Hi, I’m Jason Sterling. I’ll start this article about creating a Bowler Disco look with the “Sims Builder’s Three Best Friends” in-game cheats.
- bb.IgnoreGamePlayUnlocksEntitlement (IGUE) Unlocks all items tied to in game advancement from the start.
- bb.ShowHiddenObjects (SHO) Displays all hidden objects for use in building such as ponds, dishes, bottles ect.
- bb.MoveObjects (MOO) Allows build/buy items to be freely moved around within the build and activates the height slider that raises objects up and down in the air and on the walls using the number 9 for up and the number 0 for going back down.
If you are new to the Sims 4 or just new to building in the Sims 4, press CTRL/SHIFT/C to open the command box within your game and enter each of the cheats above should you wish to access their features. Now on with the article.
How Can I Use This in a Way That’s Not Intended?
There are many items within the sims 4 that give you the opportunity to combine them through the BB.MoveObjects cheat into something different from what they originally were. I’m going to outline a relatively simple construction use here to build the disco banquette seating in my new RockIt Bowler Disco pictured above. We’ll be using the Glowstone Lamp included with the base game to create a Neon Lighting effect on this seating. This build can be done as a BASE GAME ONLY project. I provide alternate material suggestions in the list below for the non-base game items I am using. There is also a picture at the end of the article showing the base game only version of this seating.
Start by activating the BB.Moveobjects (MOO) cheat. Following that if you have any walls near the construction area REMOVE THEM. I do this whenever I want to place items in a free floating manner that normally auto-snap into place on the walls, such as the Glowstone Lamp below.
Next, assemble the items in the list. (Grid Picture #1) These are what I have used for this particular look. However, I encourage you to pursue your own look and ideas.
- The Harbinger Island Flat Front and Curved Corner versions (Base Game Item)
- Glowstone Lamp (Base Game Item)
- Straight Arrow High Back Plush Booth (Dine Out Item) / Squarely There Modern Sofa (Substitute Base Game Item)
- Illuminating Pillar (City Living Item) / You can substitute any column here you like or play around with standing light sources or leave it out completely.
- Seema Bar Stool (Bowling Night Item) / Any bar stool can be substituted here, although I personally would use The Celestial from the base game.
Place the six Plush Booths in a standard manner on the grid, three back to back as shown. (Grid Picture #2) Next, position the Harbinger Islands as shown. There will be a slight protrusion of the booths through the bar at each corner. While holding down “Alt” slide the booth back just enough to hide the protrusion. You don’t have to do this if the bleed through does not bother you. (Grid Picture #3) Then place the barstools. (Grid Picture 4)
You apply the lighting next. First, increase the size of the Glowstone Lamp by pressing the “]” button a single time while holding it. Then, while holding “Alt”, slide the light into the booth until it appears aligned with the island. Lift the lamp up by pressing the number “9”. Once you have the correct height maneuver it until it appears visually correct as shown. Repeat this for the remaining three islands. (Grid Picture #1) Do the same procedure for the bar seating at each end. Here, you only raise the light until the upper panel is showing above the surface of the island. (Grid Picture #2) Next, slide the Glowstone lamps along the floor until they are nearly completely inserted into the booth to create a glowing strip. It’s not necessary to hold “Alt”. (Grid Picture #3) Place the columns as shown. (Grid Picture #4)
To finish, you go into live mode and choose the color you’d like for the lighting. In this case I’ve chosen blue. There is a quick trick you can use to color all the lighting at once, while leaving the rest of the room unchanged. Draw a room around the arrangement as in the picture below. Then enter live mode- Click on any of the lights on the arrangement- Click “Set Color and Intensity”- Click “This Room”- Chose the color- Enter build mode and remove the walls.
Finally, here is a picture of this concept as a smaller, two section set up and executed using the BASE GAME ONLY. I really like the sofas in this configuration. In fact, I use a modified version of this for ultra-modern homes. It also works well in Sci-Fi builds. I’ve dropped the lights on the end cap island seating and instead added extra strips to the flat front island inserted into the booths. I placed half walls to create a higher back for the seating and to seal the gap between the two sides. You can also do both versions shown in this tutorial as single sided seating. I’ve left off the columns. Instead, I’ve added the “Perfect Picture Art Lighting” to the half walls. You can shade these in a different color from the rest of the lighting for a mixed effect.
You have finished the project. As a builder or a player we have a great new seating style decked out in a neon look and perfect for our new Bowler Disco or any nightclub set up.
You can watch a video version of this tutorial on my Youtube Channel: https://youtu.be/DJUnKUW0fxA
Hopefully you’ve found this build article helpful and even more so I hope you’ll be inspired to take the everyday things in your game and use them as they were not intended. Do you have any pictures you’d like to share of your bowling alley or any questions? Please post them in the comments below and please join me next time.
If you like this build and would like to see its fully completed form it’s available on the Gallery: https://www.thesims.com/en_AU/gallery/9B8775AB168311E78D4917952A7A4D81?category=lots&searchtype=ea_origin_id&sortby=newest&time=all&searchquery=&max=50&maxis=false
There are also additional pictures of the completed RockIt Bowler Disco build here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MyWorldofSims/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1226760004106088