Can you believe it? 15 years ago, on the 4th February 2000, The Sims was released in North America and the world was never the same. Hard to believe that it’s been that long since Bob and Betty Newbie first moved into 7 Sim Lane.
The Sims, which was almost never made, exploded in the PC market and became the #1 Best Selling PC Game of all time! That caught everyone by surprise!
Since then we’ve had three sequels, several spin-offs, console ports, plenty of expansion packs and a wonderful community has formed who enjoy celebrating The Sims and sharing their creations.
Here’s to many more years of playing with life. Happy Birthday to The Sims, and a huge thank you to EA, Maxis and Will Wright!
The Store team confirmed that the Last Venue of Amore is the last Store set for The Sims 3 Store. It’s sad to see that day by day, The Sims 3 is drifting away as The Sims 4 is getting closer. However, I’m happy that the Store team ended the Store with a beautiful venue! The venue is a beautiful new lot and the objects that comes with it really have that beautiful touch. The new venue is available for 1,900 SimPoints
I’m dividing this review into some parts so that it’ll be easier to read
Gondola of The Sinking City Premium Content
Buy/Build Mode Objects
The Last Venue of Amore is a 64×64 (yes, It’s huge!) with many buildings! The building in the middle is a cathedral and you can use it for weddings. You can see some buildings surrounding the cathedral. There isn’t nothing much inside those buildings but you can decorate it if you want to. Starting from the left, there’s a nice room for sitting and if you go through the passage, you will see a bedroom and you can find a couch and a TV upstairs. Then after crossing the bridge you’ll see some rooms with old wallpapers which are my favourite! Just like that, you’ll see many rooms like this as your Sim pass by. Here are some screenshots:
So this is the exterior part of the venue and in the last three pictures you can easily see what the venue looks like and what’s in there. Here are the pictures of interior:
I think the Store focused on the exterior this time. I love how the venue looks from outside and be sure to place it in Monte Vista! It really looks gorgeous when the sky has that orange tint. It is relaxing to see when the gondola passes by (YES! There are gondolas!) There’s a relaxing place for eating and chilling outside and it is truly a relaxing scene. There’s nothing much inside the rooms so you could add something extra but It’s all about the outside this time and the gondola, of course! There are bridges built over the canals and it looks like a film, oh my!
GONDOLA OF THE SINKING CITY PREMIUM CONTENT
Included with the new venue is a premium content called the Gondola of The Sinking City. For the first time ever your Sims can ride a gondola! The content is not sold individually so you need to buy it with the set. The gondola can be used by child, teen, young adult, adult and elders. I’m glad children can ride the gondola too. Keep in mind that in order to use the gondola, you have to place it in canals, you have to connect them. If you don’t do, you’ll get this message:
You have seen that in the past few sets, we would have to connect the tent pieces together to make a tent. The same happens here but this time they are canals and to be honest, they are easier to connect than the tent pieces. Here are all the canals:
You would have to place the gondola on a canal entrance first to make it work. Here are some tips: First place the Entrance Canal, straight canal, corner canal and so on. After your Sim rides the gondola, it will return to the place it started. Only two Sims can sit on the gondola. Here are the interactions available with the gondola:
So I’m starting with “Give Ride to” first. Here, your Sim will give ride to the selected Sim just like here shown below:
While your Sim rides, your Sim will react to the ride in different ways. Some will look around and point, others will look surprised as shown below:
Whoops, please forget the cow there!
Your Sim can also test the canal and see If It’s ready to use:
If your Sims are close enough with each other and if they have a higher relationship, the following options will be available:
In order to enable these options, make sure they have a higher relationship (up to Romantic Interest will be okay)
So, this is how WooHoo looks like on the gondola
if you click the WooHoo, cuddle or make out options, It would take a while for the gondola to stop. I don’t know If you’re experiencing this but It takes way TOO long for my gondola to stop.
After the ride, relationship will improve and you’ll get this moodlet:
Another thing I want to point out is that your Sims won’t get on the gondola by themselves. They will pop in there just like how they get in the car. I wish they got there by themselves.
