So now it is time for you to strike out on your own, or with your family, in The Sims 2: Apartment Life
. This process is similar to moving in the regular game and expansions. You select your Sim and then select an available apartment complex by choosing the option, "Check Out Apartment." Once you have decided on a place and move in, the building will automatically begin to fill with residents.
Now that the building is populated, there are plenty of interactions for your Sims to partake in and enjoy. Apartment living offers several communal rituals like the BBQ, the pool, and the gym. You can visit other Sims and form lasting relationships, but not everyone always finds the ideal apartment. Thin walls and loud neighbors will lead to situations you will have to deal with. You can do this in several ways. First you can take care as to where you decide to place the beds. Noisy neighbors can and will wake sleeping Sims. Sometimes the old-fashioned trick of banging on the wall is enough to get your neighbors to turn down their ruckus. When the subtle banging on the wall does not work, you can walk over and knock on their door. The better trick is to be as neighborly as possible. This will cause your neighbors to think about their noise beforehand and before it gets out of hand.
If you are living alone and not exactly making the rent that is due every Monday, you can find a roommate. In order to find a roommate that would get along with your Sim, the Search for Roommate Menu allows you to compare the traits of your potential roommate to your own. Along with finding a roommate to help with rent, one of the advantages to living in an apartment is that if anything breaks, you just call the landlord. The landlord also takes care of the grounds and common areas.
Besides the social aspect of Sims games is the ability to build and decorate. Everyone wants to decorate their apartment with cool stuff. It is also cool to have some interactions you could not have in the real world like becoming a witch or warlock. Meet others who are witches or warlocks and learn magic spells to have some fun with your neighbors. Once you meet the right type of Sim, they will give you a Magic Spell Book. You can learn good spells, neutral spells and even evil spells. It is up to you decide who and what you want to be.