I was looking around for the old Apple IIe games (Oregon Trail, Number Munchers, etc...) and stumbled upon a little gem pre-dating "The Sims" called "Alter Ego."
This game is text-based (with some graphics) basically asking a series of "what would you do?" questions and keeping track of your personality traits. It seems boring at first, but after awhile, you sort of get into it more. If you like the Sims, this game might interest you.
You can start out at any time period in your life, (Birth, Childhood, Adolescence, Early Adult, Middle Age, Old Age) but you get the most out of it by starting off at birth. It gives you situations, and a multiple choice set of answers. Almost like a choose your own adventures book. Depending on your answer, it will give you a result, and change your stats accordingly.
As your progress, more options become available to you, such as the option of going to college, dating, getting married, buying a home, buying stuff, etc.
Some situations can lead to your early death. One of them in Childhood actually ends in a child molester kidnapping you and killing you if you don't react accordingly. Drug abuse will lower your lifespan.
Some situations are "adult oriented" but aren't generally explicit. One of those involves finding a Playboy/Playgirl (depending on which gender you choose to live through) and debating on whether or not to look at it, and how you react to finding it.
Another situation involves whether or not you will cheat on your wife... and the consequences.
It's basically a Life Simulator, where you can go through and live a life in less than an hour. By the time you die during old age, you have a sense of how short life can be.
There's an online browser based version for free available here:
And the original Apple IIe version is available here:
http://www.virtualap...femaledisk.html <-if you want to play as a female
http://www.virtualap...o-maledisk.html <-male version
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