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I've always been one for video games. I had a Megadrive when I was pretty young, followed by a few other Nintendo consoles, but I've also been quite a fan of games for the computer as well. I particularly enjoy simulation and strategy games, and so The Sims was something I was desperate to get when it first came out when I was about ten. Unfortunately, our computer wasn't advanced enough to play it and it couldn't be installed when my parents kindly bought it for me. I was heartbroken, but luckily my dad was planning on buying a new one for work fairly soon anyway, so I did get to play it after not too long. My love of The Sims then lasted a few years, with me buying all the expansion packs not long after they came out, as well as its sequel, Sims 2, and its expansions as well. Today's review will focus on the second expansion pack for The Sims, 'House Party'.
== The Sims House Party ==
This expansion pack went a bit further than the one which preceded it, 'Livin' it Up', by allowing players to have their Sims throw house parties they could invite other Sims to. There were several new objects that came with this in order to make your party more enjoyable for the Sims, such as dance floors, DJ booths and catering tables. There are even large cakes, from which a male or female stripper will appear (or a gorilla, if there are younger Sims in the vicinity). If your party sucks, then a mime will turn up to alert you to that fact as well as get on your Sims' nerves; but if your party is rocking, you'll get party crashers or a guy in a limousine coming to join the fun.
Being able to have a large group of Sims over at your house at once was a great addition, especially as it made making friends that little bit easier, as there were more people to talk to and longer to try to build your relationship up. It also provided a bit more variety and interest if you were getting a bit bored of the original game and/or its first expansion pack.
== Conclusion ==
The great thing about all of the expansion packs is that they extend gaming time and make a game you already enjoy even better, and House Party is no exception. While the ones that follow it may add more new exciting features, this was a great step by Maxis towards making The Sims game even more fun for the player. This expansion pack is currently more expensive than Livin' it Up, costing £8.71 new from Amazon, although the Mac version is slightly cheaper at £7.81. You can of course get this cheaper from a seller on Amazon or on Ebay, however. Please check system requirements before purchasing, and happy playing!
=== The Sims - House Party ===
The Sims - House Party is an expansion pack for The Sims. It is one of the many expansion packs that have been released. As a fan of the game the sims I have them all. Luckily enough, I did not have to buy them, otherwise I wonder if I would buy them all. The problem with these expansion packs is that not all of them add much to the game. The Sims - House Party is the second expansion pack for the game The Sims.
General Information === ===
Designer: Will Wright
Type: Strategy / Simulation
Game play: Singleplayer
=== General introduction The Sims ===
The goal of The Sims is you lead your own little simulated people their lives and by helping them to make friends, to climb the career ladder, acquire new skills and having a family. Your Sims have needs which must be met to ensure that they can lead a happy life. You can set yourself a specific goal in mind, for example to create a Sim is very social with many friends, a happy marriage with many children or just one Sim super intelligent.
=== The expansion pack ===
It is the second expansion pack for the game. What you get is actually not a lot but still gives it a nice addition to the game. With this package you get five new musical themes, five new dance styles and more than 100 objects. Everything is of course that can give you a party! Giving a party is actually very easy. Instead of inviting each sim one by one, you can easily invite everybody in one go over the phone indicating that you have a party.
Food and Drink
I can imagine you have little need to cook for all your guests, you can hire a caterer for an entire table of food. Very handy and your guests will absolutely love it. Is someone's birthday? Buy a birthday cake and everyone will gather around the cake.
In terms of entertainment you also do not need to dance because you can hire a male and female dancer to literally jump out of the cake! A valuable addition to your party, because the entertainer will entertain you guests.
With this game you get all kinds of new objects and too many to mention all here. But they are objects to help you to give a good party. So you get disco lights, big speakers, better stereo, more disco and rodeo items.
Party a success?
If you hold a party you'll want it to be a success! At the bottom of the screen you see barometer that indicates whether your party is a success. When it goes wrong there will be a mini showing up to make the party even worse, so make sure you keep your guests happy!
