Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 56 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
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  1. Apr 4, 2011
    74
    The Sims Medieval is a funny game for explorers, full of little gems, but the everyday life of the Sims has been simplified and feels routine very quickly. It's very entertaining for a while, but too shallow to motivate for long.
  2. Apr 11, 2011
    73
    Gameplay is pedestrian, ultimately annoying and not as replayable as a Sims title should be.
  3. PC PowerPlay
    Jun 9, 2011
    70
    A charming, multi-genre-hybrid experience, that will appeal to those who don't mind the sometimes tedious underlying gameplay. [July 2011, p.75]
  4. May 18, 2011
    70
    The Sims: Medieval is not very deep, and extremely easy, but offers a pleasant and fresh diversion from the main series. The core «sims»-concept has loads of untapped potential, and Medieval might be the first step on the way towards realizing this.
  5. Apr 26, 2011
    70
    The Sims Medieval offers an amusing The Sims experience in an original way, which breathes new life into the franchise. The setting has been chosen well, there's plenty of variation and the The Sims humour is present once again. That doesn't take away from the fact that this shift in time will make fans who miss certain key elements drop the franchise as a whole.
  6. Apr 17, 2011
    70
    A nice try with The Sims in a new era with different game mechanics. Suffers from limited freedom and some bad design choices.
  7. Apr 15, 2011
    70
    Considering the sheer number of spin-offs and expansions, it can be easy to overlook a new addition to the growing Sims series. When each installment only offers a slightly different flavor of the same gameplay, they all start to blend together. Despite the problems with The Sims Medieval, at least it isn't more of the same. Next time, I'd prefer something that's also good instead of just different.
  8. Apr 14, 2011
    70
    The Sims: Medieval is an interesting experiment, with some good ideas, but their use is far from ideal. The repetition and the pacing problems have a negative impact on the overall experience, but this will not prevent fans of the series from spending many enjoyable hours with it.
  9. Apr 13, 2011
    70
    A new and fresh direction in the Sims franchise.
  10. Apr 10, 2011
    70
    The graphics are the best of any in the franchise and the musical score is perfectly aligned to the medieval setting. But Sims fans might be disappointed by the lack of freedom in this release, whereas RPG fans will probably appreciate the structured gameplay and character development laced with The Sims's typical light-hearted humour.
  11. Apr 6, 2011
    70
    Hollow as the game itself might be, the exterior has more than enough charm to tease you onward. If EA can just pull the core concept out of the dark ages, what comes next should be worth everyone's time.
  12. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 6, 2011
    70
    Medieval is suitable even to the die-hard opponents of the Sims. If they can bear the fact that they will install the game with "Sims" in its title they will be rewarded with some decent entertainment. [Mar 2011]
  13. 70
    A surprisingly daring mix of interactive narrative, role-playing game and life simulator - and nothing like the lazy cash-in you'd expect.
  14. Apr 2, 2011
    70
    The synthesis of all The Sims Medieval's many personalities and inspirations creates something genuinely unique and compulsively entertaining. It's a funny and sweet time sink, and something that any Sims fan can wholeheartedly enjoy.
  15. 70
    The Sims Medieval feels like a bunch of happy episodes filled with happy-go-lucky knights from the Monty Python TV-series. And that makes up for most of the problems and gives a lot of entertainment.
  16. Mar 31, 2011
    70
    More an interactive fairytale than a game, this Sims spinoff tells a good yarn but feels limited.
  17. Mar 28, 2011
    70
    With its new gameplay based on quests and jobs, The sims Medieval offers new directions to the Sims saga without forgetting freedom.
  18. Apr 28, 2011
    69
    Compared to other Sims spin-offs, The Sims Medieval is a bold game. But once you complete your first playthrough, you will hardly crave for a second helping.
  19. Apr 10, 2011
    67
    While some Sims fans might find the addition of quests and a leveling system makes the game even more addictive, The Sims Medieval does away with some of the series' classic components, like designing buildings and watching your Sims age.
  20. Apr 13, 2011
    60
    Playing The Sims Medieval is like looking at your neighbor's vacation slides: You're hearing about someone else's grand adventure rather than having one of your own.
  21. Apr 7, 2011
    50
    The Sims Medieval tries to reinvigorate the series, and ends up losing most of what made the previous games great, instead taking the game off into a very different and overly simplistic direction, shedding all freedom for no real benefit.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 174 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 174
  2. Negative: 49 out of 174
  1. Mar 22, 2011
    10
    I've played through an ambition (~10hrs) and am loving this game. Super sweet art and it's really funny! This is actually pretty differentI've played through an ambition (~10hrs) and am loving this game. Super sweet art and it's really funny! This is actually pretty different than the sims3. A lot of the same stuff you'd expect to be included, but there's a TON of new stuff too. Full Review »
  2. Mar 27, 2011
    6
    Ah, The Sims Medieval. A great concept. Play as a King and rule your lands. Will you be a cruel King or a benign King of the People... er..Ah, The Sims Medieval. A great concept. Play as a King and rule your lands. Will you be a cruel King or a benign King of the People... er.. Sims. Perhaps instead you want to be a wizard! Scrying your crystal ball high in your wizards tower. Cursing those who insult you! Well, with this instalment that is the general idea. You start off by making your monarch and doing the tutorial mission, which you cannot skip unfortunately. The game really has a sense of "Go Here, Do This, Do That". Sometimes i didn't feel like a King at all. Just a fat old man with a crown bumbling through the village.

    As The Sims franchise has gotten quite stale, with all the expansions, DLC's and the SimStore, which i am quite sure will end up incorporating Medieval into it, the game has alot of potential, but i couldn't help but feel that it tried to do too much and took away part of what we loved about the Sims in the first place. I didn't feel a connection to the Sims i made. Not being able to build your own castle was an immense let down and the fact that we still don't have an option to change our keybinds infuriates me!

    I'm sure with more expansions/DLCs etc they will get there but until then, meh.
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  3. Apr 5, 2011
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I have finished 7 out of the 12 ambitions and 70% of the achievements, If you like playing and then having to start over 12 times, loosing everything then this is for you, it is very limited on quests, you do the same quests and build the same kingdom over and over in every ambition, rewards are cloths and furniture, lame. The Sims character engine is bare bones, you only get hunger and energy. If you are interested in this game wait until the price drops to $30 or less, not worth the $50 Full Review »