Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 73
    While Life Stories does indeed give that performance boost and makes the game playable on low-end machines, what it loses in the process is just too much.
  2. Those who have played before may find the limits of this game rather restrictive.
  3. Snobbery be damned, Life Stories is a thoroughly enjoyable crossover between an established series and the world of casual games.
  4. A bit too watered down from the other Sims games.
  5. If "The Sims 2" is like a doll's house, this is like a soap opera. [Apr 2007, p.83]
  6. 60
    Just consider it The Sims for Sims newbies. It so completely caters to its intended audience that it’s an enjoyable, if slightly too easy experience.
  7. Those who have laptops and not a lot of time to invest into virtual lifestyles should definitely check this out - with easy to use controls, a more causal gameplay style in the sense that it doesn't take all day to refresh your Sims and teach them new skills, and two stories to play through, The Sims Life Stories is an interesting experiment that ticks the right boxes for the right kind of people.
  8. The net result is a product that can't be faulted on its accessibility, but has less subtlety than ever with which to hide the inherently, and sometimes unrelentingly, mechanical process that caring for your sims represents. [Mar 2007, p.85]
  9. Life Stories was designed to be laptop-friendly, and it shows: I had no problem controlling the game entirely by keyboard, sans mouse, thanks to numerous shortcut keys. [Apr 2006, p.49]
  10. Visually and audibly, The Sims Life Stories has exactly the same presence of The Sims 2 series.
  11. Takes the best stuff from Sims 2 and its add-ons, adds a story mode and makes the whole experience a bit lighter on the hardware. What is there not to like? [Mar 2007]
  12. 50
    Casuals and newcomers to the franchise alike would do best trying the core entries in the series instead, while long-time fans, curious to see what this ‘story thing’ is all about, should stick to their own imaginations.
  13. Potential players don't need to fear it sucking away hours of their lives (although it still might), but they can look forward to an excellent game with some very amusing stories to tell.
  14. If you can live with the fact that there are no expansions aside from a minor collection of downloadable extras, and that, unless you’re somehow immune to the boredom which strikes after playing any instalment of The Sims for more than a week, it probably won’t last you very long, then Life Stories might make for a decent introduction to one of the most over-exposed series of all time.
  15. Soapily melodramatic, inconspicuous consumption. [Apr 2007, p.100]
  16. It looks spectacularly awful. [Apr 2007, p.71]
  17. Life Stories is aimed at people who grew tired of The Sims but don’t have the necessary computer hardware to upgrade to the full version of The Sims 2. If you’re in this group, The Sims: Life Stories serves as a nice middle-step, but you’ll be better off upgrading to the full-on Sims 2.
  18. 72
    Its enjoyably lightweight game play combined with a tirade of sickeningly clichéd narrative twists, fit snugly together to demonstrate another indication in the development of The Sims as a whole - and one which EA, love them or hate them, have moulded and managed with an admirable level of expertise.
  19. Had Life Stories...been a little more mature in its scripting, I might have even recommended this. As it is, your mum would find it patronising. [June 2007, p.86]
  20. Life Stories is very successful in widening the Sims audience even further. Just remember that experienced Sims players should look elsewhere, as they will romp through the challenges with ease and sorely miss the depth of customisation options and add-on packs of The Sims 2.
  21. While Life Stories is a perfect introduction to the full Sims experience, veteran players will likely find the linear aspect of the plotlines too limiting.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. LeeR.
    Jun 12, 2007
    This game is great but there are some things wrong. Like when Aunt sharon gets kidnapped in Rileys story and she turns up like normal. Then it say "An error has occured on Rileys story. We will have to go back to your default save." That really annoyed but it only deleted a day. Then it did it again because Mickey and agora wouldn't get married and that lost me two days of the game! Overall 9/10. I recomend this game to someone patience (no-one like me because I'm not patient). Full Review »
  2. DeniseS.
    Mar 22, 2007
    Some minor glitches prevented reaching goals in each story (players got stuck, did not arrive on time to a set place, etc.) but overall, this is an excellent, portable way for me to take my Sims to work. And most things are able to be imported from your regular Sims 2 game, with a few exceptions, so it's a great way to get a Sims fix on the go! Full Review »
  3. MikeT.
    Feb 28, 2007
    Adding stories to the game is a good idea, just a shame that the game is so short. Experienced simmers will likely fly through this and then go back to regular sims. Too expensive for what it is - at least in the UK. Only play this if for some reason you can't run the regular game on your pc and desperately needs a sims fix. Hopefully we'll see a story based expansion pack for the regular edition of the Sims, although it will have to contain substantially more gameplay than this very time limited offering. Full Review »