The Sims Medieval

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The Sims Medieval
The Sims Medieval cover
The Sims Studio
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.
Electronic Arts
The Sims 3 Engine
Release dates
Windows March 22, 2011
macOS (OS X) (Cider) March 22, 2011
The Sims Medieval on MobyGames
The Sims Medieval 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
Subseries of Sim
The Sims 2000
The Sims Online 2002
The Sims 2 2004
The Sims Stories (series)
MySims 2008
The Sims 3 2009
The Sims Medieval 2011
The Sims 4 2014

Key points

This game uses a slightly modified version of the The Sims 3 engine and most fixes and some mods for it also work here.

General information

Official Website (archived)
The Sims Medieval Official Forums
The Sims Wikia entry
The Sims Medieval Wikia entry
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM 8 DRM.
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Pirates & Nobles
macOS (OS X)

Version differences[edit]

The Sims Medieval Deluxe edition contains both the base game and the Pirates & Nobles DLC.

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 2.0 is the latest patch available.
The patch notes can be found here here.
Patch 2.0 doesn't work on Windows 8

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims Medieval
macOS (OS X) ~/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims Medieval
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/102820/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims Medieval\Saves
macOS (OS X) ~/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims Medieval/Saves
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/102820/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
UI does not scale with resolution and is extremely small in 4K.
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced in driver control panel
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be forced through graphics card control panel.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
No 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
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 when zoomed in.
No intelligible dialog. All in-game dialog uses the fictional Simlish language.
Closed captions
Sound effects accompanied by visual effects.
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

You can find various fixes in this Troubleshooting FAQ

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 2.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2400+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5.3 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce FX 5900
ATI Radeon 9500
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 2.0 support
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.5.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5.3 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/102820/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (102820) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.