For over 17 years, The Sims has taken the world by storm and has even made history as one of the best-selling video game franchises to ever be created. With its popularity only skyrocketing since its initial release all the way back in the year 2000, it is hard to deny the series –and its developer, Maxis— of its success. Since launching the first game in the series, The Sims franchise has managed to sell nearly 200 million copies worldwide, across a number of different platforms.
Despite the fame and popularity of The Sims, many players still don’t know that there are countless hidden secrets that have been included in each installment of the series. While most developers prefer to add the odd Easter Egg in their games, Maxis has decided to take it to the next step, as they have included countless hidden skills, traits, items, locations and even Sims within their worlds. While these hidden secrets aren’t required to be found, they do add another layer of depth to the game that can ultimately help assist your Sim.
If that wasn’t already enough, Maxis has also developed a number of hidden cheats that can drastically alter the way you play The Sims 4. Everything from increasing your skills, purchasing free houses, and even providing free money. Maxis has thought of every possible scenario and have tried to accommodate for everyone’s preferred method of playing.
Do you have a favorite secret or cheat that didn’t make the list? Let us know in the comments section below.
15 Secret: Rabbit Hole Events
Rabbit Hole Events have been around for quite some time, but most players don’t even know they exist since so many players disregard these event invitations. Let's face it: these could easily be mistaken as a mere annoyance from another Sim. Little do they know, these events may actually benefit their Sim for the better.
These events were given the Rabbit Hole nickname by the community as they are often performed –just like workplaces– in a building that is not accessible by the game camera. While you may know that your Sim is attending a specific event, you never actually get to see it. Some of the most common Rabbit Hole Events are seen in the City Living expansion pack where other Sims –the more Sims you know, the more common the events– will invite you to either the circus, opera or an underground concert.
These events are great if you are looking to change your Sims mood – as depending on the event, their moods can be negatively or positively affected.
14 Secret: The Grilled Cheese Aspiration
The Grilled Cheese aspiration is a hidden aspiration that has made appearances in both The Sims 2: Nightlife, The Sims 2: Free Time, and The Sims 4 through an update that was released in February 2016. When a Sim has unlocked this secret aspiration, you will quickly notice that their only desires revolve around eating grilled cheese sandwiches all the time. You will even find that they fear burning grilled cheese sandwiches or eating them after they have spoiled.
In order to unlock this hidden aspiration in The Sims 4, your Sim will be required to eat three plates of Grilled Cheese in a row. If you’re planning to unlock this aspiration, be prepared as Grilled Cheese’s will quickly consume your Sims entire existents.
13 Cheat: Free Real-Estate
Are you in the market for a new house? Is your current house far too small but you can’t seem to afford something bigger? Well, look no further, as properties can be purchased completely free of charge when using one simple cheat.
Some players spend countless hours building up their Sims so that they can afford to live a comfortable life, but sometimes those hours – after building up several different Sim families – can take a toll on your passion for the game. By using the cheat code ‘FreeRealEstate on’ players will be able to purchase any house –empty or occupied– completely free of charge.
Sometimes, a little cheating is all you need to re-ignite your passion for the series.
12 Secret: Sylvan Glade
Pack your bags and get ready for an adventure as —just like the Forgotten Grotto in Oasis Springs— there is another secret location to be found within the game at Willow Creek. But this time, the secret location is a little bit different. Unlike the other hidden areas, Sylvan Glade can be accessed by any Sim — even without any special requirements.
If you are thinking about traveling to this secret location, be sure to pack light, as the trip won't take very long at all. The trip won't take very long at all. Sylvan Glade can be accessed by traveling to Crick Cabana and looking for the big, mystical-looking tree. After watering the tree multiple times, the option to finally ‘Explore’ will appear. After another series of questions, you will finally arrive at your secret destination.
Not only do you have Sylvan Glade to yourself, but you also have a perfect –yet, reliable– location to catch the valuable and rare Treefish.
11 Secret: The Death Flower
Losing your favorite Sim is always hard, especially when it’s from unexpected events such fire, electrocution or even the Cow Plant. But little do most people know, you can actually prevent the death of your loved ones entirely (without cheating)!
The Death Flower –a feature that was first introduced in The Sims 3– can be used to prevent the death of your favourite Sim. But there is a catch. Unlike The Sims 3, dead Sims cannot use the Death Flower to revive themselves, but instead, another Sim must give the flower to the Grim Reaper in order to bring the dead Sim back to life.
The Death Flower is a life saver –literally– and can be obtained by grafting a Pomegranate to an Orchid.
10 Cheat: Free Money
We all love money – especially when it’s free. No matter how much you may deny it, money will generally make you happier. Without money, we wouldn’t be able to pay bills, afford houses or even eat. So why should your Sims suffer the same cruel fate as the rest of us?
Thanks to the developers, players won’t have to make their Sims suffer, as cheats have been made available to make playing the game not only easier but also more fun. In order to activate cheats, press Control + Shift + C to toggle the console on and off. Many cheats will require you to type ‘testingcheats on’ followed by pressing Enter for them to work correctly.
Depending on how much you are willing to give to your Sim, Maxis has given the player two different money options. By typing ‘kaching’ your Sim will be given $1000, whereas ‘motherlode’ will supply your Sim with a whopping $50,000.
9 Secret: The Hermit Of Granite Falls
Pack your hiking gear and get ready for an adventure, as those that own the Outdoor Retreat game pack are in for quite the treat. It offers the opportunity to discover a hidden area and secret Sim. Hidden behind a cave in the Deep Woods of Granite Falls is a secret area that is home to the Hermit – an otherwise, secret Sim that is completely shut off from civilization.