=== My opinion ===
I think it's a good addition to the game. The idea of giving a party is fun and it's a fun way to meet new sims or improve existing relationships. It's also a nice addition and a new element to make your home more enjoyable. You can turn a whole room of your house into a disco or club with rodeo and disco items like a dance floor and lights. It's a fun little extra element to the game and just great to build friendships but that's all really. If your party is a success celebrity Drew Carey will come to visit and everyone will be impressed. But it doesn't really do anything else.
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This is the second game in the sims series. When i got this i thought it was good that you could build a dance floor for your sims. There are also items like dance cages and dj equipment.You can also hire caterers who will fill the table with food for you. There are over 100 new items in this than there are in the first sims. You can invite friends over normally or invite them over for a party. The party mode is good because it means you can invite more sim friends around than you could normally.
Obviously as well the sims can do all the stuff that they could in the original and you still have a budget when you start the game of 20,000 sim money which has to be used to build floors,walls etc..your sim might want to think about getting a job!!!Sims can be however career driven you want -from umemployed bum to hard working.
In this pack you also have loads of new outfits . I don't think that this pack is as good as others but it is still good.
I think the graphics in this are quite good. the game is not that original but that does not stop it being fun.
This is the Sims House Party, in this Expansion, you can enjoy yourself with having a party, when your Sims are at an all time bored, you can have a party to make yourself happy again. There are many advantages to owing this Expansion Pack, as there are over 100 new items that you can play around with.
You can invite around friends on this like you do on the regular, but now there is a no option, and that is to ring for a party. You can buy loads of disco equipment on this Expansion, like dance floor, dance cage, and dj equipment, and you can be the dj.
There are over 100 new items, including. Mechanical Bull, which allows you to entertain your sim, by him/her holding on tight, to test his/her rodeo skills. Costume Trunk, which enables you to be able to pick out new set of clothes, like casual, normal, bed time, or even swimming suit. Dance Cage, your sim is able to jump in the cage and dance like mad. Campfire, you can roast marshmallows and sing loads of camp songs, that can get really annoying after a while. Bubble Maker; get your Sims drunk on alcoholic bubbles. Then there are the parties you can have, which is the main new thing on The Sims House Party.
You get loads of new costumes that you can give you sim, which makes the game beter, loads of differnet heads and that, which is also good.
House Party is very good game, not as good as some, but when i first bought this game, I had loads of new stuff, and I could not belive how much difference one expansion pack does.
The playability of the game is also great, you won't really get bored of it, unless your not a fan, or not liking the game, then obviously you will, but the more you get into the game, the more you will like it.
The game is very addictive, like I said above, only if youre a fan of the game and like it, you can be spending hours making your dream house, then have a big party and wreck it.
The Originality of the game, is sort of original, it is made by the same creators as Sim City... EA Games, so its not so original, because it also has loads of other Expansion Packs also.
The graphics of his Expansion Pack are so smooth, they look like they are real, but you know they are not, but real enough for me.
The sound of the game is ok; they speak all gibberish though, even if you turn the language to English. But you know what they are saying as they have a picture bubble pop up above them when they are talking.
The music of the game is rubbish, it is so annoying, and it sort of reminds me of music when youre in an elevator, what do they call it... ah yes... elevator music.
The game is quite complicated, it is not for the younger kids, most of The Sims games are rated 15+ like this one, because it has adultness to it, it is too complicated for young kids because you need to know what you are doing, and how to do it.
I like this expansion because it has bring me into the world of parties, and getting drunk on bubbles, never thought that could be done. I give this expansion a 3 star. This expansion costs between £10 - £20 depending where you get it from.
