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Manufacturer: Electronic Arts / Genre: Simulation / ESRB Rating: T - (Teen) / ESRB Descriptor: Violence / ESRB Descriptor: Crude Humor / ESRB Descriptor: Sexual Themes / Platform: Windows / Distribution Media: CD-ROM / Distribution Media: DVD-ROM / Release Date: November, 2006

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      23.08.2012 15:28
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      A fun pack but only worth it if you can buy it cheaply.

      I have been playing Sims 2 for years now and over that time have collected a plethora of expansion packs. The majority of them I have bought either second hand or from Amazon for a discount price. After the release of Sims 3 the price of most Sims 2 products dropped considerably. I much prefer Sims 2 to Sims 3 and so decided to buy a few add ons and expansions because the prices were pretty cheap.

      There are loads of things you could say about the application of these packs in the basic game but i'll stick to detailing a few of the things you get and how I use them.

      - Furniture -
      They basically give you two additional style sets in this add on pack - one of them fantasy themed and the other under water themed. Both are designed for use in a child's bedroom and as such come with a single bed and other bedroom furniture like a wardrobe, chest of drawers, desk and toy chest (among others). The pack also comes with some other miscellaneous decorate items which are not themed as the bedroom sets are. These include thing like a ship wheel, masks, garden gnome, globe and mirrors.

      - Clothes -
      This pack gives you a few additional clothing items to help dress your Sims appropriately for their fun packed lives. There is a Hawaiian set which covers all the family, from toddler to adult. These clothes are kind of hideous but when creating a family with no money or a slimy womaniser they can be useful. You also get some other additional items for children, including skirts, shorts and some pyjamas. Any additional clothing is quite useful for someone using the original Sims 2 as there aren't an endless supply of clothes. Personally I actually download clothes from online but because there aren't that many downloads for kids these children's clothing items are still pretty useful.

      - Costumes -
      As well as some clothes you also get some costumes for kids. These can be quite useful for formal events and birthday parties as they add a real fun element to the event. That said, I don't tend to use them all that often because having a child dressed up as a mermaid or dinosaur doesn't seem all that practical for everyday Sim life.

      - Price -
      You can get a used version of this expansion pack for as cheaply as £3 from Amazon. This really isn't too bad for quite a few nice additional items. I do worry a little about the used copies because I know they put a limit on the number of times once disc can be installed and therefore you are buying without knowing if it will work. If this makes you nervous too you can buy a copy new for around £10, though it really isn't worth this price.

      Overall, this is a fun expansion pack but only worth it if you get it for under £5.

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      23.12.2011 20:18
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      Family Fun

      This is the second accessory pack for the Sims 2 game released in 2006. Again with this package you will get only items that are added to the game, but nothing else. It is one of the many expansion packs released for this game.

      Sims 2 is all about creating so-called sims, which you can control. You control their lives and help them in making friends, getting into a relationship and having a career. This is the same as the first version of this game. But the biggest changes were nevertheless that Sims can now become old and the woman can really become pregnant. Back in the first version your sims maintained the same age and people could only have children, after much together in a romantic way interacted (kissing and hugging). The woman was therefore not pregnant, but the phone rang asking if you wanted a child. Not realistic. In Part 2, your Sims can actually get pregnant after they have gone to bed together and allows your baby to grow up to an elderly person and even death.

      I play this game sometimes. Sometimes I just want to play this game and then suddenly I don't play the game for several months. This family fun package you get sixty new items of course all in the spirit of family fun. For example there are new options for themed children's rooms - this is a castle / fairytale room. There are many more items for those who like to spend much time at the house to make it completely perfect.

      There are loads of great new options in the buy mode. New lights and decorations you can do up your house, with a range of interesting items to make your home more unique. Objects such as paintings, statues and other accessories. There are not too many interactive elements. There are some new crazy and fun clothes for your sim such as a Princess clothes.

      Family Fun is a simple little expansion for the game The Sims 2. I think this expansion is really meant for true fans, but it doesn't really add that much new. It's really meant for when you have a real sims family with children. They are especially objects that you can transform a room into a bedroom with a castle theme. It's a nice expansion, but not worth any money.

