LGR – The Sims 4 Tiny Living Stuff Review

January 25, 2020 | Articles, Blog | 85 Comments

LGR – The Sims 4 Tiny Living Stuff Review


[jazzed-out jazz music] Finally, a stuff pack that’s precisely what
I always wanted! The Sims 4 Tiny Living Stuff, where your sims
are shrunk down to a fraction of the size due to a mishap involving a baseball and a
broken window, and then — what? -It’s about tiny homes.
-Aw man really? I guess that makes more sense, sigh. All right so yeah, the pack’s called Tiny
Living Stuff, but instead of awesome shrunken adventures, it’s all about living in a relatively
undersized home. It costs $10 and is the sixteenth Sims 4 stuff
pack to date good grief what the balls. And I gotta say, even though I’d be way
more into a pack about miniaturized sims, I was still intrigued by Tiny Living here. Because yeah man, I’ve been rather tiny-curious
for years now, immediately sucked into all the YouTube channels and reality shows focusing
on the Tiny House Movement. And the whole idea is to make the most out
of a small space, rejecting the concept of buying a multi-thousand square foot home. I myself live in a house that’s about 800
square feet or 74 square meters, and while objectively not “tiny,” it’s certainly
a lot smaller than I could’ve chosen and that was very much on purpose. I’ve enjoyed the challenge of trying to
make the most of the space I have without piling a million things on top of each other,
so the chance to do so virtually in the The Sims 4 is absolutely my cup of nitro cold brewed
coffee. The first thing you’re greeted with on installing Tiny Living Stuff is a message about living in a tiny house and stuff. A pre-made tiny home has been provided to
plop down anywhere you like, acting as an example of what exactly constitutes a tiny
home in The Sims 4 universe. In case you’re unaware, a real life tiny
house is generally considered to be one under 37 square meters or 400 square feet. This example home in The Sims 4 is composed
of 32 tiles, and if we assume each tile is a square meter, then we’ve got 32 square
meters or 350 square feet, a bit below that of a tiny house IRL. However, Tiny Living Stuff lays out three
different tiers of tiny house, each with its own perks and requirements. The smallest being the Tier 1 “Micro Home”
at up to 32 tiles in size, Tier 2 is a “Tiny Home” at up to 64 tiles, and Tier 3 is a
“Small Home” at up to 100 tiles. The most fascinating aspect of these tiered
home sizes is that when you meet the requirements on a lot designed as a Residential Tiny Home, you’re provided a number of generous rewards for living there. Things separate from lot traits, like faster
learning, greater comfort, happier sims, healthier plants, and better relationships. So the less you do with doing more, the more
you’re rewarded for doing more with less! Er, by that I mean that, as of now, there’s
incentives to go small and a kind of odd punishment for having a huge house. Makes me wonder if they’ll balance it out
with a mansion-focused pack in the future. Heck they could even call it The Sims 4 Livin’
Large, I’d be down with that. Anyway yeah, this is a stuff pack packed with
stuff so let’s unpack it and stuff! First is an allotment of hair, accessories,
and clothing for pretty much everyone this time around, including the younginz. Fitting right in with the overall “hygge”
theme of living in a warm little cozy home, there’s a bunch of warm, cozy attire. Regardless of how much I want some of those
sweaters for real though, that’s just the garb and garment goods. Let’s get onto the main event, kicking off
with an assortment of single-tile desks and tables, suitable for all manner of desking
and tabling. Followed by a few decorative yet functional
items, including a lamp, readable books, and lighttable candles in a cluttered tray. Three chesty wardrobe shelving type things
for holding various objects and clothing. A patterned rug for plopping down in the middle
of the backyard or wherever. A pretty standard toilet and a sink that handily
works off-the-grid. Two TVs, one standing and one that attaches
to a wall, each pulling quadruple duty by also acting as a display shelf, a bookcase,
and a stereo. Various other wall-mountable items are here
too, including a mirror, a door, two shelves of random thingies, four potted plants strung
together, and a plant-inspired piece of artwork. Three sets of hanging light bulbs, each with
their own varying degrees of droopiness. An ottoman, that isn’t an ottoman I guess,
since it’s a pouffe? Whatever it is cats love it. There’s also a standard bed and a standard
loveseat. As well as this lamp that should provide storage
space according to its description, yet it’s totally unusable as such. It’s just a lamp. Seriously, why tout its supposed dual purpose as a shelf and then make it so you can’t set anything on it? At least it makes for decent kindling, so
I guess it does serve a second purpose after all. And finally, you also get three new chairs,
although two of them are slightly confusing at first. This dining chair doesn’t actually function
