'The Sims' Thought Bubbles

Peek inside the minds of your Sims

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Sims don't speak English; instead, they speak Simmish. When you're playing "The Sims" you'll see thought bubbles appear above their heads in some situations. The thought bubbles — images of some sort, depending on the situation — are a peek into their heads, so you can see what is on their mind.


Thought bubbles appear above a Sim in the following situations: sleeping, talking, and when a motive is low and they are desperate. Each symbol shown has a meaning. When Sims are conversing, the thought bubble represents what they are talking about. While most of the time, it may seem the thought bubble is not interesting, it is useful in some situations.

Bubble Meanings

Sometimes a bubble is just a random image that has no practical significance. Other times, it's a sign that one Sim is interacting with another. In other situations, the bubble gives the player hints that something isn't right — usually, through a red bubble.

A Red Bubble

When the thought bubble picture is shown in red it is time for you to pay attention. The Sim is trying to tell you a motive is extremely low. For example, if you see a red bubble with a basketball or TV, it means the Sim needs to have fun. If there is a picture of people kissing, a Sim needs to socialize with other Sims.

Thought bubbles can be interesting if you keep an eye on them. While they are sleeping you can sometimes see pictures of another Sim they care deeply about. Thought bubbles are just a small part of the game and give Sims a way to communicate to the player.