|Game||The Sims: Unleashed|
Old Town is a neighborhood introduced in The Sims: Unleashed as an extension of the original neighborhoods introduced in The Sims base game. Old Town is featured as a part of all neighborhoods. There are many new lots, and there are now shops, pet stores and gardening centers scattered around the neighborhood.
When Unleashed is installed and played for the first time, Old Town is added to the pre-existing "original" neighborhood of ten lots on Sim Lane, increasing the amount of lots in the neighborhood to forty. The Sim Lane portion of the neighborhood occupies the top right corner of the map. Old Town is split by a river running from the upper right corner toward the lower left corner. The area to the right of the river features some community lots and more expensive houses, while the area to the left of the river contains most of Old Town's other houses and lots. Old Town is featured in all neighborhoods and is the same for each neighborhood in the beginning, though alterations to Old Town in one neighborhood will not affect Old Town in the other neighborhoods.
According to in-game sources, Old Town was formed by Gunther Goth while seeking a better life for his wife Cornelia and son Mortimer. Old Town's style is inspired by New Orleans, including jazz music, period architecture and voodoo shops.
Unlike sub-neighborhoods like Downtown or Studio Town, community lots in Old Town do not feature townies, but instead feature Sims living in the neighborhood. While Sims may appear as individuals, it is more likely to see entire families (including children and pets). When deciding how many other Sims will appear, Old Town community lots are known for being particularly finicky about system specs, as well as things such as the number of NPCs and animated objects on the lot. Players may find that very "busy" Old Town lots get few, or even no, neighborhood Sims.
References in other games
Old Town does not appear as a playable or visitable location in any other game besides The Sims: Unleashed, but is mentioned several times in other games in the series. Old Town is referenced by some chance cards in The Sims 2, and in some awards. The Graveyard in Riverview in The Sims 3 is called Old Town Cemetery.
According to the Old Town: Starter Kit in The Sims 3 Store, the name of the quarter is The Bord de l'eau Quarter. However, this could be, though less likely, a reference to another Old Town.
- Charming Family: Claire Charming and her pet dog Luna live here. Claire works in the Medicine career track.
- Goth Family: Gunther Goth and Cornelia Goth, parents of Mortimer Goth, live with their twin Siamese cats Hecuba and Menelaus. They are the town founders and live in a massive, Antebellum-styled mansion. Gunther works in the Education career track while Cornelia is a housewife.
- Burb Family: Brad Burb, his wife Tiffany Burb, his son Johnny Burb and their dog Tucker live on a farm. Brad and Tiffany are quite different, since Brad is a nature-lover and Tiffany is fashion-obsessed. Tiffany works in the Fashion career track while Brad is a stay-at-home dad.
- Hick Family: Mama Hick lives with her son Elden Hick and their three dogs, Duke, Bobo, and Leroy in a cramped trailer. Mama was once Miss Sim City, but she lost her fortune and now works in the Culinary career track while her son is unemployed.
- Kat Family: Ginia Kat lives with her four cats, Waggles, Boots, Scout, and Maggie in a quaint cottage. Ginia works in the Education career track.
- Custer's Market, 61 Happy Trail: Should a Sim ever feel like a spot of gardening, they should come to Custer's Market, where they can buy seeds, buy and sell vegetables, or ask Gardener Bob for advice on tending to their garden.
- McArthur Square, 73 Elm Street: McArthur Square is a good place to get away from it all; Sims can buy a cup of coffee and a pastry, listen to the strolling saxophone player and enjoy the fountains. There is also a large playground for children.
- Lake Barrett, 74 Maple Street: Lake Barrett offers some great social-building options, where Sims can mingle with other Sims, play some pool and drink coffee. It is more frequented by adult Sims, meaning there is a higher chance Sims could find romance here.
- Pet Paradise, 70 Elm Street: When ready to adopt a cat or a dog, head down to Pet Paradise, where Sims can select the cat or dog of their choice. Other pets, such as birds, iguanas, fish and turtles can be bought as well as pet-related merchandise, such as pet treats, chew toys, and collars. A dog bath is available to use and the pet trainer resides here to provide information or teach pet tricks for a fee.
- Old Town Quarter, 71 Elm Street: This lot is a good place to visit for a mixture of everything; there is a pool hall, jazz players, food services, shops and a small pet store upstairs.
- Gothic Quarter, 75 Maple Street: Gothic Quarter appeals to the Goths, strangely enough. However, there are several things to do here - there are places to eat, a library, a shop, a gardening store, a palm reader, and perhaps undesirably, a large cemetery. The palm reader will read palms for §20. Some things she says will do nothing, but others can increase either a Sim's motives or a pet's motives, and one will increase everybody's motives.
- Sim Central Park, 58 Ingleside Drive: The Sim Central Park might not have a lot of things to offer, but it's a good area for Sims to relax and pets to explore. There is a large pool, a pet show (which pets must be well-trained to win) and a few food stands.