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The Sims 4


Scenarios
TS4 Scenarios.png
The scenarios window on the main menu.

Not to be confused with Scenario (The Sims 2).

Scenarios are a feature that was added to The Sims 4 in patch 120. They consist of themed challenges that players can select from the main menu. After selecting a scenario, its description, requirements, and potential outcomes will be shown; and the player will be given the option to start the scenario in an existing save or in a new save. In patch 125, scenarios were updated with difficulty tags (easy, intermediate, or hard) to indicate how difficult they would be to complete.

They are similar to challenge events, which were occasionally available in the game up to 2018. However, challenge events were always active and the player couldn't choose to only run them in certain saves.

Completing a scenario[]

The scenario screen in live mode, showing the potential outcomes.

When a scenario is chosen, the player is taken to Create a Sim to make (or download) a household that fulfills the requirements, and then move them into a lot. However, some scenarios allow the player to use an existing household in the save. A window will be present at the top left of the screen as a reminder of the scenario, but the player is otherwise not forced to complete it. Completing one of the outcomes rewards each Sim in the household with either 5,000 satisfaction points (which can be spent in the rewards store), a potion, or a trait.

List of scenarios[]

Permanent scenarios[]

Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Engaged in Conflict.png
Engaged in Conflict
Intermediate Romance, Weddings
Description

An engaged couple is rethinking their relationship after a huge fight about how to make grilled cheese. A total meltdown over something so trivial might indicate deeper problems. Will cheesy romantic gestures and heartfelt conversations melt the tension before their wedding day?

Sims will start out as engaged but recently having had an argument, with high romance but not-so-great friendship.

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes
  • 2 Sims who are Young Adult or older
  • Sims must not be related to each other
  • Sims get married and have no negative Sentiments between them
  • Sims get married but have unresolved negative Sentiments between them
  • Sims break up before the wedding
  • Sims break up during the wedding
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Extraterrestrial Researcher.png
Extraterrestrial Researcher
Intermediate Collections, Skills
Description

A Sim obsessed with outer space knows we cannot be alone in the universe, and this Sim is determined to discover all there is to know about extraterrestrial creatures. Unfortunately, getting into space is not so easy. You need a lot of spare time, and possibly money, to go looking for these mysterious critters.

The first step: build a DIY rocket that can take the Sim to space and back home again safely (more or less)... how hard can it be?

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes
  • 1 Sim who is Young Adult or older
  • Bring back 5 unique alien critters from voyages into space
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Finding Love After a Breakup.png
Finding Love After a Breakup
Intermediate Romance
Description

A messy breakup is even messier for Sims who live together. Is there anything worth salvaging in this relationship or is it time to find new love?

Sims will start the scenario having recently broken up with each other.

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes
  • Sims must not be related to each other
  • 2 Sims who are Young Adult or older
  • A Sim is Soulmates with someone they've broken up with
  • A Sim is Best Friends with someone they've broken up with
  • A Sim is Soulmates with someone they've never broken up with
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Honeymooners.png
Honeymooners
Intermediate Romance, Weddings, Vacaction
Description

Two Sims are freelance artists, recently engaged, and recently moved to a new home far from family and friends. So, they're on their own with planning a small wedding and, on top of that, figuring out where to go for their honeymoon. Will they make some new friends to invite to the wedding, or keep the focus just on each other? And where will they go to celebrate the start of their new life together, just the two of them?

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes
  • 2 Sims who are Young Adult or older
  • Sims must not be related to each other
  • Married Sims WooHoo while on vacation
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario In The Moodlet.png
In The Moodlet
Easy Emotions, Friendship
Description

Working in Retail can be so stressful! Some Sims just have the worst luck and get all the rude customers. Can this Sim leave their problems at work and unwind at home?

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes
  • 1 Sim who is Young Adult or older
  • Control your Sim's emotions and complete all the goals!
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Making Money.png
Making Money
Easy Fortune
Description

Step 1: Move to a new place and start off without a single Simoleon in your bank account.
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Become a millionaire!

Household funds will be set to §0 after moving in to a lot.

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes

N/A

  • Have 1 million Simoleons (§1,000,000)
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario No Skills, No Problem.png
No Skills, No Problem
Intermediate Fortune
Description

A Sim cannot seem to ever get more skillful at... well, anything! It's made everything more difficult, from interpersonal relationships to holding a steady job, and, as a result, they've had to become quite resourceful, figuring out ways to work harder or smarter than everyone else. Can this unskilled Sim figure out how to hack life and earn some sweet Simoleons?

