FreePlay Developer Teasers
The latest Sims FreePlay update, Coastal Living, pleased its players for weeks with airy, natural decor worthy of any beachside home. The update also offered players the luxury decor and wine cellars of the roaring twenties. Coastal Living has begun to wind down, and players have begun speculating about the next update.
This week, Sims FreePlay developers began to tease the contents of the next update, which will likely feature themed events to run through September.
The first guru-offered teaser appeared July 20th on Twitter. The official Sims FreePlay account tweeted a photo of a surprised Sim wearing a deep blue yukata, a ceremonial Japanese outfit. Surrounded by sliding shoji doors, wooden shelves, beautiful Japanese-inspired wallpaper, and clean hanging lantern-like lights.
Fans quickly connected the teaser to Sims Mobile’s recent “Hello Japan” update, which came several months after Sims 4’s enormous Snowy Escape expansion pack.
The next teaser featured two Sims in traditional
Japanese dress drinking tea. Again, the Sims were surrounded by elegant sliding doors, pink cherry trees, and even miniature Bonzai trees.
The last teaser appeared on Wednesday, July 21st. Again, the Sims FreePlay account unveiled a scenic rock garden surrounded by Japanese temple-inspired architecture.
Put together, these teasers suggest a Snowy Escape update for Sims FreePlay, one which promises the East Asian architecture inspired by the land of the rising sun. A recent Tweet from SimGuruIceFox even teased new roofing options.
What is Snowy Escape?
Sims 4 players were able to enjoy the Snowy Escape expansion pack in November 2020. This pack gave players access to a new mountainside world called Komorebi, new cold weather extreme sports like snowboarding, skiing, and mountain climbing. Players sent their Sims packing to stunning mountain-side retreats which housed hot springs, Japanese shower spaces, hot pots, and lovely sliding doors.
Thursday evening, Game Changers began revealing more details
about the incoming update, titled “Joyous Japan.”
This update features two new Influence Islands, a Joyous Japan Live Event, two new SimChases, and fan favorite reruns.
This particular update is one fairly quick and dirty, beginning July 27th, lasting through August, and ending September 5th.
Stay tuned for more detailed information about this update right here on Simmer’s Digest.
Summer is in full swing, and the world of Sims has begun heating up with fresh events and new pack announcements. Sims FreePlay kept players busy with a new garden-themed SimChase, a Produce Market Rerun, and a Moroccan Kitchen reboot. Just days away from their final few events for the current update, Sims FreePlayers are looking to the horizon for the newest gamut of events for the June and July months. Meanwhile, Sims Mobile kicked off their Modular Wardrobe Treasure Hunt event and began the final stretch of their newest game mechanic: Sim Festivals. Naturally, the biggest news of the week came from Sims 4, which dropped its long-anticipated "Dream Home Decorator" game pack. Simmers in all circles are scrambling to decorate, remodel, and snag the best items for their pixel people to enjoy.
The Sims FreePlay
Moroccan Kitchen Influence Island Event.
All guides provided by GameChanger GirlWhoGames.
In classic FreePlay form, Sims FreePlay inundated its players with several, exciting events, sometimes all at once. On May 27th, players began the newest SimChase: Garden Grapple. During this event, players complete a laundry list of tasks-- many of which require multiple Sims-- in order to win the perfect pool-side accoutrements. If players are able to beat the "rival" Sim by completing the given tasks within the time limit, they are able to earn special outdoor items like patterned patio flooring, a grand hot tub, modular stone planters crawling with cacti, garage doors, and stone cladding. Not long afterward, on June 1st, Simmers dived into the Produce Market Live Event rerun. A Live event that encourages Simmers to craft candles, constructor coins, glassware, jewelry, and pottery in return for prizes, Produce Market rewards Simmers with the brightly colored items required to build a quaint fresh farmer's market. This event is stuffed to the brim with items like checkered store flooring, bread displays and hanging lights, wall signs and cute chalk displays, rustic stone animal stacks, produce freezers, grocery counters, shelves, fruit baskets, and much more. The grand prize for these crafting efforts is, of course, a grocery store lot already brimming with the offered prizes.
