- Strangerville Town
- Strangerville Cheats
- Style Influencer Career
- Fame System
- Fame Perks
- Acting Skill
- Actor Career
- Get Famous Cheats
- Get Famous Expansion
- Terrain Tools (NEW)
- First Person Mode (NEW)
- Gardening (Updated)
- Careers (Updated)
- Reward Traits (Updated)
- Skills (Updated)
- Flower Arranging
- Seasons Expansion
- Cats and Dogs Expansion
- Veterinarian Clinic
- City Living
- Clubs in Get Together
- Get Together Pack
- Get to Work
- Building Tutorials
- Caring for Sims
Carl's Sims 4 Guide
for PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4
A guide to the new freelancer Career in The Sims 4. This new gig-based career allows you to work from home at your own pace.
A tutorial teaching players how to install custom content and mods for The Sims 4 via a pair of examples, also seeks to define the different meanings between the two.
In this video, we look at some trivia about how the movies and video gaming activities in The Sims 4 function. There's some depth to the mechanics here, which may come as a surprise to some players.
Click the link above to learn about the new freelancer career, objects, and clothing coming in the April 16, 2019 patch. You can also Watch a Video Guide to Freelancer or stream it below.
A guide to the fishing skill, with bait mechanics and how to complete the fish collection.
I've just added a page about the fit/fat system: see here to learn about calories, maintaining muscle and losing weight. Includes a table of recipes and the calories they contain.
A summary of what it's like to live outdoors in The Sims 4 with all packs installed. Includes advice for meeting needs while living without a structure and trying to keep things as realistic as possible.
A guide to spring in Seasons. Includes information on The Sims 4's version of Easter with the Flower Bunny and Love Day (Valentine's Day). Covers springtime activities and the making of custom holidays.
Learn about THe Sims 4's calorie system, which causes Sims to gain weight over time if they do not exercise. Includes information on fitness, the fit and fat hidden stats, and a list of foods that are best to eat to avoid weight gain.
The Sims 4 StrangerVille
Latest Guides: I have a Strangerville Game Pack: Guide to Features under development. This new DLC will be available worldwide on February 26, 2019. We now have the following:
StrangerVille Town Guide
StrangerVille Mystery Guide Act 1: Getting Started in a Strange Town
StrangerVille Mystery Guide Act 2: Evidence, The Dossier, and Key Card
StrangerVille Mystery Guide Act 3: Hazmat Suit, Spores and Spore Filter
StrangerVille Mystery Guide Act 4: Source of The Infection (Spoilers)
Story Guide (Spoilers) - Learn Things You May Have Missed - New
Source of the Infection NEW
A guide to the first act of The Sims 4: Strangerville Game Pack's storyline. Take the StrangerVille Mystery Aspiration to get the full benefits.
A guide to the second and third (final) act of the StrangerVille Mystery aspiration. Includes information on rewards you receive for completing the Aspiration and using the source of the infection to your benefit.
Click to learn about new features in The Sims 4 Get Famous, which has a release date of November 16, 2018..
New - Crystal Helmet Object Guide (Special Effects)
New - Fame Quirks Guide
New - Media Production
New - Fame Perks Guide
Celebrity and Fame System (UPDATED)
Actor Career Guide
Acting Skill Guide
Get Famous Cheats are also available
Other Video Guides
I have launched a Youtube Channel for Sims 4 Gameplay Guides. You can check the Videos section of the guide for an in-house list. You can also request a video there, which may get me to bump it up on my to-do list. The list of things that need done is over 100 items long, so some things will take a very long time to get to. I want to eventually have a video version of every guide on the site.
Skill Cheats New
Playing a Moocher New
The Sims 4 Writing Skill Guide
The Sims 4 Gallery Patch Features
Try for Baby with Father Winter
Beautifully Decorated Moodlets
Weather Machine (Seasons)
Mod for Spliced Rare "Bug"
Fertilizer in The Sims 4
Sylvan Glade and Forgotten Grotto
Gardening in Seasons Video
Scouting Video Guide
Careers Guide (first video)
The Sims 4 Seasons Guides
On June 22, 2018 The Sims 4 Seasons is available for PC/Mac. Here's a listing of all Seasons guides I authored:
Gardening Plant List Massively Improved - Finally got this one updated to include all DLC. Everything is listed!