Requirements please note: This expansion pack requires The Sims original game
Windows 95 or 98 (NT not supported)
233 MHz Intel Pentium or AMD K6 processor
32 MB RAM
4x CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive
255 MB free hard disk space
2 MB video card with DirectX 7 compatible driver
DirectX 7 compatible sound card
The Sims House Party Expansion Pack for the pc For all those megalomaniacs out there, you already probably know that The Sims series of games is an excellent way to indulge in a little bit of playing God! For those of you out there that do not know what The Sims is?Where have you been!? The original Sims game was a brilliant concept. You have a neighbourhood in which you have complete and utter control over. You can build and design houses down to the important details such as what wallpaper goes in the halls and what floor covering you put down in your living rooms and you can even design your garden and build a swimming pool too! Then you BUY! Your Sims start off with a budget of 20 000 simoleons in which you have the cost of the plot of land you buy, the cost of building your house and then the cost of decorating it. What you decide to put in your house is entirely up to you! The best part about the Sims is that you get to design your own Sim, down to what they wear, what they look like (you get a fair choice of skin colour, size and nerdyness) and most importantly, what kind of Sim they will be! That?s right, you get to make up their personality traits as well. Now once you have designed your perfect Sim, their home and surroundings, you then get to order them about! You decide the fates of your Sims, what job they get, whom they befriend and whom they romance and even who their enemies are going to be! Now, fantastic as the original Sims game was, EA Games started adding expansion packs to it and the one, which I am going to review today is House Party. THE AIM OF THE GAME Well as you know with the original Sims game, the aim was entirely up to you. You dec
ided if they were going to be rich and famous, poor and a bum, hard working and career driven or normal and happy. With House Party, things are just a little bit different. You have many of the same game play features of the original game, except this time you have an aim! Your aim is to throw the biggest and best parties that your little Sims can manage! There is however a new aspect to this expansion. There are new non-player characters, (meaning simply that you do not control them) the worst of which is the Mr Mime. If this annoying character turns up at your party it means that your party is rubbish! You can also hire a caterer for your party too, he will refill your punch bowl and fill up the buffet table for you, so that your Sims are free to PARTY!! And the range of themes that are provided are simply hilarious! You can throw an Hawaiian party complete with grass skirts and flower power, turn your Sims into cowboys and do a shin dig complete with a mechanical bull! (I?ve always wanted to try one of them!), you could even turn them into absolute ravers with groovy dance squares and a DJ box (your sims can even DJ!!) and a dance cage to let your Sims show off their mad cap dancing! Or you could even turn your Sims into hippies with a cool bubble blowing game. There are simply tonnes of new objects in this game; one of my favourites is the dress up truck. Your Sims can choose an array of different and sometimes wacky outfits, including Spacesuits, disco diva gear, raver gear, cowboy outfits etc. Another new object in the game brought me close to tears because I couldn?t stop laughing at it! In the miscellaneous objects, there is a giant birthday cake?now I didn?t know what it was, so I thought ?What the heck? and got it. Then I found out
just what it was?you hire a cake dancer! Once you do, some saucy music comes on and your Sims go mad! They gather around the cake and out comes a sexy male or female cake dancer. The cake dancers are sizzling and sexy and are complete flirts! So Sim couples beware! Anyway, as with the original Sims game, your Sims still have jobs to get, friends and enemies to make and some serious socialising to do. With the sheer amount of new interiors and objects to deal with, you will be hooked on this game for hours on end! What?s more is that you now have four neighbourhoods (a grand total of 40 lots to build up and create!) instead of one now! THE TECHNICAL SPEW Very important! You must have the original Sims game in order to make this one work! You will need 255 MB of free hard drive space to play this expansion pack and the original system specification still applies. So you will need a minimum of: Windows 95/98 (xp/2000 is fine) 233MHz Pentium or equivalent 32 MB of Ram 2 MB Graphics Card Direct X 7 The graphics in this game are really good and the amount of fine detail that EA Games delve into are simply stunning. The controls are very simple it is just basically point and click. There are hot keys, but I never use them myself (never found much point). And EA Games even have a whole web site devoted to The Sims. You can pick up some new skins for your Sims; new fancy objects and they also supply cheats (if you need to) and loads of other cool things to have a go at. It?s also filled with up to date news about up and coming Sims expansion packs and special programs that you can use in conjunction with other S
ims expansion packs too. Here?s the web address: www.TheSims.com MY OPINION I love this game and the great new features that it has. I love the fact that if you are throwing a really successful party a special celebrity could turn up (but I will keep that a surprise for you). I could certainly play this game for hours on end without getting bored. The graphics are excellent and not at all blocky and the new themes and items alone are enough to keep you busy exploring them all. The Sims House Party expansion pack can be bought brand new for £19.99, however I bought mine second hand out of Games Station for just £9.99 and no doubt you could probably find even cheaper buys over ebay, so my advice is shop around. I hope you enjoyed reading that! XX Sarah.