Now you can build bridges in The Sims 3! In order to make the bridge, you would have to place stairs and attach the bridge to the stairs. There’s also a piece that works as an extender. Here’s a bridge I built to show you all:
I know It didn’t go as well as I planned. You can add the foundation If you want to. It’s your wish.
BUY/BUILD MODE OBJECTS
There are new buy/build mode objects with this set and I must say, they are really amazing. The new cathedral window is my favourite so far, the detail is just beyond amazing! It would be nice to use them at weddings! I love that big windows with ivy around it. It would go nice with almost everything. The door is one of my favourite objects too. I adore the design on the upper part and that curve shape is pretty too! There’s also a new fountain too which looks quite dull but that’s just my opinion. The bridge was a great addition to the set and I’m glad they added it. The thing I liked the most are the wallpapers! They are SO nice! I like the ‘old’ and ‘rustic’ style of them. They neither look dull nor too old. The wallpapers are a plus point to this venue! Below are the pictures of all the buy/build mode stuff:
To combine all the stuff together, first let me talk about the venue. I have no words to say about the venue. It is a beautiful lot with no errors. I don’t like the interior that much but I am in love with the exterior. It’s nice to see sims riding the gondola and pass by every buildings; it reminds me of Venice! The premium content goes along well with this venue. The Store added new animations to it like when the Sim is sitting on the gondola, your Sims will react to it. I hate that it takes a long time for it to stop after clicking the WooHoo option. I’m unsure if that happens to everyone who own the venue. I wish the gondola could roam around freely with no canals but I understand It would take a lot of coding to make it work like that so that’s fine. I have no complaints about the Buy/Build mode objects. They are stunning and they go very well with the set. Are you unsure whether you want to buy the set or not? Here are some questions I want to ask: Do you want new wallpapers in your game? What do you think of bridges and gondolas in your game? Do you want different types of windows in your game? But that’s just me helping you decide Hope you all enjoyed reading my review!
A new set called Brunch at the Old Mill released at The Sims 3 Store on the 3rd of July. Brunch at The Old Mill set is now available for 1450 SimPoints till 7/8/14 (The original price of the set is 1700 SimPoints.) Keep in mind that this is a set, not a venue. The set contains 28 items including 3 premium content-
Old Miller Tea Time Set
Grandma’s Canning Station
Old Mill Water Wheel
I’m diving this review into some parts:
The Old Mill
Old Miller Tea Time Set
Grandma’s Canning Station
Old Mill Water Wheel
New rustic L-shaped stairs
Buy/build mode objects
THE OLD MILL
Like I said, It’s a set and there’s no venue. You have to download a separate one which SimGuruKitty uploaded on the exchange. Well, she uploaded two lots actually. They can be placed in 53 and 57 Waterfall Way in Sunset Valley. You can download the lots for FREE:
The Old Mill lot- http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=8314506
Stoney Falls Near the Old Mill- http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=8314505
While the Old Mill is the main lot, Stoney Falls near the Old Mill is a normal lot but It’s a pretty beautiful lot and perfect for fishing! The Old Mill lot is a 36×47 lot, It’s quite small but the whole lot is completely filled with beautiful flowers, a water wheel and a little waterfall too. Inside the lot is a place for Sims to drink tea and have fun with friends. There’s a nice pond outside too. I recommend placing the lot either in Sunset Valley or Aurora Skies! Here are some pictures of the lot:
OLD MILLER TEA TIME SET
For the first time ever, your Sims can drink tea in The Sims 3! (yes, TEA!!) Sims can finally experience the daily life of a British. This premium content is not sold individually so you need to buy it along with the set. I hope It is sold individually in the future. Actually, this isn’t a tea set but has a table attached to it. If you want to use this object, the table will be there which is quite sad. I hope there’s a mod to place the tea set on different tables. Up to four sims can have tea and you can ONLY place four chairs. There are two interactions: 1) Make a Cup of Tea 2) Serve Tea.