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      23.12.2010 13:06
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      Do not pay too much and you will be happy!

      The Sims 2 - Family Fun Stuff
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      Among the many add-ons and expansions we have for The Sims 2 is this Family Fun Stuff add-on which we picked up for only £4.00.

      H&M Fashion needs The sims 2 to play and loads up almost automatically from start up, following the on screen instructions as you go. It does not take long to install and if this is your latest add-on then you will need to use this disc to play.

      Specifications include:

      OS: Windows Vista, XP, Me, 2000, or 98
      CPU: 1.0 GHz or faster
      RAM: 256 MB or more
      Disc Drive: 8x or faster CD/DVD drive
      Hard Drive: At least 350 MB of free space
      Sound: DirectX 9.0 compatible
      Video: DirectX 9.0 compatible
      Video card must have 32 MB or more memory and one of these T&L capable chipsets:
      ATI Radeon 8500 or greater;
      NVIDIA GeForce2 GTS or greater

      Like all the add-ons (not expansions) of the Sims 2, I would not pay a lot for it as they do not have a huge amount of things. This particular add-on contains new furniture, many of which are great for the child Sim bedrooms, in many different colours and styles as well as some bathroom decorations and wall ornaments. You also get some fantasy clothing included in this pack too. I do admit that more than any other add-on, the items in this pack are more interesting and are used a lot more in the furnishings of the houses.

      The range of new items in this add-on are very interesting and many are based upon the fantasy idea such as treasure chest toy boxes and princess costumes. I find myself using these extra items quite often in game play.

      The running of the game works perfectly with the Sims 2 and does not cause any disruptions.

      As long as you do not pay lots of money for this add-on, then I would recommend it.

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      01.03.2010 18:25
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      Cheap, but would be better off saving for a better expansion

      I got this game for free from a friend, I was lucky to.

      The retail price for this expansion pack on amazon is £4.99, so pretty cheap for a pc game, however, if you have already played the Sims for years, like I have, and are hoping for lots of new options and ways to play you're in for a shock.

      ~~~~Basic Sims 2~~~~~~

      Sims 2 is the most addictive game of all time in my opinion, it sounds very dull, you control the lives of as many family's as you want, but once you start creating them, there are ways to ruin their lives too, Sims 2 was a big jump from the past Sims game, from the kids being able to age, the adults being able to die etc, the graphics are pretty good too, and it's a lot of fun if you decide to turn their lives upside down.

      ~~~~The expansion pack ~~~~~~

      The product description promises new items for your Sims lives.
      Sounds great right? When I was given this, I imagined a whole shed load of new items that would give me more ways to interact with my Sims.
      However, this is definitely not the case.
      Firstly, there is hardly any new items, nearly all of it has already been shown on the (attractive yellow and orange) case, and most of them are kids items, so, if like me, you prefer not to make Sims families with kids, it's very disappointing.
      Second, none of the new items gave me the interaction I'd hoped for with my Sims, another bitter disappointment.
      Admittedly, thought, I shouldn't have hoped for much more.

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        31.08.2009 23:23
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        a great add on pack for under £4!

        This version of the sims 2 is an add on pack for the original sims 2 pc game. This game cost me £3.80 from amazon online, which i though was a real bargin! My opinions in this review are purley about the add on pack and not about the features/game play available in the original sims 2 game...

        Basically, this add on pack includes a range of new items for the 'family', great for players who like to create a family home :P

        Fantasy: the add on pack introduces a range of fantasy items, especialy good for the kids in the game! this includes things like fortress beds and fairy theme rugs. I think there is a good few items here, which make the game more personal, althouggh i think they could include a wider variety to suit all tastes.

        Underwater: this is similar to the fantasy items, such as fish shaped wall hangings and jelly fish lamps, these look really good in the home and the objects are pretty detailed too.

        Clothing: this is a great feature to this add on pack as it includes a range of 'hawaiian' clothing for the whole family. These look really good on the sims! There are also a few new clothing items like skirts and night clothes which is also a bonus for the game! My favourite add on is the costumes available for the kids to dress up in! i love watching my little sims run around dressed as a dragon/mermaid/princes! very imaginative, but again, could includes a wider range of dressing up items.

