- 1 Bathroom
- 2 Brands
- 3 City
- 4 College
- 5 Dating
- 6 Eco living and environment
- 7 Fame
- 8 Family
- 9 Farming and country life
- 10 Fashion
- 11 Festivals and holidays
- 12 Hobby
- 13 Island life
- 14 Kitchen
- 15 Luxury
- 16 Magic
- 17 Movie
- 18 Nightlife
- 19 Outdoor
- 20 Party
- 21 Pets
- 22 Professions and businesses
- 23 Retro
- 24 Social life
- 25 Sports
- 26 Supernatural and occults
- 27 Time travel
- 28 Vacation
- 29 Weather
- 30 Notes
- 31 References
The enhancement in bathroom design appears in The Sims 2: Kitchen and Bath Interior Design Stuff and The Sims 3: Master Suite Stuff.
Items from real-life brands are featured in The Sims 2: H&M Fashion Stuff, The Sims 2: IKEA Home Stuff, The Sims 3: Katy Perry's Sweet Treats, The Sims 3: Diesel Stuff, The Sims 4: Moschino Stuff and The Sims 4: Journey to Batuu.
A neighborhood called Belladonna Cove appears in The Sims 2: Apartment Life, which features several apartment buildings as well as an urban-themed atmosphere. The Sims 3: Late Night features the city world Bridgeport, home to penthouses and dance clubs, and a big aspect of the pack is city life. The Sims 4: City Living reintroduces the concept, along with a new city world named San Myshuno. The Sims 4: Get Famous also has some minor elements of city life, as it comes with the city world of Del Sol Valley.
The college theme is featured in The Sims 2: University, The Sims 3: University Life and The Sims 4: Discover University, where Sims can seek and pursue further education at college. While at college, Sims will also encounter and experience the college life: throwing parties, joining a Greek house and studying.
Dating is the main theme of The Sims: Hot Date, as well as one of the themes that come in The Sims 2: Nightlife, and again, The Sims 3: Generations. The dating feature enables two paired Sims to spend their time together doing romantic activities. The Sims 4: Romantic Garden Stuff features decors and interactive objects to build a romantic garden. The Sims 4: Dine Out also features romantic dinners.
Eco living and environment
Eco living is the main theme of The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle. Green energy objects are also included in The Sims 2: Mansion and Garden Stuff, whilst The Sims 2: Seasons introduced composting. The Sims 3: Ambitions included recycling and an eco-friendly trait. The Sims 4: Island Living included a Conservationist career and has various actvities related to cleaning up the world of Sulani.
Fame is the main theme in The Sims: Superstar, The Sims 3: Showtime and The Sims 4: Get Famous, as well as one of the themes in The Sims 3: Late Night. Sims are able to work in the Fame career, become celebrities or performers, and pursue their dreams in general in order to get famous. The Sims 3: Movie Stuff adds various themed items and outfits from popular Hollywood film genres.
Family is the main theme of The Sims: Livin' Large and The Sims 3: Generations. While Livin' Large doesn't primarily focus on the interaction between families, it introduced several new features at a time when the series was new. Meanwhile, the main focus of Generations is on the family, where family time is made more elaborate, and Sims are meant to "Live the Life to the Fullest". The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff adds items related to family and children into The Sims 2. The Sims 4: Kids Room Stuff adds more items for kids, puppet theatre and Voidcritter Battle Station. Family is also the main theme of The Sims 4: Parenthood and The Sims 4: Toddler Stuff.
Farming and country life
Country and farming-related gameplay include the raising of farm animals, growing crops, selling produce and gardening. It is the main theme of The Sims 4: Cottage Living as well as one of the major themes of The Sims: Unleashed and The Sims 2: Seasons. It is also minorly featured in The Sims 3: Pets as well as some items from The Sims 3 Store.
