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The Sims 3 for smartphones
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Developer(s) EA Mobile

Ben Bell

Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Ratings Teen
Series The Sims
Release date(s) Windows Mobile/Phone
INT May 5, 2009[1]
iPhone/iPod touch
INT June 2, 2009[2]
BlackBerry OS
INT August 20, 2009[3]
INT September 6, 2011[4]
INT 2010
Technical information
Engine Windows Mobile,

Windows Phone, iOS, BlackBerry OS, Android, webOS

Mode(s) Single-player
Media Download
Game features
Genres Life simulation
Related pages

The Sims 3 is a discontinued mobile game for smartphones. The objective of this game is to unlock and complete wishes for the playable Sim. To see what wishes the player's Sim has completed, they have to go to/go back to the main menu and tap Goal Checklist. There are 73 goals in the game.

Official description (iPhone/iPod touch)[]

From the best-selling PC franchise in history, EA Mobile has released The Sims™ 3 as an iPhone™/ iPod® touch game! Direct the lives of your Sims using touch and accelerometer controls while exploring the 3D neighborhood. Customize their looks & personality. Give them big browns or baby blues. Cover their head in curls or have them sport a mohawk. Make them Neurotic, Funny, or Shy. Choose their career. Take them fishing. Watch as they fall in love. With The Sims 3, THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!

Official description (Android)[]

LONG LIVE THE SIMS! Enjoy hours of fun on your Android device as you shape your Sims and their world. The possibilities are endless!

Can’t get enough of The Sims? Download and play The Sims FreePlay to continue living large!

Live it up with The Sims 3!

  • Take your Sims with you anywhere! The Sims 3 is the ONLY Sims game on your Android devices that does not require internet connection to play
  • Complete Goals and Wishes! Unlock and achieve 73 goals and wishes to help your Sims reach their full potential
  • Complete activities to earn “simoleons” to purchase items for your Sims and more


Will your Sims be neurotic, funny or shy? Choose appearances, clothing, personality traits, and accessories, and bring your Sims to life! Make your Sims flirtatious or total jerks! If your Sims are the solitary kinds, head to the lake and go fishing (make sure to bring a pole, though).[5][6]

Differences between the computer version and this version[]

  • Less Sim customization and limit of creating one Sim per save game slot.
  • Bladder failure results in death.
  • Some traits included from the developing stage of The Sims 3 that were removed for the computer version, such as Shy, Conversationalist and Vain. Traits that are only available in the smartphone version of the game include Conversationalist, Vain, Modest and Active.
  • Fewer lifetime wishes.
  • The game ends when a lifetime wish is fulfilled, unlike the computer version which is completely open-ended.
  • Only one, non-cross-platform cheat is available, unlike the computer version which has many cheats.
  • Less furniture is available.
  • Only five careers are available.
  • The exclusion of the ability to have children (reintroduced in The Sims 3: Ambitions (iPhone))
  • The exclusion of the ability to see the playable Sim in the Town Map (replaced with a blue, still doll) and view inside lots from the Town Map.

Features (iPhone)[]

  • Over 10 hours of gameplay filled with hysterical antics and unexpected moments of surprise
  • New beautiful 3D visuals
  • Support for iPhone specific controls (touch and accelerometer)
  • Explore an ever-changing neighborhood with new open world gameplay
  • Enjoy smarter Sims with deeper personalities, wishes and goals
  • Create Sims, complete with different hair styles, clothes, personalities and more
  • Keep Sims busy with 4 fun mini-games including fishing, gardening, cooking, and house repairs
  • Develop complex relationships with other Sims as they fall in love, make friends or rebel against the neighborhood

Vampire theme pack (iPhone)[]

Vampire theme pack screenshot

On November 6, 2009, EA announced the release of a vampire theme pack for the iPhone. The pack included Live it or Wear it Sets with Vampires and Werewolves, Castle and Campus Life themes. “Live it” sets contain car, furniture, decoration, wallpaper, and flooring. “Wear it” sets contain clothing, new Create-A-Sim options, and hair styles.[7]


The game had 2 expansion packs released for it, World Adventures and Ambitions, both of which were only available for iPhone, BlackBerry OS and Windows Mobile/Phone devices. They are all in someway related to the corresponding expansion packs for the computer version.

NPC Sims[]

  • Nina
  • Brock
  • Johnny
  • Bernie
  • Theresa
  • Luke (Traits: Shy, Good Sense of Humor, Natural Cook, Active)
  • Maggie
  • Jake
  • Jack
  • Walter
  • Kia
  • Marcell (Traits: Natural Cook, Easily Bored, Vain, Active)
  • Jill
  • Ruth
  • Margaret

Buildings and locations[]

  • Pawn Shop - Can be unlocked once all the goals are completed.
  • Quickmart - The place where the playable Sim can buy groceries and get the Business job/career.
  • Hobby Shop - The place where the playable Sim can buy things such as seeds, fishing kits and repair kits.
  • Corsican Bistro - The place where the playable Sim can have a meal, get the Culinary job/career and buy recipes.
  • Car Dealer - The place where the playable Sim can buy a car.
  • The Lake - The place where the playable Sim can fish using a fishing kit bought from the Hobby Shop.
  • Laboratory - The place where the playable Sim can get the Science job/career.
  • Town Hall - The place where the playable Sim can get the Politics job/career.


There are 4 different minigames in the game:

  • Cooking - Shake the device to cool pots down to stop them from overflowing
  • Fishing - Fish in The Lake for food or sell the caught fish for extra money
  • Gardening - Buy seeds at the Hobby Shop and harvest them when they're ready
  • Repairing - Buy a repairing kit at the Hobby Shop to fix broken objects around the playable Sim's house


This cheat only works for the iPhone version of the game: At Gardening Tips in Help & About, shake your device. You'll see a large green simoleon symbol appear on the device's screen. You will receive §500 from this and each time you do it.

Upgrade houses[]

In the iPhone and Android versions of the game, the only way to make the player's house bigger is to upgrade it through a message that pops up on the player's device screen or (after the message appears and is dismissed) by tapping the build mode icon at the bottom left corner of the screen and then tapping "Upgrade house".[confirmation needed]. There are 3 housing updates:

  • First update - Gives four plots of land to grow crops and a new room plus bigger spaces in existing rooms.
  • Second update - More rooms, bigger rooms and more garden space.
  • Third update - More rooms and bigger rooms, plus more windows and doors.
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The game and expansion packs were discontinued and removed from sale on August 11, 2017.[confirmation needed] As of 2022, the reason for the removals is currently unknown. The game can still be played if it was previously installed or downloaded from unofficial sources. It is unknown if the expansion packs can still be played.[confirmation needed]


  • The Sims 3 Collectors Edition for smartphones was also released, however it was only available for T-Mobile customers who had purchased Samsung's Vibrant Galaxy S Android smartphone from them.[8]
  • Ruth could possibly be based on Grandma Ruthie from MySims because she and Ruth have the same appearance and their names are also very similar.[confirmation needed]
  • The game features brief special event images during certain important moments in a Sim's life, such as getting a new job, first kiss, and first woohoo. This is reminiscent of the special event camera in The Sims 2.[confirmation needed]
  • The game features a few unique music tracks, some of which play repeatedly.[confirmation needed]
  • Though Sims' houses are locked by default when Sims are away, Bernie's house can easily be broken into through the back door. His refrigerator is a good source of free food if the player does not want to pay for food.[confirmation needed]



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