Household funds will be set to §0 after moving in to a lot.

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes
  • 1 Sim who is Young Adult or older
  • Have 400,000 Simoleons
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Plant-a-Sim.png
Plant-a-Sim
Easy Skills, Collections
Description

A Sim has recently acquired the mysterious Forbidden Fruit of the PlantSim. What harm could come from taking a bite or two? It's not like you're going to magically turn green, sprout leaves and begin your life as a PlantSim!?

Can the Sim reach their best Plant-self before time and the fruits run out? Or, will they realize that the plain old Sim life is their true calling?

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes
  • 1 Sim who is Young Adult or older
  • Complete all goals while living the PlantSim life!
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Power Couple.png
Power Couple
Easy Careers, Romance
Description

A married couple working in business have a friendly bet going about who will become CEO first. Can their marriage survive the cutthroat competition? Can they make room in their busy lives for more than their ambitions?

Both Sims will start out in Business Career as Assistant Managers with some relevant skills.

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes
  • Sims must not be related to each other
  • 2 Sims who are Young Adult or older
  • Both Sims make it to CEO
  • One Sim becomes a CEO, the other becomes an Angel Investor
  • Sims are no longer married
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Proud Parent.png
Proud Parent
Intermediate Family
Description

A Sim wants to be the best parent they can possibly be. Support your child from infancy all the way through their Teenage years with love and attention!

Can this new parent overcome all the pressures and difficulties of having a kid and lovingly nurture and raise their child?

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes
  • 1-2 Sims who are Young Adult or older
  • Raise your child from infancy through their Teenage years
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Rom-Com.png
Rom-Com
Easy Careers, Romance
Description

Two engaged Sims have a great friendship, but the romance has died. "It's Complicated" doesn't even begin to describe their relationship.

Can an aspiring comedian find humor in their personal life, make it big in showbiz, AND keep their personal life from falling apart?

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes
  • 2 Sims who are Young Adult or older
  • Sims must be engaged to each other
  • A Sim makes it to the Comedian branch of the Entertainer career and got their initial romantic relationship to Lovers or greater
  • A Sim makes it to the Comedian branch of the Entertainer career and broke up with their initial partner
  • A Sim makes it to the Comedian branch of the Entertainer career and is currently Soulmates with their initial partner
  • A Sim makes it to the Comedian branch of the Entertainer career but their initial partner has moved out or is deceased
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Super Rich Supervillain.png
Super Rich Supervillain
Intermediate Fortune, Careers
Description

Working as a Secret Agent can make a Sim cynical about the world, but it also means a lot of time spent wearing glamorous clothing, playing high-stakes poker, and being very picky about how your drinks are prepared. That luxurious lifestyle is appealing, but why settle for just being rich when you can also be villainous?

Household funds will be set to §0 after moving in to a lot.

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes
  • 1 Sim who is Young Adult or older
  • Have 500,000 Simoleons while in the Villain branch of the Secret Agent career
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Too Many Toddlers.png
Too Many Toddlers
Intermediate Family, Skills
Description

Can a Sim master the art of caring for a bunch of Toddlers and provide all the attention, care and love that they need to thrive?

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes
  • At least 3 Toddler Sims
  • At least 1 Young Adult or older Sim
  • Toddlers reach level 3 in 4 skills
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Troublemaker.png
Troublemaker
Easy Family, School, Friendship
Description

Moving to a new town and a new school could be a fresh start for a teen who's been more interested in causing mayhem than doing homework up until now. Will this teen turn things around and improve their grades at their new school, or turn the school upside down with more mischief?

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes
  • 2 Sims who are Adult or older
  • 1 Teen Sim
  • Adult Sims are married
  • Adult Sims are the parents of the Teen Sim
  • Teen is at least a B-student and has 5 friends
  • Teen is an A-student
  • Teen is Partners in Crime with another Sim and has done at least 1 school prank successfully
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Unlucky Chef.png
Unlucky Chef
Hard Careers
Description

A Sim is certain their destiny is to become a world-famous chef. There's just one little problem: this Sim is way more likely than most people to accidentally start fires while cooking. It's not merely a lack of skill, it's just some freakish bad luck.

Can the Sim survive the dangerous journey to culinary excellence? Or, will they decide that playing with fire isn't for them, and making fancy drinks seems like the safer route to success?

