Magic has been one of the most requested things among the player base of The Sims 4, rivaled only by University and Seasons. Having to wait for so many years nearly drove some fans crazy, but you know what they say: good things come to those who wait.
The Sims 4: Realm Of Magic has been met with mixed reviews, with some stating that it's mediocre, while others are impressed with it, but one thing is for sure: people are talking about it.
It's hard not to talk about it since it brought so many new things into The Sims 4, some big and some small. This list is a compilation of just a few of those things.
10 A Ton of Awesome CAS Items
The new CAS items added in The Sims 4: Realm Of Magic are all stunning. There's a careful combination of edgy, flirtatious and modern items along with traditional, earth-toned, almost Victorian-era items. Every single piece is beautifully detailed and fits perfectly into the new world, while also managing to work in the streets of all the other worlds, too.
This pack introduces some daringly high cuts on the skirts of dresses, as well as lots of leather, studs, and fishnets, which is something that more alternative players have been asking for since The Sims 4: Vampires, which was packed full of similar (albeit definitely more historically-inspired) items.
9 Alchemy (And A New Way To Make Macaroni And Cheese)
The re-introduction of Alchemy, which was included in The Sims 3: Supernatural, is a welcome part of The Sims 4: Realm Of Magic. Experimenting with the Cauldron gives Sims a chance to unlock new Potion recipes - and up to four different Sims can work together, allowing them to fill their social need and improve their Spellcasting skills at the same time.
There are a ton of different Potions to unlock throughout the game that has the potential to significantly improve your Sim's life. There's also a chance of ending up cursed if your Potion-brewing fails, so... Beware!
The Cauldron is useful to more than just Alchemists, though. It's actually capable of cooking a few different recipes, like Macaroni and Cheese and Chili, making a whopping total of 12 servings.
8 Magical Plants
Gardening fans rejoice! The Sims 4: Realm Of Magic comes with two new plants for your Spellcasters to grow. Mandrake root and Valerian root are both used to brew Potions and can be found throughout the Magic Realm or purchased from the order menu on a computer.
It's always nice to see new harvestables in the game, since growing the same plants gets boring, and the fact that they serve a magical purpose is a plus.
7 Renewed Relevance For Frogs
Frogs were one of the first collectibles items in The Sims 4 and can be found in logs, ponds, and wells, or created by breeding.
Having been introduced in the base game, it's easy to understand how they sort of fell out of relevance as new collectibles items were added, especially since they're barely more than a decoration. With The Sims 4: Realm Of Magic, frogs are finally given justice! Sort of.
They're a common ingredient in Potions. Some brews call for common frogs (but remember that you'll need to have at least two in order to breed more!) while others call for more uncommon, if not rare ones, making your Sims have to put in extra work to find them. Either way, you'll be paying attention to frogs again.
6 A New Way To Travel
One of the main complaints about The Sims 4 is that it lacks transportation. At this point, some players would settle for an inanimate car that simply offers a travel menu when clicked. The Sims 4: Realm Of Magic has a new feature that's somewhere between pleasing those players and spiting them, though the jury is still out on which: brooms.
Instead of walking everywhere, Sims can now use a broom. It doesn't even have to be a Broom, really - there's a much cheaper option in the form of a Mop that leaves a sudsy trail behind it whenever your Sim flies.
5 A Proper Shopping District
In the Magic Realm, there's a place called Casters Alley that gives Spellcasters a chance to do all of their shopping, offering a wide variety of Brooms, Familiars, Tomes, Wands, and ingredients for Potions. Each shop is manned by an astral projection of a vendor and items for sale change daily.
Alongside Magnolia Promenade, there are the various stalls scattered around San Myshuno and Sulani, but this isn't the same as a designated shopping district like Casters Alley.
4 Two New Aspirations
Aspirations are one of the key parts of gameplay in The Sims 4. In addition to providing both short and long term goals for players, completing an aspiration gives a reward trait and aspiration points which can be spent on potions, extra traits, and other things. A lack of them can really make the game feel pretty pointless, as some other packs have seen, but The Sims 4: Realm Of Magic made sure to give two different options for Spellcasters to complete.
Purveyor of Potions can be found under Nature and gives the Master Mixer trait when completed, causing a Spellcaster to rarely fail when using a potion on themselves. Spellcraft & Sorcery can be found under Knowledge and gives the Slinger of Spells trait when completed, allowing a Spellcaster to build up much less Spellcaster Charge when casting spells.
3 A New Death
Different ways to experience Death are surprisingly highly requested among fans of The Sims. Perhaps it all dates back to trapping Sims in a pool with no ladder... Or maybe it's just a desire to see some obstacles thrown into the admittedly vanilla-flavored lives of Sims. Does it even matter, really?
What does matter is the fact that The Sims 4: Realm Of Magic introduces a brand new death that's exclusive to Spellcasters. As Sims use magic, their spellcaster charge builds up. The higher the charge is, the more dangerous it is - and the more likely they are to fall victim to death by Spellcaster Overload. (Hint: completing the spellcraft & sorcery aspiration is a good way to avoid this outcome.)
2 Glimmerbrook (And The Magic Realm)
Glimmerbrook is special in comparison to other worlds added in The Sims 4. It might not be particularly large, with only four residential lots (two of which are occupied) and one community lot (which is home to a bar) but it's beautifully whimsical. It's a forest-covered world that's reminiscent of fairy tales and seems to just have a magical air about it - which makes sense, as it's home to a portal that leads into the Magic Realm.
The Magic Realm is a secret lot, technically, but it's basically a world of its own, suspended in space against the vibrant backdrop of the galaxy. Other than HQ, there are three areas: the Gardens where plants, frogs, and fish can be collected, Casters Alley where you can buy any magic-related item you can think of, and the Dueling Grounds where two Spellcasters can go head to head.
This one is a bit obvious, but the main thing that The Sims 4: Realm Of Magic brings to the table is simply magic. Players have been frothing at the mouth for the introduction of Witches into The Sims 4 since the premiere of the game in 2014 - and their dreams of spell-casting and potion-brewing have finally come true!
Spellcasters can bring joy, destruction, or anything their heart desires into their own lives and the world around them with one of the different types of magic. The whimsical elements of the new pack breathes much-needed life into the franchise once more.