The Sims Mobile- Neighborhood Update

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The latest Sims Mobile update (coming out 26th November) is adding 3 new house lots to the game, perfect for players who love to build and decorate houses but hate demolishing them (like me!)

New Town Map

The map looks slightly different, there is no longer the house location, instead there is a house button in the right corner to take you to all the house lots:

Building A New House Lot

Once you reach level 18 you will unlock the 3 new house lots in Briny Heights, the price to build each lot varies (it increases each time you build one):

  • 2nd lot- costs S40,000 and takes 8 hours to build (but can spend 250 simcash to build instantly instead)
  • 3rd lot- costs S100,000 and takes 2 days to build (but can spend 500 simcash to build instantly instead)
  • 4th lot- costs S250,000 and takes 7 days to build (but can spend 750 simcash to build instantly instead)

Each house lot has a slightly different background and there are still grass patches/expansions to clear up but these should cost less in this update and you start with more space anyway

You will be able to add 12 sims to each house but you still can only have 4 playable sims in total, I really think they should make it possible to change who your playable sim is without having to delete current playable sims from the game

Moving Sims

In Briny Heights when you click on a house you can see all the sims who live there, click go there to visit the house or click on a sim and then on a different house to move them to that house- you can even move out children to live on their own!

Family Portrait

You can now buy more family portraits in the wall decorations section to place in each house. When you click on the portrait you will see each household, click on the arrow to scroll through the households (playable sims will have the plumbob above their head)

You will see previous generations via a button in the corner of this screen but this isn’t separate for each household so you will see all your previous sims here

You can also see the family portrait by clicking on the house name in Briny Heights

Parties

Parties can only be hosted in the original house so make sure you have any party items you want your friends to use in this house

What else is new?

  • There is no longer the move out option when sims are retired, it is now just delete to avoid confusion
  • There is no longer a limit/count on objects in build and buy
  • Energy boosting items don’t need to be in every house, placing in one still gets the benefits in all houses!

I am so glad we can now build more than one house in the game! I haven’t changed my original house for so long as I don’t want to delete it but now I don’t have to! I would have liked to see more than 4 playable sims but I can see why it would be difficult to change that, hopefully in the future there will be an option to at least change which of our sims are playable and I would love to see more neighbourhoods with different themes and new themed items to go with them.

What are your thoughts on this update?


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The Sims Mobile- Quality of Life Update [Patch Notes]

The patch notes for the first Firemonkeys Sims Mobile update are here, these explain what is happening in the Quality of Life Update that is released on the 6th June.

The link to the post is here but you can also read it below with a few of my thoughts added:

Sul, sul!

You’ve asked, Sims Mobile fans, and we have heard you! Our Quality Of Life Update goes live today [6th June] – YAY! Everyone on The Sims Mobile team here at Firemonkeys Studio was absolutely thrilled to hear how excited you all were to get this one in your hands!

[I am beyond excited for this one!!]

Here are the full patch notes of the changes we have made:

Wumples’ Quests

Wumples, the sassiest Sim in the land, has arrived in town with all-new special quests. [Wumples will be dropping in from The Sims Freeplay very soon to see what all the fuss is about in The Sims Mobile!] Each quest will come with new and exciting prizes, and prizes earned from these quests will unlock multiples of that item – which means you can purchase extra copies of the item for your Sims’ homes.

[I am really glad that we will be able to purchase more of these items rather than just unlocking one of them, you really cannot decorate with only one of some items!]

Storage Categories

Brand-new Storage Categories allow you to browse everything you own with ease! We’ve added sorting categories to Storage, which means items will be much easier to find, and recently used or earned items will appear in a special  ‘recent’ category!

[I cannot wait to build now! You will be able to see the last 20 items you have unlocked in this tab]

New quest for 3rd Sim slot unlock
Expand your Sim family by adding a third Sim to your posse!  You now have an extra chance to unlock your third Sim with the new quest “Roommate Race”. Complete the quest and unlock the third Sim slot. The quest is available at player level 13.

[Find my post with all the steps for the Roommate Race Quest here! I already have the third sim slot on my main game but I will create a video once I complete this quest on my second game]

Surprising choices adjustments
We made some adjustments to Surprising Choices to ensure there’s always a neutral option available, and removed some of the outcomes that have drawbacks.

