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'The Sims Makin' Magic' Coming This October

by Rainier on July 30, 2003 @ 11:16 a.m. PDT

Already revealed weeks ago, EA today "officially" announced plans to release this October The Sims Makin' Magic, a new expansion pack to the top-selling PC game of all time, The Sims. In this supernatural edition, Sims are granted magical powers with the ability to cast spells that are playful or deviant. Players can venture to an all-new magical, carnival-themed destination, experience exciting new gameplay, gain over 150 new items, and encounter a whole new cast of quirky characters in this powerful pack of magical high jinx.

"With mystical talents, players can cast magical spells to improve the love lives of their Sims, wreak havoc on visiting neighbors, or put an end to tedious chores," said Jonathan Knight, Producer at EA's Maxis™ studio. "The Sims Makin' Magic will let players dive into and discover a world of magic with no boundaries."

At home, players can use their suburban magic to transform everyday objects into helpful minions, hypnotize their friends and enemies, or turn their pesky neighbor into a frog. Mystical recipes can be unlocked one by one in the family spellbook, and players can mix individual ingredients to create dozens of original incantations. Players can cast spells to take care of the needs of their Sims, keep tidy the house and cook meals, meddle with relationships, and bring ordinary objects to life. Every spell has a unique backfire, if Sims lack that magic something. Hair-raising consequences include toad plagues, snakes, and lightning strikes.

Players can renovate the kitchens of their Sims with an all-new Mediterranean kitchen set featuring a new refrigerator, sink, stove, dishwasher, and brand new tea set. To add the perfect touch, players can enjoy baking breads, pies, and cakes in the new, luxurious baker's oven. A home for the Sims would not be complete without the ability to grow vine plots and harvest grapes and berries to make and serve nectar.

When players are ready to venture out and expand upon their enchanting abilities, they can teleport to the all-new Magic Town location. While mixing it up in this new spellbinding spot, rewards can be earned while Sims perform mind-boggling tricks at a side show or dueling it out in a magic arena. Players can discover secret recipes for mystical concoctions and powerful charms while on a quest for unusual ingredients, or build wild carnival rides from the ground up.

Eclectic and eccentric new characters are available to assist or amuse players including a snake charmer, gypsy, and even a ghost or two. In The Sims Makin' Magic, players can conjure up the right spell and watch a garden gnome become a personal gardener and a lawn flamingo transform into an entertaining hostess.

See what happens when the fate of the Sims is challenged and magic spells are cast with good or bad intentions. In The Sims Makin' Magic, expect the unexpected.

The Sims Makin' Magic will be the final edition to The Sims original series and prelude to the highly anticipated launch of The Sims™ 2. The expansion pack will be available for the Halloween season and has a suggested retail price of US$29.95. The Sims or The Sims Deluxe Edition is required to play The Sims Makin' Magic.

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