Forgotten Hollow

Forgotten Hollow

Forgotten Hollow is a world introduced in The Sims 4: Vampires. It is comprised of 5 lots; 4 residential and 1 empty lot.

Forgotten Hollow is a centuries-old neighbourhood with a mix of Victorian and old Transylvanian architectural style. The world is scattered with tombstones, withered foliage and creeping fog, as well as gargoyles and other stone statues. The world contains only a single neighbourhood with 5 lots surrounding a central plaza, and at the center there is a memorial statue of Vlad, the founder of Forgotten Hollow.

This world is unique compared to other worlds in The Sims 4, because night time lasts a lot longer here than in other worlds, meaning vampires can stay out for longer without the risk of being burnt in the sun.

Three Lakes

Three Lakes

Three Lakes is a mountain-themed sub-neighborhood that appears in Bon Voyage as a vacation destination.

It contains 12 lots, of which 6 community lots, 4 lodging lots, 2 vacation homes, and 0 families living in.

Secret Vacation Lot: Hidden Burrow, occupied by Bigfoot.

Champs Les Sims

Champs Les Sims

Champs Les Sims was settled towards the end of the Medieval period and has a rich history and culture. The town is modeled on rustic small towns in France.

San Myshuno

San Myshuno

San Myshuno is a world introduced in The Sims 4: City Living. It is a coastal city surrounded by mountains, with a river running through the middle. It is packed with many diverse Sims of different cultures and sprawling with activities and festivals. This world is based on a variety of modern cities from around the world like Tokyo, San Francisco and New York City and also features elements of Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Moroccan cultures. Its geography resembles that of Hong Kong. San Myshuno is the only world in The Sims 4 to feature apartments and penthouses.

Takemizu Village

Takemizu Village

Takemizu Village is a Far East-themed sub-neighborhood that appears in The Sims 2: Bon Voyage as a vacation destination.

It contains 11 lots, of which 6 community lots, 3 lodging lots, 2 vacation homes, and 0 families living in.

Skyscrapers

How to build taller than 5 floors

By default, The Sims 2 allow you to built up to 5 levels. This means houses like basement + 3 floors + roof or terrace. You can eliminate the basement, or built an underground floor inside basement. There is a TRICK that allow building 6 levels: put a dormer on the highest level, but this will not allow anymore stepped roofs taller than one floor.

University Expansion Pack allows to change the floor limit: press Ctrl+Shift+C when you are in Neighborhood (NOT in a lot), type sethighestallowedlevel 16 (or any number up to 255), then open any lot and you can built more levels. If the height limit was reached, just put a dormer to unlock the limit.

The Sims free download

In 2014 EA Games offered The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection for free download via Origin for a limited time of one week. Only people who grabbed the free download at right time can re-download the game at any time. Sadly, I missed the moment.

Some people uploaded Ultimate Collection on various file hosting services, where anyone can download for FREE:

Condominium 5x116

Condominium 5 blocks N 116

I planned this condominium using AutoCAD to make it as big as possible while keeping under limit of 2100 wall segments. I made 5 blocks with 8 floors, each floor having 116 squares and 52 wall segments. 52 x 8 x 5 = 2080 wall segments. Gate uses remained 20 wall segments. Then I built half-height walls, 24 segments per floor x 8 x that do not count towards wall limit, roof terrace with 66 x 5 half-height walls. Then I build foundation tall like one floor and pool that does count towards wall limit but can be built even after 2100 limit was reached. It took about 5 hours to build in September 2018.

The Pinnacle Tower

The Pinnacle Tower

The Pinnacle Tower is the largest of the series of skyscrapers I build in The Sims 2. Because the game do not display in neighborhood view flooring above 150 steps from ground, had to cover building using a pitched roof. 15 floors is the maximum height possible using SetHighestAllowedLevel cheat, without crashing game.

The Empire Tower

The Empire Tower

The Empire Tower is a The Sims 2 optimized version of Empire State Building, because the game do not display in neighborhood view flooring above 150 steps from ground, had to cover building using a pitched roof. 15 floors is the maximum height possible using SetHighestAllowedLevel cheat, without crashing game. Sister building with Imperial Tower.

