Electronic Arts and Maxis have done it again with this worthy Sims 2 addition full of challenges, fun and features in this popular life simulation series.
This PC version allows you to create your own pet, breed, sell (approach another Sims and ask them if they want to buy your pet – adoption is also available) and even adopt lovable animals by phone.
If you’re already familiar with The Sims 2, which you of course need to run this expansion pack, then you can dive right into the furry fun. Don’t fret new users, the learning curve is low and you can also find detailed information in the Game Tip Encyclopedia located at the book icon at the bottom of the screen.
Players can’t control their pets directly, so be sure you have a good people infrastructure before obtaining your pets. A bustling household with plenty of visitors/friends will help break pets in quickly and positively as they voluntarily interact with them and pull out special accessories (that you don’t have to buy).
The adult dogs and cats move fast when outside the house, which can cause some minor issues when assigning tasks (a whistle or call option would've been nice here).
As with your people Sims, the pets have standard personality traits plus a chew/scratch trait. The main chore is scolding the pets when they wreck your stuff, boosting their morale with loving acts and teaching them movements/tricks.
Besides, cats and dogs, players can also choose birds, fish and hamster-like pets, with the right equipment of course. There's even a surprising "animal" element that can effect your people Sims.
Predictably, cats and dogs have the greatest risk/reward. On one side you can find jobs in the show business, security and service areas. Spend their hard earned simoleons on basics, like a food dish, or special accessories in the miscellaneous category.