with the new dining table. For that you have to use these high chairs,
and once I realized that it was pretty awesome, letting me really cram in a buncha seating
in a super small space. Finally, the headlining new items of the Tiny
Living pack are Murphy Beds, with and without a built-in loveseat. And at first this seems pretty useful, since
you can fold them away when not in use and those wardrobe shelving units attach to the
sides for a clean-looking modular design. But really, Murphy Beds are… confusing. While I applaud the addition of new sleepytime
snuggle zones, the usage of them in this pack doesn’t make much practical sense. For one, they require the exact same 3×2 tile
floor space as a normal bed. You get a loveseat on one of them, sure, but
it still leaves tiles of unusable space underneath. And since sims can’t get into bed from the
front, only the sides, you need another set of tiles off to the left and right at least
half a tile wide. The worst part though is this stupid animation
that plays out far too often, where sims try to pull down the bed then fail in spectacular
fashion. It’d be fine if it happened one out of every
20 times or something, but nope, sims fail like every 3 or 4 times you open the dumb
thing. [bed fails, sim gets owned] Making this worse is the fact that this far-too-frequent animation comes with an unusually high risk of killing your sims! bed fails, sim dies] Now, okay, I’m all for new ways to take out bothersome sims, that’s just good times. But “Death by Murphy Bed” seems a bit
silly, and again, it’s tied to an unskippable animation that happens rather often. Yes, there are now bed upgrade options in
the game, accomplishing things like increasing comfort and preventing it from getting stuck. So you can alleviate the issue but still,
I’d rather it wasn’t so prevalent to begin with. And in my opinion, these repetitive slapstick failure animations stopped being cute like fifteen packs ago. So yeah, can’t say I’ll be using Murphy
Beds in my tiny builds going forward, since the way they work is annoying and their inclusion in this particular pack is questionable in the first place. Why not add them in the Discover University
pack, that would’ve made a ton more sense in my book, more so than a pack about itty
bitty 32-tile houses. I really think bunk beds would’ve been an
ideal addition to the Tiny Living pack instead, seeing as bunk beds actually do free up room,
providing two beds in a single 3×1 space. For that matter though, why not add better
loft options? Lofts are a staple of tiny home designs, and
making them in The Sims 4 means adding a second story with a cumbersome full-sized staircase. Ladders are used all the time in real life
tiny homes, but nope, nowhere to be found in Tiny Living. Even spiral staircases would be more space-efficient
but those still aren’t a thing either. For that matter, why not add steeper, narrower
normal stairs? Or at least provide some storage options underneath
them, which again, is something that you see all the time in actual tiny houses. Not that it matters too much I suppose, since
sims all have an infinite household inventory that hides as many items as you like within
a magic unseen void, hrm. Still, while I’m on the topic of things
I wish were included instead of murphy beds, why not convertible futons or pull out sofa
beds? Under-the-counter mini fridges or in-wall
ovens and microwaves? How about portable induction cooktops? Or over-the-sink shelf units and other kinds
of stackable knickknack storage things? Heck, composting toilets, solar power, and
rain catchers would’ve been nice, seeing as we’ve already got off-the-grid lots. Instead we get cumbersomely large homicidal beds and storage lamps that don’t store anything. At least they took the time to add Baby Yoda
to the game, so I guess that means it all evens out in the end, right? Heh, ahh now I’m just being grumpy, when
in reality Tiny Living is not the worst stuff pack by any means. In fact, I think it’s one of the better
ones for my playstyle. It’s just that this daggone game’s been
around for almost six years now, and after sixteen stuff packs, I’m more than a bit
fatigued. There are a number of disappointing aspects
to Tiny Living Stuff, no bones about it, and I know they’ve could’ve added just a bit
more in terms of useful objects and quality of life improvements. But they didn’t, and that’s just kinda
how it goes, we all know that. Still, I’ll personally be using a number
of the items added here going forward, along with building more tiny houses for the challenge
it provides and the rewards it unlocks, so you can glean from that what you will. [gratuitous fiery sim death] And if you enjoyed this look at the Tiny Living
Stuff pack, then maybe check out my let’s play that I did over on my other channel from
what I was just playing this and getting my thoughts together about the pack in the first
place. Or just stick around, there’s more videos
coming up every week on this channel. And as always, thank you for watching LGR!

