In a new survey, the Financial Post asked more than 6,500 parents for their pick of which sim to have for their children.
Here are the results.
“I would recommend the Sims 4 because it’s free,” said Michelle Fagan, 49, of New York City, who runs a family business called Bamboo Designs.
She is also a blogger.
“There’s so much more in there.
It’s so good.
It really helps with the communication.”
“The Sims 4 is a really, really good choice,” said Stephanie Kieffer, 49.
“I’ve bought all of the books that I’ve ever read, and I’ve read them for the last 10 years.”
She also bought the game with her daughter, 8-year-old Lily.
“It was so much fun,” said Kieffer.
“We were just so in love with it.”
The study found that Sims 4 has a much higher engagement rate than the other two games.
About 60 percent of parents said that their child had at least one Sims-related conversation during the three weeks they played it.
That compares to 60 percent for the other three games.
Sims 4 was also the most popular of the games for parents who said they had multiple children.
Of those, the only game that parents preferred more than the others was Minecraft.
About 40 percent of respondents said that they had purchased the game at least once, compared to just over a quarter of parents who purchased it at least five times.
About 14 percent said they purchased it twice, and 6 percent said that twice.
When it came to the games themselves, the survey found that the games’ biggest selling points were their graphics and gameplay.
The Sims 4 was a popular choice among parents who own PCs.
About a quarter (24 percent) of those who own computers said that it was their favorite game of all time.
Another 21 percent said it was the best game of the year.
In terms of what was most important to parents, the Sims 2 had the highest engagement rate.
The Sims 3 was the second most popular game of 2015, followed by the LEGO Batman 3 video game.
The study found similar trends for games like Minecraft, which had the most engagement among parents.