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The Sims is described as 'series of life simulation video games developed by Maxd published by Electronic Arts. The franchise has sold nearly 200 million copies worldwide, and it is one of the best-selling video games series of all time' and is a Life Simulation game in the games category. There are nine games similar to The Sims for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Online / Web-based, Mac, Windows Mobile and Android. The best alternative is FreeSO, which is both free and Open Source. Other The Sims like games are Kenshi, Virtual Families 2, Space Colony and Live the Life.

The Sims alternatives are mainly Life Simulation Games but may also be World Building Games. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of The Sims.
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    FreeSO

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    While FreeSO aims to be faithful to the original game, it includes many quality of life changes such as hardware rendering, custom dynamic lighting, hi-res output and >2 floor houses.

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    Most users think FreeSO is a great alternative to The Sims.
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    Kenshi

    • Windows

    A free-roaming squad based RPG focusing on open-ended sandbox gameplay features rather than a linear story. Be a trader, a thief, a rebel, a warlord, an adventurer, a farmer, a slave, or just food for the cannibals.

    ⚫︎ Single playerKenshi has one or more single player game modes.
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    It is completely different gameplay, no similarities except being an game.

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    Virtual Families 2

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Windows Mobile
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    There is a hidden world in your computer. Adopt a little person from the thousands of choices of little people who live inside your computer. Help them choose a mate, and start a family! Encourage them to work in their chosen career to earn money for necessities and luxuries.

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    Space Colony

    • Mac
    • Windows

    Space Colony is a real-time strategy video game developed by Firefly Studios and published by Gathering of Developers in 2003 with a similar basic premise to The Sims.

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    It is completely different gameplay, no similarities except being an game.

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    Live the Life

    • Windows

    Live the Life is the first person life simulation game focused on the deep player's interaction with the environment. Design your apartment using advanced building features, visit stores to buy furniture, food and clothing you like, and more.

    ⚫︎ Single playerLive the Life has one or more single player game modes.
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    Nend.io

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    Get a job or feed in the garbage. Buy a house or sleep in a squatting area. Have fun, but don't forget to buy a worthy successor in the nursery because time goes by and you get old!.

    ⚫︎ MultiplayerNend.io offers a game mode for more than one player.
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    DevLife

    • Windows

    You start your career just before hitting 18. It's up to you to choose who you want to be - a graphic designer or maybe a programmer? Will it be a Website design or Mobile Applications? It is up to you to decide! And what if you chose wrong?.

    ⚫︎ Single playerDevLife has one or more single player game modes.
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    SocioTown

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • Adobe Flash Player

    3D virtual game world. There are a wide asortment of activities such as fishing, bug catching, missions, and much more!.

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    SocioTown appears to be an online MMO 3D chatbox, and not a life simulation game where you manage the environment and actions of virtual people.

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    Idol Hands

    • Windows
    • Steam

    Idol Hands is a strategy game where you gradually take over the world by guiding your people and defeating other gods.

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