While your Sim is making a cup of tea, he/she only makes for himself and other Sims can join by clicking the table. While your Sim serves tea, your Sim will make cups of tea depending on how many chairs there are. I love the little animations the Sims do while making a cup of tea and they have a nice little chat with other Sims while they drink tea. There are no moodlets. Here is how Sims serve tea:
Please don’t mind the horse in the pictures Keep in mind that while drinking tea, it could increase your Sims energy and hunger but it would also decrease their bladder so keep an eye out If your Sim drinks too much tea! My one almost had a bladder failure.
GRANDMA’S CANNING STATION
he second premium content is the canning machine which would enable your Sims to make jam and preserves using the harvestables your Sim has in his/her’s inventory. To make the jam or preserves, your Sim need three harvestables of same type in their inventory and put it in the canning machine. Here is the canning machine:
The process is quite simple. Here’s my Sim making chocolate spread using the cocoa harvestables:
Not only you can make chocolate spread but also jam with other harvestables too! But I used cocoa just for an example. You can also use the jam and spread on scones and toast! If you open the preserves, you can reuse the harvestable but if you open the jam, you can spread it on scones or toast as I have mentioned. Once you sim makes the jam, you can find it in their inventory and you will get these interactions:
Scones and toast:
After eating this a moodlet will be available: (Yeah, jammin’!)
If your Sim uses strawberry as a harvestable, your Sim will get a special type of moodlet:
I wish Sims could have tea and scones/toast together while having tea.
OLD MILL WATER WHEEL
Old Mill Water Wheel is the third premium content. Although there’s nothing much you could do with it, It’s a beautiful object that moves and makes peaceful sounds. You can also use this content for a farm you built or use them in community or residential lots too.The only interaction available here is “Fish” They come in different colours too:
Keep in mind that this water wheel doesn’t catch any ordinary fish but a special type of fish which is quite terrifying and shocked me! Yeah, sharks!! It will catch random objects too.
I heard that there are sharks in oceans and seas, but in a water wheel (like what?) but that is interesting!
There are no special animations your Sims could react to. Your Sim can only just fish. I wish there were some animations added to it like touching the water and other animations etc but it’s a pretty good content I must say.
The Canning Station Premium Content also comes with two new harvestables- Corn and cucumber
NEW RUSTIC L-SHAPED STAIRS
Included with the set is a rustic type L-shaped stairs that is quite different from the ones in the Prism Art Studio Venue. These L-shaped stairs actually has a Victorian touch and I prefer this much more than the ones included in the Prism Art Studio Venue. As always, there are right and left pieces as show above. I’m glad that these stairs aren’t glitch like the ones from the Now And Then Manor where the colours wouldn’t mix. However, I’m happy to see that there are no glitches in this one.
