Carl's Sims 4 Guide
for PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4
CAS Story Mode is now available for The Sims 4. This new method of creating a Sim is designed to give you a Sim based upon answers you choose. However, not all is as it seems as the system has some extra depth to it that makes it hard to nail down.
Click the image to be taken to the video guide to CAS Story Mode or read the patch notes here: Create-a-Sim Story Mode, Developer Build Objects, and the Rebranding of The Sims 4 is now available.
A walkthrough of completing the Beach Life Aspiration in The Sims 4 Island Living. A long-form video with all the details, which I made for fun to experiment with new types of videos.
A review of the Sims 4 Island Living Expansion Pack with a gameplay focus. Presented by EA Game Changers.
A guide to becoming a Mermaid in The Sims 4 Island Living Expansion. Includes a summary of all their powers so you can take advantage of what Mermaids have to offer as an occult.
Coming June 21, 2019 for PC/Mac and July 16 for Xbox One/Playstation 4 The Sims 4 Island Living Expansion Pack features a new world (Sulani), Mermaids, open ocean swimming, jet skis, houses by the beach, and many beach activities. Check the link for a full rundown of what we know is coming in the pack.
I'm working on getting all the new content covered. This is going to be about 10 pages, due to the variety of activities and concepts in Island Living. The most important stuff will be done by launch day (Mermaids and Conservationist).
The Sims 4 Island Living Expansion Pack
Mermaids in Island Living New
Mermaids Video New
Island Living Gameplay Review
Island Living Cheats
Features to Know About in The Sims 4 Island Living
Features in Island Living (Video Format) NEW
Conservationist Career Guide
Conservationist Video Guide
Cleaning Up The Island - How it Works and What's Best
Child of the Islands Trait New
Child of the Ocean Trait New
Using New Foundations, Clear Floors, and Other Build Mode Items
Patch Notes: New Features
A summary of the trailer and Q&A session held by the devs at EA Play 2019, where they announced The Sims 4 Island Living Expansion among other things (hint: there's more).
New: Challenges List
I've compiled a Huge List of Gameplay Challenges, including small fast ones and epic Dynasties that span multiple generations. This will be updated to feature others such as the Legacy Challenge, homeless and apocalypse challenges from outside our own community.
A history of improvements made to The Sims 4 via patches from launch to May 2019. Gives you a rundown of every new feature in the order they came.
A comprehensive but to the point guide to playing the Sims 4. Helps new players understand all the main gameplay concepts and how to take advantage of them. Includes loads of advice
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
Video Walkthrough of StrangerVille Mystery
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
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
Our Latest: Let's Play a Beach Bum New CAS Story Mode and New Build Cheats Guide New New Patch: Cas Story Mode, New Cheat for Build Objects, and Rebranding New The Sims 3's Skill Challenges Added Tons of Depth News: New CAS Mode Coming One of the Rarest Abilities: Snaggle Fluster Fishing Guide Updated Fishing Update Guide (Video) Island Living Review (Video) Island Living Gameplay Review Mermaids Island Living Cheats Features to Know About in The Sims 4 Island Living Features in Island Living (Video Format) Conservationist Guide Cleaning up Sulani Patch Notes: June 2019 (New Features)
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!
My Sims 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.
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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.
First of all thank you so much for making the best sim's resource ever.
I found your video on raising super sim kids especially helpful. I have been working on the super sim challenge started by James Turner on YouTube aka. The Sim Supply. I have a sim couple who I have worked through almost every aspiration, job, and skill in the game. Just finishing up vampires, about to start on strangerville, need to catch up on the new careers available from the patch, and haven't got to island living. During this time I have raised about 20 super kids, and I have found they are now learning at an extraordinary rate. With the buffs from child and toddlerhood achievements, being in a club meeting, and being in the presence of her parents who can both mentor her and who can provide the Successful Parental Presence buff, my teenage sim cooked one level one gourmet dish (a fruitcake) while her dad danced in the kitchen to provide the parental buffs, and she maxed her gourmet cooking skill from 0 to 10. I feel like this needs to be more widely known. These stacked buffs are insane. They are game changers. I have my super sims couple up on the gallery along with some of the skilled up kids and I can load up more of them if you want to test out the mechanics. My origin ID is Reekyteek
Make sure you have Edge Scrolling checked in the settings. Options Menu>Game Options>Game Camera.
Edge scrolling is working for me so I can only assume that it is incorrect settings or perhaps a mod that has broken this ability for you.
Sims 4 Packs & DLC
New Videos and Guides
Armageddon Mod (Mod/CC Reviews).
Latest in The New How To Section : Learn How to Write Songs and Make Money with Music in The Sims 4. Also, How to Get Abducted by Aliens. We have a guide for using Pregnancy Cheats, Get a Job, Adopting a Kid and How to Cheat.
Alien Abduction: I made a Video Guide to Alien Abductions, Alien Babies in The Sims 4 Get to Work.
New How To Section : The new How To's section is updated with How to Get Abducted by Aliens. You can also learn how to use Pregnancy Cheats, Get a Job, Adopting a Kid and How to Cheat. It's meant to help newcomers or those with specific problems and will be greatly expanded over coming months.
Seasons and Guide Updates
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