Sims FreePlay vs Sims Mobile – What’s the Difference? (OPINION)


Hi guys! Hey everyone! Welcome to Make2 and a little discussion about
the differences between Sims FreePlay and Sims Mobile. Although we’ve seen lots of early versions
of Sims Mobile, the game’s only recently been released worldwide, so we finally feel it’s
the right time to make a video like this. Of course, the game could still change a lot
in the future, but this is now the version that the game developers are letting everyone
play and we think it’s fair to make the comparisons that a lot of you are probably thinking about. So… first of all, let’s get one thing out
of the way — both Sims FreePlay and Sims Mobile are part of The Sims franchise, but
they’re mobile games. They’re meant to be played on phones or tablets,
so they’re very different from any of The Sims games on computer or console. We sometimes get comments from people who
play Sims 4 talking about how it’s way better than Sims FreePlay or whatever. And I’m always like, but you’re trying to
compare apples and oranges? Sims 4 requires you to sit down with a powerful
computer or console, which cost a lot of money to buy, and then the game and all its expansion
packs, and game packs, and stuff packs ALSO cost a lot of money to buy. But Sims FreePlay and Sims Mobile are games
you can play totally for free on your phone or whatever mobile device you have, and you
can take them anywhere you want — the sofa while watching TV, your bed before you fall
asleep, school, the doctor’s office, the grocery store, wherever. So let’s not get into a whole discussion about
the mobile vs desktop games, because they’re meant for different kinds of playing experiences
and players. They can exist, and be played, side by side
and that’s totally fine. I’ve kind of been holding back on saying all
of that for a while now, sorry! But then the question is, now that we have
TWO mobile games for The Sims in existence, what exactly is the difference between them? Or, as I reckon lots of you are asking: which
one is better? Well, first of all, the main difference for
us is that as both games currently stand, Sims FreePlay is much more about creating
a town full of sims and building houses and other places for them, while Sims Mobile is
much more about following one household through their careers and relationships. In this video, we’re going to break it down
into 3 areas: building, gameplay, and creating sims. Stay tuned till the end, where we’ll give
our final views. Before we get into the details, the thing
to remember is that both games, as we’ve said, are free to play mobile games. So like most free to play mobile games, they
take time and effort to get through all the levels and earn all the money and unlock all
the things. For both games, you’re not automatically going
to be able to do everything they have the potential for, and sometimes you’ll miss out
on limited time event stuff or you’ll have to pay money to make sure you don’t miss out. And that’s just because this is how the free-to-play
mobile game model works right now. Mobile game developers want players to get
sucked into the games, to play them everyday, to play them for a long time, and occasionally,
to pay for stuff or to make things easier. Sims FreePlay and Sims Mobile BOTH follow
this model. But once you get a few days or a few weeks
into each game, and have gotten through a bunch of levels and unlocked more things,
the differences start showing up. Let’s talk about building first, since that’s
always been one of our main focuses on this channel. In our opinion, there’s just no contest. Sims FreePlay has existed for 6 years with
consistent regular updates, and at this point the building mechanics are way more powerful
and interesting than Sims Mobile. Sims FreePlay gives you the ability to build
multiple floors, patios, balconies, basements, double-height rooms, and pools. You can have two sizes of property to build
on, as well as houseboats, penthouse apartments, and a private island. In a single town, you could potentially have
almost 40 different properties to build on. You can also have a lot of variety in the
style of your properties, because there are so many different templates to choose from
with their own special fences and sidewalks and landscaping. And for the building itself, the only limit
you have on the number of rooms is how many you can fit into the number of squares on
the property. In Sims Mobile, you get exactly 1 house to
build, and you can’t change the look of the fence or the sidewalk. You don’t have multiple floors, you don’t
have patios, balconies, basements, double-height rooms, or pools. And you have a room limit. You start the game with a limit of 3 rooms
for your house, but even after playing for a long time and leveling up, you’ll still
hit a limit of 12 rooms for your house. Not only that, you have to level up a lot
and earn a lot of currency just to clear out more space on your property for those rooms. You can do some customizing of workplaces
in Sims Mobile, by unlocking special decorations and furniture for the workplace theme, but
you can’t change anything structural like the walls or floors or doors or windows. So it’s much closer to redecorating, than
building in a creative way. We also don’t really like the way the build/buy
mode works in Sims Mobile, because in our opinion the screen interface on a phone isn’t
really user friendly. The different categories of the home store
aren’t as compact and streamlined in their appearance or their organization either, so
it feels like it takes a lot more tapping and scrolling and fiddling to find what you want. So yeah, building in these games is just completely
different, and we, as avid builders, much prefer Sims FreePlay on this point. We’ve seen so many amazing and inspiring builds
in Sims Freeplay. So we can only hope that one day, building
in Sims Mobile will be even half as powerful and interesting, because building has always
been a huge feature of The Sims franchise in general, and it’s sad that this new game
