The Sims 4 Spa Day: review

Written by sHoNi on . Posted in Game Pack

ts4 gp2 spa eng coverWe are a little late... but here we are with the review of The Sims 4 Spa Day!

The Sims 4 Spa Day is the second Game pack available for The Sims 4 since July 2015, literally a mix between a Stuff pack and an actual Expansion pack.

Just like its predecesssor, Outdoor retreat, you can only buy this pack via Origin.

As you probably guessed by its name, this Game pack focuses on spa and wellness, adding a bunch of new objects, clothes and themed hairstyles.

 

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7 Things You Need to Know About The Sims 4 Spa Day Game Pack

Written by Snow on . Posted in Game Pack

Ready to Relax?

The Sims 4 Spa Day Game Pack* is coming on July 14, and we’re really excited for everyone to get their hands on it! In the announcement last week, we talked about how this game pack includes the Spa as a new type of Venue, a bunch of great new objects, and even the new Wellness Skill. Today, we wanted to dig a little deeper into the experiences and gameplay that await when you download the pack.

There are three new Maxis-made Spas, as well as a new Gym. After downloading The Sims 4 Spa Day, you’ll notice four new buildings in your My Library page within The Gallery. There are three Spas, ready to be plopped in any 20x30 lot you want. Aham Ashram Yoga Studio focuses on offering top tier yoga instruction; Center of Center Massage provides highly-trained masseuses and reflexologists to work out all your kinks; and Perfect Balance Spa has everything to enhance your wellness including a sauna and meditation! There’s also a Gym that includes some of the new objects found in the game pack.

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You can make your own Spa. Of course, if you’re feeling creative and want to make a Spa of your own, you’re able to do that too. Once you’re done, you can share it to The Gallery and watch as Simmers from all around the world comment on and download your relaxing establishment.

The Wellness Skill gives your Sim a ton of new stuff to do. Practicing yoga, giving massages, and meditating all improve your Sim’s Wellness Skill. The higher the Wellness Skill, the better they’ll be at striking those Yoga poses and giving great, special-purpose massages. They’ll even be able to make new recipes with special benefits!

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Meditation masters earn supernatural Interactions. Ever notice that people who Meditate just seem a little… calmer? Almost, like, supernaturally calm? Sims who work up their Wellness become capable of levitation and, eventually, teleportation. Talk about Zen.

Your Sims can WooHoo (or die!) in the Sauna. Saunas are more than just a place to unwind. When two amorous Sims are alone in the room, there’s a special WooHoo only available with the Sauna. But it’s not all fun and games – your Sim might meet their end if they spend too muchtime getting a Superfluous Steaming.    

There’s a new Mud Bath with several soaks to choose from. If your Sim is looking for a safer form of relaxation, the Mud Bath in The Sims 4 Spa Day can give them just that. Laying in the mud can give your Sim the Confident moodlet while the other soaks can have different results: the Rose Garden Scent will have them leaving Flirty, the Baby Soft Skin soak has them feeling Happy. Others soaks can negate negative buffs caused by being Sad or Angry.

Nearly all of the items can be used outside of the Spa. Don’t feel like sending your Sim over to a Spa? No worries – just about everything that your Sims can do in Spas, they can do at home, too. They can install a Sauna in the basement or toss a Meditation Stool in the living room.  Moreover, mud baths and soaks are available in nearly every type of tub!

The Sims 4 Spa Day comes out worldwide on July 14! We can’t wait to hear how your Sims are enjoying their time relaxing in the new Spas!

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The Sims 4 Spa Day Game Pack is Coming Soon!

Written by Snow on . Posted in Game Pack

A Relaxing Trip to the Spa

After getting to work in April, we figured your Sims could use even more Zen – and what’s more relaxing than a luxurious spa? The Sims 4 Spa Day Game Pack* is coming later this month!

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As you might expect, The Sims 4 Spa Day includes a new type of venue, the Spa. When you get the pack, three new Maxis-made Spas and a new gym will be added to your My Library, to be placed wherever you want. They come in various shapes and sizes, so you can find the Spa that best suits your personality (or, of course, you can make your own).

Once at the Spa, Sims can hang out (and WooHoo!) in a sauna or get a relaxing massage. There are a number of fun new interactive objects for your Sims to enjoy in the Spa, from the massage chair to the mud bath, which we will reveal more about soon. But that’s not all that’s included in the game pack.

Your Sims can also build Wellness skill by giving massages, doing Yoga, and Meditating. The more they take part in these new activities, the better they’ll get at each. Higher Wellness means new Yoga poses, the ability to give superior Massages, and a special Meditation surprise that we don’t want to spoil for you!

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We can’t wait to share even more information about The Sims 4 Spa Day with you, so be sure to check out our blogs and social channels as we approach the July 14 release.

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Herbalism – A Player’s Guide

Written by Snow on . Posted in The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat

Herbalism is a brand new skill in The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Game Pack. With it, your Sims are able to identify new wild plants and brew potent herbal remedies on the grill and stove. This guide will show you how to identify wild plants, and how to brew your first herbal remedy!

Welcome to Granite Falls

Granite Falls is home to a variety of wild plants that grow in the campgrounds, the forest, and the mountains. While your Sim is on vacation, keep an eye out for bushes or little clusters of mushrooms that you can harvest. If you see one, click on it!

Identifying Unknown Plants

Plants need to be identified before they can be used to brew herbal remedies. Sims can eat unidentified plants, but do so at your own risk! There are many toxic plants in Granite Falls that can have nasty effects such as  making your Sim Tense, or even worse—making them bladder fail.

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To identify a plant, click on it in your Sim’s inventory and select “Attempt to Identify”. Your Sim will harvest the plant and take a little nibble; if successful they’ll figure out what plant it is! This will build your Sim’s Herbalism skill even if they fail to identify it.

By reading the plant descriptions you can find out which plants are required for each remedy.

Granite Falls Insect Collection Guide

Written by Snow on . Posted in The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat

Insect collecting in The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat can be tons of fun, but also very challenging. You will need a sharp eye and some quick clicking. You can go to the Ranger Center in the forest in Granite Falls to see many of the species that can be found. Once you’ve collected some bugs, there are lots of things you can do! Here are some tips:

Tip #1: Insects make great decorations in your home.  Once insects are collected they are automatically placed in terrariums. It is fantastic to see these little creatures crawling around and offering tons of viewing entertainment.

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Tip #2: Insects are tasty food items! We have some new Cooking recipes in The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat. Roast a tasty beetle over the open flames on the campfire, or prepare Shish Kebabs or Gumbo with insects on the grill. A delicious dish will fill your Sims’ bellies and increase their happiness for hours.

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Tip #3: Have you tried the new Herbalism skill yet? Your Sims can create Herbal Remedies using insects and plant parts. One of the basic Herbalism remedies is the Sadness Alleviation Lotion - it requires two Elderberry parts and a Firefly. You can apply it to lift the spirits of melancholy Sims! My particular favorite Remedy is Fireleaf Extract, made with Fire Ants. Yup, it makes Sims itch all over!

Tip #4: Sims need to be wary of some insects. Your Sim may receive a negative buff like Foul Stench or Bug Bite! If your Sim has the Squeamish trait, collecting insects will be even harder. Squeamish Sims can become uncomfortable around anything dirty and can get nauseated by these creepy crawlies!

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