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The Sims: Livin' It Up Expansion Pack (PC)
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The Sims: Livin' It Up Expansion Pack (PC)
Date: 08/10/12, updated on 08/10/12 (31 review reads)
Advantages: A really good add on to a great game
Disadvantages: Was expensive at first, may prefer the Sims 2 or 3 to an expansion pack
The idea of the expansion packs is that they update your original Sims game with new features.
This game is for over 16's, it's up to parents if they would allow children younger than this to play the game. The only thing that I can see in the game that would justify this rating is the romance aspect which I'll explain a bit more in a while.
There are different editions of this game, it is available for Windows 95 / 98 / 2000. My copy says Windows 98 or 2000 but it also works on Vista. I haven't tried it on other operating systems.
To install the game only takes a few minutes and you only need to insert your expansion disc and not the original Sims game.
Outside Europe the game is called Livin' Large but it's the same thing just in case you see this version for sale online.
There are 4 new neighbourhoods which you can build up to 50 houses on. When you build these houses there is new and funky or spooky decor (including skeleton and vegas themes) and architecture available on this disc.
When you've built your new houses with new themes you can then get a brand new robot which acts as a maid and does all the housework for you which is good and leaves you more time to concentrate on......
Five new career paths including a journalist, musician and paranormal investigator, each path has plenty of different jobs so the expansion gives you over 50 new jobs in total. This means you will need to upgrade your skills, find and apply for the job and then send your Sim to work with it's needs fulfilled to excel in their career and gain promotions. This is one of the goals I enjoy doing in the game.
New characters can visit your houses and neighbourhoods including some welcome ones (Santa and Servo the robot) and some unwelcome ones (Grim Reaper).
There are lots of new items including the following: A magic lamp (with genie which grants you wishes such as skill points), a crystal ball, chemistry set (to make and drink potions that each have different effects), an easel for paintings, a wood bench ( to make and sell gnomes) and finally..........
The Love Bed - This is a heart shaped bed which your Sim can sleep in. Or if you want you can get your Sim to go in the bed and vibrate. When they get in the bed the bed will blur and you can get another Sim to join them by sending them to also vibrate in the bed. The Sims will then "woohoo" and sometimes may even create a baby. The two sims in question must, of course, be in love with each other.
Thankfully you can't see any of the "woohoo"-ing or baby making take place as the whole area is blurred, so I don't think this is a reason not to let younger players play the game. To be honest they probably wouldn't have any interest in the love bed but would be more interested in the monsters, aliens and the normal aspects of the game!
There are over 100 objects in total but I have had this for so long and played it so much that I can't remember which of the rest were there originally and which came with the expansion!
There are lots more features including aliens, monsters, a clown and even a clone of your Sim which provide lots of fun and I think this expansion pack is a really good one.
I think this is a good expansion pack, the new career paths and neighbourhoods offer a few more challenges and more hours of entertainment in a game which I had pretty much finished and wanted some new challenges.
I enjoyed playing the new parts that the expansion pack offered but I did find that when I bought this years ago it was a bit expensive. The same applies for a lot of the other expansion packs, some costing as much as the original game. This expansion pack is only £1.95 on Amazon including delivery which is really good value. This one definitely worth buying at this price to add a bit more interest to your Sims game! Some of the others offer very little to the game, with only a couple of new outfits and objects but this one is a really good one and definitely worth getting!
Summary: For under £2 I would definitely give it 5 stars!