If this were not enough, just one day later on June 2nd, a brand new Influence Island began for Sims FreePlayers! This Influence Island event is version two of a previous event-- Moroccan Kitchens. During this event, players confuse and cajole game NPCs into friendship. Their influencing efforts are rewarded with network coins, and these network coins purchase Moroccan-inspired assets like stone counters, squat glass tables, loose-fitting, colorful outfits, beautifully braided hair styles for men, and more. This event runs for just ten days and will run alongside a SimChase Rerun: Mansion Mania, which begins June 4th.
Produce Market Live Event
Garden Grapple Prizes
The Sims Mobile
The past few weeks have been busy for Sims Mobile, which added a new game element to its growing repertoire-- Sim Festivals. During these festivals, players complete in-game tasks to earn pink tickets. These tickets move players along a fixed track of prizes. Currently, Simmers can choose from two prize tracks. The first prize track is free and offers a sparse collection of prizes like a lovely armchair, a well-rounded stool, a metallic droplet table, perplexed dresser, and a signed autograph of new NPC Venessa Jeong.
However, if a player purchases the "festival pass" for $9.99, they earn 60 levels of possible earnable prizes that include Venessa Jeong as an official in-game NPC, in-game currency packs, a fully-furnished house template, a wooden island tub, trendy hair and clothes, and more.
Currently, players are digging and investigating their way through the newest Treasure Hunt event. As Sims uncover golden bunnies and ancient relics at various excavation sites, they turn in these currencies for such glamorous prizes as gilded modular cabinets, bright lamps, lovely rugs, modular shoe and coat closets, designer shoes, stylish hoodies, cropped clothing, fresh hats, and a new twisted hairdo for men. The incredible grand prize is a backlit vanity desk, tufted chaise, and plush seat.
Sims Mobile is also nearing the end of its scheduled events for the most recent update, so Mobile players are hungrily watching gurus and GameChangers for word of the next update.
The Sims 4
This week, the highly anticipated "Dream Home Decorator" pack, a new Game Pack that allows Simmers to enjoy a new interior design career, hit Origin with a bang. The pack offers many jaw-dropping changes to build mode including modular seating, sectionals, and modular storage units. In addition, Likes and Dislikes were folded into both base game and Dream Home Decorator. The new interior design career encourages Simmers to remodel the homes of NPCs. After choosing a gig, Simmers travel to an NPC's home to remodel their room, floor, or commercial space. As Game Changers began releasing their reviews of the Game Pack, offered for $20 USD, the Sims community buzzed eagerly about their joys and disappointments. While lauded for its beautiful build assets, the pack has suffered from a few unfortunate glitches. In addition, some players, who are not as enthralled with the building portion of Sims 4, complained that the pack did not offer the gameplay that they had hoped.
Sims 4 players are already buzzing about the next Sims 4 expansion pack promised to arrive this summer, though developers have not yet revealed what the pack will entail.
Until next time, stay safe and happy Simming!
The varied realms of the Sims are all steadily changing, offering fresh content for their respective, awaiting audiences. Sims FreePlay finally unveiled their New York Apartment update, Sims Mobile wrapped up its charming greenery Treasure Hunt, and Sims 4 geared up for the upcoming bunkbed update with hints of more to come.
The Sims FreePlay
After several days of Twitter teasers, Sims FreePlay developers finally rolled out their latest New York Apartment update featuring Big Apple loft worthy looks such as contemporary industrial bookshelves, drafting tables, enormous windows, steel beams, chic chests and wardrobes, sleek ovens, and far more.
Influence Island: New York Bedroom offers players an array of Big Apple looks in exchange for exchange tokens. After convincing and cajoling neutral NPC Sims into “clan mates,” players get the chance to spin for such prizes as king sized beds, metal floor lamps, faux cow-hide rugs, wardrobes, leather ottoman, and vintage lighting.
SimChase Season 26 guides players through a gamut of events in competition with a “rival” Sim. Successful Simmers have the chance to win sleek bathroom and breakfast items such as corner showers, wall lights, brick wallpaper, and New York hair for male and female Sims.
