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Publisher: Aspyr Media    Genre: Simulation    Expansion For: The Sims
Min OS X: Any Version    CPU: G3 @ 233 MHz    RAM: 128 MB    Hard Disk: 600 MB    8x CD-ROM

The Sims: Hot Date
July 11, 2002 | Michael Phillips

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Everybody Needs Somebody
Now, the previous assumes that a Sim already lives with other Sims who are willing to go out on a date. Yet, what if a loner Sim is looking to have a night out. Don’t worry, Downtown is populated by dozens of friendly Sims looking to have a good time. However, it’s not always easy to pick up strangers. In Hot Date, Sims can now learn new topics of conversation, such as the outdoors, politics, money or movies. Well, as I found out, my aspiring mad scientist Sim didn’t have much interest in anything. The nerd couldn’t hold a conversation to save his life! Thankfully, I was able to pick up a few magazines at a Downtown news stand and study up on a few subjects. After that, my Sim was a date scoring machine. I even managed to get a few young lady Sims to, “come back to my place”. That, my friends, isn’t easy.

Social interaction in Hot Date is much improved over previous Sims incarnations. For example, instead of just the generic “kiss” command, a Sim can deliver different types of kisses. One such kiss is the “fiery kiss”, in which the kisser grabs the kissee, dips her down real low and plants one right on the lips. Furthermore, it is possible to talk about interests or gossip about other Sims. Just be careful about gossip, it might result in getting slapped or worse. There is even a new type of “tickle” that causes instant pants wetting. Tickling is fun and cruel all at the same time. These new interactions alone are worth the price of Hot Date.

I really only have a few minor quibbles with Hot Date. For instance, Sim A.I. can be incredibly STUPID. On one particular date, my Sim was stuck in the washroom for 5 minutes because the dopey janitor kept blocking the door. In crowded areas, Sims can have the I.Q. of Ralph Wiggum. Also, I experienced some slight slowdowns when there was a lot of on screen action, under both OS 9 & X. However, it was nothing serious. Overall, gameplay in Hot Date is top-notch.

The Sims: Hot Date is a must have for any Sims fan. It’s full of interesting social interactions, new areas for Sims to frolic away from home, the ability for players to build their own Downtown areas, new items and endless hours of gameplay. Just remember, when out on a date, please practice safe Simming.

Now, I leave with a little trivia. There is an Alanis Morissette song title hidden somewhere in this review. The first person to find it wins their very own copy of The Sims: Hot Date. (Note: We have a winner! The correct answer is "No Pressure Over Cappuccino" Alanis rocks!)

The Sims: Hot Date
Publisher: Aspyr Media
Developer: Maxis
Mac Version: Westlake Interactive
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