Festivals and holidays
Festivals and Holidays is a theme that appears in The Sims 3: Seasons, The Sims 4: City Living, The Sims 4: Seasons and The Sims 4: Snowy Escape. Holiday-themed items also appear in The Sims 2: Holiday Party Pack, The Sims 2: Happy Holiday Stuff, The Sims 4: Holiday Celebration Pack and The Sims 4: Spooky Stuff.
In The Sims 2: FreeTime, Sims can pursue their hobbies and have preferences between different types of activities, building hobby enthusiasm as a result. Hobbies are also somewhat present in The Sims 3: Ambitions, and different hobby related activities are included in The Sims 4: Get Together, The Sims 4: Seasons, The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle and The Sims 4: Nifty Knitting Stuff.
Island life is a theme prominently featured in The Sims Castaway Stories, The Sims 3: Island Paradise and The Sims 4: Island Living. It usually features a residential island world that includes various activities such as jet skiing, boats, mermaids, and exploring ocean depths. It is also featured to a lesser extent with Twikkii Island in The Sims 2: Bon Voyage and Sunlit Tides from The Sims 3 Store.
A set of kitchen furniture and appliances that improves or enriches the atmosphere of the cooking and dining experience with The Sims 2: Kitchen & Bath Interior Design Stuff, The Sims 4: Cool Kitchen Stuff and The Sims 4: Country Kitchen Kit.
Luxury is a theme based on the stuff appearing in The Sims 2: Glamour Life Stuff, The Sims 2: Mansion and Garden Stuff, The Sims 3: High End Loft Stuff, The Sims 4: Luxury Party Stuff, The Sims 4: Perfect Patio Stuff, The Sims 4: Vintage Glamour Stuff and The Sims 4: Get Famous.
Magic appears as the main theme in The Sims: Makin' Magic and The Sims 4: Realm of Magic, and is a theme in The Sims 2: Apartment Life. Magic is reintroduced in the The Sims 3: Supernatural, along with fairies and witches. The medium skill, which is a mystical art easily learned by spellcasters, is a major theme in The Sims 4: Paranormal Stuff.
Movies form a central theme in The Sims 3: Movie Stuff and The Sims 4: Movie Hangout Stuff, and to a lesser extent in The Sims 4: Get Famous. The movie theme typically revolves around movie sets, props, and costumes for the big screen, or on objects relating to cinematic enjoyment and home theaters.
Nightlife is the main theme of The Sims 2: Nightlife and one of the main themes in The Sims 3: Late Night. The theme of nightlife focuses on after-dark activities that involve visiting downtown or going to various clubs and lounges in the city, along with other vital roles of these expansion packs, such as vampires. Nightlife was reintroduced in The Sims 4: Get Together, although additional aspects were also added in subsequent expansion packs, such as nighttime festivals and karaoke bars in The Sims 4: City Living, bowling at night in The Sims 4: Bowling Night Stuff, and nighttime talent shows in The Sims 4: Get Famous. The Sims 4: Discover University also has minor elements of nightlife such as, nighttime juice kegger party.
Outdoor is a theme that mostly focuses on outdoor stuff and is appearing in The Sims 2: Mansion & Garden Stuff, The Sims 3: Outdoor Living Stuff, The Sims 3: Town Life Stuff, The Sims 4: Outdoor Retreat, The Sims 4: Perfect Patio Stuff, The Sims 4: Romantic Garden Stuff, The Sims 4: Backyard Stuff, The Sims 4: Courtyard Oasis Kit and The Sims 4: Cottage Living.
Parties are the main focus of The Sims: House Party, in which the ability to throw a party was introduced for the first time. Parties are also enhanced in The Sims 3: Generations, where there are even more types of parties. The Sims 2: Celebration! Stuff, The Sims 4: Luxury Party Stuff and The Sims 4: Spooky Stuff added more party objects for The Sims 2 and The Sims 4, respectively. More varieties of parties were released with The Sims 4: Get Together. While the main focus of The Sims 4: Movie Hangout Stuff isn't partying, Sims can invite a few friends over to watch a movie together.
