As some of the western world braces for a cold, dark winter under the looming shadow of a Coronavirus third wave, many gamers are battening down the hatches once again to spend more time in the pixelated worlds they love most. Simmers are no exception. American players prepare themselves for their most isolated Thanksgiving holiday in recent history, and they turn to their games and gaming communities for both company and comfort. In response, developers are cranking out patches, purchasable packs, and playable events to keep Simmers satiated for the holidays. FreePlay wound through the last of its November events this week; Sims Mobile offered players pack deals and an event rerun; and Sims 4 served a plate of hot patches for its recent Snowy Escape mishaps.
The Sims FreePlay
After a new Maternity pack released on November 15th, Sims FreePlay players enjoyed SimChase 21 on November 17th. This event matches the player with a rival Sim, challenging the two to a race against time. If players manage to beat the rival at several grueling events, then they receive some cozy furniture and female hairstyles in return.
Urban Chic is an event which triggers in Sims FreePlay on November 20th, allowing Simmers the chance to win sleek, fashion-forward wear for their pixel people.
Sims FreePlay developers also announced their Share Your Care Competition winners this week. “Hundreds of Sims players shared the care in SimTown, helping to bring kindness & goodwill to those around them,” tweeted the official FreePlay account. “The winners of the Care Bears plush bears & the 2.5 Million Simoleons are:
Congratulations to all the winners, and enjoy not only the plush but also that cold, hard cash!
The Sims Mobile
Meanwhile, Sims Mobile players entertained a rerun of Treatsylvania Sweet Treats on November 12th. The rerun allowed players who missed out another crack at winning an upright coffin, a dark lady dress and hair style, and other gothic accoutrements. Players who attempted this event before began where they last left it. Players who completed the event did not see the event trigger at all.
The newest Wumples, which offers a tabletop helm, mounted ship sculpture, and ten fashion gems as prizes in return for 5-day to do list leapt in game November 17th. It was quickly followed by November 19th purchasable pack called the “floral fashion pack.” Boasting new male hair, a casual, flower printed jacket, skin-tight flower print leggings, sneakers, a loose-fitting outfit, and a handful of simoleons, this pack popped in game for $8.99 USD.
In other news, Sims Mobile developers rolled ut an in-game survey that asked players about their intrinsic and extrinsic motivations for playing Sims Mobile. The survey, now available, asked players such questions as, “What goals are you working toward right now in the game?” “Would you recommend this game to a friend?” “What is most important to you in the game?” Well-known mobile Simmers spoke up with brutal honesty, citing the game’s persistent glitches and unsatisfying, repetitive gameplay as the game’s biggest downfall.
Unofficially, renegade Reddit user Binjey leaked new photos of what appears to be the next Sims Mobile Treasure hunt and Wumples event. If the leak is correct, Simmers will soon dig, scrape, and investigate to earn gamer-themed prizes. The grand prize is a VR gaming station, a gamer’s battle station, and a female dreaded hairstyle.
Lastly, any self-quarantining Simmers may attend Sims Nation’s 3-day Simsgiving. The Facebook Group will host holiday movie watch parties, hold football team colors contests, enjoy recipe swaps, and far more.
Official Sims Nation Simsgiving Schedule
Leaked images of an upcoming Treasure Hunt’s prizes from Reddit user Binjey
Leaked in-game images of an upcoming Treasure Hunt’s prizes from Reddit user Benji.
Leaked images of an upcoming Treasure Hunt from Reddit user Binjey.
The Sims 4
The days following Snowy Escape’s release were perhaps predictably troubling. Eager PC and console players quickly tempered their excitement as their games repeatedly sputtered and crashed to a halt. Days later, the team released a patch for consoles and PCs. The patch corrected the crashing issue for some and imbued other games with endless loading screens. The patch was patched November 19th, and we can only wait to see if this patch was finally successful.
Until next time, stay safe, stay warm, mask up, and happy Simming!