As a requirement of the Outdoor Enthusiast Aspiration, players must locate and befriend this Sim. Befriending the Hermit does pay off though, as once the friendship reaches Good Friends status players can unlock and learn the Herbalism Recipe. This secret area is also a gold mine for fishing spots (the Mountain Lionfish is just one of the five different species available) and collecting gardening resources such fruits and plant cuttings.
8 Secret: Alien Planet
Have you ever wanted to meet Aliens and explore an unknown planet? Well now you can, because as we have already learned: the game's developer (Maxis) loves to create hidden areas for players to find. The Get to Work expansion pack is no exception as the game pack allows players to explore the new world of Sixam. Sixam is a neat little reference to the game’s developer. (Psst... Sixam is Maxis backward).
The secret world of Sixam allows your Sim to meet Aliens and collect rare objects that can be taken back to your earth. What makes this area so secret and unknown is the fact that it can only be visited by Sims that have reached level 10 in Rocket Science or have joined and mastered the Scientist Career.
If traveling to an Alien planet wasn’t already cool enough you can even take home an Alien and make them part of your family.
7 Cheat: Fill Your Sims Needs
We all understand the struggle of trying to fill your Sims needs, as even the slightest hiccup can cause them to plummet. Needs are even harder to maintain when you have a family or even a job. Eventually, you'll begin to realize that there just isn’t enough time in the day to fulfill all of your Sims needs and wishes. Fortunately —unlike real life– you can alter your Sims needs with a simple line of code and a few clicks of the mouse.
You can prevent your Sim's needs (or even the entire neighborhood's) from decaying, by ensuring that ‘testingcheats on’ is activated and simply shift-clicking your Sim. After shift-clicking, just follow the prompts and there you have it, non-decaying needs – and a much happier Sim.
6 Secret: The Cow Plant
The Cow Plant is easily one of the most intriguing hidden features within The Sims 4 as this elusive beast is not only hard to track down, but also tricky to grow. For those feeling brave and adventurous, you can find the Cow Plant through fishing, space exploration, digging for treasure, or even when harvesting from a dragonfruit that has been grafted with a snapdragon.
Luckily for those without a Green Thumb, the Cow Plant does not require any special requirements and only has three different stages of growth - Horn, Stem, and then the full grown plant. When the Cow Plant has matured, several unique interactions will be unlocked, such as Feed, Play, Eat Cake, Collect Sample, Milk and Pet.
Beware though, if the Cow Plant isn’t fed every 12 hours, you may just become its dinner!
5 Secret: The Forgotten Grotto
There is nothing better than uncovering a hidden location that only you have access too. There is something about the peace and tranquility of these areas that really make them feel quite special. Hidden within each world of The Sims 4 are hidden areas that can only be located upon achieving certain skill levels or simply through deep exploration.
Located in Oasis Springs, The Forgotten Grotto has two different entrances that can only be accessed by Sims that have level 10 in the Handiness skill. The entrances can be found in Desert Bloom Park –far behind the park– and also down the cliff behind the Landgraab Mansion. Just like any hidden area, the Forgotten Grotto comes with one unexpected surprise – the ability to fish in the only location that the Batfish can be found.
4 Cheat: Set Your Own Skill Levels
One of the biggest factors in The Sims is time. Between getting your children ready for school, preparing your Sims needs before they head off to work, or simply trying not to starve to death, it quickly becomes apparent that you just don't have time to sit in front of a book for hours on end just to gain half a skill point.
This is where the skill cheat comes in handy, as it allows you to fast track the process without ever having to touch another book again. Just like the money cheat, follow the necessary steps to activate cheats and then type ‘stats.set_skill_level major_skill X’ – with ‘skill X’ being the skill you want to upgrade and X being the level you want it to be.
3 Secret: Hidden Traits & Rewards
As we have learned so far, Maxis has a knack for hiding hidden features within the game that they haven’t previously announced. So it comes as no surprise that additional traits and rewards can be earned during gameplay that weren’t included in the Create a Sim editor.
What is most surprising about these hidden traits is the simple fact that they can significantly alter your Sims career or even their general day to day life. Some of these hidden traits include building extra skill when waking up on an early basis, selling items your Sim has created for more Simoleons, using your connections to start careers several levels ahead, and even the ability to build Fun while exercising and not lose Hygiene.
2 Secret: Skills
Although secret skills have always been a part of The Sims series, this hidden feature still remains one of the most unknown features within the game. The Sims 4 is no exception, as the series is full of secret skills that most players are not even aware of such as Gaming, Reaping (which can only be obtainable through cheats), Work Ethic, Sales, and even Maintenance.
Each of these secret skills has their own advantages that can significantly help your Sim. Hidden skills such as 'gaming' gives your Sims a much better chance of winning tournaments, whereas maintenance helps Sims with jobs in retail by ensuring that stores are kept clean and sold out items are constantly restocked.
1 Cheat: Lower Your Sims Age
When we were younger, we all had those tantrums about wanting to be older and more grown up. But I think we can all agree that growing up isn’t all that it’s cut out to be. If people were completely honest, they would say that it actually sucks. The older we get, the more responsibilities we have to take on, such as paying the bills and getting a job. Everyone quickly notices that these responsibilities start taking away time that you would usually spend on things you love doing.
While The Sims isn’t as harsh as reality, growing old still sucks. While the series is riddled with in-game features to age up your Sim such as birthday cakes and potions, there still isn't an official cheat to de-age your Sims. However! Following the same method as earlier, shift click your Sim and select the option to Modify in CAS (Create A Sim), this option will allow you to essentially recreate your entire Sim.