July 2012

Sims 3 Immortality: Ambrosia and more

Immortality in The Sims 3 falls into two categories: lengthening your Sim's lifespan, or actually making them younger. 

Lengthening Lifespan
1. Life Fruit
How it works: Each time your Sim eats a Life Fruit, one day is added to their lifespan.
Life Fruit is one of the easiest methods of obtaining ongoing immortality, once you get the Gardening skill. You can plant dozens of Life Fruit plants, and stash the extra fruit in your Family Inventory. If you keep your Life Fruit in the refrigerator, your Sims will probably cook it into pancakes and eat it. (You may or may not want this to happen.)
2. Fountain of Youth
How it works: Each time your Sim drinks from the fountain, one day is added to their lifespan.
Leon's Fountain of Youth was introduced with the Hidden Springs world. It costs a staggering $495,000, but it provides all of the functionality of Life Fruit without having to actually garden anything. 

Bringing your dead Sim back to life

If your Sim has gone to that big gold sparkly swirly bit in the sky, don't worry! You have a lot of ways to handle the situation.

Step 1: Bring them back into the family
Do you want to play your ghost Sim as a ghost? Then all you need to do is find a way to bring them back into the family. Once they are controllable, they will be playable as ghosts around the clock (i.e. they will not go back into their tombstones at 5AM.) 

Sims 3 Exterior Lighting Effects

Of course, since the beginning, the Sims franchise has had two exterior lighting effects: daylight and nighttime. And it seems to me like it used to get darker in Sims 2 if there was a thunderstorm (required the Seasons expansion pack). But I may be mis-remembering that.

Exterior lighting effects are going to be something of a hot issue with Supernatural. The word on the street is that there will be clouds that will affect the exterior lighting. As in, if they pass the sun, the world will get darker - just as it does in real life. There may also be a combo effect between the new better (and more magical) moonlight and clouds. Not clear on that point.