Simes 3 Store Content Reviews: La Cinema Plumbob

I haven’t had alot of time on my hands lately due to a summer internship, but today I finally got to try out the contents of the La Cinema Plumbob set! Quite generously gifted to me by Corettabarajas!

Outside View (It’ll look nicer up against a proper road)

The first step with any new venue/PC items is to set up the lot by either using a premade or building your own. Since this one came with a venue, I figured it’d be best to show you that first.

Top Floor

3rd Floor

2nd Floor (Landing)

Main Floor
Default Bars

 If you have University installed, I’d recommend you replace the bars with Barista bars as they will spawn NPCs and fit exactly into the space left by the regular bar.

 You can also change the colour with CASt so they fit in with the existing counters!

And as you can see, NPCs are spawned…

Sent my sim for a hot drink (typical theatres serve fountain drinks though, so I certainly hope the sims team has that in the works, along with popcorn machines, cotton candy machines, and some candy apples). You could also use vending machines if you want to modify the lot or build your own.

This is a far better use of the bar setup, and because of the NPCs sims don’t wander back behind the counter (as often), although they can still get back there if they’re aged Teen or older. It’d be interesting to see if Twallan comes up with a mod for the system. Next, have your sims buy a ticket, or they’ll complain about being unable to route to the door (mine did)

This machine works like many standard automated ticket machines
And then the ticket is printed
It looks like the typical ‘admit one’ ticket you can buy in bulk
You can watch quite a few movies in that time

Finally, time to watch the movie! The ‘watch movie’ feature from University really compliments this item! (Ignore that, I forgot it was a PC Item… Doi xD) The seats come in single and double sizes (both available in the ‘Living Room’ tab), and look really nice with this setup, albeit a bit chunky.

You may have to tell your sim to take their seat or they’ll just stand in the back and watch. Just click on the spot you want them to take and click ‘Join’ on the big screen to continue watching the movie. They’ll get up and leave when they’re done, especially to fulfill needs. You’ll also get a +20 moodlet for each type of movie you watch.

It’s also worth noting that the lights will actually dim as the film plays! And  unlike theatres in real life (and quite like the lazier ones) nobody will care if you wander into another theatre! Just make sure it’s set to allow the same kind of ticket your sim is carrying.

THAT CLOWN IS SPY!
The aisle carpets look pretty nice

BOOO! THAT WAS WAY TOO SHORT!!
AGAIN!!

And hypnocow for good measure…

The TV screen is actually bigger than the big screens that came with Showtime and the Level Up Collection, you’ll be pleased to hear! It reaches all the way to the ceiling and is at least 3 blocks wider than it’s predecessor!

For a size comparison, I’ve lined up wall mounted TVs from smallest to largest (excluding the one from Late Night), starting with the one from the base game and another from the store. To the right of that is the TV from the Level Up Compilation, and right of that is the TV from Showtime, which actually looks slightly larger due to the frame surrounding it. Far right of course is the behemoth itself! Needless to say, the ability to set up your own open theatre is amazing! On top of that, you get the biggest wall mounted unit in the game to date. In order to top this, I’m pretty sure they’d need a two storey screen.

Setting up the barrier to entry system is really easy!

Set or remove all locks
There are a number of options for restricting and allowing sims, although it’s not limited to just ticketholders. You can even limit entry to certain age groups, genders, non-humans, celebrities by level, your household, current sim, etc.
Age Options
And if you want to be more/less specific
Different coloured tickets (assuming you can set the price of each on your own lot)

You can even define whether or not you need a ticket to get in, and still set these filters!

Also, here’s what I was able to do with my own lot! Albeit I’d forgotten the ticket machine the first time around, so the doors/turnstiles only let them walk through.

Turnstiles…
And doors…

Again, the barista bars make for a top notch snack counter as far as the limitations of the game go. It’d be better if we had an outright snack counter, a fountain drink machine, maybe a slushy machine or two. In the meantime, the waterfall lights from Island Paradise and ocean mural served to decorate my main lobby. The elevator goes to the second floor and arcade!

