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New House Party Previews
11:21 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Two new previews of The Sims House Party, the second expansion for the very popular title, have been posted recently. While there is no official announcement regarding a Mac version yet, we're hoping the popularity of the other Sims games will nudge Aspyr Media in that direction. The first preview at PC.IGN covers how House Party differs from the first add-on, Livin' Large. They also look at the new themes, music, and NPCs in the games. Here's an excerpt with a good overview of the title:

While Livin' Large was pretty much a straightforward item expansion with a few wacky gags, House Party is going one step further and it really does add a lot of new gameplay elements. The focus of House Party is -- no big surprise here -- to throw a big, raging party to impress your friends. With the exception of the hot tub, not many of the items in The Sims or Livin' Large let you socialize as a group, but several of the 100+ new items in House Party function as a way to get everyone together to have some fun and mingle. For example, you can gather eight of your Sims around the campfire to sing songs and roast marshmallows.
A second quick preview at been posted at Daily Radar, with the Maxis producer Tim LeTourneau chiming in with some thoughts. In this clip he gives an example of the craziness that will ensue with your Sims:
Not everything is here to help the player along, though. "See that guy?" said Tim, pointing to the screen. "He's a party crasher. He'll show up when a party's going well, only to eat a ton of food and then clog the toilets." Sounds like a few people we know. "Speaking of toilets," he continued, "players will need a lot of them. If you've got 25 Sims at your house, you don't want a line that's 24 Sims long." Additionally, the people that can jump out of the cakes are flirts. "They will specifically target couples that are in love and hit on them. In one scenario, we opened up two cakes at once, one with a male and the other a female. Both targeted the same couple, which led to a major slapping fight and a big break-up."
Between the two previews, you should be able to get a good feel for how House Party will play. As we mentioned above, there is still no announced Mac version, but we'll keep digging for more information on the possibility.

The Sims House Party Preview at Daily Radar
The Sims House Party Preview at PC.IGN
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