[I really hate the surprising choices so this is good news, it will be great to see some neutral options so we can just close it and get on with the game]

LlamaZoom adjustments
We made a variety of tuning adjustments to the LlamaZoom system to make it more enjoyable:

  • The amount of tasks required by LlamaZoom has been reduced for high level players. This change affects players from approximately level 35 and up – with level 50 players receiving the largest reduction
  • The effort required to complete a LlamaZoom is now less variable. Previously each LlamaZoom could differ quite largely in effort required – they are now more consistent and predictable
  • Any stack of tasks will now always begin with a task that asks for events to be complete (say that five times fast!). This is to help those of you who enjoy preparing for LlamaZoom by having Sims do events before Emily arrives
  • Rewards have been rebalanced – including extra Simoleons upon completion. The rewards have been increased overall.

Hobby and Relationship rewards
The amount of Simoleons awarded from Hobbies and Relationships has been increased. The rewards are more on-par with Career rewards now.

[It is great that the rewards are finally going to be similar to what you get from careers]

Event Duration Surfacing
Events now clearly showcase the exact duration that they will take to complete. Now you can plan your Sims’ routine more easily.

[I believe this means that we will be able to see a timer for events now but I am not really sure!]

Create-a-Sim variant pricing
Clothes and other items within Create-a-Sim have had their variants re-priced. All variants of an item will now share the same price, rather than varying from each other.

[This does make a lot of sense, why were they different prices for the same item just in a different colour?]

Photography and Influencer [Internet Icon] Quests
These two quests have been added to the level progression. You now have the opportunity to play the Photography quest once you reach level 8, and the Internet Icon quest when you reach level 15. These quests will trigger retroactively for those of you who are already above these levels

[I am planning on creating posts and videos for these as soon as possible, I never received the photography quest as I brought the heirloom before the quest was included in the game so I will be completing both of these on my second game when I get the chance- I know I have an internet icon post but it is really out of date!]

Some quests are now structured in Chapters

  • The first chapter begins unlocked
  • Each day a new chapter will become unlocked
  • Chapters will continue to unlock, even if you haven’t finished the previous one
  • The goal is to give players a chance to take a break and not need to go “full speed” from day one until the end of the quest

[So if you are behind then you won’t have to wait, you will go straight onto the next chapter once the previous chapter is complete. The Roommate Race is a good example of this, read my quest post here to see how chapters work]

Heirloom Shelves

The maximum number of heirloom shelves has been increased from 3 to 6

[I don’t think there needs to be a limit at all but at least this is progress!]

Aaaaaaand that’s a wrap on this update! Download it now! ❤

Until next time, enjoy Simmers!

Vix xo


You will be able to update your game from 2am BST on the 6th June

The Sims Mobile ‘Quality of Life’ Update Announced

Today after much silence since the move from Maxis to Firemonkeys The Sims Mobile team released a blog post announcing that the Quality of Life Update is coming soon!

The link to the post is here but you can also read it below with a few of my thoughts added:

Sul, sul!

As many of you will know TSM is now being developed by a brand spanking new team at the Firemonkeys (FM) Studio in Melbourne. While the team may be new on this specific title, the team has a long history with the franchise, where many members have previously worked on The Sims Freeplay. With this in mind, I think it’s safe to say we are prepared for this challenge!

The question we know many of you have now, is what’s next for The Sims Mobile?

 

Our First Update – Coming soon!

For our very first update, we thought it was essential to focus on Quality of Life. Our goal was to focus on changes Simmers wanted to see. Changes that would make the game FEEL better in your day-to-day play! [YES this is exactly what we need! A team who listens to our feedback and builds on it!] Throughout the blog, we’ve added some quotes from members of the dev team to provide some extra insight. First up, here is SimGuruIlya with some thoughts going into this update:

When we got together with the team for the first time to think about what the next update should be, we almost instantly landed on the Player Quality of Life theme. It felt just right for our first ever update to be focused on our players! We’ve reached out to our Community, QA and Maxis team to identify the general pain points in the game. [storage!] On top of that we’ve all been playing The Sims Mobile for a long time (some since Soft Launch) and we’ve got some things we wanna improve too! We’ve put a lot of effort into this and hope you guys love it! 😉’ – SimGuruIlya, Producer on TSM

[I think a fresh set of eyes is really going to improve this game, they can see issues that the previous team couldn’t because they were too close to it and it is great to hear that some of them have been playing since the beginning so they are looking at it from a players point of view]

While we couldn’t tackle everything, we dug into some of your most requested areas!