The Lofty Lifestyle Live Event begins April 5th and continues to offer the glamor and glitz of New York life. Players can win a drafting table, vintage bicycles, industrial lighting, exposed brickwork, and metal shelving, but only the craftiest of Simmers will succeed.
Influence Island season 8 will offer Scandinavian 2.0 prizes. These are the same prizes as the previous version— beds, hanging shelves, kitchen tops, basin sinks— but in new color swatches.
SimChase Season 27 gives players the chance to create an iconic New York Diner with such prizes as diner uniforms, bat stools, black and white flooring, milkshake makers, wall lighting, square booth tables, and more.
[Screenshots from the lovely Joy C. Finger. Watch her video here: https://youtu.be/dofVaJW7aBI ]
The Sims Mobile
Sims Mobile wound down it’s Greenest Garden event. Players claimed their new glossy female hair, rustic sprinkler, and quaint greenhouse only to settle in and wait for spring cleaning reruns— Wash n’ Fold, which begins April 5th, and Dessert for Two, which begins March 22nd.
The Wash n’ Fold Sweet Treats rerun allows players a second chance to win the SimpleSuds Washing Machine, the Linen Fresh Clothesline, and a beautiful slew of adorable laundry clutter and furniture like pastel shelves, squat hampers, and wicker chairs.
The long-awaited “Dessert for Two” Sweet Treats rerun gives Mobile players a chance to win the coveted Sweetheart Spa, Mads Multicolor Braid, Date Night Movie Screen, and an array of date night wear, comfortable couches and romantic lighting.
The Sims 4
Enjoying quieter week overall, the Sims 4 team geared up for their March 23rd introduction of bunkbeds, an item players have demanded for months. In addition, Sims 4 developers hinted that the bunkbed update may come accompanied with some other updates. On March 22nd, the Sims 4 team revealed that the base game bunk bed update will come folded with several trait improvements. Bunk beds, we now know, will arrive March 23rd at 10AM PST with a detailed Twitch walkthrough of the update March 23rd at 11AM PST.
In true Maxis fashion, the team suddenly released a Sims 3 pack sale alongside a Sims 4 pack sale. Sales, of course, usually precede some new pack announcement; thus, players are hungrily awaiting news of the next Sims 4 pack or base game update.
As the Rustic Wedding and Art Deco events draw to a close, FreePlay developers have begun hinting at the next game-changing update.
Late Wednesday evening, the official Sims FreePlay Twitter account tweeted a photo of a stylishly dressed Sim lounging on a contemporary sofa with an industrial, loft-style dining table un the background. The accompanying caption included emoji that represented the unmistakable icons of New York City— the Statue of Liberty and an apple (suggesting the Big Apple.)
This image came on the heels of another teaser: a tweet showing a contemporary wooden coffee table, the legs of the loft sofa, a corner of an industrial bookshelf.
Upon the coffee table was a new plant, fresh table plant options, and other table decor options.
If this were not enough, SimGuruPenny also tweeted a picture of her SimSelf perched on a comfortable sofa alongside a handsome man. Behind their heads were wall lights, arranged above the sofa, a position which is currently impossible in FreePlay.
Will the next update include fresh loft style furniture and new decorative abilities?
Stay tuned! FreePlayers will find out soon.
Sims Mobile developers released a crystal clear indictment of the often seedy APK and modded practices that have grown in popularity amongst Mobile players.
While complaints of the game’s instability surge, Sims Mobile developers have looked into some of the game’s glitches. Some players have reported crashing, graphical errors, or massive data deletion and corruption.
Many of these complaints come from legitimate and honest accounts, but some accounts, Sims Mobile developers explain, crash as a direct result of their modded nature.
“Hello Simmers!” the EA team note begins. “Please bear in mind that the use of modded APKs or 3rd party apps may cause problems in your game including the loss or corruption of data. In those cases, we, unfortunately, won’t be able to assist or support you with your game issues. Thank you for your understanding.”
