The Sims Pet Stories

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The Sims Pet Stories
The Sims Pet Stories Coverart.png
American cover art
Developer(s)Maxis Redwood Shores
Publisher(s)Electronic Arts (PC)
Aspyr Media (Mac)
SeriesThe Sims
Platform(s)Windows, Mac OS X[1]
Release
Genre(s)Life simulation game
God game
Mode(s)Single player

The Sims Pet Stories is the second game released in The Sims Stories series. Following The Sims Life Stories, The Sims Pet Stories was released on June 19, 2007.

On December 17, 2015, Aspyr released another port of The Sims Pet Stories for OS X to the Mac App Store for OS X Mavericks or later.[3] After the announcement of macOS Catalina dropping support for 32-bit apps, Aspyr removed the port from the Mac App Store on June 17, 2019[4] though it still remains available to play for users on older versions of macOS who previously purchased the game.

Features[edit]

The Sims Pet Stories challenges Sims to care for and train pets, similar to The Sims 2: Pets. Much like its predecessor, this game is optimized for laptops and features both story and free play modes. Players can also raise and train pets in the game like The Sims 2.

In this game, two new stories are introduced, Best in Show and Midnight Masquerade. The first story features Alice, a woman who faces financial problems and is about to lose her home. So she enters her pet Dalmatian into a local dog show to try to earn enough money to save her house. The second story is about a successful executive chef named Stephen, whose world is turned upside down when an obnoxious cat comes to live with him.

There is a neutral town titled Arbor Falls, where you can play in Free Mode, and you do not have to follow a story line. In Free Mode, you can play as you can in the regular The Sims 2. You can raise a family, buy pets, go out, and date, which was previously a feature on the expansion pack Nightlife.

The Sims Pet Stories also introduced new objects, such as games for pets and musical instruments, and building opportunities including new paintings and floor patterns.

As with the other titles in The Sims Stories series, Pet Stories is designed around the bare bones of the base The Sims 2 game engine, making it more optimized for laptops and low-end computers. By default, the title plays in Windowed mode, but can be changed to play in regular full screen. It also features a battery bar to show how much battery you have left, if playing on a laptop.

Reception[edit]

As with the other two titles in the series, Pet Stories received mixed to positive reception.

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic67%[5]
Review scores
PublicationScore
GamesRadar+4/5 stars[6]
DarkZero4/10[7]
GameslikeFinder7/10[8]
NZ Gamer6.5/10[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Sims Pet Stories coming to Mac". Aspyr. Archived from the original on August 11, 2007. Retrieved July 27, 2007. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ a b c The Sims Pet Stories Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "The Sims Pets Stories". Archived from the original on January 13, 2016. Retrieved December 30, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "MacOS Catalina, 64-bit, 32-bit, and related Questions". Aspyr Support. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  5. ^ "The Sims Pet Stories". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  6. ^ Rachel Weber (August 16, 2007). "The Sims Pet Stories review". GamesRadar+. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  7. ^ Sean Bell (November 2, 2007). "The Sims: Pet Stories PC Review". DarkZero. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Sims Pet Stories". Games Like Finder. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  9. ^ Jess Nickelsen (August 14, 2007). "The Sims Pet Stories". NZ Gamer. Retrieved January 7, 2018.

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