Another excellent add-on from The Sims which, thankfully, doesn't use up too much memory. There are lots of new items and skins, and a few new social interactions. Sadly, there are no new jobs available with this one. A handy thing i discovered: get your Sims to study cooking or mechanical on an inflatable chair or sofa as it stops their fun levels dropping. Also, iof you have a miserable Sim, a night on an inflatable sofa should be just what they need to clear away those blues. This is a definite "must" for an avid Sims collector, though it's not as good value for money as Living It Up. It's still good as you can throw amazing parties and there are several new NPCs to spice things up!
One of the most important aspects of any successful game of The Sims is socialising. In order to move your Sim up their chosen career ladder they need to have a certain number of friends for each promotion. From the initial release of The Sims this has been the hardest and most time consuming of all the tasks. So, after the success of its first expansion pack, the people at Maxis put their thinking caps on and came up with 'The Sims: House Party'. House Party allows you to do something you have never done before in a Sim home - throw a party and therefore socialise with large groups of Sims at a time. Sounds great right? Well, it is for the most part. The best part of the expansion pack is by far the plethora of new objects. The first pack, 'Livin' it Up' added a number of items to the game but they were all static items..ie new beds, lamps, etc. However, the gem of this pack is items that are designed for sims interaction and often allow for group activity. Most all of these new objects are aimed at assisting your sims in throwing the best party this side of Sim City. DJ booths, electronic dance floors and dance cages allow your guest to boogie on down until dawn whilst other items such as a campfire, and mechanical bull allow for a more western feel. One of my favourite items is the costume trunk. When your sims open this trunk they can choose to dress up in a variety of different styles of dress ranging from elegant ball gowns to cowboy clothing to swimsuits. Once the choice is made everyone at the party changes to the same style and you instantly have a theme party. A clever aspect of the game design is that the dance moves your sims do on the dance floor are related to the costumes and the type of music playing. So, if you are wearing rave clothing they will hold up glow sticks but if they are wearing cowboy boots they will line dance. Just a few of the other fun objects include giant birt
hday cakes that scantly clad women and men jump out of to entertain the guests and a bubble maker that party guests blow into. The blower is particularly funny because it looks like something far more elicit but toned down enough that younger players won't understand. However, when you see a bunch of guest puffing on this thing and then laying back and giggling it certainly raises an eyebrow. Now, with all these great objects it is time to party. Just set up a buffet table, get a carter in and pick up the phone to throw a party. Now, your goal is to have such a great party that you get a special celebrity guest. It sounds easy but if it was it wouldn't be much of a game. If your party is too dull you will be visited by the highly annoying mime but if you are starting to be on the right track it will be a party crasher that just won't go away (mine even slept on my sofa for two days before finally leaving). On the plus side, when I first purchased House Party it was a whole lot of fun and really did add a new aspect to the game. However, if I am honest I would have to say that of all the expansion packs it is the one that hasn't really stood up to the test of time. I still use most of the objects a lot but rarely to throw parties. The main reason is that after a while it gets a tad frustrating to throw great parties and not get the guest. I finally did get the guest but then the thrill wore off. All in all, it is very much worth having if you are looking for a bunch of neat objects that will make for better interior deign and group activities. However, if you can only afford one of The Sims expansion packs and you want one that will still hold your interest months down the line I would suggest skipping this one and going for one of the others. In particular I would recommend Hot Date or Unleashed which act more to change the whole nature of the game rather than just add bits to the existing package.