The mods mentioned often grant a player infinite in-game currency such as Simoleons or the extraordinarily helpful SimCash. This, in turn, would allow such cheating players to breeze through playable events and win coveted in game
prizes with little to no effort. Other mods include “emulators,” according to Game Changer SalixCat. These mods would allow players to enjoy the mobile game on unsupported devices like computers.
Developers neither condone nor support these mods, and having them shatters the “terms of service” between a player and the developer, even if the player uses the cheat “once only.”
That is, if a player gleefully uses these mods to his advantage, but then complains when his game crashes irreparably, he will not have the EA Help team on his side to save it.
On the heels of their latest Rustic Wedding and Art Deco update, Sims FreePlay developers quickly followed up with hints about their next major update.
The current teaser shows an architect or graphic artist’s desk perched before large, loft-like windows. The view outside the modern windows is of a gleaming glass and steel cityscape awash in afternoon sunlight.
Does the desk refer to FreePlay’s “architect” homes? Are the developers adding more build/buy features to city apartments? What new feature could FreePlay developers have planned?
Stay tuned here for more updates!
Women's History Month is in full swing as both Maxis and Firemonkeys leap full-bodied into spring with fresh content. This week, Sims FreePlay inundated their players with a Live Event, an Influence Island event, a hobby event, and a SimChase simultaneously; Sims Mobile developers unleashed a deluge of spring-themed purchasable packs and player-pleasing events; and Sims 4 got down and dirty with their new "Bust the Dust" vacuuming kit, their "Throwback Fit" kit, and their "Country Kitchen" kit, though not without hiccups. The Sims 4 team also revealed their internal spring cleaning efforts through a published list of bug-correcting efforts, aptly dubbed the "laundry list" in the spirit of transparency.
The Sims FreePlay
The world of Sims FreePlay is a buzz this week with activity. Busy Simmers engaged their Sims in a series of incredible events -- all within the fresh Art Deco. Persistent players win a slew of sleek, gilded prizes during Influence Island - an event that encourages players to swindle and cajole NPC Sims into friendship in return for "network tokens." These tokens purchase such glamorous prizes as Art Deco Archways, Gold pendant lights, Diamond Mirrors, Gold Deco Coffee Tables, Gold Deco showers, bookshelves, baths, corner chairs, bathroom sinks, and a grand prize pack of wardrobes, king-sized suite beds, lavish pianos, Deco wall lights, Fret Deco paint, and Flapper worthy outfits and hairstyles for female Sims.
Additionally, the current Glam Mansion Live Event offers more gilded gifts for Sims FreePlayers in return for their crafting efforts. Players craft candles, glassware, pottery, and jewelry to earn jaw-dropping luxury items befitting only the swankiest Sims. Players are currently working to earn pristine bamboo plants, geometric paintings, geometric showers and sinks, geometric baths and toilets, counters and tinted windows, shiny kitchen essentials, a gleaming breakfast bar, luxury lounge sectionals and coffee tables, and a grand prize of the imposing Glam Mansion, an expertly pre-designed lot for upper class Sims.
Meanwhile, Kam Ham's current SimChase offerings encourage Sims to compete against a "rival" Sim in return for luxury restroom prizes. The hobby event lures Sims into the fashion hobby in order to win an array of fresh male hairstyles.
FreePlay Simmers now look to the horizon for the next update announcement for April and May.
The Sims Mobile
This week, Sims Mobile developers unveiled a gamut of spring cleaning events for the gardening gamer. The Greenest Garden Treasure hunt, which began March 8th, promises such quaint accoutrements as bird houses, bug farms, a functional greenhouse, and large broad-leafed plants and flowers to build a landscaping paradise.
The rest of Sims Mobile's current spring-themed update features long-anticipated reruns such as the "Dessert for Two" Sweet Treats event, which is due to begin March 22nd. This event offers the amazing marble lover's tub, a huge outdoor movie screen, a wealth of romantic candles, and the sparkling path any Sim could use to seduce a loved one. The Wash n' Fold Sweet Treats event, which rewards players with a functional washing machine and other laundry room essentials, will return April 5th.
