The Sims 4
The Sims FreePlay
The holiday season has officially kicked off in several Sims circles, with Sims FreePlay, Sims Mobile, and Sims 4 rolling out seasonal events and expansions to entertain their players. FreePlay delved into Thanksgiving content, Sims Mobile reran a bone-chilling Halloween bake-off, and Sims 4 prepared to release their holiday expansion pack, Snowy Escape, with a huge patch.
FreePlay made their players thankful with a feast of Thanksgiving events. Brilliant Backyard Live event started November 5th, offering players outdoor furniture in return for crafted items; Sim Chase Season 11 ran again, also on November 5th, to reward players with more backyard furniture, picnic items, and a female updo; and finally, the “Missing Claus” quest, a Christmas-themed fan-favorite that awards the persistent player with a quaint farmhouse as a grand prize.
November 17th will bring SimChase season 21, a brand new gamut of events that rewards the player with Thanksgiving decor, hair, and clothes after beating an opponent to various “checkpoints.”
The Sims Mobile
The Sims Mobile released some long-anticipated purchasable packs this week, including “Haunted Housewares.” This pack, which ran for 7.99 USD, offered a decorative four-poster bed, a fantastic ceiling lamp, and a set of Art Nouveau accents: a carpet, wall art, a dresser, and a mirror.
The Gothic Set, offered for 5.99 USD, also triggered in game this week on November 6th, but the offering proved different than the one last year. Developers removed a set of paintings, replaced them with a decorative sink, and then lowered the price.
The long-awaited “Fall out and Make-up” pack for 7.99 USD triggered in game November 11th, but not without hiccups. Some players purchased the pack and quickly realized some make-up variants were unavailable for their Sims of color. Developers quickly looked into the issue, but the problem is not yet resolved.
November 7th, a new Wumples hopped into game, offering players a poster, a coffee table book, and ten fashion gems in return for a completed, five-day long task list.
Finally, on November 12th, Sims Mobile reran last year’s “Sweet Treat Showdown: Treatsylvania” event. Although players who completed the event last year did not receive it again, players who were unable to complete the event last year or who are newer to the game got their chance to earn Halloween-themed goth gear such as spooky wall art, jack-o-lanterns, candelabras, chandeliers, and a coffin bed.
The Snowy Escape pre-patch triggered in Origin November 10th at 10 AM PST. This massive patch delivered much of what Sims players have desired a long time: platforms, new half-wall sizes, deeper more meaningful Sim relationships via sentiments and a Sim info panel, vacation lots in every world, and updated skin tones. The update also corrected many Eco Lifestyle bugs and a meme-generating mishap that led Sims to wash dishes in bathroom sinks instead of kitchen sinks.
However, this update did not come without issues. Many PC and console players report consistent game crashing errors after downloading the patch. After running smoothly for twenty minutes, the game presents an error code and closes unexpectedly. Developers are working on a hot fix. In the meantime, SimGurus urge players to turn off their volume options in-game to avoid unexpected crashes.
Of course, Snowy Escape officially released November 13th, much to players’ giddy joy. Players are skiing, snowboarding, and climbing to their heart’s content, but there remains a growing, grumbling dissatisfaction about the prevalence of the game’s latest game-breaking glitch.
Until next time, stay safe, stay warm, keep wearing your mask, and happy Simming!