I love this game!! When i first got it i was so amazed that i was able to control people and build lives for them - its just a really fun game. I only got into building houses about halfway through and soon got into modifying the game with custom content. It can be so simpe as to sending your sim out to work everyday, get married and have a child, or have them have 10 kids and enjoy every minutre of it.
I'd recommend buying it as it is really an amazin game, and isn;'t too old for children either.