FIRST, a lot of feedback, not to be confused with bitching. I LOVE THIS GAME and wish there were more like it. One thing in particular that I love is that it isn’t so huge a file, but still is so multifaceted and therefore replayable!
A few things I would like to see:
A finances option:
To invest or save money, earn interest
To donate money to charities
To treat my friends if I invite them whether or not they can afford the outing
Get insurance to protect money from theft, illness and injury
A lot of relationship changes:
With friends to let you know what they do for a living (I don’t know anything about my own boyfriend!) what they do NOT like to do, what approx income bracket they are in for inviting to outings…and the option to discontinue a friendship with anyone…and to ask another person to date or start a romance.
A marriage/family option, also to do more things as a couple, to have a sexual relationship, to date more than one person then advance one of those to exclusive, engaged, married, and I suppose, divorce and custody.
More friends, better ability to make new friends, and to know how I know them, as in neighbor, teammate, coworker, or buddy for a certain activity.
A home/neighborhood option:
To buy/rent/decorate, choose type of home even if it is only textbased (“You just bought your first home!” “You have remodelled your living room”)…adding certain things to your home might be a boost to friends wanting to visit. Could also boost your safety and prestige in the community if you live in a better part of town.
More social activities to boost your personality and make friends:
Comedy club outing for happiness
Book club for literature, a choir or orchestra just for fun?
A creativity feature?
Community involvement to make more friends and boost civic and cultural, such as grand openings of galleries, planning committees such as chamber of commerce, volunteer at the shelter or nursing home.
Being able to do anything by yourself instead of solo and group activities.
Re: dinner parties and other social functions, choose alcohol consumption so you aren’t drunk all the time.
More restaurants, a couple that come to mind that are pretty common: fast food, Italian, and Indian.
More cable and website choices
Can shop on any day
Can buy different things, clothing, CDs and movies, jewelry, gifts for friends.
Re: pets how bout a FERRET?
Shopping for food (healthy/junk, cheap/moderate/gourmet, vegetarian/meatlovers…doesn’t have to be all that complicated)
More health options:
Staying out of the rain (buy an umbrella or rainsuit to jog)
Buy vitamins and medicines
See the doctor
Happiness and stress affect health too?
“Catch” stuff from your romantic partners and friends.
CAN YOU DIE IN THE GAME?
Re: more wellness in general, maybe a spa option to treat yourself well.
Get in a car accident or get a sports injury
Go to rehab for drugs or health problems
More personality twists:
Phobias, obsessions, etc. that can be improved with therapy, patience levels, trust levels with each friend, and I wish that when you get an invitation to an outing, you could let the person down more gently so they don’t get mad at you…esp if you HAVE to go to the other event like a class.
An appearance changer at the beginning of the game to choose what you look like. Hairstyles, clothing options, etc. could change with a visit to the clothing store or the salon.
A religious/spirituality component:
Can attend services and ceremonies, tithe/donate, pray…all of which could affect health, happiness, stress, and choice of relationships.
I would change the main screen to have more indepth info about each facet of your life via a pulldown menus. For example a menu for skills, personality, career, possessions. As it is, everything is crowded and you can’t see all the stuff on the screen.
Another in general comment is that I would like longer than ten years, maybe over the span of forty or fifty…a whole career or adult lifetime.
Education doesn’t seem very realistic. Perhaps a junior college or more choices for courses…and taking a couple classes should NOT allow you into that profession. Along that line, I would say more entry level choices for struggling at the beginning…maid, nanny, newspaper carrier, secretary, clerk.
I would break down the day more…to choose what you do during the morning, afternoon, evening, and late at night, and offer a “study” option to get you through classes faster…maybe even a “work late” option if you need to brown-nose on the job, want a promotion, or want to flush your social life down the toilet.