Gear Games News: EA Launches ‘The Sims Social’ on Facebook!

Are you one of the millions of fans of The Sims franchise? Do you like Facebook games? If so … rejoice, because The Sims Social has arrived! The game will be immediately familiar to anyone who has ever played a Sims game: you set up your character, then start doing some basic tasks, and slowly built a life for your Sim including interactions with others. The image below shows the basic starting point for a character.

As with the other games in the franchise you have extensive tools to alter your appearance to your liking – or just to match the characteristic you choose. Here is my straight-laced geek. Basically me without the gray hair!

In the few days the game has been available it has already become hugely popular according to a report from Mashable:

Heads up, Zynga: looks like you have some serious competition in the Facebook game space at last. The Sims Social, a reboot of Electronic Arts’ bestselling $4 billion games franchise, has only been out of beta since last Thursday — but it already has 4.6 million people playing it daily, according to AppData, a traffic tracking service from Inside Network.

That makes The Sims Social the number 10 app on Facebook overall, and the number 6 game behind Zynga hits CityVille, FarmVille, Empires & Allies, Texas Hold ‘Em, and Pioneer Trail. Not bad for a week’s work. At this rate, The Sims Social should overtake Facebook game leader CityVille (which has 14 million daily players) sometime in September.

The Sims Social isn’t as fully featured as the desktop version, missing the ability to control a whole family across generations, kill off your Sim, and so on – and there is loads of in-game advertising, which isn’t surprising for a free app on Facebook. But overall it seems like a fun and faithful port of the beloved franchise to Facebook.

Head on over to Facebook and check out The Sims Social … if you dare!

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