Amanda has been a Simmer (fan of "The Sims" games) since childhood. To this day she still discovers new ways to play.
For those who play The Sims 3, it won't be news to you that there is an online Sims store for purchasing additional game content. Lord knows that the game advertises its store enough! Every time you open the Sims 3 launcher you're bombarded with messages about sales and new worlds and venues and hairstyles.
I'll admit, it took me a while to come around to buying Sims store content. It felt like a rip-off. What changed my mind? The very simple argument that we spend just as much on a fast food meal on a regular basis, something that gives me only twenty minutes of pleasure. Why not give up fast food and spend that same money on a game piece that I will play with over and over? There, problem solved!
So without further ado, the following are what I feel is the best value, most fun-inducing content from the Sims store.
Please note: I've included only Sims Store content that is currently available for individual purchase. This means no Sims "worlds" or "venues" and that certain Sims store objects will be excluded automatically.
1. Fowl and Features Chicken Coop
Yes, chickens! For all the farming Simmers out there, this and the following object are perfection.
Aside from simply keeping chickens, keep them well-fed and gather quality eggs - from rotten to normal to exotic. Ask your chicken for the answers to life's great questions.
Cuddle with baby chicks (aww...) or fight with Charles the Evil Chicken. You also get new Moodlets: Egg-Static, Chicken Blocked, Victory Tastes Like Chicken, Universal Enlightenment, and Chick Magnet.
This can be used by both children and adults.
2. Milkin' It Dairy Corral
Bring cows to your game!
Milk your cow for regular milk or feed her interesting things for variety such as chocolate milk, veggie milk, or milkshakes! Don't forget to play the occasional game of Tic-Tac-Hoof. You can even try your hand at some cow-tipping!
New Moodlets include:
- Chocolate Milkshake
- Cow Tipping Fail
- Shaken (Not Churned)
- Smarter Than Your Average Cow
- Udderly Ridiculous
Only teens and up can play with cows.
3. Solace Snugabunny Deluxe Baby Swing
This simple little object for baby Sims may not look like much, but believe me, you need it! It makes raising babies and toddlers a snap! It also includes "additional gameplay", meaning new interactions or features come with the installation of this new Sims object.
Just set the baby swing to auto for a max of two hours at a time—slow or fast-paced (though do be warned, fast may result in the Nauseous Moodlet!) too. The child's hunger, bladder, and hygiene needs will begin to fill up as he or she relaxes in the swing and mommy or daddy studies skills or cleans house. The child can also sleep in the swing. The parent can "watch" the child, resulting in fun and social boosts.
4. MultiTab 6000
Sims have had smartphones for a while. But finally, a tablet for our Sims! And they can multitask!
Listen to ten different "Tabcasts" whilst performing daily chores, read any book in your inventory, or do both at once for double the skill boost! Shop for books online. Play online social games. Finish homework faster and find it fun!
The MultiTab 6000 can be carried in the inventory automatically or placed out in the world to share among a family.
Definitely NOT for technophobe Sims!
5. SwiftGro Gardening Station
Great for any Sim gardener! It will be well worth it if you love the look of a harvestable garden but hate all the time and sweat that goes into it.
It features the following:
- An automated sprinkling system to water all your plants
- The ability to talk to your plants at once
- A magnifying glass for the chance to identify unknown seeds
- A composter to fertilize and weed all plants at the same time.
6. Sharper Sim's Super Sleeper
"Get all the sleep you need in half the time!" says the Sim store official website.
That about sums it up. The Sharper Sim's Super Sleeper will let your Sim experience peaceful sleep and relaxation in a shorter time period, freeing you up for skill studies or late-night parties.
7. Humble Harvest Stands
Great for any farming Sim! If your Sim is into gardening then head on down to this farmer's market for fresh produce—and also sell your own harvest by setting up the stand on your home lot or any community lot.
Two new harvestables are included: lemon tree and eggplant bush.
This also comes with the Lemonade Stand, where you might guess that child Sims can earn a little pocket money selling juice - they can also give psychiatric help to adults!
