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The Sims: Unleashed
Expansion pack for The Sims Icon
The Sims: Unleashed
The Sims Unleashed Cover
Box art for The Sims: Unleashed
Developer(s) Maxis
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Ratings ESRB: T
Release date(s) September 23, 2002
Game features
Genres Life simulation
Themes Pets, Gardening, Cajun
Related pages
Patches and updates
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The Sims: Unleashed (released September 25, 2002) is the fifth expansion pack for The Sims. It adds many new features, such as farming, going to community lots, and about 125 new objects as well as 5 brand new careers. However, the main new feature is the ability to own pets: cats, dogs, birds, fish, or reptiles. The concept of owning pets are later reintroduced in The Sims 2: PetsThe Sims 3: Pets, The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs and The Sims 4: My First Pet Stuff. Its theme of gardening and farming crops later reappeared in The Sims 2: SeasonsThe Sims 3 and The Sims 4.


New neighborhoodsEdit

New objectsEdit

New familiesEdit

New NPCsEdit

New careersEdit

New building themesEdit

  • French Quarter

Other new featuresEdit

  • Adopt Pets: Adopt a cat or dog from the local adoption center.
  • New skills for pets: Train your Pets so that they can have skills like housebreaking, hunting, obedience, and tricks.
  • New interactions: Rubbing, playing, clapping, praising, and scolding. Pets can even enter a pet show.
  • Inventory: Sims also have an inventory, where Sims store objects such as pet collars, vegetables (grown from gardens or bought from a market), and pet treats.
  • Build on vacant lots: Players can now build houses on vacant residential lots, and can modify unoccupied houses.[n 1]


  • The Sims: Unleashed is featured in episode 3 of the 4th season of Six Feet Under.
  • There is a bug in the game, sometimes referred to as the Upside-down head syndrome or Upside-down face disease (among other names), which causes the Sim icons to change into incorrect images, or for the Sim heads to become invisible. The bug is caused by corrupted character files. The only verified solution is to delete the character file, though if a backup of the character file exists, it can be imported into the game after the corrupted file is deleted.[1]
  • The Sims Unleashed is the only game in The Sims series to change its intro video.
  • The zydeco music introduced in The Sims: Unleashed was written and performed by the Zydeco Flames, a real-life zydeco band. They were the first music artists who re-dubbed their original songs into Simlish for the game.[citation needed]




TrackReal-world preview!
The Sims: Unleashed Theme


  1. If The Sims: Makin' Magic is also installed, this cannot be done in the residential section of Magic Town.


  1. Upside-Down Head Syndrome explanation at The Sims 1 Depot
"The Sims" Chronology
Preceded by
The Sims: Vacation
March 25, 2002
The Sims series expansion packs Followed by
The Sims: Superstar
May 15, 2003
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