The Sims Thought Bubbles

Peek inside the minds of your Sims

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Characters in The Sims don't speak English. Instead, they speak Simlish. While playing the life simulation game, you see thought bubbles above characters' 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's on their minds. Here's what you need to know about The Sims' thought bubbles.

The information in this guide generally applies to the entire The Sims video game series.

When Do Thought Bubbles Appear?

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

What Do Thought Bubbles Mean?

Sometimes a bubble is just a random image with 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.

What Is A Red Bubble?

When the thought bubble picture is shown in red it's 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's 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're 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.