Sims 4 Expansion: Cottage Living

LQ: 8.85


Brain grade: 8.4
Fun score: 9.3

Game Type: ESRB Rating: Teen Platform/Console: , , , , LWK Recommended Age: 12+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

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The latest and greatest Sims 4 expansion pack is Cottage Living. Cottage Living introduced players to the new world of Hemford-on-Bagley which is inspired by rural England. The new beautiful world is the perfect place for players to use new features included in the pack such as cross stitching, raising livestock, and living off the land. For players that care about storytelling two new traits, Animal Enthusiast and Lactose Intolerant, and a new aspiration, Country Caretaker, were added. For players that loved the past sims games the beloved Agatha  Crumplebottom is back along with her bitter cousin Agnes Crumplebottom (watch out for romantic interactions in public…she might hit you with her purse). You might meet these sims while buying groceries in town or at the Finchwick Fair which is held weekly. Don’t forget to bring your best cow or prized oversized pumpkin!

The Sims 4: Cottage Living helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Self-Awareness: Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

A crucial part of The Sims 4 is emotions. Sims have feelings just like everybody else and the game is a great way to practice dealing with tough emotions. For example if your sim's chicken dies your sim will be sad for a while but if the player helps the sims handle their emotion through calling the sadness hotline or writing in their journal the sad emotion will end sooner. 

Planning: Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

The Cottage Living Pack requires players to use their planning skills for a variety of activities. To complete the lifetime aspiration, Country Caretaker, players have to plan when to accomplish each step of the aspiration to complete it before their sim becomes an elder. Planning is also used when players use the Simple Living lot challenge which requires them to grow or buy the ingredients to cook. Players have to plan what crops to grow and animals to raise to solely live off the land.

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