BUILD/BUY MODE OBJECTS
There are total 28 objects included in Buy/Build mode. All the objects are pretty and give me the classical feeling. I love the lighting with jars of firefly! The fireplace is my favorite too; i love the round shape of it and how it is decorated with bamboos. There are three types of chimneys which are for decor only or you can use them as columns. Love the idea that they are recolourable. There’s also two types of fences- Stone Faced Rock Fence and Rock Steady Fence. The Stone Faced Rock Fence has three types of recolours and love the one which is recoloured black and has red linings. The well and the butter churner is a decor. I wish the butter churner was a premium content, would go fantastic with farming objects! The Shire Gate is like the Stone Faced Rock Fence and has the same three types of recolours. It would go well with the fence. The Way The Moss Grows Stone Steps is a new kind of stairs where the steps are covered with moss! I’ve been waiting to see that for a long time. I konw I would be using these in my outdoor builds and I would love to see what other simmers of the community does with it! The Hay Now Cart is a decor and would go well with farms. The best thing I like about the set is the IVY! There are so many of them and would go well with almost every buildings you create! You can also drag it up and down! Below are the images of all the Buy/Build mode objects:
I’m quite pleased with the price of the set being 1450/1700 SimPoints. Considering that the original price of the set is 1,700 I would have much preferred 1500 SimPoints. However, other than that the price seems quite okay to me as the premium content included this time are better than the previous set in my opinion. I love the theme of the set and the fact that they didn’t include a venue and uploaded a free lot to the Exchange is quite impressive. Otherwise people would’ve to pay for the whole venue. The Old Mill is a wonderful lot, SimGuruKitty did an amazing job building the lot. The theme of the lot goes well with the set and is very pleasant. I would’ve loved if they added something funny to the tea set, like a Sim is drinking the tea but accidentally drops it on the floor. Some new moodlets would have been fine too. Apart from these, the tea premium content is one of my favourite PC from this set! Preserves and jams were perfect addition to this set. However, the scones and toast are covered in the same colour. For example, If you spread chocolate spread on a scone, it would have the same color as the one covered in strawberry jam which is well… weird. The water wheel is a funny and nice little premium content. it’s funny that you can find sharks in it! But I love how beautiful it looks by watching it. The Build/Buy mode objects are mostly decor but the objects are really nice. I’m glad that there are corns for decor. I use them almost in every lot I create! This is one of the best Store sets I’ve tried out but wish there was something more. Thanks for reading our review!
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A brand new set has been released on The Sims 3 store called the ‘Brunch at the Old Mill’. This new set includes 28 new items, 3 of which are premium content. This set also sees the return of the L-Shaped stairs which were removed from an earlier store set due to errors.
Check out Tazreen’s review of The Now & Then Century Manor, and find out how the store has once again astonished us, despite a few shortfalls.
As we know, new Store content releases at the first week of every month. The newest Store venue, The Now & Then Century Manor was released on May 1st, 2014. This new Store content is a remake of The Sims 2 Mansion & Garden Stuff and brought back the Second Empire roof pieces and the stairs! This set is also a part II of the Bohemian Garden which was released in March. The Bohemian Garden set focused on outdoor, gardening etc but this set is all about for building. This set doesn’t include all the objects from TS2 Mansion & Garden Stuff, only includes a few objects from there. There are no premium content but includes doors, windows etc. There are two new themes- rustic and elegant. The new objects does not however, adds new gameplay and new animations. This is a suitable set for simmers who like to build. The price of this set is now 1,900 SimPoints. It was on sale for 1,700 SimPoints until 5/6/14 . There are total 42 items and there are no Create-A-Sim assets. The objects are not available for individual purchase as it’s a venue.
THEME AND THE VENUE
I’m going to talk about the theme first. The theme is a remake of the Second Empire theme from TS2 Mansion & Garden Stuff. Second Empire theme was popular in the 18th century and is an architectural style. It’s a mix of earlier European style. This is how the venue looks but the Store added some spice into it. As you can see, there are two venue not one. The store created two venues; one is a venue full of broken objects and has a rustic touch into it and looks haunted and gloomy while the other one is elegant and the objects are not broken in this one. Just for example, here’s a real life gloomy and haunted looking house, focused on the Second Empire theme:
This one looks nice and is nicer than the gloomy-looking one:
This is how the Store designed the venue. One’s gloomy and the other one is elegant. Like the idea though! You can see in both of the pictures that there’s four-sided gambrel styled mansard roofs. To say the truth, this venue focuses on building and the mansion aspects.
The Then Century Manor
This is the first time that the Store created two venues in one whole set! Also there are same objects in two different forms – Gloomy and Elegant. The Then Century Manor is a 30×40 lot (residential) This venue is completely perfect and there are no broken stuff in here. The price of the venue in-game is 248,457 Simoleons! Yeah, that’s expensive. There is a butterfly fog emitter effect in the lawn. There are 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Here are some screenshots:
The Now Century Manor
The Now Century Manor is the second venue and is 40×30 residential lot, quite different from the other manor’s lot size. This one has the same objects like the other one. The only difference is that the objects are kinda broken and has a rusty look. The price of the lot in-game is 175,714 Simoleons. The price is less and cheaper than the other one. This is most probably because the objects here have the dark and rustic touch. There are also lots of fog emitters for bugs and fogs!