It has to be said that this add on seems a bit silly if you intend to build a house and play as a family or just one person and play normally, but I still got it! It adds many more objects, skins, floors, wallpapers, windows, doors, and loadsa other stuff and themes which can improve a house greatly, or can make the night club you've always wanted or just sprouse up the one you already have. Whatever you want it'll pretty much do! It still needs the sims like all the other add ons. It does however slow your computer down a bit, well possibly only if you have a really rubbish computer like mine, but it's adviseable to make sure that you have well enough room on your hard disk, loads of ram and a decent processor! A nice feature they've added is the ability to call a party, which basically you ring a load of people on your phone with just one click, wooo. I can't remeber if this calls people outside your neighbour hood or not but it's not that relivant, that's another thing, it adds another load of neighbour hoods so that you can build a load of different stlyes and have fun and not mess up your original ones or annoy a sibling or whatever! This add on enhances only a few aspects of the game, obviously those mainly associated with having parties, so it may not be the greatest thing to get if you're not interested in haveing a huge load of people round at your little house! Also your sims will have to stay up for ages in order for those there to fully enojoy themselves, I advise either having a good amount of sims in the house sleeping at different times or lots and lots of expresson machines. And one last thing, It aint gonna be easy to build a night club with 20,000 simoleans, so cheating may be beneficial for the night club of your dreams, or just marrying or moving lots of people into the family, that could help too! Once again there is that little bit that it lacks in, so it may seem appropriate to buy more add ons, however you'
ll have to have a decent amount of cash.
The worst computer-related thing that I can imagine happened over the weekend. My Championship Manager game crashed while saving. I lost it all. I'd taken Arsenal and England to unimagined heights, and was fully prepared to do the same for another ten or twenty seasons. I'd just awarded myself a knighthood and everything. But it all came crashing down around my ears. I was suddenly faced with the prospect of not having anything to do for the entire Jubilee weekend. So I went and bought myself The Sims House Party, one of the extensions to the game that I didn't already have. I could have read a book or done something more constructive, but frankly I wasn't in the mood. I don't know why I'm bothering to tell you all this, it isn't very interesting. Sorry. Anyway, House Party is one of four add-ons for Maxis' ever-popular game The Sims. I already wrote quite a lot about that game in another opinion, so won't bore you by going through it all again. If you don't know what The Sims is, then you probably shouldn't read this. Read some opinions about the original game instead. There are about 200, so I'm sure some of them are good. Because this just adds to The Sims, all the graphics, sound, animation and gameplay are of exactly the same (high) quality as in the original game. Unlike the Hot Date expansion, this one doesn't really do anything too radical. The general purpose of this new expansion is to allow your Sims to invite loads of people round to their houses for a big party. There are lots of new objects to buy for your Sims' houses, and most of them are party oriented. You just have to get one of your Sims to make a 'throw party' phone call, and soon you'll have a crowd of six or seven other Sims piling round to have fun. You need something for them to do, otherwise your party will be a flop and they'll all leave in disgust. Even worse, if your party is going particul
arly badly, a mime will show up and start trying to entertain the guests. He is very annoying, and very difficult to get rid of. You hire a caterer to deal with the food aspects. It's a good idea to buy a couple of portaloos, as the guests will otherwise all go to your house's normal toilet at the same time, and get cross with each other (most Sims like a bit of privacy while they're answering the call of nature). There are some great new objects you can buy to liven up your party. You can buy fireworks (everyone loves fireworks, although the actual explosions all take place out of view, so you can only judge how great they must be by studying your Sims' reactions to them). You can buy