game and click on the Buy button to proceed with the purchase of the full version of the title. For the rest, the download and installation procedure of the game is similar to that of the demo. Simply select The Sims from your personal Origin library.
The Sims 4 is also included in Origini Access : a subscription service that for 3.99 euro / month or 24.99 euro / year allows you to download offline and to play without limits to a selection of EA-branded titles. More info here .
Alternatively, if you prefer physical support to the digital version of The Sims 4, you can purchase the game in a “boxed” version through Amazon or any other video game store (both online and offline).
The Sims 4 Demo of Create a Sim
If the part that intrigued you most about The Sims 4 is the one in which you can give shape to your character and control its psychological and physical creation down to the smallest details, you can take advantage of an additional free demo – always available only for Windows – thanks to which you will be able to simulate this process (but giving up the rest of the game).
In order to download the demo in question, all you have to do is go to the home page of the official The Sims website , hover the mouse over the item The Game and when the menu opens scroll down to the Demo item of The Sims 4 Create a Sim. Once clicked on this link, a page will open, in the center of which there is a button that says Get it Now : click on the button in question, authenticate yourself with your Origin account and you’re done.
Now you just have to open the Origin application on your computer, download the demo of Create a Sim from your library (as explained previously for the complete demo of The Sims 4) and start having fun with the character editor of The Sims!
How to download The Sims on smartphones and tablets
If you are a lover of games on a mobile platform, you cannot miss the fantastic free app The Sims Free Play that allows you to perform most of the actions you can do playing with the desktop version of The Sims: find work, create a family, keep track Sim values and so on. Do you want another good news? The app is free, although with in-app purchases that allow you to improve the gaming experience and the display of some advertising banners.
You can download The Sims Free Play on any Android or iOS device . To do this, all you have to do is open the store of your smartphone or tablet (e.g. Google Play Store on Android or App Store on iOS), search for The Sims inside it, select the The Sims Free Play icon and press the Install / Get button .
At the end of the download and installation of the game (which will take place completely automatically), you can start playing The Sims on your portable device for free. Happy?
How The Sims Works
Now that you have downloaded the game, let’s see how it works in more detail. You have probably heard of The Sims for years. In fact, its birth dates back to 2000, but what exactly is it about and why is it always so popular? Well, the answer is immediately clear when I tell you that this is a virtual reality game and more precisely a human life simulator .
Right from the start, after its launch, The Sims has enjoyed a huge popularity thanks to its particularity. Once the game is downloaded, you will be able to have Sims , who are the virtual people you can make live as singles or in a family, and advance them in their activities as in work and in social life.
The great care and attention to the smallest details has made possible the creation of a real cult by a very large community all over the world. To make you understand how well these details are taken care of, I tell you that there is a real language spoken by the characters in the game, which is called Simlish and has its own structure. But the complexity of the The Sims universe does not end here, indeed there are many other aspects to know and deepen in the approach to this game: let’s discover them together immediately.
Management of needs
A very nice detail that makes us understand the quality at the base of The Sims lies in the fact that in order to fully control your avatar you must always keep under control 8 bars that indicate the basic needs of the character.
When the values indicated by the bars begin to drop, the character begins to be less and less happy, even happiness has a bar of value that goes from green to red: the more unhappy he is, the less he will be able to fulfill the commitments that he is required to bring complete. The number of needs that I mentioned to you is variable and in the latest version of the game, The Sims 4, 6 are in total and include the fun , the brush , the feed, the ‘ energy in general and in relation to sleep, fun and social life .
Thanks to the Gallery it is possible to share original creations such as rooms, gardens, families and much more directly with other members of the community. This means that you can have fun creating an elegant salon from scratch where you can give your best by giving free rein to your creativity and sharing with all the other users.
The beauty is that they can even express their preference for your project by adding your project to favorites or they can download it just as you can download someone else’s projects. When you upload your project to the Gallery, a counter indicates how many times it has been added to favorites and how many times it has been downloaded.
In the latest versions of The Sims, the gaming experience is really brought to the highest levels thanks above all to the potential offered by the creation of your Sim. Once you have decided on the basic characteristics for your character, you will be able to customize the look by choosing the age , style , build , skin color , physiognomy , hair , way of walking and even your voice .
As if this were not enough, you can define your character’s attitudes based on certain social characteristics or pastimes, so as to be able to sculpt the emotional and personality traits that will make your Sim practically unique. The icing on the cake is the great power of the game that allows your character, once created in detail, to vary according to the experiences he lives.
Design of the house
One of the aspects that will leave you speechless is the function dedicated to the design of your character’s home. Thanks to the Build mode , you will be able to manufacture magnificent homes full of details, both internal and external , in a very simplified way.
A character with a certain personality will need an environment in which to live consistent with his style, then you can have great fun designing and building thanks to fundamental and complementary elements, such as rooms or furniture. You can even intervene on the settings and panoramas of your home. If you feel stuck there is no problem, in fact there are predefined lots from which to draw inspiration.
Interaction with Sims
Well, after all this attention dedicated to the construction of the small and large details of your character and the environment in which to live, the time has come to let your Sim start living by interacting with the other characters and shaping his personality based to the events it will encounter.
One of the best things about this game is that, just like in real life, there are no real limits to what you can become. Then you can have fun seeing your character become a chef, a soldier, a pilot or much more. As I said, just like in real life, an essential aspect is undoubtedly that of public relations .
You can make great friends, serious or less serious relationships and you can even make enemies. Cultivated the human side, it’s time to start exploring the world. With The Sims 4 you can have fun exploring various neighborhoods, discovering different destinations knowing new people.
One of the aspects that keeps the gaming experience always high in The Sims has always been the one that involves the use of some mini-expansions. I’m talking about the Stuff Packs , expansions that allow you to improve your character through various objects linked by a common theme.
In recent years, the Stuff Packs released have been the most disparate and have also included real homages to real world famous people such as the one dedicated to Katy Perry or to really existing brands such as Diesel to whom an entire Stuff Pack of clothing.
Other homages to the real world through these expansions were the Stuff Pack dedicated to the world of Hollywood and the one dedicated to the 70s, 80s and 90s . In short, the small details are what make the big differences in this game. The expansions for The Sims can be purchased, at prices ranging from 10 to 40 euros, through the official website of the game .
Versions of The Sims
The Sims 4 is the latest version that arrives after years of waiting compared to the previous one, The Sims 3 and has many advantages and updates compared to the latter. Among the most significant new features of the title we find the emotional profile of the characters, according to which they will interact differently with people or things, and improved graphics .
Another great novelty of The Sims 4 lies in the fact that neither a console version has been made. The release date of the game on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is set for 11/14/2017, but reservations are already open. One more reason to book The Sims 4 for consoles now? Exclusively for you, once you get the game, you will have the Esterni da Sogno Stuff Pack expansion which includes a large variety of luxury furnishings, fashionable items and an exclusive whirlpool bath. You can book the game directly from the official The Sims website .
It must be said that The Sims 3 has also enjoyed great popularity, thanks above all to its large community, which remains one of the strengths of each version of this game. The Sims 3 also has a mobile version that can be downloaded again on both Android and iOS .
Cheats for The Sims
One of the aspects that makes this game so loved by its huge international community is the question of cheats. In fact, cheating according to the logic of the game is not something wrong , but something extremely important and the tricks are widely accepted.
To find out everything you need to know about the tricks, just go to the official page of The Sims and go once again with the cursor on the item Il Gioco , once you open the drop-down menu, just scroll to Come Cheating and click. A new page will automatically open where all the FAQs about the cheats and cheating in this game are collected.