The Sims 3 for iOS brings the magic of the virtual life simulation to your mobile phone.
The original gameplay of The Sims 3 for Windows has been replicated in this iOS version. You need to create a personalized character (a 'Sim') then control all aspects of their life in order to make them as happy and successful as possible.
Once you've customized the appearance of your character, you're dropped into a house in the world of The Sims 3. From here, you're on your own. You need to take care of yourself (eating, sleeping, using the washroom, etc.), find a job, make friends, and go shopping. From time-to-time your Sim will have a 'wish' that he or she wants to fulfill (catching fish, insulting someone, etc.) and you must help them achieve this to make them more happy.
The gameplay of The Sims 3 is fun and addictive, though the game doesn't have as much longevity as console and PC versions of this strategy game. More furniture, clothes, jobs, plus the ability to have babies would improve the shelf life of The Sims 3 for iOS.
The 3D graphics in The Sims 3 are colorful and fun and manage to recapture the kooky presentation of the original. On the downside, navigating menus and selecting items is quite fiddly.
If you're a Sims fan then The Sims 3 will provide your fix of virtual living on your phone. But don't expect the depth of the original here.