Wumples returns in this update alongside some anniversary prize offerings, several pack reruns, and purchasable packs filled with flowers for the gardening guru.
The Sims 4
Maxis rolled out their "kit" DLC this week to mixed reviews. While some players balked at spending more money for bite-sized content, other players leapt at the opportunity to add more game play, fashions, and kitchen-themed build-buy to their games. According to the developers, these new kit offerings are easily digestible content updates, offered for $4.99 between larger pack releases, to whet the insatiable Simming appetite. These kits will offer either fashion (for the discerning stylist Simmer), fresh build/buy (for the bold builder), or new gameplay (for the avid storytellers and completionists.) For now, Maxis has released three "kits" - "Throwback Fit", which offers colorful 90's athleisure wear, "Country Kitchen" which offers brand new country-style worn kitchen items, and "Bust the Dust," which offers a set of vacuums, a new dusty gameplay loop system complete with dust bunnies, and two new aspirations. Not long after release, however, the kits began disappearing from Origin, even for the players who had already purchased the kits. Maxis is currently looking into the issue.
Sims Nation Magazine and Simmer's Digest offered three free kits to their followers.
The winners are: @MaiamakesSims (country kitchen), @cowplant318 (Bust the Dust), and @giawlegend (Throwback Fit.)
An enormous shoutout to streamer TaylorRynai who helped Sims Nation raise $122 for our Girls Who Code Charity event! Let's keep Simming for Good!
That's all for now but keep checking the Simmer's Digest website for more giveaways, challenges, and events.
Stay safe, thank a woman, and happy Simming.
A Quick Overview
As the Covid vaccine rolls out worldwide, humanity is beginning to see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. While much of the northern hemisphere braces beneath a last ditch winter chill, change is coming. As we hold on to hope that things will get better, even the Sims community shows signs of a brighter future. This week, Sims FreePlay launched their Art Deco update; Sims Mobile plunged into a player-pleasing party update, and Sims 4 honored its Black players in a sensational Black History Month tribute.
On February 15th, Sims FreePlay launched their roaring twenties Art Deco live event: Belle Hotel. During this event, players send their Sims to craft candles, glassware, jewelry, and pottery in return for ritzy black and gold prize packs. These packs include such twentieth century digs as geometric, gilded wallpaper, gleaming gold light fixtures, luxurious quad-sized windows, fresh jazz instruments, elaborate black bars, and more. The grand prize for this sumptuous event is the Belle Hotel, a multi-story lot replete with a reception desk, lobby, outdoor pool, hotel rooms, and a grand gold dining room perfect for swinging jazz performances.
Sims Mobile began the week with a fresh Wumples, which offered players a laundry list of tasks to complete in return for two new children's clothes options - a t-shirt for both sexes and a skirt for just female children.
But the biggest news of the week by far was a long anticipated gameplay update to Mobile parties. Until now, mobile parties have been limited to player "main lots," but after February 16th, players gained the ability to throw parties on any lot they choose. Game Changers collectively demonstrated this ability with a series of "alt-lot" parties which also showed off upcoming anniversary event prizes. Simmerdown Mal's Edgewater Quay party, for example, featured the DJ BobPlum Booth and karaoke machine.
To continue highlighting this fresh feature, Sims Mobile rolled out a new anniversary-themed competition on Twitter. To win prizes such as SimCash, a luminous dance floor, or diamond-studded head gear, players should follow the Sims Mobile on Twitter, take pictures of their partying Sims, and then upload them to Twitter with the hashtags #TSMHouseParty and #EAGiveaway. Don't forget to tag the official Sims Mobile account! This competition closes Friday, February 26th. Sims Mobile will announce the winners on March 5th.
If this were not enough, Sims Mobile Game Changers also dropped more information about the upcoming Sweet Treat Showdown. This event, triggering on February 22nd, will offer cake-baking players party items like a disco ball, heart-shaped glasses, a fashionable men's military-style jacket, a smoke machine, a colorful DJ Booth, a new banged hairstyle, and a karaoke machine.
