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The Sims 4 Base Game: 10 Things to Try!

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Looking for things to do in The Sims 4 base game? We’ve got some suggestions!

The Sims 4 base game has gone free-to-play this month. With so many new players trying out the game, we wanted to help Simmers find their footing and make the most of what the base game has to offer! We’ve compiled a list of ten fun activities for your Sims to try in The Sims 4.

Explore in The Sims 4!

Sims 4 Base Game: Collecting

Don’t be fooled by loading screens. There is a whole world to discover! Take a walk around, harvest plants, dig up collectibles, and maybe even discover some secret places? We’ll give you some hints: look for the special tree in Willow Creek and take a stroll behind the Affluista Mansion in Oasis Springs.

Build Your Base Game Collection

Sims 4 Base Game: Postcards

You’ll find plenty of stuff to collect while exploring but you can collect from home, too! Check the collections tab in your Sim’s inventory: it’s the diamond icon. You’ll find a wide variety of collections waiting to be discovered. Buy a telescope or observatory to start collecting space prints, or make some online pen pals to receive postcards from them!

Grow a Cowplant

Sims 4 Base Game: Cowplant

The Cowplant is part of the gardening collection so you’ll need one if you’re collecting all the plants, but this carnivorous creature also makes a delightful pet! Name it and feed it daily to keep it satiated. You really want to keep it satiated. Trust us.

Escape the Rat Race!

Sims 4 Base Game: Freelance Careers

There are plenty of traditional 9-5 careers in The Sims 4 base game if you’re into that, but if you’re not, don’t worry. There are other ways to make a living. Why not try your hand at a freelance career or register as self-employed? Turn fun activities in The Sims 4 into a career!

Become One With Nature… Literally!

Sims 4 Base Game: PlantSim

Maybe you want to delve into fantasy. Well, you’re in luck because the base game has a secret occult type: PlantSims! If you discover the forbidden fruit of the PlantSim, you might be able to become one yourself! Learn all about these special Sims in our guide!

Blast Off into Space!

Fun Activities: Rocket Ship

Did you know there’s a Rocket Science skill in The Sims 4 base game? Improve this skill by purchasing a rocket ship launch pad from Build/Buy and building your own rocket ship from scratch right in your backyard! Add upgrades to it to bring back rare collectibles from other planets.

Become a Sims 4 DIY Pro

Fun Activities: Handiness

Do you like to build things? Purchase a workbench from Build/Buy and start carving to build the Handiness skill. If you become handy enough, you’ll be able to furnish your whole house with furniture you built yourself.

Breed Frogs

Things to Do: Frog Breeding

Frogs are a base game collection but not many players know that you can breed them. Each frog has its own unique genetics so breeding the frogs you want is a game of strategy. Try it yourself and if you need help, our good friend Carl has a detailed genetics breakdown.

Mischief Managed

Things to Do: Mischief

If being good sounds boring, why not be bad? Or at least mischievous. Build the Mischief skill to unlock new ways to torment Sims and even have them at your mercy with a voodoo doll!

Get… Grim

Things to Do: Kill Sims

Finally, if silly pranks just don’t satisfy your craving for chaos, there are a vast number of ways to kill your Sims. And the Grim Reaper can be quite enjoyable company. But you didn’t hear any of that from us…


Looking for some more tips for long-term gameplay? Here’s some good advice for playing through multiple generations!

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A cranky old lady who prefers the company of cats and Sims over people. Occasionally peeks out from her lair long enough to chuck Sims articles at innocent bystanders.

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