From the neighborhood view, the player selects one lot to play, as in The Sims. There are both residential and community lots, but Sims can only live in residential lots. Sims can travel to Community lots in order to purchase things like clothing and magazines, and to interact with NPCs and townies.
The player can choose between playing a pre-made inhabited lot, moving a household into an unoccupied pre-built lot, or constructing a building on an empty lot. One novelty from The Sims is foundations.
The player switches among the "live" mode (default) to control Sims, the "buy" mode to add, move or delete furniture, or the "build" mode to rebuild the house. Buy and build mode cannot be accessed when on a community lot, but can be opened by using the neighborhood view. It is also possible to import neighborhood terrains from SimCity 4.
The game contains some time-bound social challenges that provide a reward if successful. Sims can throw parties to gain aspiration points or invite the headmaster over for dinner in order to enroll their children in private school. Some expansion packs have new mini-games, like running a Greek house in University or dating in Nightlife. In Nightlife, each date is a challenge to keep both Sims as happy as possible while accumulating aspiration points. Various other expansion packs introduce supernatural characters which Sims can be turned into, such as Zombies, Vampires, Werewolves, Plantsims, and Witches.
Control Their Every Action
Directly manipulate every move your Sims make with direct controls.
Direct Their Lives
Develop a master plan for your Sims' social life, career, and pathway to greatness_ or let them live in utter chaos.
Double the Fun
Team up with a friend and take the neighborhood by storm in split-screen, two-player mode.
There's a surprise around every corner. !nye gate your Sims' world to find hidden opportunities.
Add Your Personal Touch
Create thousands of food recipes and clothing designs. Use these custom creations to affect your Sims. Aspirations and to impact other Sims. lives.
Sims Remember and React
Sims now have Memories and Awareness. They may cower in teas wave in friendship, or threaten other Sims.