Players can look forward to two new Wumples events on the horizon: Wumples Wishlist #51 will offer a poster and a glass of strangely colored milk as prizes, while Wumples #50 will offer two snowglobes.
Bugs addressed and squashed this week included a strange phenomenon in which the Sims Mobile app mysteriously disappeared from the United Kingdom app store. It has now reappeared, much to the relief of thousands of UK players.
In a heartwarming tribute to its incredible Black players, the Sims 4 team highlighted several game changing people of color this week to celebrate Black History month. Among the honored were Xviva, Spring_Sims, XMira, EbonixSims, Foreign Simmer, Oshin, and many others. The developers also reported that they finally pinpointed the issue plaguing console skin tones. They expect a fix for the blotchy, reddened tones in March. Sims 4 players can look forward to a special anniversary gift from the Sims team, in collaborating with custom content creators, February 25th.
That's all for now, but keep it locked on the Simmer's Digest website for more detailed information!
Until next time, stay safe, love your loved ones, and happy Simming.
This Week in Sims News
One facet of the gaming community that is constant is change. This week, Sim Gurus and Gamechangers triggered and announced several new events in their respective games to celebrate love, to honor Black history, and to commemorate the Sims franchise's 21st birthday. In FreePlay, the Rustic Wedding update is in full swing, the Sims Mobile finally announced their enormous gameplay overhaul, and Sims 4 teased an upcoming gift for players by players.
The Sims Freeplay
In Sims FreePlay, both Influence Island and the newest SimChase are in full swing! This season of Influence Island, aptly named "Rustic Wedding," encourages players to cajole and convince neutral NPC Sims into "clan mates." These efforts are rewarded with network tokens, and players may use these network tokens to spin for prizes. The prizes are, of course, wedding-themed with a farmhouse chic twist: quaint wooden barrels filled with flowers, a romantic wedding aisle, simple but elegant wedding chairs, a wooden gazebo hung with flowers, and far more. SimChase:Wedding Wrangle leads players through a dizzying gamut of events. Beat the NPC "rival" at these events, and players win more wedding prizes such as long reception tables, a vintage camera, drinking tables, a dance floor, and more. Players can look forward to more wedding-themed events in the future with Art Deco events on the March horizon.
The Sims Mobile
Sims Mobile stunned its players February 4th with an enormous gameplay overhaul. For years, Sims Mobile players have begged Gurus for more playable Sims and the ability to hold parties on any lot. The Sims Mobile February update, triggering on February 8th, provides just that. Now, players will be able to make any Sim "passive," freeing up a playable Sim slot, and then essentially "promoting" any Sim they'd like in the former Sim's place. This change essentially allows players to have 60 playable Sims at their disposal.
Additionally, as long as an active Sim is on a given lot, Simmers will now be able to throw parties on any lot they own. This encourages Simmers to spruce up their homes and gussy up those spare lots to show off their varied build skills.
This is, of course, not all. This update brings a heaping helping of new events --the Royal Romance Treasure Hunt on February 8th, three new Wumples Wishlists, and an Anniversary Sweet Treats event on February 22nd.
These events offer players the chance to dig, investigate, bake, and mix their way to elaborate, royal items such as crystal chandeliers, gilded bookshelves, glass slippers, royal beds, gothic tables and heavy curtains, queenly dresses, and outfits fit for princes. Female Sims can even win a hairstyle befit with a crown. The anniversary Sweet Treats event offers such party-worthy items such as heart-shaped glasses, a new bar, a karaoke machine, a new DJ booth, a straight-banged female Sims hairstyle, and more.
The Sims 4
Sims 4 Gurus celebrated Black history this week by highlighting its unforgettable Black players. Gurus exalted Ebonix, XMira, It'sMeTroi, and the many more wonderful game-changing Black players who make the game what it is. Gurus also teased they have an anniversary surprise for their players on February 25th, a surprise they worked closely with its fans on.
That's it for now, but keep it locked on the Simmer's Digest website for more detailed coverage of the latest events.
Stay safe, get vaccinated, and remember that you ARE Black history.