misses out. One thing we can say we enjoy a whole lot
more about Sims Mobile is just straight up gameplay. In Sims FreePlay, so much of the actual gameplay
experience is structured around quests or hobbies or events, and every task takes real
time, usually hours. You could end up dedicating multiple sims
to tasks that can take 2, 6, 10 hours, and sometimes more than 20 hours. And since you’re usually only given a limited
number of days to finish a quest or a hobby or an event to win the special prize, you’ve
got to carefully keep track of your game so you can open it at the right time to move
on to whatever the next task is. And not everyone can do that, because real
life is busy and gets in the way of video games. Basically Sims Freeplay takes grinding, and
often strategic grinding, but Sims Mobile is taking a really different approach. Yeah, the awesome thing about Sims Mobile
is that individual tasks don’t take hours — in fact, they usually take just seconds
to complete. And so far, as of the day we’re publishing
this video, you don’t really have to worry about finishing anything in a certain time
limit or a certain number of days. You can just open your game whenever you want,
play until your sims run out of energy, and then put the game away until you’re ready
to play again. It feels like you have way more control over
your gameplay experience, because you’re not working against a clock and you’re able to
make your sims do a lot of cute actions in a short period of time, whether it’s taking
them to work or socializing. So if your favorite thing about The Sims games
is playing with the sims like little dolls and making up stories about them, then Sims
Mobile would definitely be more your kind of game than Sims FreePlay. The main drawback about that for us, however,
is that like we said earlier, in Sims Mobile you only get to control 1 household of sims. And right now, you’re also limited about the
number of sims you can play: only 4 adult sims. Your actual household can have more sims than
that, as well as sims of different ages like children and seniors. But out of the whole household, you’ll only
be able to control 4 adult sims. And even then, the 3rd and the 4th sim will
need to be unlocked with currency in the game. Sims FreePlay, on the other hand, lets you
control a lot more sims. It depends on what level you’re at, but right
now, at the highest level in the game, you can control something like 34 sims. And if you pay real money, you can unlock
a few more. You can control sims of different ages besides
adult, like baby, toddler, preteen, teen, and senior. And you can also have multiple households
and families. And there are also PETS! Sims Mobile doesn’t have pets yet. So all of this means you can create something
that feels a lot more like a real town, and it also gives you more options for story-telling
— if you don’t mind having every task take real time. But on the OTHER other hand, Sims Mobile helps
the town feel more real and way more alive by having lots of non-player sims walking
around. These are sims created randomly by the game,
or by other players, who show up in different places like the sidewalk in front of your
house, or the workplaces, or the park. Your sims can interact with those other sims
and can create relationships with them and have social events with them. Sims FreePlay doesn’t really have that ability. Usually, any time you see a non-player sim
in Sims FreePlay, it’s for a quest which is totally controlled by the game, so it doesn’t
really help with story-telling or making the town feel real in our opinion. The other main thing Sims Mobile does better,
we think, is Create a Sim — but only if you’re talking about facial features and body shapes. We’ve done a couple of videos walking through
Create a Sim, and we think it’s pretty clear that you’re able to customize your sims in
some crazy powerful and detailed ways. It’s awesome that we have so much control
over everything from a sim’s nose profile to their shoulder width, and we can have sims
of different weights as well where you, the player, get to decide where that weight shows
up on their body. You can’t have any of that in Sims FreePlay,
where all the sims in each age category of each gender are shaped exactly the same. But on the other hand, because the game is
a lot older than Sims Mobile, they’ve been able to add many more options for hair styles
and clothing over the years. There are of course a lot more differences
between both games, and also a lot of similarities. For instance, both games offer the ability
to visit the towns of your friends and social media connections, although in our opinion
visiting Sims FreePlay friends is more interesting than visiting Sims Mobile friends, because
of all the building stuff we talked about earlier. And also, as we said, both games require you
to level up and earn currency to unlock most of the really cool content. If we kept talking about the similarities
and differences, this video would get way too long. We think we’ve talked enough about the main
points where we’d compare the 2 games, so let’s get to the bottom line: each game offers
something the other one doesn’t, and it’s really up to you as a player what kinds of
things you want out of your own Sims experience. We’ve obviously been playing Sims FreePlay
a lot longer and we definitely plan to keep playing it, but we’re excited to get deeper
into Sims Mobile because it’s such a different kind of game for us and it’s enjoyable in
different ways. So there’s space for both on our phones and
in our hearts. That’s enough about what we think. We’re really curious to know what you guys
think. Do you have a favorite? How many of you are going to keep playing
both? We hope you enjoyed this video, and in the
meantime, if you’re new to our channel, feel free to subscribe because we have plenty more
of BOTH Sims FreePlay and Sims Mobile — and Sims 4 as well — on the way! Thanks for watching!

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