 

I used a trick from a previous build to create a sunken room for the main theatre, albeit it created graphical artifacts hidden in the walls. I moved that tree when I realized it was an obstruction, don’t worry xD

A major downfall for this set is the lack of a popcorn machine, but with the barrier to entry door/turnstile and the ticket machine serving as a way to set the price of entering a closed off area, there are your two premium content items, even though they’re both downloaded together. For having this kind of game functionality, I suppose it’s worth it but I can’t say I’m not disappointed. Otherwise the set is a little expensive but worth the cost if you really want an open theatre.

I’ve been hoping for popcorn, slushy and cotton candy machines since before Seasons, but thus far it hasn’t happened. I’m just hoping we get those (and maybe a fountain drink dispenser/proper blender) either in the store or in the Into the Future pack!

In the meantime, this set is a great excuse to build an adjoining arcade!

Sims 3 Store Content Reviews: Archery Range & Violin

I was more than happy to indulge in Dragon Valley given the Celtic/fantasy vibe of the world, and the dragons were a neat little addition too! I’ll have to do a separate post about them, since there are a few different variations that do different things.

I’m sure many of you remember that violins and archery (along with swordplay/fencing) were mentioned in a store content poll some time ago. These were the two items that showed up in the Duke of Bows Renaissance Fair venue in the store!

Archery is attached to your Sims’ athletic skill. There are a few different ways to use the item: Practice Shot, Challenge Shot, and Challenge the Board. Under each category you can choose: Basic Shot, Quick Shot, Challenge Shot or Extreme Shot. Doesn’t seem like alot of content so unless you really just enjoy watching your sims pull back a bow (like I did) there may not be as much replay value.

Violins are actually a new type of instrument, and come with their own visible skill! Jack was absolutely horrible when he first picked it up, although the Lindsey Stirling esque playing style really made it interesting to watch. I’m not sure if the animation changes when he reaches a higher level yet (when you get a musician such as a guitarist or pianist to level 10, you’ll see a change in his/her movements as they play. I’ve never gotten that high on drums or the bass but I’ll assume that works the same way) but it’ll be interesting to see if and how it does. Will the sim’s movements become faster? or slower and more graceful?

Some will argue that not being able to use the violin with bands is a downside, although personally I couldn’t see violins in bands anyway. Still, it could’ve been cool.

Sims 3 Store Content Reviews: Pizza Oven and Teppanyaki Grill!

It ended up costing me closer to 40 dollars CDN on sale (yikes) but I caved and got the World + 1900 simpoint bundle via PayPal. While it was an okay deal, the tax on top was what did me in. 20 dollars on sale but 35 dollars with the simpoints (a  20 dollar world plus nearly 20 dollars worth of points for 35 bucks was more attractive than a code in a box and nothing else even if I did like the box art) plus tax came so something like 39 dollars, but enough math, let’s get to the goods!

The pizza oven comes with about a dozen unique recipes (more than the teppanyaki grill) and every sim in the household gets a positive moodlet when it’s in use. I was lucky enough to have a couple of cold slices in the fridge to curb the resulting craving that ensued!

No longer will your sims need to order a pizza at the next party, you can have two different kinds (albeit they look smaller than the kind you order on the phone). Who cares? We can make our own pizza now! Also, who else is waiting for an orange cat to attempt to scoop up the lasagna?

Forever Alone… now in a Calzone

The Teppanyaki grill was a gift (thank you Tek), and the set is worth every penny. Not only do you get a selection of new recipes (if you like to designate a culinary sim in your families, this is the perfect gift for them), the items you get are nicely designed and fairly well made, and you get an assortment of new animations related to the grill. I haven’t seen too much glitching from this one either *knocks on wood*

Now all the sims needs is Korean BBQ and we should be absolutely set! 😀

Your sims can also try to Juggle Eggs or attempt the Onion Volcano trick

You may also be pleased to know that in a lot full of nothing but store items and regular game items (I hand picked the ones that seemed to pull my sims’ attention the most), that was accidentally struck by a meteor (not to mention it was the first time this occurred in my game, naturally or no), the grill was the only object in the kitchen area that survived without so much as a scratch. The counters surrounding it (and their contents) all burned up. Now THAT’S good workmanship!