a mechanical bull on which your Sims can have a ride. You can get a groovy electric dancefloor with squares that light up when Sims dance on them. And there's a campfire for them to roast marshmallows around, or tell each other ghost stories, or, best of all, sing. They sing songs in their own weird made-up language, but the tunes are familiar (Michael Row The Boat Ashore, She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain, things like that). (The dancefloor is especially cool if, like me, you happen to have Sims who look like Darth Vader and Skeletor in your neighbourhood. Watching them dance, especially Skeletor, had me falling about.) These are cool, because (apart from the mechanical bull) the Sim children can use all of these things. This was a big problem I had with the last expansion I got, Hot Date. While generally excellent, it did absolutely nothing for the Sim kids, being based entirely around the adult Sims' attempts to get laid. There are a few slightly more adult objects in House Party, though. One is the 'bubble machine', a large device that looks a lot like a hookah, around which Sims sit and 'blow bubbles'. This is clearly meant to be a large cannabis bong, and judging by the way that The Sims
all loll around giggling inanely after using it, it's pretty potent stuff. And then there's the big birthday cake. You can hire an 'entertainer', either male or female to burst out of the cake and dance at the appropriate moment, to the delight of all. Basically a stripper. This being the mostly wholesome game that it is, he or she is modestly dressed, although you can, of course, download more explicit versions created by enterprising perverts. (I did try that, purely in the name of research. All I can say is that some people obviously have far too much time on their hands. God bless them.) The entertainer, amusingly, will start flirting with and even snogging members of your household after he/she has finished dancing, too, which causes some great jealous fights. (While we're on the subject of downloadable things, I really want to find a Richard Nixon somewhere. I mentioned the annoying mime earlier. I really want to change his 'skin' so that he looks like Nixon. I find the idea of Tricky Dicky wandering around making a nuisance of himself very funny. This is my current Sims obsession.) And that's about it, really. I had a great couple of days playing this game. I turned the mansion of Rosalita Hernandez, Sim City's first lesbian mayor, and her beautiful but promiscuous wife Bella into a huge party paradise, much to the glee of their adopted son Sim Child (the lamest default name for anyone, ever). All this partying does require a lot of Sim money, and they were the only Sims I had who were rich enough. (At least until I found the 'give your Sims loads of money' cheat on the Web. After that I started having parties at Darth and Skeletor's love nest, just to make them dance for me some more.) House Party is at its best when installed with the other expansion packs. Unfortunately, at least on my computer, this does tend to really slow things down at certain points. You need 32MB of
RAM to play it, and a Pentium 2 (I think), but you'd be wasting your time and money if you don't have at least 64MB, probably rather more (especially when you have more than four Sims on the screen at the same time). I have 256 RAM and a 450MHz processor, and it's usually OK, only slowing down to a crawl occasionally, but this game does demand a lot of your PC. You also need a lot of free disk space. House Party itself is only 250MB, but when it's added to the other expansions I've got, it all adds up to a total of about 1.3GB. And the newest expansion, The Sims On Holiday, needs another 700MB (which is why I haven't got it yet). House Party installed easily enough, although if you have any of the later expansions you'll need to uninstall those before you install this, then reinstall them afterwards. I had a few problems getting the sound to work, but I think that's more to do with my somewhat flaky computer than the game itself. All in all, if you like The Sims then this is a fun addition, if a little limited. If you're like me, and enjoy the game in relatively small doses, it's absolutely essential, as it provides enough variety to keep you amused for a few weeks. After the novelty of this wears off then I'll doubtless go back to trying to get all my Sims to sleep with each other, and then it's only a short step to arbitrarily murdering them again. Ah well. But if you like The Sims there's no real reason not to get this.
