The Sims 4 has been out for quite some time. It has been delighting fans since its initial launch in 2014 and has continued to release content packs to expand the game’s fun over the past 8 years. With so much time under its belt, you’d think that The Sims die hard would have uncovered everything the game has to offer, plunging into every nook and cranny for secrets and hidden features. However, the developers at Maxis are a Wiley bunch, and they still have some things yet to be discovered. If you’re looking for some of these secrets, you’ll find a few of them in this guide of The Sims 4 Tips & Tricks: Things Even Pros Won’t Know! When you’re ready to squeeze every last drop of fun out of The Sims 4, gather up your digital family, and let’s get started!
There is no shortage of careers your sims can have. With everything from off-world astronaut careers to business and even criminal career paths, you have plenty of options on how you want your sim to make money. However, many of these career tracks take quite a bit of time to be lucrative, just like in real life. Also just like in real life, sometimes a hobby can turn into a reliable source of income. That’s why gardening, painting, and writing career paths are some of the best ways to make money in the game. They are all easy to pick up and can provide buckets of simoleons in a shorter amount of time versus training to become an astronaut. Besides, who would want to go into space when you can sell your plants or arrange flowers for almost as much money?
A Decadent Hidden Aspiration
As far as comfort food goes, you can’t get much more well-rounded than a grilled cheese. Bread, butter, cheese, it has everything you need to be satisfied with a meal (in moderation). The sneaky developers at Maxis must feel the same way because The Sims 4 has a hidden Aspiration simply called Grilled Cheese. It is activated when a sim eats 3 grilled cheese in a row, and pursuing the path of the sandwich will allow you to become a Melt Master, which makes it possible for you to summon a grilled cheese at any time! Imagine having that power in real life, how awesome would that be?
Get a Bonus for Decorations
Marie Kondo has said, “The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.” In The Sims 4, you can live the ConMarie life by having a clean, well-decorated house. Each of the items you can fill a room with has a hidden number associated with it that will give you a bonus of up to +3 happy when enough of these items are in a room. When your sim is happy, it is much more receptive to learning new skills. But also, who doesn’t want to just be happy?
Getting Over Bad Moods
It is inevitable that your sim will experience a bad mood at some point. Whether they become angry, sad, or stricken with grief, it will take time for them to move past those feelings. However, when in those bad moods, certain objects get new interaction options. You can cry into a pillow, punch a stuffed toy, or have the sim talk to itself in the mirror, among other things. When these actions are taken, the negative moodlet depletes much faster than it would if left to simmer on its own. This allows your sim to recover and get their life back on track faster, so keep an eye out for special interaction denoted by a red mark when you are in a bad mood.
Boost Your Lot
In the City Living expansion, the lots you build your house on in The Sims 4 gained access to traits. Now, even if you haven’t purchased City Living, you can apply a host of traits to your house’s lot that will apply all kinds of bonuses to it. There are only 3 slots, so you’ll need to choose carefully, but the possible benefits are really great. Just a few of the selectable traits will boost gaming and writing careers with Fast Internet, isolate your family unless people are invited over with Private Dwelling, or cause vampires to visit your abode frequently with Vampire Nexus. That’s just a few of the 40 total traits you can select, but you can see the kind of effects and bonuses these traits can give. Lot traits are easy to miss, so keep an eye out next time you’re playing!
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