 

What’s new this Update?

All the juicy details of the changes we’ve made will be in our upcoming patch notes, however we want to share a few changes early!

(SPOILER) Inventory Changes (SPOILER) 
We’ve completely overhauled Storage in TSM! Categories are clearer, and recently selected objects are quicker to access! ✨

‘It was such a popular request from everyone and when playing the game, I definitely felt it was important too! I spent a number of days making sure every item in the game has a Storage category – it’s much easier to find everything and the best part is, now Heirlooms are tucked away in their own category!’

– Laura, Game Designer on TSM

[Laura you are amazing! It must have taken you forever but it will be so worth it ❤ I think the recent tab is the best so you don’t have to scroll through the whole storage! You will be able to see the last 20 items you have unlocked in this tab]

3rd Sim Quest

We’ve made it possible to unlock the 3rd Sim Slot for free through a Quest called, “Roommate Race”.

“What’s better than 2 Sims? 3 Sims! We’ve added a new way for all players to earn their 3rd Sim via Limited Time Quest. You’ll also get to experience some of the little improvements we’ve made to Quests! I’m going to lose my freakin’ mind I’m so excited!”
– SimGuruJack, Associate Game Designer on TSM

[If you have already spent simcash on the 3rd sim then you might be annoyed about this but you’ve got to admit unlocking the third sim for free needed to happen!]

LlamaZoom

We’ve adjusted the time to complete tasks to be more consistent each day, making it easier for you to choose how you want to play.

‘We know a lot of players have expressed frustrations with LlamaZoom, so we wanted to see what we could do to make the system feel better and worth the effort. We’ve made a variety of tuning changes, which we’ll go into more detail about in the patch notes, and we also added some extra rewards!’
– Steve, Lead Game Designer on TSM

[Please just get rid of LlamaZoom, I am looking forward to seeing the changes but I just don’t think even huge changes will make me enjoy it!]

June is Pride Month

This update also happens to land during a very special month of the year: PRIDE! 🏳️‍🌈 You can expect a new quest with some rainbow goodies as well as some FREE things in the store!

[Great to hear they are celebrating Pride, let’s hope this quest doesn’t have too many LlamaZooms in it!]

SimGuru Update!

With the original team moving on, it means we have some SimGuru-shaped holes to fill in our community! So, we are creating a brand new merry band of SimGurus!  While only I, SimGuruVix, am currently on Twitter, the rest will be joining us soon!

In our SimGuru Squad so far, we have:

SimGuruVix – Community Manager
Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/SimGuruVix

Previously worked on: The Sims Freeplay, Real Racing 3, Need for Speed No Limits
😍 ‘s: People, talking, makeup, ska, cute socks, being EXTRA
😒 ‘s: Coffee, not being able to edit Tweets, silence

[SimGuruVix is also the Community Manager for The Sims Freeplay]

SimGuruIlya – Producer

Previously worked on: The Sims Freeplay
😍 ‘s: Guitars, skateboards, my 2yo daughter Nika, building stuff
😒 ‘s: Emails!, when it’s too hot outside, when it’s too cold inside

SimGuruBerty – Associate Technical Director

Previously worked on: The Sims Freeplay
😍 ‘s: Coffee, chocolate, pastries, soccer, romance, DOGS!
😒 ‘s: Bad coffee, slow internet, bad coffee, socialising at parties, glasses without lenses

SimGuruJack – Associate Game Designer

Previously worked on: Real Racing 3
😍 ‘s: Indoor Plants, coffee, Indian food, groovin’
😒 ‘s: Discussing my mysterious past, staring at the sun for long periods of time, celery

[Love finding out about the team! Hopefully they will all get Twitter accounts soon]

Looking to the Future!

With this update almost ready to get out the door, we are already deep into working on the update that will follow it.

‘Every time someone new comes into the team, they bring a fresh view of the game. This allows all aspects of the game to be questioned and challenged! The entire TSM team is currently thinking like that, and are excited about all the potential new things we can do with this game, both in features for our players, but also for our tools and tech’.
– 
SimGuruBerty, Associate Technical Director on TSM

When the Patch Notes are live – we’ll post them on our blog, The Sims Mobile Forum, and let you know on Twitter! Until then, we’d love to hear your thoughts on these changes, either on Twitter or on forums.