This is a delightful addition to The Sims. As if the game wasn't good enough with out it, this has just made it even better. It truly is riveting. With this expansion pack, there are *5 new music themes and dance styles. This is very comical to watch. Sims love to dance. *100+new objects. These are to enhance game play, and the interatibility of the Sims.It also includes a larger variety of walls and floors. Some new objects included are: *The mechanical bull. Watch your sim trying to ride the bull. Get another sim to watch. *The costume trunk. This gives the sims a chance to have a fancy dress party. Costumes include bikinis, cowboys, Hawaiian and toga. *A campfire. Place this in a corner somewhere and watch your sims interact with each other.They will tell ghost stories and sing. *New characters. This includes strippers. (Male and Female.) They jump out of the cake - but be careful as Sims do get jealous. There could be a fight. In total there are five new charactors.These include the strippers,the celebrity and the mime. *A bubble maker. This is good. It is a nice touch. Sims will sit for hours, happily blowing bubbles.It is a group activity.Upto six people can blow bubbles together. *A dance cage. Place one of these and see your sim get inside, and dance. They do get a little carried away though. It’s very funny. There is a lot more to this game. If your party is a big success, then expect a celebrity to turn up. See your Sims, run to the celebrity and interact. Be careful though, if your party is a flop, a mime will appear, and try as you may, he does not go away. Your guests will leave and that is that. It takes 5 people before it is classed as a party, so ring around everyone and get as many as possible. The more the merrier. Can't be bothered to cook for all your sims, don’t. Hire the caterer. Can't be bothered to clean
up the mess afterwards. Don’t, stay in bed and hire a maid. There are also four neighbourhoods, giving you a total of 40 lots. You can party until your heart is content. Just create lots of families. The walls and floors,are so that you can create the right party atmosphere. Do you want a country barn dance, or a toga party? Maybe beach wear, or a rave. One more thing, relationships with couples could suffer, if one gets too friendly to with the stripper. It is an amazing game. I’m really looking forward to the new expansion pack "hotdate". Can the game get any better? It is reasonably priced as well at £19.99 a definite must, for kids of all ages. You do need the original sims to play this game though. Another cracker from maxis.
If you’re a fan of the Sims, this is the game for you. The Sims House Party. Build a dance floor, which lights up when your Sims start to dance to the DJ decks you can place in the room. Buy a dance cage to let your Sims free, and make them ride the Mechanical Bull, which is another new item with this Add-On pack. There are 3 new themes in this game, Cowboy, Rave and Hawaiian. Build your ultimate dream home for you Sims, and host a party for the neighbourhood. Let the neighbourhood stroll in through the door as your hired Chef prepares dinner for your party guests. This is a truly amazing game with over 100 new items to place in your Sims homes. Allow your Sims to party all night, but don’t make the party too dull or the Mime will just walk in, and everyone goes home. This is a best buy if you have the Sims, and even better with the 1st add-on pack.
The Sims House Party is another great add-ons to the Sims and it offers lots more new and exciting items to more around the house and play with. There are party items for all types of parties such as a hoedown at a country barn or a tropical Hawaiian party. You can hire a caterer to do all the party food and fill the punch bowl, which fill the Sims right up. All these items are great they make the Sims make lots more friends and have lots more fun. Some of my favorite items are the Bubble maker which is for four people to blow bubbles. The DJ set is good because you can DJ or just turn on the music from five different styles. More absolute favorite is the party cake, which you click on a press hire female and a female dancer will come and join the party. But watch out with all these new items because there is still the burglar that will come and steal all your belongings so install a burglar alarm. This is a great patch so I would go out and buy it, then soon to come out there is a new add-on called Sims Romance.
I am a dedicated Sims fan. I like nothing better than to relax for an hour (gently slipping into 3) watching my Sims make friends, get married, get promoted, get married some more, kill off lower earning spouses.... I guess that makes me perfect target market for any and every new expansion pack that comes out. I've certainly had my moneys' worth out of the original game, and the Livin' Large expansion gave me plenty more to do, more than recouping its' £20 cost. So The Sims 'House Party' Expansion pack was an obvious buy for me. I happily installed it, with no problems at all, and within 15 minutes of the nice man from the Royal Mail putting the parcel in my greedy little hands I was ready to play. Oh, the excitement. I can throw parties! I don't need to call friends individually, I just throw out a general invitation and anyone in the neighbourhood who wants to can just roll up at my doorstep. There's no accidentally 'forgetting' to invite the dullards. There's a few new skins, mostly funky young souls who have been available to download for some time. There are also plenty of new decorating styles with a country theme really taking centre stage. I can buy more stuff - woopee! So I can't really afford to go wild in the aisles, but in the wonderful world of the Sims where they get paid in cash every day I can shop big style. So what's new in the Sims Mall. There's a bucking Bronco to increase my fun and body skills. In addition to country requisites, there's a whole Jimmy Buffett Parrothead theme available too. There's a dressing up box so your Sims can choose an evening outfit. There's a bubble blowing machine and a buffet table. There's a campfire we can sit around and toast marshmallows, tell stories and sing what sound remarkably like 'Michael Row The Boat Ashore'. Yes, your Sims can have dull parties.
