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The Sims Medieval [Instant Access]

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Platform: PC Instant Access | Edition: Standard
  • Release Date: March 22, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
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Platform: PC Instant Access | Edition: Standard

The Sims Medieval is a brand-new direction for the popular single player Simulation game franchise, as the familiar gameplay mechanics of The Sims are blended with light Role-Playing (RPG) elements in a Medieval European setting. In this new incarnation PC and Mac players must both assure the happiness of their Sims on a day-to-day level, as well as support the aims of the kingdom they build and engage in all manner of quests which Sims can take on singularly and in groups up to three. New features include: a wide range of available Sims hero types associated with buildings constructed, each with a fatal flaw to overcome; a leveling system for characters based in replayable quests; and an overall player-chosen goal for kingdoms.

The Sims Medieval game logo

The Sims Go Back in Time and Get Medieval

The Sims Medieval takes The Sims franchise into the Middle Ages with all new features, new graphics and new ways to play. For the first time, players can create heroes, venture on quests, and build up a kingdom all their own. In an ancient land of adventure, drama and romance, players will be able to get medieval like nobody could ever have imagined.

A female Sims character in Medieval garb in The Sims Medieval
The Sims go Medieval on you combining classic play mechanics with RPG functionality in a Medieval setting.
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Gameplay: Kingdoms, Heroes and Quests

As with all The Sims games, The Sims Medieval is primarily a Simulation game where the player is responsible for all aspects of their sims' lives. But The Sims Medieval expands on the classic The Sims gameplay formula by affecting the focus of players and their Sims via a change of environment and game mechanics. The game adopts a "what if" scenario, placing your sims in a Medieval setting, complete with castles, monarchs, knights, peasants, intrigue between kingdoms, etc. Thus the question is: What if a The Sims game was set in a Medieval European time period? The answer to this is that although the player must still be very concerned about the day to day happiness, or unhappiness, of their Sims, there are also other concerns appropriate to the time period, or at least the game's interpretation of the time period. This equates to the three-tiered approach to gameplay centered around: kingdom, heroes and quests.

Life in the kingdoms of The Sims Medieval revolve around castles and the other buildings and facilities that are added to a kingdom. As a kingdom is established players codify the overall ambition of their kingdom. These ambitions can reflect a variety of concerns, including political, military, economic, etc. and will serve as a sort of mission statement for everything that transpires among the Sims that populate a kingdom. In the end this initial decision affects both Sim happiness and the overall fate of your kingdom. With each building that is added during the game players gain access to specific hero character types associated with them. These range from lofty roles like rulers, knights and wizards, all the way to the more humble physicians, craftsmen, etc. These different types of Sims can be customized in ways familiar to players of earlier games, including apparel and temperament, as well as the new fatal flaw customization, which must be worked out if players choose to work towards their sims prospering. The cumulative experience of this customization makes up the building blocks of a Sim's day-to-day experience, actions in the kingdom and happiness. Once the player's Sims are established, the game opens up into an additional crucial gameplay area, quests.

Quests in The Sims Medieval contains a certain level of role-playing game mechanics, which is new to The Sims franchise, and which offers players the opportunity to earn skill points, experience points and kingdom points. Following standard RPG game mechanics, points allow for leveling up of Sims characters and kingdoms. Thus, quests are also a crucial element of the game that drives the story of the game forward, depending on their success or failure, the temperaments of the participating Sims and the goals of the kingdom. Simple quests can be taken on by a single Sim while more complex endeavors can require up to three Sim heroes. All quests contain multiple paths towards completion, which are further varied by the fact of the differing strengths and weakness of your chosen heroes. This type of flexibility in quests allows for maximum replay value of the game, as the outcome of quests can vary widely depending on the Sim heroes utilized.

Key Game Features

  • Classic The Sims gameplay set in an exciting Medieval European setting full of adventure, drama, and romance
  • Gameplay requires a balance between the day-to-day wants and needs of Sims heroes, as well as the quests required of the them and the declared goal of the kingdom
  • Light RPG gameplay as players create heroes, send them on epic quests and level up their skills and abilities
  • Quests allow for extensive replay value as players use a combination of up to three Sims heroes, then replay quests using different heroes
  • Fantastic customization options including extensive Medieval attire choices and building creation and decoration options
  • Win/Mac software release allows for play on PC and Macintosh computer systems

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Romance from The Sims Medieval
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A knight hero threatening with a sword in The Sims Medieval
Quests & character leveling.
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A Sims executioner holding an other Sim in stocks in The Sims Medieval
A wide range of roles.
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A Sims clergyman dramatically accusing an other Sim of something in The Sims Medieval
Kingdom centric gameplay.
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System Requirements:


