The 10th Stuff Pack has been released for The Sims 4. Find out what we thought of it in our The Sims 4 Bowling Night Stuff Pack Review!
When it was announced that the next Stuff Pack for The Sims 4 would be based around bowling, I thought it was a pretty decent idea for what it is. I think my biggest fear was that there just wouldn’t be much that you could do with a bowling themed pack. There just isn’t a whole lot to bowling. My fears were realized as this pack doesn’t add a whole lot to The Sims 4 package. It’s not that this pack doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do. You are able to take your sims bowling in bowling attire, but it does little more than that.
There is a new lot that comes with this pack called the Oasis Springs Dust Bowl which is a fully-furnished bowling alley. You can also make your own bowling alley or create some type of family fun center. This is where I wish there were more objects included in this pack to create more interesting alleys.
When you actually take your sims bowling, there are a few different things you can do when clicking on the alley. Players can enable moonlight bowling, bowl, invite other people to bowl, or bowl as a group (if you’ve traveled to a lot with multiple sims). Moonlight bowling is much like the late night Glo-Bowl that many alleys offer. It’s simply an aesthetic effect that doesn’t really add anything to that gameplay.
The actual bowling portion of the pack is pretty lackluster. Players will endlessly toss the ball down the alley at pins. The strange thing is that they only ever throw one ball, there’s never an opportunity for a spare. It really wouldn’t matter if they did have the opportunity to throw a second time as there are no scoreboards. The game does keep track of the winner’s score, but it’s completely random and shows up as a notification. It takes most of the point away from bowling and I really question why such a functional item was left out.
Players can get their bowling skill up (to a total of 5) the more they bowl, but there isn’t much use to this other than bowling itself. I will say it’s pretty funny to see someone fall flat on their face when they try to bowl with low skill. As your level goes up, your sim will do more trick shots and be more likely to win. You can even create a bowling group with the Get Together expansion installed. This will gain you club points for bowling and allows you to set their attire to bowling attire.
Females get most of the Create A Sim content in this update, but there isn’t a whole lot of it in general. There are 6 new tops, 1 outfit, and 3 bottoms (shorts, skirt, jeans). They also receive a couple new hairstyles. Men get an outfit, a pair of pants, a few shirts, and a new hairstyle. Kids even get the tops and bowling shoes that the adult sims also received. Not a bad bit of content for CAS, you don’t typically associate bowling with fashion so it was nice to get anything at all.
As far as the stuff you receive for build and buy mode, there isn’t really much as far as building is concerned. The objects in buy mode are mainly to do with bowling itself and help set the mood for that. It’s pretty cool to be able to have your own personal bowling alley in your home and there are a few items to dress it up. That’s really all there is to it, though. It’s more decorative than functional. I would have really liked to see vending machines, pinball tables, and more things you would see in an actual alley, but we don’t really get anything like that. I will say that I like the retro theme they were going for I just wish there was more of it.
The Bowling Night Stuff Pack gives you what you would expect, but that’s really all. I feel like it should have been part of the Get Together pack instead of its own standalone pack. I think it was a pack that was almost too focused on one thing. If it had been called the Family Fun Stuff Pack, I think there would have been more that could have been done with it. Is it bad? No. Is it something that you need for your Sims 4 experience? No. It really depends on how much you value being able to bowl on whether this will appeal to you. I personally can’t recommend this pack even at $9.99 USD as there’s just not enough content to justify the purchase. There are much better Stuff Packs out there.
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*A code for this pack was provided to FYIG by EA for review purposes*