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85 Comments
  1. ąղժɾҽա ҍɾąժӀҽվ

    Those bed must be an American or Chinese made

  2. Evie Sunshine

    I always enjoy your reviews. Tiny homes have all the things you mentioned and had the Sims team included them in the game would have been a great pack. I won't be getting Tiny Living anytime soon.

  3. Yo Nics

    In my opinion I THINK the Sims franchise is leaning towards making the game more kids friendly.

  4. nicole

    Looks like I'm gonna turn to a life of pirating. I'm not shelling out anymore money, especially know that I have student loans to pay off.

  5. onlyabidoang

    Bunk beds, loft beds, and ladders could've made this pack worth. But they gave us one type of "new gameplay" object that is pretty cumbersome to use and takes up a huge chunk of space for a tiny home. Guess we'll be waiting for them to be included in "Bunk Bed Living" or "My First Ladder" stuff pack :/. And an amazing review as always, Clint!

  6. Hoseok will be back

    Another disappointment, another close minded opinion that Sims 3 is still mah type of Sims(in my opinion obviously)

  7. loverrlee

    The reason I am skipping this pack until it goes on sale is because it is missing so many of the items you expect to see in a tiny living pack!!

  8. Bella Lugosi

    Honestly are they really trying anymore…?

  9. Sophie

    Bruh this pack is so garbage it's very obviously just shit they took out of university to make $10 more off of consumers. It's just my first pet stuff for discover university.

  10. Lizz Alkula

    You can make sorta spiral stair cases. They're more squared and I can't check how much or little room it takes but I've used it a lot lately

  11. James Fluker

    I'm frustrated that they're not doing more to innovate at this point – six years into the game and they're resting on their laurels in terms of new animations and new item functionality. It's just… meh.

  12. Izzy Pierceall

    Did anyone else notice the urn in the pre-made tiny home😳👻

  13. T Vecchiarino

    Honestly, the sims 4 stuff packs, and expansions in general are getting more and more disappointing. That being said I do agree with you regarding all the things that should've been added vs what was added but the faster they can push these mindless packs out and make money the less they seem to care.

  14. Rebel Sheep

    It's so annoying how they could have added so much more stuff but didn't. It's always 1 new object with new animations and a bunch of reskinned existing stuff.

  15. anythingorz

    Livin large…now where did I heard about it…oh…

  16. E K

    Thanks for this review. I actually try to mimic irl methods of tiny house living and was pretty excited to see this stuff pack even though I don't normally buy them, but this is kind of disappointing so I won't be getting it.

  17. Queen of Jams19

    The Sim looks so much like Luther from Umbrella Academy 😂 I like everything but the bed. Like seriously should've added a futon or bunk beds, would make a lot more sense.

  18. marko w.

    community-made mods have done so much more for the game than EA's stuff/expansion packs ever have honestly

  19. Kevin Swarner

    I know the stuff packs have their place, and certainly there have been some nice additions, but I've never really been impressed by the concept as a whole. While I appreciate the design that goes into the item models themselves, they're more often than not just a reskinning of existing item types, because it's easier to swap out a mesh than to program new item entity types or variants.

    It's that easiness that puts me off. It just strikes me as a cheap asset flip that EA drums up periodically to keep the game relevant.

  20. Jane Riley

    Honestly the only review I care about.

  21. wntrmte.

    fucked up that lgr man died in this one

  22. Mitch

    opening a bed can kill your sims? who's stupid idea is this? these developers needs to be mock and punished

  23. Sebastian 127

    I gave up on the sims 4 because it wasnt open world like ts3 or the designer tool. Im doubly happy because there are too many dlc and addons at too high a price for what you get.

