The latest stuff pack for The Sims 4 is here, and this time the theme is bowling. Is it worth adding to your collection? Read on to find out!
Bowling Night Stuff introduces a variety of Create-A-Sim assets, including two gorgeous new hairstyles for women, and one for men. There are the bowling outfits you’d expect, including the stripey shirts and silly shoes, as well as a nice glove, all of which come in a variety of colours. There are a few more clothing items that aren’t specifically bowling outfits, and they look pretty nice too. Kids get the bowling shirt, gloves and shoes, as well.
The theme of the pack carries through the new furniture items, which range from chairs and various tables, to bowling trophy cases, to a range of neon signs, many of which would work for non-bowling themes as well. There’s everything you need to create the perfect bowling alley, whether at home or at a community lot. I really liked the overall aesthetic of this pack. All of the included items really feel like they work together, and there are enough items that aren’t bowling-specific that could be used for other purposes. For me, this is what makes for a solid, versatile stuff pack.
Bowling is a new five-tier skill, like dancing, that Sims can learn by, well, bowling using the new bowling lane item. They can do this in the comfort of their own home, or visit a community lot equipped with some lanes. There’s one pre-built bowling alley included in your library when you get the stuff pack, or you can add lanes to suitable community lot types (these lot types are conveniently included in the tooltip for this item to make your life easier).
In lots with enough bowling lanes, bowling groups will show up from time to time. These were usually family groups in my game, and they all had matching bowling outfits. This helps make the venue feel alive, and gives you someone to play with if your Sim is alone. As your Sim gains bowling skill, they can choose from different bowling balls, and of course their bowling attempts will be more successful in general.
The bowling lane object can be set to normal mode, or ‘moonlight bowling’ mode, which turns on a bunch of neon lights on the object, creating quite a cool effect. Sims can watch others bowl, or take part in games themselves, and they’ll get positive moodlets from winning games or just bowling well (as well as negative moodlets from bowling too much!). This is kinda of like watching Sims use the water slide: fun and rather amusing, until you’ve seen all the animations, after which it becomes just another activity for your Sims to do. It’s relatively inexpensive, though large, and Sims gain a lot of fun from bowling. Oddly enough, their social needs don’t really increase even when bowling with others.
Overall, this is a fun little pack that gives you a nice range of new clothing, furniture, and a new activity for your Sims to enjoy. With the Get Together expansion, you can even make a bowling-themed club. Bowling Night Stuff is a solid addition to The Sims 4.