iPad App of the Week: The Sims Medieval

Category: Games
Price: $4.99
Release Date: February 23, 2012
Version: 1.0.0
Seller: Electronic Arts Inc.
Rated: 12+
Requirements: Compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
Link to app

TiP Rating: 3/5 Stars

App Store Description:

SEND YOUR SIMSâ„¢ BACK TO MEDIEVAL TIMES — ON iPAD! Create heroes, venture on quests and experience an ancient land of adventure, drama and romance!

THE SIMSâ„¢ GO OLDE SCHOOL ON iPAD
The time of castles, kings, jesters and knights is now bigger, bolder and brighter! View all the feuding, feasting and frivolity with the visual glory of iPad. ‘Tis most splendid!

Summary:

The Sims Medieval features a unique game-play that transports you back in time. Guide your hero throughout the kingdom and complete quests to discover your destiny. Quests and mini games help this app stand out in the series, but glitches may slow you down.

Review: 

The Sims creators mixed things up with this edition and added some RPG elements to create a pretty unique game-play. The same goals of keeping your Sim fed, rested, and entertained still apply, but you now have the option to participate in quests and fight.

Before you can started, you’re prompted to create your hero’s appearance and personality. You can play as a serf, squire, lady or lord, or even as a vampire. Throughout the game you will be given opportunities to hone your skills, whether through spell-casting, creating potions, or battle.

As you increase your skills, you’ll unlock additional actions and abilities. Don’t get too excited; we’re not talking Mortal Kombat fatalities here. It’s more of a linear duel between you and your opponent – who sometimes gets off easy. At times I found that my Sim would back away for no reason instead of killing him.

The game itself is very quest-oriented, giving your Sim something other to do than build your house. While this still exists, the selection of items to purchase is rather limited compared to the PC version.

Sims earn focus points, which enable you to interact with others and participate in quests. Quest-carrying Sims will have a yellow exclamation point above their heads. Once completed, you’ll earn rewards – which can buy you the finer things in life, like a new four-post bed – or increase your skill levels.

Unfortunately my Sim was rather lazy and didn’t desire to venture out much. After reading reviews, I learned that many people are having trouble getting their Sims to move. At times, I would tap on the screen only to have to scroll back to my Sim and baby-step our way to our destination. This really impacted my gameplay as it slowed things down a lot. At times, the app would crash before I had a chance to save my tedious journey.

Overall the game has less details than PC versions, but it offers players a much different experience. I really like that it ties in a fantasy world; it’s almost like a game within a game. Experienced Sims players might be disappointed by the lack of furnishings and customization, but hopefully the quests and mini games make up for that.
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