If they get seriously dull a mime shows up and bores them further. There's more staff! You can hire a caterer who makes low quality food all night, but will flounce of like Gordon Ramsay if you fail to provide the requisite tools. There are strippers. Well, OK, not strippers, but people who jump out of cakes and dance all night. The police take a far more lax attitude to late night partying than in earlier games. Through no fault of my own I seem to have made this sound good. It isn't, not really. Despite all the consumer goodies I can buy and the new themes I can decorate with I really don't think this expansion pack adds much more fun to the game. It feels more like bloaty padding and if anything a distraction from the game. The party throwing option on the phone is nice, but it cheeses me off that throwing a party can mean that people who you would normally be told are at work will roll up. The intrusions from the mime and strange clown/boxer ugly bloke are irritating rather than amusing. There are no new career options or skills to build so nothing really new in gameplay. I expect more for my gaming pound. So should you. It seems to me that EA are looking to screw fans for ever penny they can before releasing Simsville. The release date for Simsville has been put back, and EA have scheduled yet another expansion pack 'Hot Date' for release before Christmas. I'm beginning to feel exploited. Overall this pack is for absolute die hard fans. I wouldn't recommend it personally, it's just not capable of adding enough fun to the game.
The SIMS is a game made by Maxis. On the game there is a neighbourhood with room for 10 houses,and there are 8 neighbourhoods all together. You have to build and decorate the houses and pick how your 'little' people are going to look. There are three different colour skins and a few different sizes, (a few cuddly sims like me!.) You also choose what they will wear, smart, formal, anything you can think of, underwear, pj's, (AMERICAN outfits to show respect). You can choose different career paths, a burgaler, singer, tv star, space man/woman, police, and lots more, you can get promoted and to do so you have to have a lot of skills, you need to be able to cook, (by reading cook books), get friends (by meeting people and staying friends, you lose friends points for each day you don't contact your friends), mechanical points through reading, creativity (by painting) lots of other skills too. You can also choose weather you have kids on the pick your family screen, or you can buy a baby or wait for your sims to fall in love or for the phone to ring to be asked if you want to adopt a baby. The sims currently has two extention packs, Living it up and House party. The House party extention pack is great, it allows you to have parties till what ever time you want with out the neighbours complaining. Its fun and has a different ending to each party. If your party goes without a bang along comes the entertainer. The great cheats allow you to have lots of money to buy everything, its a real fantasy world, very addictive. I have been addicted to the sims for about 18 months. It's the dolls house I have always dreamed of having. It is a Must for anyone who ever wanted a dolls house and wasn't lucky enough to get one. There are 3 different party themes, Country and western, rave and 70's and lots more on the Sim sites. Lots of people make furniture, and the people (known as skins) for the game, wallpaper an
d floor tiles, these are on the many site available to do with the sims. You can tell these Sim addicts put a lot of hard work into the skins, furniture and wall papers that they make, admittedly the game wouldn't be as much fun without them. Hours of fun for all ages. Each extention pack just brings more and more fun!!! Roll on the HOT DATE!! Due out in November, but to have house Party extention pack you must own the SIMS and Livin it up! This extention pack brings you cool dudes that look like scateboarders and someone who looks like my dad, in the country and western theme. There is stuff to build a club if you wanted too, a big music system to DJ on and a dance floor, food on tables, a DJ skin, a chef to dish out the grub, a birthday cake and lots more. Regular sims day each thursday on the sims site from maxis, as well as those from everyday clever people. Lots of famous skins, Britney spears, Micheal Jackson, the lot, wwf, tv stars. GR8 Fun. A 100% recommended game, but get ready to give up the rest of your life.