The Vertical Tower

The Vertical Tower

The Vertical Tower is the simplest of the series of skyscrapers I build in The Sims 2. Because the game do not display in neighborhood view flooring above 150 steps from ground, had to cover building using a pitched roof. 15 floors is the maximum height possible using SetHighestAllowedLevel cheat, without crashing game.

Windenburg

Windenburg

Windenburg is a world introduced in The Sims 4: Get Together. Its architectural design—dominated by timber-framed houses—and its structural design, in combination with modern city aspects, is heavily based on central and southern regions of Germany. Castle-like ruins can be found on the mainland and most of The Island is surrounded by crumbling man-made walls. These ruins are inspired by Gothic buildings in Europe and they indicate the old age of the city.

Magnolia Promenade

Magnolia Promenade

Magnolia Promenade is a neighborhood introduced in The Sims 4: Get to Work. It is comprised of four lots, three of which are retail.

Bluewater Village

Bluewater Village

Bluewater Village is a shopping district sub-neighborhood that was introduced in The Sims 2: Open For Business expansion pack. Bluewater Village can be added to all neighborhoods and played separately in each.

It contains 32 lots, of which 18 community lots, 14 owned community lots, 10 residential lots, and 5 families living in.

The Sims squares to Square Meters or Feet conversion

Based on furniture size, one square (unit) in all The Sims games seems to be 3 feet (0.91 meters), or 9 square foot. But this is not important, you can consider each game square to be 1 square meter (= 10.7 square foot). However, if you want to replicate real houses, you should NOT pay attention to matching size of real house, instead you should adjust the house size to make it suitable for your Sims family size.

Granite Falls

Granite Falls

Granite Falls is a sub-world introduced in The Sims 4: Outdoor Retreat game pack. Sims can vacation in Granite Falls for up to seven days, but cannot live there as in normal residential worlds. Sims with the Outdoor Enthusiast aspiration or loves outdoors trait will often want to go on vacation to Granite Falls.

Downtown

Downtown

Downtown is a sub-neighborhood shipped with The Sims 2: Nightlife. When viewed in the neighborhood view, by default it is nighttime as opposed to the usual daytime for other neighborhoods and sub-neighborhoods. The player can toggle daytime/nighttime view in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

It contains 44 lots, of which 30 community lots, 14 residential lots, and 0 families living in.

Terraced Houses

Terraced Houses 1×2

Do you thought that is impossible to built terraced houses aka townhomes in The Sims 2? These houses were built on larger lots then the lot was shrunk using Lot Adjuster, which allows reducing the non-buildable area with 1 square. You cannot built walls on lot limits, but you can make buildings that apparently continue from one lot to another. Looks nice in neighborhood view!

Isla Paradiso

Isla Paradiso

Isla Paradiso is a world featured in The Sims 3: Island Paradise. The town is an archipelago of many islands and is used to showcase the many features of Island Paradise.

Newcrest

Newcrest

Newcrest is a world shipped with The Sims 4. It was released via a game update on June 11, 2015. Newcrest seems to be based on modern suburban cities and neighborhoods. It has high-rises in the background.

Midnight Hollow

Moonlight Falls

Moonlight Falls was “inspired by the misty valleys of the Pacific Northwest”. EA representatives have not gone into detail about the world, but have described it as a mysterious town, filled with mystical creatures.

Academie Le Tour

Académie Le Tour

Académie Le Tour is a sub-neighborhood that appears in The Sims 2: University as a college. It is the matching college for Veronaville, although it can be associated with any neighborhood.

It contains 30 lots, of which 10 community lots, 5 dorm lots, 15 residential lots for rent, and 3 families living in.

0 – Planning first city

From 2006 got idea to practice my architecture and urban planning talent in The Sims 2, to build a big town from scratch, with high-density apartment-like buildings. The Sims 2 Apartment Life was not launched that times.

I planned several building prototypes, the first ideas was to built functional and nice shaped apartment buildings, only one row at street, and only 1-2 buildings in a lot. But later I choose smaller and more non-functional blocks, simple and cubist blocks without balconies or other decorations, and copy same lots again and again, for time economy.

I built 3 urban-style cities, IslaSegundo (2006), PleasantView (2007), StarlingSprings (2008).