The Sims are going TINY — let’s squeeze into the latest Sims 4 Stuff Pack.
Following the success of the “tiny house challenge” created by the Simmer Community, The Sims team have brought us a new pack which features content, as well as a new challenge to building in The Sims 4. Lets talk itty-bitty nitty-gritty about “The Sims 4 Tiny Living Stuff Pack” which is available now for The Sims 4.
All this aside; why are we getting another pack of “cozy” clothes? We just had a whole expansion pack of comfy, cozy clothes in The Sims 4: Discover University, so I guess this is for the people who didn’t get that pack? The colours are very standard, boring, nothing really jumps out at me and screams “LOVE ME!!” in this compilation and I absolutely loath the long t-shirt dress with the front pocket.
EDIT: Custom Content Creators are bloody wizards.
Build Mode and Buy Mode
I know I said this is a “builder’s pack” but, where are the build items? There is one door. That’s it. I was quite underwhelmed at the sight of this lone door, not even a matching window? No wallpapers or flooring. I would have loved to see a new awning, or something more. However, the charm for Tiny Living is the Buy Mode items.
The colours are popping! There are nice brights, matching items in white and black, and a modern light wood swatch. This means that most things match with each other, and I think they complement other packs really well. I’m a big player for “staple” items, and this pack is a gold mine. Single tile dressers, desks, there’s a TV that goes on the wall and is also a bookshelf… the best part — The Sims team even added a new feature to existing book piles; you can now read directly from them and have the same menu prompts as if it were a bookcase.
Of course the main item in this pack are the Murphy Beds and we get 4 to choose from. I love how some convert into a two-seater sofa, and it has storage. Where can I get one of these in real life please? I’ll go through the game play for the Murphy Bed in the last paragraph, but this new addition has me excited to play this game again. We can add them to the Apartments in City Living, to our student accommodation in Discover University, and even get more use out of our grungy teen rooms from Parenthood. Let’s hope they don’t malfunction…
Game Play and Overview
Tiny Living comes with a new challenge, to build a “tiny home”. Itty-bitty living space comes with a bonus. If you can manage to live in a home that’s small your sims get perks and benefits. There are three “tiny” thresholds; 32sqm, 64sqm or 100sqm. Each coming with respective lot traits such as – gaining skills and relationships faster, plants growing quicker and heightened “comfort” moods. Where the game lacks though, is the downfall of living in a Tiny home. I would have loved to see some negative traits to sims with “nature” traits, where they get “stir crazy” for staying inside too long, and can’t we all relate to that right now?
There is also a new death (my favourite addition!) to this pack and I had so much fun playing with this one. If your sim has bad luck, they might get trapped underneath the Murphy Bed. Ouch, that’s gotta hurt. There is a chance that this can actually kill your sim! The animation is really well done, nicely animated, scripted and hilarious. There is still the question of the whereabouts of the “remote”… sims are still empty handed when they go to Put the Bed down. This will no doubt be fixed in a later patch, I’m sure.
This new pack gives so much more life to a small space, and while The Sims 4 is not a small game anymore (with 30+ game, stuff and expansion packs now available to add on to your game) it is great to see a new idea come to our homes. Now I can’t stop building “tiny houses”, can someone help me?
The Sims 4: Tiny Living Stuff Pack is now available from EA Origin and requires The Sims 4 Base Game.
*Thanks to EA Game Changers Network for providing me a code for The Sims 4 Tiny Living so I can write this review.