The Sims is a long-running franchise that started in 2000. The games developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts all center around life simulation. There wasn’t any comparable game like it at its release, which in part accounts for why it took off immediately with huge sales. The series and game type have inspired many other popular franchises with similar play, such as Stardew Valley and Animal Crossings. Despite today’s competition in the life simulation arena, The Sims is a massive franchise still going strong.
What is The Sims?
In The Sims games, there is no specific goal; instead, players are encouraged to live their simulated life and explore all the features provided to do just that. After beginning a game, players must care for their characters or Sims’ needs, including bladder, energy, hunger, hygiene, fun, and social. Sims will have jobs, hobbies, and relationships that can drain and fill these needs. Like in the real world, a Sim requires money to live, construct buildings such as homes, and customize them with the in-game currency called Simoleons. While there have been updates over time to expand upon gameplay, these features are at the core of every The Sims game.
The latest release is The Sims 4, which dropped in 2014 and is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems. Despite being almost ten years ago, the game still has life, thanks to its versatility, customization options, and a devoted fan base. The fans don’t just continue to support the game by playing it, though. Thanks to their creativity and love for the game, mods have become a staple of The Sims world. These fan-created mods are released regularly and add little things here and there to keep other fans playing or convince them to return.
The Sims Mods
Many games don’t approve mods since they are made outside the developer’s and publisher’s oversight. Depending on the game type, mods can ruin the experience for everyone or corrupt games. With The Sims, though, things are different. Luckily, publisher Electronic Arts seems to have embraced fans’ demonstrations of love for the game through their mod offerings.
The company doesn’t endorse mods but recognizes and allows them. As long as the creator isn’t making money from selling the mods, they are free to contribute them. Electronic Arts even goes so far as to recommend and set guidelines on how developers can earn money in exchange for their time on the work, such as having players pay for early access to content before it’s eventually made free to everyone. This positive relationship between the creative community and the teams behind the game has produced consistently impressive work.
One of the biggest of these fans and mod creators is Insimnia. They began creating top-quality content for The Sims 4 and officially released the first of it in early 2021. Since then, there have been monthly updates of new content to download into the game. This content includes everything from in-depth restaurant experiences such as Olive Garden to detailed and useable Gerber Baby Food.
Insimnia has a dedicated website where all the content is organized and posted for use. Since the mods can get pretty detailed, there are instructions on how to ensure all the mods work together and to their full potential, which usually consists of downloading others. The master modder has a connected Patreon where players can donate money for the hard work or subscribe to get early access to content.
On the site, Insimnia states they want to “help make The Sims more realistic through food, specifically, branded food”. In the last two years, they have done just that by creating hundreds of mods to use in The Sims. Here is some of our favorite custom content from Insimnia for The Sims 4.
Starbucks Custom Cafe
This mod replaces the regular coffee bar menu with 24 items from the Starbucks menu. You get the familiar logo on every cup that makes you crave a coffee just by looking at it. You can almost smell these realistic-looking drinks that your Sims can now take too long to choose from and enjoy. The caffeinated beverages also increase energy levels even more than regular caffeinated in-game items. The foods and drinks included will take longer to consume because the Sims will want to savor their selection and time in the coffee shop.
Included Starbucks Menu Items:
- Strawberry Funnel Cake
- Mocha Cookie Crumble
- Java Chip
- Strawberry Crème
- Vanilla Bean Crème
- Cold Brew Coffee
- Cold Brew Coffee with Milk
- Iced Coffee
- Iced Coffee with Milk
- Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew
- Iced Chocolate Almond milk Shaken Espresso
- Iced Guava Passionfruit Drink
- Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink
- Kiwi Starfruit Refreshers
- Mango Dragonfruit Refreshers
- Strawberry Açaí Refreshers
- Sausage, Cheddar & Egg Sandwich
- Turkey Bacon, Cheddar & Egg White Sandwich
- Double-Smoked Bacon, Cheddar & Egg Sandwich
- Chicken & Bacon Panini
- Turkey & Pesto Panini
- Tomato & Mozzarella Panini
Required: Get Together Expansion Pack
Functional Gatorade and Fruit Snacks
This mod has too much goodness not to make our favorite list. Your Sims will want to exercise for their health and social interaction, and when they exercise, they will need a drink. They also need something to drink in general if their weather is anything like ours, so why not make it some of your favorite flavors of Gatorade? Now, you can give your Sim an authentic flavor of Gatorade to hit in the gym. Keep your Sim hydrated and looking prepared in the gym while they do it.
- Lime Cucumber
- Cool Blue
- Fruit Punch
That’s not all, though; there are also new options for everyone’s favorite poppable school-treat fruit snacks. You can use this mode to give the kids real flavored fruit snacks for school or after a soccer game. Parents enjoy the occasional fruit snack, too, and there’s something for everyone with the variety provided.