  24. peppermint23

    wow this pack looks awful, like they did the absolute least

  25. Rosie Baillie

    I was excited by this pack, and the items look nice and I'm sure I would use them but they don't really seem to aid actual tiny living. This would have been the perfect pack for ladders and spiral staircases. Composting toilets and solar panels would have been a great addition to this pack, and would have worked well with the off the grid lot trait.

  26. Clara Fran

    Where is the house from @ 2:37? It looks like the one in the trailer? Where do you get the Tiny Living Trailer houses from?

  27. Mohammad Fadzil

    No ladders or spiral staircases 🙁

  28. Nicholas Emanuel

    hek

  29. graham peters

    Best dlc they came up with was sims wicked whim

  30. Press A

    2:47 they are absolutely going to do exactly that! theres no way the dont!

  31. Jasmine Maher

    Omggggggg u talking so fast

  32. Jackson Mccreery

    400 sq. feet is absolutely tiiiny. Like, that's the size of my studio apartment

  33. kirby march barcena

    This game is just one of the reasons why socializing started to diminish in the era that it was released.

  34. Its. Reggae

    ive been waiting for this

  35. Karols K

    They failed yet again 🤷🏻‍♀️

  36. weckar

    So a pack for eco geeks.

  37. pewiodt poo

    i’m white

  38. Magen Grooms

    Love you! 😂😂❤

  39. MoonbeamTrashTrash

    I think they missed an opportunity for really cool and ingenious furniture. My favourite thing about watching tiny home shows was seeing how people developed furniture to solve space problems, like wall modules that can have tables, couches or beds slide out and slide away. Also lofts, you hit that on the head.

  40. Vonda Cook

    Liked the Murphy bed. But killed my sim quickly. Had to update the Murphy bed and just in case used the ‘no death’ cheat. For the first time ever.
    Spiral staircases would have been much more useful. And wish they had added a double bed that matches the single bed in tiny living.

  41. Tommy

    can we get a total of how much you've spent on the sims 4, I'll take bets at over under 140

  42. Tommy

    yeah but you have mad storage, tiny home is like get rid of useless stuff….I'm afraid you have a problem. Tiny home living is not you broseph

  43. Pillock

    They always seem to add something fun/new and then tend to make it annoying. Kitchen stuffs ice cream maker nice, then it's made annoying by the to frequent headaches that came with it. Seasons and thunder storms, then it became annoying when the lightning continues to destroy all my outdoor furniture. Pets, nice, then they become annoying because they won't shut up, and are less independent that their real life counterparts.

  44. Chad W Smith

    A sink-toilet combo would have made sense as well. (Where freshwater can be used in a sink on top of the tank of the toilet before it is later flushed – it's space-saving and water-saving.)

  45. Carlie RedP

    I already knew that this murphy bed animation is gonna be annoying the first time I saw it, while everyone else was so excited about it …

  46. Omegagreen Labs

    This is perfect for Joel from Vinesauce. His space planning isn't so great, so there's no space to move in any of his houses.

  47. Carys Jones

    I wish they’d change it so you can place several small lots on one large lot from the gallery. I want to play in a tiny house community but I’m hopeless at building 😓

  48. Crystal Wood

    You seriously need to work for the EA Sims team.

  49. Suny Lou

    Love your house LGR! Come to South Korea for real tiny living. place is a studio. I get out of my bed and I'm already opening my fridge 🤣. But I absolutely 100% Agree LGR. Countless stuffpacks with promises that don't come through. I have more cc in my game that works better.

  50. RI y

    That's why my game is pirated 🤷‍♀️
    Waiting to update it so i can get tiny living

  51. Maple Burgers

    The murphy beds are so unusable unless you constantly keep making sims with a handiness skill. Why can't they at least add the option to hire someone to do the upgrades for you??

  52. Fortydroid

    Haven't played TS4 for more than a year until this pack came out, and it's true, the first thing that I was looking for were L-shaped stairs (which is thankfully there now!), spiral staircases, and sliding doors, plus Murphy beds don't save that much space.

  53. ry

    You mentioned pull out sofa bed which would require same tiles as the Murphy bed

  54. Mutlu Yüz

    Next pack: LGR tiny stuff thing pack

  55. Jonah

    Man I Just realised that I watch your Sims Reviews since 2011. I was 11 back then, now I am 20. So much has changed since then, but your Videos were always a constant in my life lol
    But seriously I love your content😌☺️

  56. lestyluxe

    Always one of my favourite sim review channels. I agree with everything you've said here! …Where is basically everything that should have been in base game? lmao

  57. RainbowTea

    Damn I was really hoping to like this pack.