        Finally this add on pack includes a range of other new items, which add a more personal touch to the sims family home, such as new decorations and wall papers.

        Overall i think this is a good little add on pack for the game, introducing a range of new items to the original game. I do feel that the add on doesnt have that many new objects, but for under £4 i feel this is a bargin add on!

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          25.09.2008 22:19
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          Save your money, go treat your mates to ice cream or something

          I got this SP one time when my mom went to the States and brought it back with her which honestly surprised me as I had never heard of it and I usually keep up to date with everything Sims related (I'm a bit of an addict, you see.)

          That's why it was so startling and I was so amazingly happy when my mother presented me with this little yellow box. I had not known the Sims 2 had any more expansions packs out and I had very high hopes for this one. I expected it to be actual Family Fun stuff, I thought adult sims would be able to read to a bunch of sim chilluns while sitting by the campfire and that children would have a myriad more interactions with each other, that being children would no longer be a bit boring, that families (entire families!!) could interact with each other! I was so excited only to be let down, massively let down.

          First and foremost this isn't an expansion pack, it's a stuff pack. This is massively important! A stuff pack has nothing in it, but, well, stuff. Stuff which you can easily find online if you want it! You want more children's hairstyles? Well, you can download them, for free, completely legally and absolutely endorsed by EAxis. Just google it and you will know exactly what I mean. There is nothing you get here that you cannot get elsewhere and for free. Skip this and just go rummaging online if you really need to have your sim kids have a medieval princess bedroom.

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          18.09.2008 09:33

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          Recommended if you are looking for some new furniture for your game

          I had always thought that the furnishings for children had been lacking in the sims 2, and so that is why I bought the game. I found the stuff pack to be really good as it had a lot of content. With this pack you can decorate your sims rooms to one theme such as space and the ocean.

          Some new items available in the game are beds,desks,chairs,toyboxs etc. As well as furniture there are new clothes for your sims to dress up in to look like princesses,bears and a few more! Lastly there are lots of new wallpaper designs for your sim's bedroom to fit in with the theme of the furniture you've chosen, such as space.

          Overall 'Family Fun Stuff' is a really good expansion pack, and probably the best out of the 'stuff' series, however I would say that £10 is a bit overpriced, and so would recommend the game is bought pre-owned.

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          12.08.2008 16:42
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          Some very creative object designs, but it really depends on the individual's preferences.

          Family Fun Stuff is a 'stuff' pack that consists of a number of new objects and outfits made specifically towards a child friendly and family based theme.

          All stuff packs are far smaller than actual Expansion Packs and contain much less content; however, they do fill a niche that is left out in the actual expansions.
          These packs are quite expensive so it is all down to consumer choice; whether or not the niche that is being filled is important to you or not.

          Like my other stuff pack reviews, I will explain the 'facts' surrounding the pack first and then follow up with my personal opinion.



          -The Facts-


          -Specs

          The stuff pack requires at the very least:

          OS: Windows Vista, XP, Me, 2000, or 98

          Installed: The Sims 2 for Windows

          CPU: 1.0 GHz or faster

          RAM: 256 MB or more

          Disc Drive: 8x or faster CD/DVD drive

          Hard Drive: At least 350 MB of free space

          Sound: DirectX 9.0 compatible

          Video: DirectX 9.0 compatible
          Video card must have 32 MB or more memory and one of these T&L capable chipsets:

          ATI Radeon 8500 or greater;
          NVIDIA GeForce2 GTS or greater


          -The Order

          Although not necessary, all eps and stuff packs should be installed in the order of the date they are released. This is because each pack contains a patch for the previous game.


          -Buying & Building

          Family Fun Stuff, despite the name, has more to do with 'children' than family. Most of the items are designed around fantasy bedroom sets for children such as medieval and underwater themes. Amidst these delightfully colourful items are a number array of adult room decorative objects such as a floor-standing globe, carnival wall masks and model ships.