  • Supported OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista SP1 or Windows 7
  • Processor: (XP) 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent; (Vista and Windows 7) 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
  • RAM: (XP) 1 GB RAM; (Vista and Windows 7) 1.5 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk: At least 600 MB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games
  • Video Card: A 256 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
  • Specific Requirements: For computers using built-in graphics chipsets under Windows, the game requires at least:
    * Intel Integrated Chipset, GMA X3-Series or above
    * 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent
    * 0.5 GB additional RAM
  • Additional Info: NVIDIA GeForce series
    FX 5900, FX 5950
    6200, 6500, 6600, 6800
    7200, 7300, 7600, 7800, 7900, 7950
    8400, 8500, 8600, 8800
    9300, 9400, 9500, 9600, 9800
    G100, GT 120, GT 130, GTS 150
    GTS 250, GTX 260, GTX 280, GTX 285, GTX 295,
    GTS 450, GTX 460, GTX 465, GTX 470, GTX 480,
    GTX 550, GTX 560

    ATI Radeon(TM) series
    9500, 9600, 9800
    X300, X600, X700, X800, X850
    X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950
    2400, 2600, 2900
    3450, 3650, 3850, 3870
    4850, 4870, 4890, 5850, 5970, 6850, 6870, 6970

    Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA)
    GMA X3-Series, GMA 4-Series, GMA 500 Series,
    GMA 600 Series, GMA HD Series

    Laptop versions of these chipsets may work, but may run comparatively slower. Standalone cards that are installed in vanilla PCI slots (not PCIe or PCIx or AGP), such as some GeForce FX variants, will perform poorly.

    Integrated chipsets such as the ATI Xpress and the NVIDIA TurboCache variants may default to settings that are higher than what would be optimal for them. Graphics settings can be lowered to improve performance.

    For NVIDIA ION computers, the game requires at least 2 GB RAM.

    The NVIDIA GeForce FX series is unsupported under Vista.


  • Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
  • Processor: ntel Core Duo Processor
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Hard Disk: At least 5.3 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games
  • Video Card: ATI X1600 or Nvidia 8600 GT with 256 MB of Video RAM.
  • Additional Info: This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems, or the GMA class of integrated video cards.


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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A whole different (good) game. May 17, 2011
By reameth
Platform for Display:PC Download| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
This game deserves a good rating for being an original remake of the classical SIMS. It takes elements of questing across a static map, similar to the game mechanics of Heroes of Might and Magic and combines it with the nature of the SIMS game play. It is a niche in its own right.

Basically, the game centers around nine hero characters you can customize. Each hero represents a certain class or job type and their day to day tasks and quests will differ based on it. A knight will do things like sharpen his sword, practice on the dummy, patrol the forests, duel a challenger. A blacksmith will make metal-forged items. A physician or healer will perform surgery, attend to his patients and craft tonics and salves. A monarch will attend court and hear petitions, write new laws, sign treaties or hunt down a great bear. A mage will craft potions, memorize spells, gather herbs. A bard will write poems, gather inspiration, write plays, play his lute and perform on stage. A spy will craft poisons, eavesdrop, make secret drops, pickpocket, break someone from the gallows. A Peteran and Jacoban priest will convert villagers, bless them, hold sermons.

Each of these nine heroes have different duties. Everyday at 9AM there are tasks they must fulfill before the end of the day to maintain a focus bar. The focus affects their mood or how they perform their duties. Someone with low focus can fail at tasks such as fishing, crafting, surgery. hunting. This is also coupled with the main quest on the story. Every quest has one or two heroes that must complete story-line quests while completing their daily tasks. Ignoring their daily tasks might result in low focus that will adversely affect the completion of the quest.

Every hero can advance ten levels.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute. April 11, 2011
By Jane
Platform for Display:PC Download| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this Sims installment. Nah, it's not like the others, but it's really cute and fun to play. It's quest based, so don't expect to be able to just hop in and out of households as you please.

Also, you're unable to choose quests after you finish a "motivation" for a kingdom. So it's.. very different! I am a hardcore player of all types of games, and it took me several kingdoms to get all the nuances of the game. So it's very complicated in comparison to other sims, but even if you DON'T know everything that's happening, it's still a lot of fun.

The tutorial is.. totally necessary, though, so all you naysayers will learn a new reason to be enraged once you escape it and have no clue what's going on.

