The Amazon collaboration means The Sims 4 is the latest AAA title to debut on the Alexa platform, joining Skyrim. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, the Alexa integration isn’t a voice-controlled version of the game.
Thankfully, it’s a separate experience. I don’t think anyone needs to hear Alexa describing how my Sim is asphyxiating on smoke and bile as flames engulf the entire southern side of his kitchen.
Alexa-enabled device owners can play by saying “Alexa, play The Sims.” Once started, users can play a Sims trivia game solo or with up to four local players, listen to a playlist featuring more than 150 songs from the franchise, or hear interesting facts about the games.
The music is surprisingly catchy. It includes hit songs in “Simlish” (the gibberish-sounding language of The Sims) by artists such as Katy Perry, Jason Derulo, and The Pussycat Dolls. Fair warning: you’re likely to get gibberish stuck in your head and people may think you’re having a stroke when you start spouting nonsense to the tune of a pop hit.
But wait, there’s more. Whether you act now or not, the PC version of The Sims 4 now has an in-game virtual assistant named “Lin-Z” for your Sims to interact with.
Sims can turn lights on and off, play music, order food and services, and play trivia games the same way you do: by spouting gibberish at an inanimate object.