          -Clothing

          Most of the new clothing in this pack is made for children; there are some interesting outfits including dragon and mermaid costumes as well as some more ordinary outfits for children. There are also a few new outfits for adults including identical tropical shirts for the whole family (I'm beginning to see the American influence here).



          -My Opinion-


          -Specs

          As mentioned in my H&M review, the specs listed on the box can be deceiving. Meeting the minimum specs alone will not allow for decent game play, if at all. In my experience, the Sims 2 requires a computer that is as powerful as possible. It is common Sims 2 community knowledge to take the specs they give you and multiply them to provide the 'real' minimum specs. Below is a more accurate estimation of the specifications you will need:

          OS: Windows Vista, XP, Me, 2000, or 98

          Installed: The Sims 2 for Windows

          CPU: 2.0 GHz or faster

          RAM: 1 GB or more

          Disc Drive: 8x or faster CD/DVD drive

          Hard Drive: At least 1.5GB of free space

          Sound: DirectX 9.0 compatible

          Video: DirectX 9.0 compatible
          Video card must have 32 MB or more memory and one of these T&L capable chipsets:

          ATI Radeon 8500 or greater;
          NVIDIA GeForce2 GTS or greater;



          -The Website

          When considering buying a stuff pack, the Sims2.com website proves especially useful. It provides individual pictures of most items contained within the pack so it can help you decide whether or not the stuff pack will meet your tastes or requirements.


          -The Order

          Personally, I insist that my games are all installed in the order that they were released. This ensures that the patches are linear and should help to avoid bug problems. While this isn't entirely necessary, I would advise doing the same if possible.


          -Buying & Building

          Personally, I am not overly fond on sim children; in fact if I am completely honest, they drive me freaking crazy with their little annoyances. As such, the idea of building rooms specifically for children, or having sim children in my game at all, is usually a passing thing and the novelty can wear off very quickly.

          It should also be noted that sims don't remain children for very long unless you use cheats, so is it really worth decking out a bedroom with fantasy items for the sake of 5-6 days?

          Although some of the new items designs are very clever and well thought out, I usually don't find myself using many of them on a regular basis, but that just reinstates that stuff packs are based around the type of player you are, and they will not appeal to everyone.

          If you don't like a lot of the items, having it installed can be quite a bother since you have to wade through it when you go into the catalog, that is the problem with any limited use items.


          -Clothing

          While I'm sure you are already yelling 'bah humbug' at me right now, I have very little interest in letting my sim children parade around in a silly costume for a few hours, just so I have to make them get changed back again. While these items of clothing are well designed and quite novel, most of them lack substance so their playability is quite low.


          -Conclusion = So is it fun?

          As mentioned earlier in the review, the purposes of stuff packs is to fill a niche and their worth depends entirely on how interested a player is with the contents of the pack. Again, this is a pack that exists to fill a niche, but that is ALL it does, and it provides very little to add to the overall gameplay.
          So I am sure you are dying to ask 'why did you buy this game if you don't like kids?' My answer to that would be that I like completeness and admittedly there are a few objects I like.
          The worth of this pack depends entirely on how the player uses their game. If you really like sim children then this pack should be perfect for you.

          I was able to find the pack relatively cheap (5.98 from ASDA with free delivery); I doubt that I would have been impressed had I paid the full 9.99 recommended retail.


          =Please note that this review is also legitimately hosted at CIAO and Manic Sims=

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            06.08.2008 17:44
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            Good add-on, not the best but worth the money.

            Family fun stuff is a great Sims 2 add on expansion pack as it has all the things that a Sims family would love!! It has some great accessories for kids bedrooms such as beds and toys and also even fun kids pyjamas!

            This is a great expansion pack for those who like creating the ideal family on Sims. It has lots of items and objects which you can decorate your sims home with as well as entertaining your sim kids! I loved the fun pyjamas that your kids could dress in and also loved the bedroom furniture that they could purchase for them.

            This expansion pack really enhances the sims and it lets you choose from a great range of items for the perfect home. Its not the best expansion pack from the series but it is really entertaining although I did think there would be more toys or activity games for the whole family to use - it really does emphasise on the kids.

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