A frequent complaint about Sims Expansion packs – whichever version of the game, or type of pack – is the lack of content for younger Sims. The Sims 4 Kids Bedroom Stuff is a step towards balancing that out.
New clothes and hairs for both boys and girls, and the newest patch opens these up to share between brother and sister if you wish basically means double the fun. Mostly, they’re the kind of neutral play clothes we all grew up in, with just a couple of the tops edging towards the more girlie end of the scale.
No new build items, so no specific wallpaper for kids rooms, but there’s a full bedroom set which matches, decor items including stuffed toys, wall decals and a new toybox, and two new object based activities for kids.
Firstly, you have Punchinello’s Theatre of Fine Puppetry, which builds social skills, and gives a small environment boost. It’s based on the old Punch and Judy style seaside shows, with puppets that reminded me of the Potter Pals webseries. Now, that would be some interesting machinima!
The Theatre, and all the furniture come in multiple colour options, some of which have typical kiddie stickers and stars and some in a cleaner finish.
Secondly, you have the Sims’ version of Pokemon or Top Trumps – Voidcritters. Collect the cards, either buying them from the computer, or finding them in logs and trash cans, swap with your friends, level up your critters, and fight your friends’ critters on the Battle Station. And, as with any good collectable card game, look out for the shinies! There’s also wall decals of all the Void Critters in the decoration section.
The patch also added a monster under the bed, with the option of spraying the monster to get rid.Personally, I haven’t seen any outcomes – positive or negative – from spraying under the bed, but it’s still early days.
Finally, let’s address the big T shaped elephant in the room. This is a kids’ pack, with some objects that will carry over with your Sim into teen years, and maybe beyond – the clean versions of the furniture would work well in a teen’s room as well, but it’s kids from about 6 and upwards. There’s nothing I can see that hints at anything younger coming any time soon.
Overall, The Sims 4 Kids Room Stuff is a solid addition that boosts an oft-missed area of the game. Definitely worth it!
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