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes
  • 1 Sim who is Young Adult or older
  • Sim becomes a Celebrity Chef, despite the danger
  • Sim becomes a Celebrity Mixologist, a safer choice
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Perfectly Well Rounded.png
Well Rounded
Intermediate Careers, Friendship, Aspirations
Description

Some Sims need a little push in the right direction; they need to be shown the ropes, given the rundown, lowdown, and just generally rounded out.

This is the start of what could be an amazing Sim!

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes
  • 1 Sim who is Young Adult or older
  • Sim is level 3 in any Career, has 3 Friends, and completes 2 Milestones of an Aspiration

Limited time scenarios[]

Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Best Friends Forever.png
Best Friends Forever
Easy Friendship, Romance, School
Description

They say best friends are forever! Form bonds by making a childhood best friend and becoming good friends with other youthful Sims. Play, Adventure and form lifelong sentiments in the passion of youth, before entering into your Teenage years.

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes

This scenario is only available from May 25, 2022 to June 29, 2022.

  • 1 Child Sim
  • At least 1 Young Adult or older Sim
  • Create memories and forge the fires of friendship as a Child!

    Renewed friendship, blossoming love, rejection or heartbreak. Battle Teenage angst by carrying the story forward where relationships are tested and deeper bonds can form.
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Celebrate Carnival.png
Celebrate Carnaval
N/A Holiday
Description

Carnaval is here - a time to celebrate with music, food, and dance! Dress up, have fun, and enjoy a good company; in whatever way you choose to celebrate.

Sims age Teen and up will start with some cooking skill so they can be more successful in preparing tasty dishes.

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes

This scenario was only available until March 8, 2022.

N/A

  • Cook Acarajé, Pão de Queijo or Brigadeiro together with at least one other Sim
  • Have a Sim listen to Carnival Beats and Dance to it
  • Host a Party. Costumes are strongly encouraged.
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Cook Out.png
Cook Out
Easy N/A
Description

A Sim wants to perfect the art of grilling to impress all their friends and family at the next Cook Out.

Can they earn their license to grill in time for the next big Cook Out?

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes

This scenario was only available from June 23, 2022 to September 7, 2022.

  • 1 Sim who is Young Adult or Older
  • Prepare for the big cook out and perfect the art of grilling
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Explore the Night.png
Explore the Night
Hard N/A
Description

A Sim has been curious about the night and wants to explore everything it has to offer.

Can this Sim learn what's out there at night or will they simply fall asleep?

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes

This scenario is only available from June 23, 2022 to July 8, 2022.

  • 1 Sim who is Young Adult or Older
  • Discover what the night has to offer and complete the goals.
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Frog Fanatic.png
Frog Fanatic
Intermediate Collections
Description

A Sim is frantically trying to gather all the frog facts of the world. After all, frogs are ribbiting creatures that can be used for a whole slew of things...even breeding!

This frog fanatic toad-ally cannot wait to hop right into the nearest pond and collect all the frog friends.

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes

This scenario was only available from April 27, 2022 to May 24, 2022.

  • 1 Sim who is Young Adult or Older
  • Complete all the goals and find all the frog friends!
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Perfectly Well Rounded.png
Inspirational Mentor
Easy Skills, Friendship
Description

This Sim is all about learning and sharing her knowledge, and her goal is to help others grow! Sims can mentor in: Programming, Rocket Science, Comedy, Writing, Painting, Fishing, Handiness, Logic, Piano, Violin, Guitar, Fitness, Robotics, Fabrication and Knitting.

To mentor, reach level 10 in a mentorable skill and use the "Mentor" interaction on another Sim while they're practicing that skill. To write a skill book, reach level 5 in a skill and use the computer to "Write Skill Book" in the "Write" category.

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes

This scenario was only available from March 24, 2022 to April 25, 2022.

  • 1 Sim who is female Young Adult or Older
  • 1 Sim who is female Teen
  • Sim maxes a skill, mentors teen 5 times, is BFFs with mentee and writes a skill book
Icon and name Difficulty Themes
TS4 Scenario Surviving the Holidays.png
Surviving the Holidays
N/A Rivalry
Description

Two Sims who hate each other are stuck living together due to a convoluted backstory involving some gnomes and real estate scams, and both are too stubborn to move out. In the spirit of the season will they find a way to mend their differences, or at least find some way to make the situation more bearable to get through the holidays?

Sims will start the Scenario as enemies with grudges against each other.

Notes Requirements Potential outcomes

This scenario was only available from December 1, 2021 to January 5, 2022.

  • Sims must not be related to each other
  • 2 Sims who are Young Adult or older
  • Sims are friends without any negative sentiments
  • Sims are romantically involved as Enemies with Benefits
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