For the first Sims 4 pack of this decade, EA and Maxis did a very smart thing by taking notice of the tiny house community. Simmers for a long while have been mixing up their builds with the popular tiny house challenge, which is focused on putting together extremely small but liveable homes, and the developers decided to dedicate an entire pack around this concept.
Stuff Packs can often be a little divisive – the lighter amount of content means they don’t feel as essential as the meatier paid content – but after spending several hours with it, we believe Tiny Living Stuff is one of the best lower-priced packs of this type to date.
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Tiny Living comes with four hairstyles and a good range of clothing. Female Sims also get a few accessories thrown into the mix, including glasses and a pair of earrings.
In particular, we’re a big fan of the everyday-style tops on offer. They’re all superb additions. The game has lacked a little in the past when it comes to cosy cold-weather clothing, so the cashmere jumpers and the accompanying colour swatches are hugely welcome. They’re perfect for those freezing winter days, if playing with the Seasons expansion pack.
Lot type and tiers
The real appeal lies in what Tiny Living adds to builds, with a new lot type that adds quite a bit of gameplay and some fantastic build object additions.
In build mode, a lot can be set to Tiny Home Residential, which challenges Simmers to build a functioning house within a set number of tiles. There are three tiers of tiny homes, with smallest of houses offering the best number of bonuses. All houses with this lot type come with reduced bills, which is a nice perk.
The first tier is 100 tiles, which actually isn’t too challenging or limiting. The second and third tiers, at 64 and 32 tiles, are when it starts to get tricky. Fitting a bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom within 32 tiles is no joke.
Also, the two smallest tiers comes with an especially powerful perk that doubles the rate of skill increase. It’s a good way to get your Sim’s Handiness skill up faster, which is helpful for the new fold-down ‘murphy’ bed.
Other perks include doubled relationship gains and plants growing twice as fast. The latter is useful if your income revolves around gardening and selling plants.
And the developers have done a fantastic job with the build objects. Based on the Scandinavian concept of hygge, the collection exudes cosiness and comfort and is a real highlight in this Stuff Pack. It’s a modern, homely, and very aesthetically-pleasing range and, tying in with the pack’s core concept, there are some great size-efficient items including a 1×1 desk and bookcase.
For top efficiency, a three-in-one TV/stereo/bookshelf combo is included as well.
Murphy bed and a new death
The most notable build object in terms of gameplay is the murphy bed. During the day, it’s folded up and replaced with an optional sofa. At night, your Sim can bring the bed down.
It’s also a potential death trap. There’s a very minute chance that the bed can kill your Sim by crushing them to death, but that chance notably increases if the bed is broken. A Sim with high Handiness has the option to install upgrades and make the bed unbreakable, but some players may not like the danger of having a bed that can cause death.
A ghost Sim previously killed by a murphy bed can possess others and suck their energy, which is a fun touch.
In such a strong Stuff Pack, the murphy bed is the feature we connected with the least. Having played with the bed, we don’t think we’ll be including it in any of our future builds, although that’s largely down to our preferred gameplay style.
We personally got more out of the washing machine/tumble dryer in Laundry Day Stuff and the hot tub in Perfect Patio Stuff. But the murphy bed has been requested by the community in the past, so a lot of Simmers out there will be happy.
Houses in the gallery
Lastly, if you like the sound of tiny houses but don’t like the idea of actually building homes, the game’s gallery is already populated with hundreds of wonderful tiny homes made by the community which you can download and use for yourself.
Search for ‘#tinyliving’ and sort by ‘most popular’ to see the top results.
This will also work for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players when the Stuff Pack launches for consoles early next month. The developers recently brought the gallery feature to consoles for free, and even better it’s cross-platform with the PC/Mac version of the game, meaning that you’ll be able to download the same houses.
The Sims 4: Tiny Living is available on PC and Mac now and on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on February 4.
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