Here are all the fog emitters I found on The Now Century Manor so far:
Here are the screenshots of the venue:
MANSARD ROOF KIT
There are 7 mansard roof pieces. All the pieces are used for decorating your roof and they are available in different shapes and corners. I think this is the first time I’m obsessed with roof pieces in the game. They are quite easy to use. I find them easier to put them on the edge instead of the whole roof. Here are all of the roof pieces with their prices and the tile space they occupy is included:
There are new stairs included with this venue. You must have seen these in The Sims 2 Mansion & Garden Stuff. There’s no new animations included with these stairs which quite disappointed because animations would have been appreciated for these beautiful- looking stairs. Keep in mind that while placing the stairs, you have to put the railings separately and as you see on the picture above, you can increase the length of the stairs. This doesn’t work like the L-shaped stairs as you’ve seen in the Prism Art Studio venue. The L-shaped stairs had all the railings and everything properly arranged while in this one, you have to arrange it yourself. There’s a bug with these stairs, once you uninstall the Prism Art Studio the stairs may become unusable. Here are the three types of stairs:
This is how it looks like when you join them all together:
But there’s a bug with these stairs which I found quite annoying. Notice how the yellow carpet mixes with the blue one? I tried with every colours but didn’t work.
Press alt, move it away but not too much. So here’s what I did:
BUILD/BUY MODE OBJECTS
As always, new buy/build mode objects are included. Almost all of the objects are used for building and most of them are decor stuff too. There’s a new dead hedge and you can place it diagonally. There are same objects in two different forms. One consists of broken objects and the other one consists of “un-broken” objects. I expected L-shaped stairs to be in the venue but unfortunately, there are no L-shaped stairs this time. If you look closely at the broken objects, you’ll see some objects, such as the doors, look almost real (just like a real broken door!) This impressed me. However, the mansard stairs are quite disappointing because of the bug I mentioned earlier. And did I mention that spider webs are included?! Best thing for creating a haunted house. There’s a Forgotten Ironwork Fence which is a replica of the one from The Sims 1:
Found this while playing The Sims 1 in Old Town. I love when we get the old stuff back from older Sims series!
Here are all the buy mode objects:
Just like always, I’ve done something just to show how the objects look outside the venue. Here’s a house I built which looks bright and clean outside but the inside looks… kinda rustic
I think the price is okay this time. There are total 40 objects! Plus there’s a venue actually two venues! So 40 objects + two venues= 1900 SimPoints makes pretty much sense. I’m so glad the price wasn’t 2000 SimPoints and it wouldn’t be fair at all if it was 2000 SP because there is no PC this time. All right, enough of the ranting; I love the venue. The fact that the Store created two venues in two different forms just made me a bit surprised. We never got two venues in one single set and it’s so perfect. I’ve always wanted broken windows, doors and spiders webs in The Sims 3. It was clever and a creative move, Store. The theme? YES. I love it. Like I’ve said, I always love things from the older Sims series. I’m really not a fan of the European and Second Empire theme but seeing this content come to life in The Sims 3 made me like it. So, no complaints here. Also, the roof pieces are amazing. I’m using these almost everyday. Plus It’s so much fun to join them and design them in your own way, you know. The Buy/Build Mode objects are okay but the stair bug is quite annoying, other than that It’s not bad. Broken objects? Not bad at all. The fact that they included the Forgotten Ironwork Fence from The Sims 1 cheered me up a bit and It looks much better than the one in TS1 because of the graphics. I’m looking forward to build a house filled with broken objects. To say the truth everyone, at first I thought I was not going to like the venue and wasn’t pleased at all (before it was released) but I was wrong. I like all the things overall. There are tons and tons of Buy/Build mode objects. No premium content this time but I’m actually quite happy. The Store astonished us (in a good way) once again.