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Getting started with the world of The Sims 4


One of the great things about The Sims is that there is no set way on how to experience the game. It really is down to you how you play but ultimately there are endless possibilities on how to play The Sims. If you are new to The Sims 4 firstly Sul Sul and welcome to the community and secondly this article is going to take a look at some of the things that The Sims 4 Base Game and the game as a whole has to offer.


There are numerous challenges out there for The Sims 4 which can help vary your gameplay and there is a challenge to suit everyone’s playstyle. One of the most popular challenges is the Legacy Challenge and another is the 100 Baby Challenge.

Here are some of our favourite challenges that you can play with The Sims 4 base game.

There are hundreds of different challenges out there just waiting to be played through and this is just a small selection of them. To discover more challenges, take a look at this article here and also this thread over on The Sims Forum by clicking here.


As with most games, The Sims 4 comes with some in-game achievements too. These can range from having a Sim stay awake for twenty-four hours straight to maxing out skills to even having woohoo with a ghost!

You can find the full list of in-game achievements here.

Getting started with the world of The Sims 4The Gallery

The Gallery is essentially the library of where players across the world can upload their builds and Sims for others to download into their game. You can follow your friends and many others in the games community. You can share, like and comment on uploads that you love too!

Why not check out some Base Game friendly builds in one of our Gallery Spotlight articles here.


There are numerous collectibles that your Sims can collect. You can start a collection by searching logs and rocks around the world and even by fishing. In fact there are a variety of ways that you can start and complete collections. There are numerous collections that your Sims can work through including frogs, fish, MySims dolls, crystals and more.

Need some tips on completing collections? Take a look at this article here.

Secret Locations

Willow Creek and Oasis Springs are both home to a secret location. Firstly discover where they are in the world and follow the on screen prompts to see if your Sim is worthy enough to enter the location or not.

Getting started with the world of The Sims 4Custom Content & Mods

A popular way to enhance your gameplay in The Sims 4 is through the use of Custom Content and Mods which are created by talented members of the games community. These are easily available online via dedicated websites and Tumblr.


There are countless mods available to add into your game. Some expand on features already in the game, some allow you to manipulate and cheat aspects of the game and some even add new gameplay and options into the game. There really is such a large variety of mods out there. Below are a few of the mods that we recommend for The Sims 4.

You can also find more Mods for The Sims 4 via these links.

Custom Content

Likewise, with Mods for The Sims 4, there are thousands upon thousands of pieces of Custom Content available for The Sims 4. There are two different kinds of Custom Content, Alpha and Maxis Match. Alpha custom content looks more realistic whereas Maxis Match fits The Sims 4 style. You can stick to one style or have a mix of the two. It really is up to you.

Below are some links to some Custom Content sites.

NOTE: When adding custom content or mods into your game do so with caution and ensure you have read all of the installation instructions prior to adding it to your game. It is also important to note that when the game receives a new patch that you back up your saves and remove you mods folder from the game. It is also a good idea to ensure all your mods and custom content are up to date at this time as well.

You can also follow this handy tutorial on how to install custom content and mods into your game here.

Downloadable Content

There are three different types of downloadable content for The Sims 4 which are Expansion Packs, Game Packs, and Stuff Packs. Downloadable content is available from the Origin Store and trusted retailers like Amazon, GAME UK and GameStop.

  • Expansion Packs – Get to Work, Get Together, City Living, Cats & Dogs, Seasons & Get Famous
  • Game Packs – Outdoor Retreat, Spa Day, Dine Out, Vampires, Parenthood, Jungle Adventure, StrangerVille
  • Stuff Packs – Luxury Party, Perfect Patio, Cool Kitchen, Spooky Stuff, Movie Hangout, Romantic Garden, Kids Room, Backyard Stuff, Vintage Glamour, Bowling Night, Fitness Stuff, Toddler Stuff, Laundry Day, My First Pet Stuff.

You can also check out our The Sims 4 Essentials: Expansion Pack, Game Pack and Stuff Pack We Recommend article where we share our recommendations for each pack type.

Getting started with the world of The Sims 4

Other than what has been mentioned above The Sims 4 Base Game has plenty to offer. Here are a few more ideas of what you can do in game.

  • Completely rebuild a world
  • Recreate your favourite TV & Movie characters in game
  • Makeover all the Townies
  • Build your dream home, a mansion, a tiny home or just about anything that you can think of!

With endless possibilities, you can really make your The Sims 4 experience your own. Create your own stories and builds and let your imagination run free as you play with life!

Don’t forget you can explore our full list of tutorials from help with building, skills, taking photos and using cheats via our Tutorial Library here.

About the author


Hey, I'm Krista! Long time Simmer and Sims Community Staff.

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