The newly added platforms in The Sims 4 build mode might just be one of the best things to ever happen to the game. It’s a steep learning curve – and there are still a few niggles with the tool itself – but it has opened up a whole new world of possibilities.
Recently, we looked at how to build functional loft beds in the Sims 4 City Living apartments with the new platform tool.
And using one of the new shelves that came with Snowy Escape, we also built a #CCFree bath caddy – without losing the functionality of the tub. That’s not directly related to platforms, actually, but it does use one, because why not?
Learning how Sims interact and route along the platforms is taking some getting used to, but every day there’s a new useful lesson.
We already know that the Eco Lifestyle apartments aren’t quite the same as the City Living ones. They are much lower, leaving much less room to manoeuvre with platforms and split-level rooms.
How Sims interact with objects next to platforms
Sims cannot access platforms if their heads are going bump the (plain, boring, we’re not able to paint it) ceiling. So while you can lower the floors in the Evergreen Harbor apartments, there’s not much wriggle room for split levelling.
What is useful with platforms in general, though, is that Sims can still interact with objects that are placed directly adjacent to platforms, even if there isn’t a single tile for them to stand on.
This is particularly useful in the Eco Lifestyle apartments where recreating a loft-style apartment can be a bit more cumbersome.
Here’s a video to illustrate a bit better what we mean. In case you’re wondering, the windows and doors in the Pinecrest apartment has been changed using TwistedMexi’s T.O.O.L mod. We have a tutorial on how to change apartment exteriors over here.
This picture shows the difference in the platform levels – indicated by the different colour trims to make them stand out a bit more.
And here’s is our volunteer sitting down on the bed right next to the platform.
Okay, so this Sim probably isn’t having the best day in terms of the comfort of her legs (don’t tell the devs please, this is a bug we’ll live with), but she can sit, sleep and nap on the bed just fine.
The same is true for placing objects like washing machines right next to a platform. Provided that the object is not more than one level down (to be honest, we haven’t actually tested anything lower….), Sims should still be able to interact with objects as expected.
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Antoinette is a recovering journalist, having written for Sports Illustrated, The Guardian, Daily Maverick and others. She has won multiple SAB Journalist of the Year awards, across a variety of categories. She thinks it’s strange writing about herself in the third person, unless she’s playing as herself in The Sims…which she’s been doing for over 20 years.