Reward Traits (Updated for Seasons)
Scarecrow - Patchy the Straw Man
Weather System in Seasons
Weather Control Device - Change Seasons and Forecast
Careers Guide Updated for Seasons
Death Guide Updated for Seasons
Skills Guide Updated for Seasons
Starting a New Game
When you first start a game of The Sims 4, you may not like your house selection. Use this guide to Downloading a Nice Home from the Gallery to improve your options. This is one of many new player tutorials I'd thought of making long ago, with more to come.
The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure Game Pack releases February 27, 2018. The new pack features an explorable jungle and temple, new skills, and lots of build/buy mode objects with a Mayan-style theme.
The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs
Playing a Veterinarian: Vet Clinics New
Veterinarian - Pet Sicknesses: Symptoms and Cures List
Making a Mixed Breed in Create-a-Pet
The Sims 4 Parenthood
The Sims 4 Parenthood will be available May 30, 2017. This new pack allows you to raise children more realistically, instilling values in them and raising them to be better (or worse) people. Sims who work tirelessly to raise the new parenting skill and teach children values will get Sims that receive bonus or penalty traits upon adulthood. See the linked guide for more details on the additions in this DLC. We also have:
Character values - A guide to the new Character Values system in the pack.
Parenting Skill - The new Parenting Skill, central to the DLC.
The Sims 4 Vampires
The Sims 4 Vampires Game Pack will arrive on January 24, 2017. This new pack features a new occult, with a detailed system for increasing their power.
The Sims 4 Toddlers (Free!)
Toddlers are finally in the Sims 4, available as a free update as of today! Go download it, it's quite large. I've also written a guide to Toddlers which covers their skills, needs, and caring for them.
Many people will point out this update should be free, they are correct. Sims Studio did the right thing in giving it to everyone at once, since Toddlers were notoriously absent from the base game. Our faith in them listening is restored.
The Sims 4 City Living
City Living becomes available November 1, 2016. Explore the new city of San Myshuno and its many features, such as festivals, tourists, and street performers. You can rent an apartment and gradually work your way up the ladder using one of the three new careers available in the pack. Sims can attend festivals to meet new friends, compete in events and win prizes. Lot Traits were added to all players' games with a patch, allowing us to select special features on our home or apartment lot that will boost Sims or produce supernatural effects. Here are the latest guides to this Expansion:
- City Living Expansion - Read details on City Living Features.
- Festivals - Schedule and Festival features
- Lot Traits for Houses and Apartments
- Apartments in San Myshuno Info and Rent Prices
- Critic Career Track - Become an Arts or Food Critic
- Politician Career Track - Become President or a Charity Organizer
- Social Media Career - Make money selling out!
- Singing Skill - Sing in the shower, make money, karaoke, or Serenade Sims.
The Sims 4 Dine Out
- Placing a Restaurant - How to use the new restaurants
- Making a Restaurant - Making a new restaurant from scratch
- Staff - Managing the staff of a restaurant you own
- Run/Own the Restaurant - advice for managing the restaurant as Owner
- Advertising, Customers & Critics Dealing with customers, and utilizing advertising
- Menu Guide
- Star Ratings - Star Ratings and how they're calculated
- Restaurant Perks - List of Restaurant Perks and their effects
Guide to Clubs in Get Together
The Get Together Pack releases on December 8, 2015. I've started a Guide to Clubs, including how the club perks work. Guides to the new Dance Skill is coming soon - check below for DJ! I'd like to extend my thanks to The Sims Studio for giving me the opportunity to get to know the Expansion before launch, so that I could provide info that may help people decide if they like the new pack. Send feedback to [email protected] if you feel I've made a mistake. It was a long weekend with a lot of caffeine.
New: A guide to DJ Mixing Skill in Get Together.