8. Uber Sani-Sim Toilet
A toilet? Why yes! Not only does this super toilet have lights, but it self-cleans. That's right, no more taking busy time out of your Sim's day to scrub the toilet. But, you may point out, any Sim can learn enough handiness skill to upgrade a regular toilet to self-cleaning, right?
Well, this toilet also works its magic directly on your Sim himself. After doing his business in the Sim's store, Uber Sani-Sim Toilet his bladder bar will remain full longer than usual! Also, a bonus boost to energy and comfort is given. All from a bathroom break!
9. Head-Start Playpen
Stick your Sim toddler in this playpen available for purchase from the Sims store and get an instant break from their constant demands! They'll have fun and learn at the same time. You get to enjoy the adorable look and bright colors.
The playpen includes a built-in abacus for logic skill learning and a mirror for charisma skill or just to learn to talk if parents are too busy to teach! Adults can also play with toddlers who are in the playpen, or two toddlers inside can play together.
10. Not-So-Routine Machine
If you find yourself tired of the daily morning routine or you're always headed off to work with a low bar of some sort, then this the best Sims premium content for you.
When you roll out of bed in the morning just hop into the Not-So-Routine Machine and it can feed your Sim, clean up the dishes, fill up the bladder bar, bathe your Sim, and then teleport him or her to work or wherever they need to go—all this in half the normal time!
New Moodlets are: Failed at VR, Virtually Empowered, and Virtually Victorious!
11. Surf's Up Sun & Fun Wave Station
Don't just swim, surf! Learn to hang ten, do handstands, and do the cutback. But beware of the "Loose Seal" in ponds and oceans—she might just break your board and earn you the Moodlet Almost a Meal. But you can proudly display the broken board afterward!
Like any skill, it takes time and practice. Also, the better your Sim is at surfing, the bigger the waves that come his or her way.
Moodlets include the above mentioned "Almost a Meal" as well as: Nice Wave, Mondo Wave, and Loose Seal.
12. Large-as-Life Movie Screen
No need to go to the cinema, not with this screen tucked in your Sim's home!
Movies are powerful, especially to Sims. They have all sorts of effects. A romantic comedy may just help your Sim make a move on that someone special. An action-adventure film will have him or her "rearing to train." A comedy, you guessed it, turns your Sim into a comedian. You can also share a moment with another Sim when watching a drama together.
Moodlets are Adrenaline High, Feeling Frisky, Funny Stuff!, Afraid... Very Afraid, and Tear Jerker.
13. Automatic Pet Feeding Station
Refilling that pet bowl can get tedious. Those Sim dogs and cats sure do eat a lot! Save your Sim the trouble of bending down and pouring out more food every few hours with the Auto-Noms Automatic Pet Feeding Station.
Just fill it up once and the station will dispense food every 4, 6, 8, or 10 hours. Upgrade the station and it will feed only when your pet is hungry! Up to two pets can eat at the same time.
14. Sizzle Baby Pro Deep Fryer
Tired of the same old, same old when it comes to cooking in The Sims 3? Is the oven too dull? Microwaves got you down? Look no further than the Sims deep fryer!
Look for the positive Moodlet Comfort Food, but watch out for Indigestion!
You can deep fry and eat or serve any of the following, plus more:
- candy bars
- onion fingers
15. Frost-Bite Pro Ice Cream Machine
Don't rely on the ice cream truck to come around! Make your own cool, delicious treats with this Sims kitchen content found in-store!
Have your Sims make ice cream with flavors including (not limited to) chocolate, vanilla, Java Bean Dream, and Rainbow Sherbet. Get the Comfort Food Moodlet from eating ice cream too!
When placed on the same lot as the above Sims deep fryer you can make deep-fried ice cream, deep-fried ice cream fritters, and deep-fried maple flavored ice cream. These may result in the Moodlets Better With Bacon or Deep Fried Goodness.
Cost of Each Item
|Sims Store Object||Cost in SimPoints|
Not So Routine Machine
Ice Cream Machine