The Sims series has been delighting fans with interesting well-developed worlds for more than twenty years, in which it is easy to immerse yourself in, forgetting about reality for a while. Here you will find old-fashioned Willow Creek with its Victorian setting, and the mysterious Strangerville with its deserts, and bright San Myshuno with its modern art, and a bunch of other equally interesting locations. All of them are carefully filled with many little things, and the level of thoughtfulness of the game itself is respected.
With such richly detailed worlds in the game, there are simply bound to be Easter eggs for the most attentive and curious. And this is true: with each new addition, fans continue to find more and more new secrets. These can range from references to songs, movies, and other works of popular culture, to hidden game mechanics that don’t have a significant impact on the game, but provide a fun result. Let’s take a look at some of these secrets.
Stranger Things in StrangerVille
Those who have completed the storyline of the StrangerVille add-on are well aware of the strange vegetation that filled the local secret laboratory. Numerous shoots and shoots eventually lead the main character to the Mother Plant – a huge terrible creature, which, it seems, has become the cause of all recent incidents.
In its appearance, the plant suspiciously resembles the Demogorgon from the popular sci-fi horror film “Stranger Things” (Very strange things) from Netfilx. Especially the petals of the “head” of the monster – they are very similar to what was instead of the head of the character from the series. It would not be surprising if the developers of the add-on really took inspiration from Stranger Things, not only when creating the Mother Plant, but throughout the development of the add-on as a whole.
The Island Life expansion introduces a new public restroom, with the entrances to the men’s and women’s areas marked with cute island-themed art. Players familiar with the work of Disney noticed the similarity of the drawn islanders with the main characters of the animated film Moana, released in 2016.
Since Moana and Island Life are very similar in both theme and atmosphere, it’s safe to assume that the Disney artwork was the inspiration for the artists who made these drawings.
Reference to the song Queen
There are not many Easter eggs in the “At the University” add-on. But you can still find something interesting if you pay attention to the descriptions of objects – sometimes references to popular culture are hidden there.
So, for example, in the English version of the game, one of the bicycles is called “Bicycle … Bicycle!” is a line from the song “Bicycle Race” by Queen. In the Russian version, the idea with a reference to the song in the name of the bike has not gone away, only here the two-wheeled friend is called “I will drive for a long time”, already referring to the work of domestic performers. However, both options are appropriate – they equally well describe the mood of fans who have been waiting for the appearance of bicycles in the game for a long time, and will finally be able to ride them.
funny shaped puddles
If your Sim accidentally breaks a water faucet and is now standing and watching the water flow onto the floor, don’t get annoyed and force them to clean up after themselves. Yes, a broken crane is an unfortunate event, but at the same time it is also a way to see an unusual Easter egg from the developers.
Just wait until the puddle on the floor grows to its maximum possible size. When this happens, its appearance can be changed by choosing one of the available skin styles. You can even shape the puddle into a rubber ducky bathtub! It is not known why the game has such an opportunity, but it’s cool.
Cheat from Konami games
The Sims 4: Baby Stuff catalog has a nice surprise for fans of old hardcore games. Looking at the description of the gate for kids (Trapped Tots in the English version), you can find a reference to the famous cheat from Konami games – a combination of pressing “up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-BA”.
This cheat is famous for appearing in many games from Konami and not only, giving different buffs in different games, but always having the same look. He eventually became so popular that he now “works” on some well-known sites, including Twitch and Google Hangouts, and even Amazon’s Alex’s voice assistant recognizes him and reacts in a special way.
Painting with a sad clown
Fans of the Sims series are well aware of who the Sad Clown is, but not everyone knows that in The Sims 4 you can intentionally cause him to appear. This is done with the help of a picture with the appropriate name – if the Sim looks at it, they will receive the status of “Sad Clown”. If at the same time he is wearing a clown outfit, then the “Tears of a Clown” moodlet will also be added.
With this mood, the character will be constantly in a state of sadness, and those around him will receive the “What a tragedy!” mood. However, there are pluses: in the guise of a clown, the Sim will learn how to juggle and make people laugh.
Sims 3 on TV
When your Sims sit down to watch TV, look closely at what’s happening on the screen and notice something familiar. Firstly, all TV shows are “filmed” in The Sims 3, and secondly, most of them are references to real-life films, series and shows.