Get to Work Expansion Pack
The following guides to The Sims 4: Get to Work are available: Baking, Aliens, Doctor, Detective, Photography, Sixam, the Alien World, Scientist, and Opening a Business. I'll next cover Doctor and Detective. Thanks for your patience as I work to update the site :)
The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat
Coverage of The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat is nearly complete. You can find information on the new skill, Herbalism, and the various Traits, Aspirations, Collectibles, and more that are listed in our Guide to the Outdoor Retreat Game Pack.
Cheats for Money, Skills, Careers, and Testing Cheats that can lend you powerful control over the gameplay. You will also find helpful cheats to use when a Sim is stuck and links to more powerful, if lesser used, cheats.
Learn to build a lovely home for your Sims that isn't a cardboard box. This tutorial is huge and covers everything from basements, to roofs, indoor/outdoor pools, indoor design, split levels/lofts, and even details on counters and islands. Use the build tutorials link to get started, as you'll learn the basics of The Sims 4's build mode there. She even goes into detail on Building Cheats to help you accomplish what would be impossible otherwise. Good stuff, courtesy of one of our Forum Moderators, who happens to be an excellent builder.
Emotions are a part of the core Sims 4 experience and relevant to all players. Whether you're flirting it up with another Sim or trying to get Focused to Program a new Video Game, the Emotions System and its many features will help your Sim not only improve their Skill levels faster, but also increase the chances of success when using associated interactions. Read this Guide to learn all about the various Moods Sims can experience and how you can use the system strategically to help your Sims.
The Sims 4 features 8 Career Tracks, all of which come with 2 Branches to choose from with very different possibilities. Many of the Careers are meant to compliment Skills, improving your use of them when at home by using the reward items' emotional auras. This Guide section features information on those Branches, the major reward items, promotion requirements, differences in pay and the Ideal Moods and Daily Tasks for each Career.
The Sims 4 features 19 Skills, from the old standards like Charisma, Cooking, Writing, and Gardening, to some new ones - Video Gaming, Comedy, Programming, Rocket Science, and Mischief. Use this Guide to learn the Ideal Mood for each of the game's Skills, and find links to deeper information on each Skill.
Learn about each Trait in The Sims 4 and what it will do for your Sim. Many provide Emotional boosts that help Skilling, while others may give you some perk that can be used in strategic ways. Other Traits simply give your Sim some personality and unlock new Social Abilities.
This section is currently under development. Features a list of all the Aspirations, with information on the Reward Traits you'll earn for completing each of them. Use this list to help you spot anything that will get in the way of you completing one - for example needing a Career or, for Teens, needing to be an Adult to finish.
Our Collecting Guide has information on every collection in the game and directs you toward pages that provide tips on completing those collections, as well as the rewards for doing so. Players who want to find everything in the game should enjoy this area.
A Guide to Babies in the game. From having them to caring for them, this has all you need to know to get your baby raised up to Child without Social Services coming to take them away. Thankfully, if you don't enjoy this stage, you can raise your Sim Baby up to Child at any time!
Learn all about childhood in The Sims 4, the requirements to get good grades in school, child Skills, and tips on managing a family by reading Pam's guide to Children.
Game Help & Problem Solving
A collection of tutorials which may help players who are experiencing difficulty doing things in the game, like moving lots, households, backing up saves, or using the Gallery.
The Sims 4 System Requirements
We get asked often if a certain laptop can play The Sims 4. Since there are so many, I've listed the requirements on this page as well as tips for buying a PC that is capable of playing it. You'll also find help determining if your PC's graphics are capable of shader model 3.0, which is 100% required to run The Sims 4 and many other PC games.
With Much More to Come!
We're working hard to continue to develop the site. Until then, head over to our Forum to learn information discovered by our smart and friendly member base. If you'd like a place with some order and civility to it, this is the Forum for you!
Other Wiki & Guide Projects
I diversify my gaming diet, and have written on titles such as The Sims 3, Civilization 5 (covering nearly every gameplay concept in detail), a Skyrim Guide (with writing on perks and skills, such as Alchemy, Enchanting, and Smithing). I love to pick games apart and learn how they work.