  58. Zurgo Pussysmasher

    So basically, 1/2 this stuff could've been made with mods, 1/4th could be made in the base sims game, and 1/4h could have been coded as a mod (the tier stuff).

  59. Ruben Potgieter

    The community voted for croche rather than being the prodigy of the grim reaper. I, uh…

  60. Tazreen Tasnim

    Tip: Save every time before using the monster of that bed

  61. Xuzon

    Thank you for the m2 conversion – European audience.

  62. Nick Wallette

    This makes me claustrophobic.

  63. njål sand

    Nothing beats floating houses, build two floors and sell anything but the top floor

  64. Simicrop

    Getting Midsommar vibes at 2:35.

  65. Illidril

    BABY YODA!

  66. ChaosMalice

    The problem is the Sims community is one where they will throw their money at anything they put out regardless how little thought it effort goes into a pack. Sims has just become a massive money sucker where the creators are lazy and thoughtless.

  67. Marina

    1:40 lmao my real life tokyo apartment is 25m sq hahaha and it’s considered LARGE

  68. BoyBlunder66

    So basically EA once again fails to do stuff that mods did ages ago, Imma stick with my Sims 3 install with actual good DLC and even better mods.

  69. Moreau's Island

    There's something fascinating about Clint discussing Sims. I wish I was this passionate about a game.

  70. annasweetchoco

    I'm just here to know how many chairs in this pack.

  71. P SanAngelo

    I have never played the Sims, ever, and I still watch every LGR review of Sims packs. I regret nothing.

  72. soliferi

    love it! so true.

  73. Rubz

    I just realised LGR's Sims reviews are a continuation of Duke Nukem's story. He retired from kicking ass to become a suburban stay at home dad.

  74. Ashley Snook

    yo thats crazy that you took all your stuff out of your house just to take those photos for this video, props for the dedication

  75. PleaseDontWatchThese

    TIL i live in a tiny home.

  76. 六瓶

    *watching this review in my 39m^2 apartment with my roommate

  77. mooncresscent

    You should work for EA XD

  78. melskunk

    The fantasy 20 years ago: party mansion!
    The fantasy now: maybe you can have a fancy shed?

  79. Nathan La'maire

    I think I can build a tiny house in The Sims 1, even better than this pack.

  80. TaswcmT

    This is altogether more realistic – I have always felt every single building in every single game is WAY too big – bathrooms that look like they're 500 square feet, or hallways that are 20 feet wide. Pick any 3D game and you'll realize that most houses are the size of that borderline mansion in "Home Alone".

  81. Chocolate Cosmos

    Honestly hard pass on this I love the bigger houses, even if it makes the game lag considerably.

  82. TaswcmT

    I remember playing the very frist version of The Sims – the only thing I used it for was to build huge buildings – a sort of "architect tool". I couldn't stand the whole "have to snuggle up to the neighbours every 10 minutes or everybody's going to be sad". After reaching my peak of creativity by putting a dozen people in a house with no bathroom and no door to the outside, I grew tired of it. The whole sillyness surrounding the Murphy beds seems familiar – I wish there was an altogether more "serious" Sims – one where you could actually build more realistic houses where you could do WILD things like actually getting into bed from the front and NOT getting crushed by your bed every third time you try. Fun for 10 year olds, not so much for grown-ups. I basically want a tool to design a tiny (or huge) home – any game part should be of the "simulate total cost of ownership" and "various colors likely effect on mood".

  83. Rainie Veronica Tan

    the only review that matters! i will always watch his reviews before buying anything from sims because it’s so expensive lol also, pls don’t ever tempt the sims team to do living large haha! i tried to do a large house and it sucks so much out of me🙃 furthermore, i do think most of the sims player prefer cost houses!

    PS I NEED TO ASK, should i buy Seasons or cats and dogs ? im more of a builder but sometimes i do gameplays of 100 babies / black widows etc so im stumped

  84. Feuerhamster

    Will we ever reach the point where Sims with all content packs will cost as much as real home?

    Knowing EA… probably.

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