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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
Metacritic 77
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Point and select
Genres Life sim
Themes Medieval, Fantasy
Series The Sims
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The Sims Medieval on Wikipedia
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


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 Medieval is a singleplayer bird's-eye view life sim game in the The Sims series.

The game uses a slightly modified version of the The Sims 3 engine, with most fixes and some mods made for The Sims 3 being compatible.

General information

Official Website (archived)
The Sims Medieval Official Forums
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)
macOS (OS X)
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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Steam (unavailable)
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Version differences

The Deluxe Edition' contains both the base game and the Pirates & Nobles DLC.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Pirates & Nobles
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements


Patch 2.0 is the latest patch available for the retail version.
The patch notes can be found here.
Origin copies are already up-to-date.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

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

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


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
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
MSAA, labelled as Edge Smoothing.
Off, Low (2x), Medium (4x), High (8x) options available.[2]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Some physics effects are tied to the monitor's hertz setting. On ≥120 Hz monitors, elevator shafts are harder to snap in place, item previews spin faster (Compare[3] at 60 Hz, to[4] at 160 Hz), and Buy/Build Mode scrolling may be janky.[5]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


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
Controller types


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
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed

Various fixes can be found in the Troubleshooting FAQ

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
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

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.


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