Anyhow, I like it. Gameplay is smooth, it's fun to balance, still pleasantly addictive, but not based on needs.. and you don't feel that inclination to cheat all the time like you do in the traditional Sims games.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, new spin on the Sims! :] November 6, 2011
By MDR1994
Platform for Display:PC Download| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
The Sims Medieval is a really fun, newly styled Sims game.
Instead of doing your daily tasks of waking up, cooking lunch, going to work, going to school, etc... You actually have a daily set of tasks to complete. It's a lot like Runescape in a way. It's a medieval setting, and you choose from a list of quests to do every day. It's a really new spin on the average Sims game. I was getting sick of the same old same old routine, so I checked in to this game and was instantly surprised by how fun it is!

You start off the game by creating your "monarch" of the kingdom. You control your queen/king for the first couple quests, and rack up your Quest Points and Resource Points. Using the Quest Points, you can "purchase" different quests. Using the Resource Points (RP), you can purchase new destinations within your kingdom - which opens up various other playable characters (ex. Bard, Knight, Spy, Jacoban Priest...)

If you are interested in continuing with the Sims, but in a whole different setting, this is the game for you! It offers a new view of the Sims.
Some of the negatives, i'd say, are the limits to the clothing you get to choose from (and hairstyles!) - Also, you miss out on other daily things like Hygiene, Bladder, Entertainment, etc. which used to provide a nice moodlet for your Sim. But all in all, it's worth it!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extreme Time Managment Game May 4, 2011
Platform for Display:PC Download| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
This is game is similar to the Sims in several ways, but in other ways it is more about time management and task completion. I really enjoy the game, but I'm glad that I was made aware not to expect it to be the Sims with medieval themes. If I had been expecting that, I probably would have been disappointed. All in all, I think it is worth keeping an open mind and giving the game a try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This game, as other reviewers have mentioned, is a lot different from other versions of The Sims. Less emphasis is placed on managing the daily tasks of their lives -- you get a bonus if your Sim takes a bath, but it's not a necessary part of their day. Instead, you go on quests, with the ultimate goal of making your kingdom better in areas like security and well-being of its citizens.

This is all great, and the game is actually a lot of fun. The problem is that it takes hours to "beat" a kingdom (days even, for some), and there are different "ultimate" goals for each one. For example, in one of them, you have to beat the kingdom with an average of gold level on all of the quests (there are 4 levels for each quest: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum). In another, you have to take over a certain number of territories. The problem is, you'll get through a large chunk of the quests the first time around, and the same exact quests are available the second time around, and the third, and the fourth. I got to play through 3 kingdoms before I just got bored of doing the same tasks over and over again and quit, and yet I'm not even halfway through finished with the game.

Yes, there are different options for each quest. This is definitely a bonus, and a reason to play at least 2 of the kingdoms. For example, one quest might have 3 different approaches to it, one involving playing as the spy, another as the monarch, and a third as the knight and the monarch together. Within each of those 3 options, there may be points in the quest where you make a decision that can completely change the outcome of the quest. So it's not like you're doing exactly the same thing over and over, but it's similar enough that it gets old pretty quickly.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Does not work
Published 5 days ago by develin polly
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU CAN PLAY ON WINDOWS 8!
Windows 8 users you CAN play this game. Once you download...go through the installation process...and once the Sims menu pops another little window will pop up asking if you would... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Glo
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool game
Lightning speed download and the game is what I was looking for with great graphics, nice music and a fun atmosphere. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Elenita
5.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't what I had thought it would be but it was better. :)
I thought it would play more like sims 3 but its completely different, it does take some getting used to. But I absolutely enjoyed this game.
Published 1 month ago by Ashton Blattler
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY IF YOU HAVE WINDOWS 8!!
DO NOT BUY IF YOU HAVE WINDOWS 8!! A patch released by EA for this game made the game unplayable on my Windows 8 (the game itself showed as running in Task Manager but would not... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Caitlin Leahey
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs Windows 8 update
I bought this when I had windows 7. Worked fine. Computer crashed and died before I could play the expantion I purchased. Never even got to play it. WILL NOT RUN ON WINDOWS 8. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Batson
1.0 out of 5 stars does not work on windows 8
well its simple if you have windows 8 don't bother wasting your money like i did and if you want it to work you have to download a file but it has a virus in it thanks EA for not... Read more
Published 1 month ago by erik
3.0 out of 5 stars ehhh
It keeps shutting off and I can't upgrade it or it isn't compatible with my computer. The game itself is fun though.
Published 2 months ago by Cetonia weston
1.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't download.
Purchased the game.. It wouldn't even let me download the game to play it. Amazon was great is refunding my $... I ordered a hard copy of the game, and LOVE IT! Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Losey
5.0 out of 5 stars Sims Medieval is fun to play with
it's met up with all my expectations. it did everything I wanted it to do. thank you for giving me Sims Medieval it. it's really fun to play with once again thank you.
Published 2 months ago by Kaitlin
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