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The Sims Life Stories
The Sims Life Stories cover
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Electronic Arts
OS X Aspyr Media
The Sims 2 Engine
Release dates
Windows February 6, 2007
macOS (OS X) April 13, 2007
The Sims Life Stories guide on StrategyWiki
The Sims Life Stories on MobyGames
The Sims Life Stories on Wikipedia


The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.
The Sims Stories
Subseries of The Sims
The Sims Life Stories 2007
The Sims Pet Stories 2007
The Sims Castaway Stories 2008

Key points

Runs well on low-end hardware, especially laptops and integrated graphics cards.
This game uses a slightly modified version of the The Sims 2: Bon Voyage engine and most fixes and some mods for it also work here.

General information

Official Website (EA, archived)
Official Website (Yahoo, archived)
Official Website (Aspyr)
Answer HQ for The Sims series at
The Sims Wiki


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v4 DRM[Note 1].
Mac App Store
Icon overlay.png
macOS (OS X)
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\TSData\Res\Config[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims™ Life Stories\
macOS (OS X)
The final folder may have a localized name depending on which language you installed the game

Video settings[edit]

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Voices, Sound Effects, Music, Ambient and Audio Quality sliders
Surround sound
4.0 and 5.1
No intelligible dialog. All in-game dialog uses the fictional Simlish language.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Game 'forgets' it does not have the focus when leaving loading screens


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Speech is fictional language called Simlish.
Speech is subtitled with generic icons.
Brazilian Portuguese

Issues fixed[edit]

Black Square Under Sim[edit]

Download Sim Shadow Fix
  1. Go here and download the file that suits your preferences (0.2 shadows are more opaque, 0.4 more transparent and 0.3 are in between).
  2. Extract the .package file inside the zip file you downloaded to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims™ Life Stories\Downloads\
If you're using an Intel HD Graphics card, the author recommends downloading the xReallyNotMisty versions of the fix.
If the Downloads folder is missing, create it.
If your installation is in an language other than English, the The Sims™ Life Stories folder will probably have the localized name instead.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
32-bit only.[3]

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 1.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.5 GB
Video card (GPU) T&L Capable
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.9.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 series
AMD Radeon HD 3870
Intel HD Graphics 3000
256 MB of VRAM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).