Magic and the paranormal is evident The Sims series. It can be seen in almost all games in some form, but most especially in The Sims: Makin' Magic, The Sims 2: Apartment Life, The Sims Medieval, The Sims 3: Supernatural and The Sims 4: Realm of Magic.
Magic can fail for many reasons:
- Many spells will backfire on the caster if the target also has magic.
- The caster's needs are low.
- Low Logic skill.
- Each charm has a condition that will cause it to backfire.
Making spells and charms requires magic ingredients, which must be added to the proper object in the proper order. Adult spells require the Spellbound Wand Charger, which is included in the Mystery Man's box as well as being available in Buy mode. Adult charms require the EverAfter Crafter. Children use the MagiCo NeoMagical Newt to make spells and charms.
The Sims 2Edit
In University, Sims who have gone through a college education can work in the Paranormal career. Its associated career reward is the Resurrect-O-Nomitron, which allows them to resurrect deceased Sims that they know of.
True magic in the same fashion as The Sims: Makin' Magic was reintroduced in Apartment Life. Magic can have positive or negative results. Spells are divided into Good, Neutral, and Evil. Magic reagents are needed to cast spells, but it is enough for a witch/warlock to have them in inventory when casting.
Witches/warlocks can also craft special items, such as lamps of different category variations and thrones. These come in "good" and "evil" variants, based on the witch/warlock's current alignment.
The Sims MedievalEdit
Spells can be learned through the correct alignment of runes and can be cast on other Sims. Most spells can be learned after gaining enough experience, though there are easter egg spells in the game.
The Sims 3Edit
Mummies can curse a Sim if they win a fight against them. This can be dangerous to the Sim if the curse is not treated in time.
Another store item, the Malleable Mimic Voodoo Doll, can be bound to specific Sims and used for their benefit or detriment according to the player's wishes.
The Sims 4Edit
Prior to Realm of Magic, magic in The Sims 4 was limited. Sims can use voodoo dolls if they have a level 4 or higher mischief skill. A wishing well is included in The Sims 4: Romantic Garden Stuff, which can magically grant Sims' wishes. In Jungle Adventure, Sims can be cursed in multiple ways and can transform into a skeleton.
True magic returns in Realm of Magic. Sims can become spellcasters (a new occult type) and can learn various spells, curses and potions. They are also able to bind familiars to themselves, including dogs and cats. Magic is split into four distinct styles: Practical, Mischief, Untamed and Alchemy.
Magic can be used in a variety of ways. Magic can be used to boost a Sim's motives (or decrease them). If Get Famous is installed, spellcasters might affect their reputation if they use magic in public.