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The Sims Medieval [Mac Download]

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Mac OS X
Teen Origin
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews) 77 / 100

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  • ASIN: B004ZUFMD6
  • Release Date: March 22, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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From the Manufacturer

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.

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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
Classic Sims play.
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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
 Minimum Specifications:
OS:Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard or higher
Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor
RAM:2 GB
Hard Drive: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.

INTERNET CONNECTION, ONLINE AUTHENTICATION AND ACCEPTANCE OF END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT REQUIRED TO PLAY. YOU MUST REGISTER THE GAME WITH ENCLOSED SERIAL CODE. GAME USES SONY SECUROM CONTENT PROTECTION TECHNOLOGY. MORE INFO, INCLUDING HOW TO UNINSTALL SECUROM AT http://faq.securom.com/. GAME CAN BE PLAYED ON UP TO FIVE COMPUTERS; USERS CAN MANAGE WHICH COMPUTERS ARE AUTHORIZED OR DE-AUTHORIZED TO PLAY GAME. VISIT http://activate.ea.com/deauthorize/ FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DE-AUTHORIZATION.


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Customer Reviews

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun and relaxing game May 30, 2011
By KC
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I have no trouble running this on my new Macbook Pro. (15 inch Intel corei7 Sandybridge series)
The graphics are similar to the original Sims 3 game, and are a lot lighter on the graphics card, imo.

The point of this game is to level up a "kingdom" by doing quests with your selected hero characters. You start out making a King or Queen and go through a tutorial that shows you the ropes of the game.

By doing quests, you unlock different parts of your kingdom. You can build sections of your kingdom from the points you gain. The sections you unlock allow you to add a hero character that you can take turns doing quests with.

I feel like this game is a dumbed down version of World of Warcraft. (There is no keyboard involved, just mouse.) But I also think it's really fun just reading the quests and making your own choices to see how everything turns out. If you like grinding, there's a lot of that involved here. You collect flowers, mine rocks, and create potions, remedies, and poisons (depending on your hero.) to get through the game.

User interface is almost the same as Sims 3. The "Mood" bar is replaced with "Focus". Sims no longer need to bathe or use the restroom, those build focus but aren't necessary. Sims also have very very low free will. You are the "watcher" that they worship/fear, kind of like a god. Instead of "wants" your sim has daily responsibilities. Both of which they must complete by end of day otherwise their focus will go down. Sims still have traits. One of the traits has to be a mandatory flaw. I feel like the flaws are very extreme, and don't really balance out their good traits. But I still enjoy seeing my Queen puke after every time she has beer/consumes food.

Don't expect this game to be anything like the Sims 3.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Won't even run... December 12, 2013
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Couldn't even get it to run, it continuously told me to install the update, which I did five times and every time I went to restart it it asked me to download the update again. I can't find a working manual update anywhere so I can't even play the game at all. The information available on the bugs on this game is pitiful considering the fact that I found forums with everyone facing the same issue and no one was able to come up with a solution.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different. Have an open mind February 25, 2012
By BreeZ
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I was a little surprised when I saw how low the reviews were for Sims Medieval, but being a gamer (who oddly enjoys a game of sims now and then) I decided to buy it anyway.

Gamers:

All in all the idea is to be "good" and build your kingdom up, make allies with surrounding kingdoms, keep the people happy as well as the characters you play, and continue to level each character by doing your duties and completing quests. If your a fantasy gamer, you would probably love this game.

If your a sims fanatic, this is going to be a big change for you.

The Difference:

This version of sims is based more on "quests" than goals, which does make it a little more challenging. Also, certain quests can only be completed by certain "heros" (the people you create i.e. monarch, priest, wizard) so even though you may have multiple created sims, you can only control the Sim needed for certain quests (The monarch will deal with diplomacy, and the people, whereas the priest will deal with religion related quests). Not too fond this idea (I would rather play the sim I want to play), but I'm learning.
The game gets way more challenging as you level your heros and your kingdom up. Eventually, you will have to use two heros to complete quests. Since some of your heros can be on opposite sides of the kingdom, it's VERY irritating to try and keep up with both. I really don't like that aspect of the game.
I would also like to add that Sims in this game seem much smarter and more lifelike. Sims in Sims just seem SO stupid sometimes.

NOTE: If your a parent:

I am not, but I know my sisters enjoy the Sims games, and I often look after them:

Playing the regular Sims game is always questionable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lion issues fixed and great new way to play Sims! September 20, 2011
By Aflores
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I bought this as a mac download and had MAJOR issues when I upgraded to Lion on my mac...EA has since put out a patch which has solved many or all those problems before. So if you are running Lion and have heard horror stories, disregard those.

This game is very different than previous Sims games. This game includes quests, which if you do not complete your quests, your Sims get upset and get into a foul mood. There's not really any free time like the other games. It's a more structured game which will make you walk all over the map...and that includes a lot of wasted time. As your Sim progresses, so does their abilities...so after your Monarch for instance, does enough Kingly/Queenly things they get more items available for them to use and traits to use. I LOVE the clothes, I love the different people you play (monarch, spy, blood-letter, priest, etc.), and I love the different interactions they've included between Sims. I don't like the wasted time going all over the map and the fact that you can't have "free play" without quests.

Overall, I play this game a lot and enjoy it! I used a gift card towards the purchase...otherwise I would have felt like I maybe paid too much. I'm hoping the Pirates & Nobles upgrade goes down in price in a few months when I break down and buy it! :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I hate it
Doesn't work.
Published 5 hours ago by Laura Glasscock
1.0 out of 5 stars Wasted my time and money
It does not work!! I have a new Mac book and have tried restarting it, re-downloading (about 10 times), and on another computer. Just doesn't work. Wasted my time and money. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Corinne Janzen
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst
It doesn't work. Complete waste of money. It prompts a software update the times out on the launcher page.
Published 29 days ago by Charlotte Fussell
5.0 out of 5 stars Works just fine after patch
I have a late 2013 Macbook Pro Retina. I had the same download problem everyone else did. It downloaded beautifully until the very last moment then it had the timed out error. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Courtney
1.0 out of 5 stars please read before purchasing through this third party
Game is great, having to purchase something but download through a third party is a total ripoff. Not only was I led to believe that my Mac (which is up to date and has lots of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert J. McCabe
5.0 out of 5 stars I had some trouble playing the game until I uploaded ...
I had some trouble playing the game until I uploaded a patch, which took thirty minutes, but other than that it worked perfectly.
Published 1 month ago by Connor
1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had read the reviews!!
I didn't even think to read the reviews, as Sims is a very popular game and I expected no issue. How many people have to post on here, including me, that the game does not run. Read more
Published 4 months ago by horsefun
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
Best Sims game yet. Love the quests and that you have a task to do. Very fun and good graphics.
Published 4 months ago by JessLOVESshawn
1.0 out of 5 stars Game does not work
Will not work on my macbook pro 2012. i keep getting a request timed out error when launching the game (-1001)
Published 5 months ago by Josh
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work!
I read the different reviews and hoped that I would have better luck, but the download DOES NOT work. It kept prompting me to install the update. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Calvin Glascock
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