If a Sim turns on the melodrama channel, a drama set in the Victorian era will play, a reference to Downton Abbey. There is also a movie with mummies and adventurers – a clear reference to the Mummy movie series.
The new girl and her neighbors
Oasis Springs has a Homemates community, consisting of three young people and their neighbor. If you’ve watched New Girl, you’ll definitely notice the obvious similarities – especially since it stars an actress named Zooey Deschanel as the female lead and Zooey Patel as the neighbor. There is a clear reference, and even the description of the commune says that these guys “seem to have stepped off the TV screen.”
Homeless camp in Del Sol Valley
In the Path to Glory add-on, you can find an unexpected Easter egg under the bridge in Mirage Park. Looking there using photo mode, you will see a small campground. Since the real city of Los Angeles served as the prototype for Del Sol Valley, it is likely that in this way the game decided to reflect the problem of an increase in the number of homeless people in American cities, which has become increasingly serious in recent years.
Themes like this are usually quite difficult to bring up in video games, and you have to give credit to the developers that they didn’t hesitate to dilute the glitz and glamor of Del Sol Valley with a pinch of harsh reality.
Bella Goth and the Obsessed
It’s no exaggeration to call Bella Goth the most memorable character in the entire Sims series. The mysterious girl appeared in the first game and has since become an important part of the virtual history of this fictional world. Her mysterious disappearance in The Sims 2 caused a stir among fans and spawned a plethora of theories about what might actually have happened.
In the StrangerVille add-on, we come across possessed Sims who speak in strange ways. Among the remarks they utter there is a phrase about Bella, where she is called “our mother in red.”
Emily the sea monster
When you get to the Cliffs in Windenburg, you will be able to notice something unusual in the sea with some degree of probability. Namely, a sea monster, which, by the way, has already appeared in previous games in the series, for example, in The Sims: Unleashed, where it could be seen in the Old City.
This is a clear reference to the legend of Nessie, the mysterious monster of Loch Ness. The local version of Nessie is called Emily, and while she herself is not interactable, there is an option in City Living to buy a small souvenir snow globe with a smaller version of her inside.
Spirits of Soot from Spirited Away
While on vacation in Granite Falls, your Sims will be able to meet or even catch many different insects and other unusual creatures. Among them are Dust Spirits – round, fluffy black lumps that appear in the local forest at night.
The same creatures, or at least very similar in appearance, live in the fantasy worlds of Hayao Miyazaki, for example, in the animated film Spirited Away. It is quite possible that the developers found the little soot spirits cute and decided to give the players the opportunity to get a couple for themselves.
In addition “Get to work!” your Sims can dedicate themselves to a career as a scientist, doing various research and inventing new devices. At the last level of advancement in this career, it becomes possible to build a wormhole generator and use it to get to a secret place – a site called Sixim.
Sixim is an extraterrestrial world with bizarre flora and fauna, located either in another dimension, or in another star system. Here you can get rare items and samples, taking them with you for study. There are even sentient locals – aliens, although technically, of course, your sims will be aliens here. There is nothing special about the existence of this world, but its name (in the English version) is a reference: Sixam is the inverted name of the Maxis company that created the Sims franchise.
Samples of perfection and schismatics
In the Let’s Have Fun! clubs were introduced into the game. Among those clubs that are initially present in the game, there are two opposing ones: “Patterns of Excellence” and “Splitters”. At first, it may seem that this is just a reference to stereotypes: the first club brought together typical self-confident popular guys with good looks, and the second – informals who do not like the society of “normal”.
However, everything is somewhat more complicated. In fact, the names of the clubs in the English version – “Paragons” and “Renegades” respectively – refer to another game from EA – Mass Effect, where the path of the moral development of the protagonist was exactly the same. In the Mass Effect localization, they were called “Hero” and “Renegade”, so it’s quite difficult to notice this reference.
Kites in Brindleton Bay
Walking along the beach in Cavalier Bay, which is located in the world of Brindleton Bay from the Cats and Dogs expansion, you may notice something unusual. If you zoom in on the background with the screenshot camera, you will see people standing on the beach and flying kites.
Only now, if you look closely, it turns out that these are not real Sims, but simply motionless two-dimensional textures placed there as a decoration. As time goes by, computers get more powerful, games get more realistic, and developers still save resources by using that old flat backdrop trick. However, why not?
A source: thegamer.com