UPDATE: The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff’s Ball Pit object has just received a new update which updates the visuals of this object. Not only have they only listened to our feedback but they tried to take something from it. Because of this decision (and because the ball pit looks much better now) we’ve decided to give one more star to the “Build Items” section, leveling it up to 3 stars from the previous 2 stars.
This pack focuses entirely on the toddler life stage. However, is it really worth the $10 price? Let’s find out!
This review is based on 5+ hours of gameplay. Even though I was given an early review copy to test the game, I am not by any means paid or bribed to state positive (or negative) opinions about this stuff pack. I will give my honest opinion of the stuff pack; its content and what it brings to the game.
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The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff Just For Girls Stuff Pack The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff Pack brings some cute items for your toddlers. Well, girls mostly. Like seriously, the ratio of new items for girls vs new items for boys is 9:5 (there are 9 styled looks for girls and 5 styled looks for boys). Feminine fashion choice was always more dominant in The Sims 4 but creating two times more content for girls than for boys is just not right. I know that boys and girls can pick their own fashion preferences but I’d still like to have a word with the person who said “let’s create new toddler CAS content but let’s focus mainly on stuff for girls” (I’m paraphrasing of course – I have no idea who exactly came to this idea and why).
I have to give out major props for adding this adorable hairstyle though:
The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff is basically Backyard Stuff 2.0 but for toddlers. If you expected more indoor content for your little ones then I have some bad news for you – almost all objects are outdoor themed.
There are 24 new objects and out of those 24 objects 4 are stumps. Yeah, I don’t know why either.
Moving on you get some new rugs which are more appropriate for the outdoors, new barbecue, some new pillows which function as chairs, other decorative objects and some new playground objects made just for toddlers.
Most objects are cute and you can tell what they’re for: toddler playdates (which is a new party type in this pack that we’ll cover later).
The Ball Pit
One of the new gameplay objects for toddlers is the ball pit. It looks really fun and the visual effects and animations are great but there’s one HUGE letdown and that’s the ballpit texture shown on the surface. It’s obvious that The Sims Team wanted to keep the performance of the game running smooth which is why they didn’t model every single ball in the pit (there are only 10 balls popping out). However, is there really a reason to add a low-texture image on the surface of this pit? It looks really disturbing when you zoom in on your toddler and you can literally count all the pixels in the ballpit behind them.
This one is 10 times better than the ball pit and it’s 10 times smaller too.
Toddlers who use the slide can both get happy or sad from it depending on their movement skills. Toddlers with lower movement skill will get really sad that the slide they’ve used went too fast. Luckily as a Sim parent you can help them climb the slide and also help them slide down which is really adorable.
The Toddler Tunnels is yet another toddler-exclusive object which can help toddlers level up their movement skill. There’s nothing special that comes with this object other than a moodlet that will keep them happy.
The Jungle Gym
This object is a combination of all previous objects with an added twist to it. Toddlers who have Level 2 Imagination Skill can play make believe! There are two make believe interactions:
- Make Believe Pirate Shipwreck
- Make Believe Spaceport
Both interactions will immediately decorate the jungle gym with impressive visuals that glow, move around and flash. What’s interesting about it is that only your toddlers can see these visuals, meaning that the moment you choose a Sim of a different age they’ll disappear.
This pack introduces a new social event: Toddler Playdates. Sims can invite toddlers that they know and play with them at their own house (or venue).
Toddlers that you’ve invited will arrive along with their caregivers. The social event tasks usually revolve around Toddlers using gameplay objects from the Toddler Stuff Pack, playing, socializing and interacting with their caregivers.
The reward for getting a gold medal gets you the 5,000 Simoleon jungle gym – completely free!
This pack is both good and bad in many different ways. You get an unequal amount of items in CAS for girls and boys that are cute, the build items are focused only on playtime and so are the gameplay objects. This really makes you think – why is The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff Pack named that way? You’d expect something more general and not playtime objects only. It’s starting to feel like The Sims Team is getting less and less creative with these names…
Do you need The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff Pack? Not really – the free content that we got in January 2017 is just enough. Do you want it? Well, that depends on you.