To tide me over until Sims expansions are announced, I've taken up writing a No Man's Sky Guide, featuring a full walkthrough of the first few hours and I'm also working on a site for the indie hit Stardew Valley, a relaxing farming rpg simulation with pixel graphics. I've written on the game's 5 major skills: Combat, Farming, Fishing, Foraging, and Mining. As the game is updated by its lone developer I'll provide more content!
My second current side project is for Fallout 4, along with its Far Harbor and Nuka World DLC. Fallout 4 is an RPG/shooter for mature players with deep character build customization, great gunplay, Settlements you can build, stealth, and strategic elements via its Vats targeting system.
Latest Video Guide
- Cheats - Gameplay, testing, and building cheats
- Careers - All job levels, promotions and rewards
- Skills - All skills, ideal moods, and their benefits
- Expansions, Stuff, and Game Packs - All Sims DLC Features
- Babies - Caring for an infant in The Sims 4
- Children - School grades and child skills
- Tips - Gameplay tips and tricks
- Sims' Needs - Caring for your Sims
- Money - Ways of making money in The Sims 4
- Building Tutorials - Learn tricks to make your houses look great.
- Get to Work: Open for Business - running a business
- Emotions - Getting your Sims in the right mood
- Relationships and Weddings
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Carl i am forever in debt of gratitude for you and the awesome work you have done with the sims i have followed your stuff from sims 3 and above and your work has helped me in playing my game making it so much more fun, keep up the great work !!
From a fellow simmer in Australia :D
Ghosts that froze to death can cool down sims via an unlocked interaction
Ghosts that overheated can warm up sims via an unlocked interactionIf either one of these is done during the 'wrong' temperature (i.e if a ghost warms up a sim during a heatwave) it causes them to be close to the overheating death themselves.
Loads of tips and How-To's on our Forum, scroll down to find how to reinstall or do a factory reset etc Forum Help Pages
SimTech Dynasty Challenge
Our forum's Challenge Team recently launched a new major challenge - The SimTech Dynasty Challenge. Only one this big is released each year, so check it out if you'd like to start from nothing and progress through the ages, acquiring technology as you advance.
We now have a Videos page, where I'll list every submission to our Sims 4 Gameplay Guides Channel. I'm taking feedback seriously, improving recording and sound quality and other issues with my video guides. Let me know what you think and subscribe for more like it. If you comment on the videos page with a request I may bump it higher on my to do list (no promises though!). Here is a listing of all videos released to date, in order of release:
Sims 4 February Patch Summary
Get Famous: Celestial Crystal Crown
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Get Famous First Impressions
First Person Mode (Sims 4 Update)
Get Famous Acting Livestream
Livestream Summary (Latest Patch News)
Patch News: COMING SOON
The Sims 4 Get Famous Expansion
Archaeology Guide (Jungle Adventure)
Jungle Adventure Gameplay
Nerd Brain and Computer Whiz
Spa Day Review and Gameplay Guide
The Sims 4 Whims & How to Use Them
Ambrosia Ingredients and Raising the Dead
The Sims 4: Making a Super Sim
The Sims 4 Careers (Improved)
Seasons Holiday Decorations Guide
Cool Kitchen Stuff
How to Woohoo & Try for Baby
Playing a Moocher
Sims 4 Writing Skill
Father Winter's Baby
Flower Shop Seasons/Get to Work Retail
Seasons and Guide Updates
I'm working to update guide areas for past content and the Sims 4 Seasons Expansion Pack. We have also started a Youtube Channel for Sims 4 Content. Guides recently added/updated:
New Players: Getting a Better Starting Home
Mod to Fix Grafting Bug
Fertilizer Strength Guide
Fishing Guide Update
Reward Traits Updated
Gardening Updated Heavily
Careers (Updated for Seasons)
Flower Arranging Skill
Patchy the Straw Man and Scarecrow Costume
Weather Control Machine
Death Types (Updated for Seasons)
Skills List Updated
Skill cheats were broken or deliberately disabled by the recent patch. See TwistedMexi's Patreon for an explanation and possible fix (assuming you're cool with using a mod). He's trustworthy and knowledable about all this, so give it a go.