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Friday, June 8, 2007
The Sims Pet Stories Previewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Worthplaying has posted a new preview of The Sims Pet Stories, the latest in the new Sims Stories series which started with The Sims Life Stories. Developed by Aspyr Media, the game is laptop friendly and focuses on engaging characters and easy to play storylines. Pet Stories introduces two new storylines which revolve around dealing with a new pet's impact on a household.

The actual game is another streamlined version of the Sims 2 Pets expansion, comparable in some ways to the console versions of the game. Players can opt to play the game in “classic” sandbox mode, or in one of two structured, original storylines. Sandbox mode is everything a classic Sims title is, a creativity game that lets you design a family of humans, their living space, and their pets, then guide them through their lives in an attempt to make them as happy as possible.

The storylines can both introduce new players to Sims 2 Pets and give veterans a chance to play the game in a different way. One of the stories follows Alice, a young woman who is about to lose her home. Saving her house requires training her pet Dalmatian well enough for her to win a dog show, despite the machinations of competitive rival Diana Gabor. The other follows Stephen, a wealthy chef whose life is badly disrupted when he’s forced to take in a spoiled cat named Diva. Both stories force players to try and train pets within a certain period of time, by breaking the game down into a series of mission-like tasks. Chapters are completed when you’ve fulfilled the tasks the storyline requires, and offer players rewards for completion. Interestingly, both of the story modes let you “branch” from the story at any time by simply ignoring the mission tasks. You can simply play in the stories as if you were playing in sandbox mode at any time, for as long as you like.
The PC version of The Sims Pet Stories is scheduled for a June 19 release. There is no official word yet on the status of a Mac version of the game.

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