Pets is a theme used in many games throughout The Sims series. Sims can keep pets as part of their life in The Sims: Unleashed, The Sims 2: Pets, The Sims 3: Pets, The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs, and The Sims 4: My First Pet Stuff. Pets are also featured in many console games; as seen here.
Professions and businesses
In addition to going to work in careers, Sims can run businesses or perform jobs in a profession. These features enable Sims to earn money in ways other than just going to work with adequate skills. Sims can now be seen and controlled, as they perform the work in their profession or business. This theme is present in The Sims 2: Open for Business, The Sims 3: Ambitions, The Sims 3: Showtime, The Sims 4: Get to Work, The Sims 4: Dine Out, The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs, The Sims 4: Get Famous and The Sims 4: Dream Home Decorator.
Décor and fashion from yesteryear are the main theme of The Sims 3: 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff, The Sims 4: Vintage Glamour Stuff and The Sims 4: Throwback Fit Kit. The Sims 4: Paranormal Stuff includes furniture and clothing inspired by the 1970s.
With the addition of reputation and social class, Sims don't just interact with each other and do things unnoticed. What Sims do towards others gets noticed as part of the Social Life theme in The Sims 2: Apartment Life. Social groups, a similar feature to social class, returned in The Sims 3: University Life. Social life was heavily revamped in The Sims 4: Get Together, while the reputation system returned in The Sims 4: Get Famous.
Supernatural and occults
Supernatural occurances and occults are primary themes in The Sims: Makin' Magic, The Sims 3: Supernatural, The Sims 4: Spooky Stuff, The Sims 4: Vampires, The Sims 4: StrangerVille, The Sims 4: Realm of Magic and The Sims 4: Paranormal Stuff. These packs often focus solely on new life states and/or fantasy gameplay. Most expansion packs for The Sims 2, The Sims 3 and The Sims 4 also include one or more life states as a side feature. For example vampires in The Sims 2: Nightlife and The Sims 3: Late Night, witches in The Sims 2: Apartment Life and The Sims 3: Supernatural, PlantSims in The Sims 2: Seasons, The Sims 3: University Life and The Sims 4 or aliens in The Sims 2, The Sims 3: Seasons and The Sims 4: Get to Work.
Time travel is the primary theme of The Sims 3: Into the Future, where Sims can use a time portal to travel to Oasis Landing, a world set in the distant future. It is also touched upon briefly in The Sims 3: Ambitions with the introduction of the time machine.
The Vacation feature is introduced in The Sims: Vacation, and is the main theme in The Sims 2: Bon Voyage, The Sims 3: World Adventures, The Sims 3: Island Paradise, The Sims 4: Snowy Escape, The Sims 4: Outdoor Retreat, The Sims 4: Jungle Adventure, and in The Sims 4: Journey to Batuu. The main purpose of this theme is to show Sims other parts of the world in their respective games, and to give them ways to spend their time and relax while on vacation. The Sims 3: World Adventures and The Sims 4: Jungle Adventure primarily focus on exploration and adventuring while The Sims 3: Island Paradise primarily focuses on relaxation and vacations. The Sims 4: Outdoor Retreat focuses on camping, similar to vacationing in Three Lakes in The Sims 2: Bon Voyage.
Seasons and seasonal activities are introduced for the first time in The Sims 2: Seasons, where weather mechanics, such as rain and snow, will occur. A weather theme for The Sims 3 and The Sims 4 was introduced in The Sims 3: Seasons and The Sims 4: Seasons, respectively. The Sims 4: Snowy Escape utilizes some aspects of winter from The Sims 4: Seasons, but Seasons is not required to play it. Basic precipitation such as rain or rain with thunder are also present in other games: The Sims 2: Pets (console), The Sims 2: Castaway and The Sims Castaway Stories.
- "Content pack" is an unofficial term used to refer to expansion, game or stuff packs; as no official term exists.