Talk soon Simmers!

SimGuruVix xo


I cannot wait for this update, it is definitely time this game had a huge overhaul as it has gotten very repetitive I just hope they will continue to listen to our feedback in the future! Let me know what you think

 

The Sims Mobile- Fashionista Create a Sim Update Overview

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The latest Sims Mobile update being released today (25th February) has had a complete Create a Sim makeover! In this post I am going to talk you through everything that will be updated or added in this update.

Create a Sim Makeover

The shopping and customising experience has been completed redesigned to make it easier to use.

In the DNA tab you can change your sims name, gender and skin tone as well as body type and edit all their features. The Closet tab shows all the items you have already purchased and the Shop is where you can purchase new items.

The sliders to edit are now just straight lines with a clear + and – at each end, instead of having multiple options on one slider:

You can shop by brand now as well as still shopping for type of clothing:

A new button has been added on the screen so you can enter create a sim from there:

Customise every sim in your house

You still can’t play as toddlers or children but you can now customise how they look as well as customising any other non playable sim in your house and non playable sims that appear around town! (pretty much every sim apart from babies and those with a blue plumbob above their head as these are other players sims)

To customise these sims click on them with another sim to interact with them and then you can see the makeover button underneath their name:

Makeovers do cost a few life tickets (heirloom tickets) but this cost is not charged if you buy an item during the makeover:

Ageing and Moving Out Sims

You will still be able to age and move out sims but you will now be able to choose when you want them to age and leave.

The birthday cake will appear so click on this and it will ask if you want them to age click ‘wait a little longer’ to keep them at that age. You can choose to age them by clicking on the birthday cake that appears next to the new makeover button when another sim interacts with them:

It works the same for moving out sims:

Multiple Babies

You can now buy more than one bassinet to add more than one baby to your house at a time!

Stylist Story

There is a new hairstylist career and story called ‘A Cut Above’ this will unlock once you have completed the ‘Trending Now’ story at the Fashion Studio. You will then be able to buy the Stylist Chair at the Fashion Studio to start this career:

Watch my video here for footage on the new CAS:


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The Sims Mobile- Waterfront Update

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The Sims Mobile has just released a huge update, this one finally opens up the Waterfront area as well as loads of other exciting changes!

  • Tickets have been converted into Simoleons and LlamaZoom tokens:

It would be great if it said how many they were converted into as I only have 27 Tokens from all my tickets!

  • LlamaZoom is a new feature that replaces the daily to do list, there are tasks to complete throughout the day. You can start these by clicking on the truck at your house or at the button of the llama under the quests tab at the bottom of the screen:

Emily appears and asks for your help to complete tasks within a set amount of time to earn simoleons and XP, if you complete all the tasks in the time you will earn bonus rewards such as the LlamaZoom tokens which is the only way to earn these tokens

What can you do with LlamaZoom Tokens? You can buy items from the home store and clothing with these tokens

Watch my video on LlamaZoom here:

How do we earn cupcakes now? Once you complete the LlamaZoom tasks you will also complete a quest (complete Emily’s LlamaZoom tasks) which earns you a cupcake

How do we earn fashion gems now? The only way to earn fashion gems now is from the sticker contest so you have to receive stickers from other players and the more stickers you earn the more gems you receive. Although there is no incentive to give stickers now!

  • New Places!

Waterfront- The Waterfront District is finally available! In the area you can find two new places to start career stories The Wellness Center and The Science Center

The Wellness Center unlocks the must be something in the water career story, your sims can become a wellness guru!

The Science Center unlocks the rumblings from the deep career story, your sims can become a marine biologist in the research lab!

The Dreams of Space Quest to unlock the Space Explorer Career is available for a limited time

I will create more posts and videos about these when I unlock them

What else has changed?

  • The maximum level is now 50 instead of 40
  • You can now choose the order you unlock areas and places on the map- not helpful for those of us who are already playing!
  • There are more collections in the home store:

But there is still no increase on items you can have in your storage, no way to sell items and no organisation to the storage section! There are so many issues with this game I was hoping would be fixed in this update but unfortunately they have not been addressed but at least we now have the Waterfront which I cannot wait to start exploring!

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