- Welch’s Fruit Snacks Mixed Fruit
- Mott’s Fruit Flavored Snacks, Assorted Fruit
- Betty Crocker Mickey and Friends Snack
Kraft Macaroni and Cheese
Everybody loves macaroni and cheese. The go-to is usually Kraft, and the box and label have a comforting familiarity about them. Mac and cheese is a very common dinner item for a quick and easy meal that almost everyone will say yes to. This mod makes sense for any family to have around their kitchen, no matter their lifestyle. While the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese mod is just clutter for a visual effect, it is a solid addition to the game and compliments the family kitchen. Don’t worry; there are 8 different noodle styles and box art options, so everyone is happy.
Functional Custom Bar Even More Drinks
This mod adds on many popular and particular drinks that Sims can now order. The drinks all come in the appropriate drinkware, from martini glasses to copper mugs. These options allow your Sim the chance to order what they like instead of what is available. Opting for one of these drinks is clearly a choice and makes the character of the Sim stand out. Your order of a shot of whiskey says something about you and certainly won’t be confused with a light beer.
Mod Drink Items
- Patron Blueberry Martini
- Blue Hawaiian
- Blue Motorcycle
- Cranberry Vodka
- Bailey’s Espresso Martini
- Gin and Tonic
- Frozen Mango Margarita
- Moscow Mule
- Shot of Pink Whitney Vodka
- Remy Martin Vsop Cocktail
- Stella Rosa Midnight Sangria
- Strawberry Frozen Margarita
- Strawberry Soju
- Shot of Tequila
- Tequila Sunrise
- Shot of Whiskey
- Whiskey Sour
Required: Dine Out – for some drinks
Grocery Haul August 2022 – End of Summer BBQ
It’s the end of Summer as of the writing of this article, but that’s not the only reason it’s on our list of favorites. This mod drop offers so much quality content to your Sims lives. You get everything you need for a regular party. You can use these items to spruce up a birthday, host a football game watch party, or, as the title suggests, have a barbecue. These items have accompanied many a pool party, and those parties were better because of it. You get Doritos and barbecue and grilled items and sides.
Items and Recipes:
- Doritos Ncho Cheese Chips
- Doritos Cool Ranch Chips
- BBQ Checkin with Baked Beans
- Grilled Corn with Mac and Cheese
- Brisket with Potato Salad
Required: My Grocery Shopping List mod from 8/31/22
Krispy Kreme Custom Espresso Bar
While there is already a big-name coffee menu on this list, that menu doesn’t have nationally recognized doughnuts. Krispy Kreme may not be your favorite doughnut, but you’ve probably tried one. They have a specific look and taste that fans crave, especially when the “Hot Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Now” light is on.
This mod adds a good number of Krispy Kreme doughnuts directly off their menu. On top of that, you get access to Krispy Kreme’s full coffee menu. So, those of you who want to choose Krispy Kreme over Starbucks can do so with this mod.
Included Krispy Kreme Menu Items
- Chocolate Iced Glazed Doughnut
- Cake Batter Doughnut
- Original Glazed Doughnut
- Chocolate Iced Glazed Doughnut with Sprinkles
- Strawberry Iced Doughnut with Sprinkles
- Glazed Blueberry Cake Doughnut
- Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut
- Oreo Cookies and Kreme Doughnut
- Reese’s Classic Doughnut
- New York Cheesecake Doughnut
- Dulce De Leche Doughnut
- Dutch Apple Pie Doughnut
- Iced Caramel Specialty Latte
- Iced Caramel Mocha Specialty Latte
- Iced Mocha Specialty Latte
- Iced Pumpkin Spice Specialty Latte
- Iced Latte
- Iced Coffee
- Lemonade Chiller
- Strawberry Chiller
- Pumpkin Spice Specialty Latte
- Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate
- Vanilla Latte
- Caramel Mocha Specialty Latte
- Classic Brewed Coffee
Required: Get Together Expansion Pack
Grocery Haul Sept 2022
This mod update provides some particular food choice items. These aren’t anything incredibly exotic, but they are trendy. The mod includes multiple flavors of the cheap yet oddly enjoyable Nissin Cup Noodles. Some Sims need something cheap and easy because it’s what they can handle. Other Sims may simply get cold easily and want something to warm up. There are just some situations where Cup Noodles tend to pop up or are the best choice, and now that in-game void can be filled.
In a completely different direction, but just as specific niche are the avocado-based items in the mod. These healthy additions have nothing to do with cheap, staying warm, or noodles but may be as popular as Cup Noodles. This mod includes an avocado toast to try to stay healthy, look hip, or have an accurate-looking brunch menu. Even the ingredients used to make this dish are brand names. This option is definitely a character choice that will help define your Sim.
Recipes and Ingredients Included:
- Nissin Cup Noodles, Beef Flavor
- Nissin Cup Noodles, Chicken Flavor
- Nissin Cup Noodles, Shrimp Flavor
- Avocado Cream Cheese Toast
- Avocado Toast
- Del Monte Avocados
- Philadelphia Cream Cheese
- Arnold White Bread
Required: My Grocery Shopping List mod from 9/30/33 update