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The Sims 4 essential Starter guide


Each neighbourhood harbours a secret area, accessible through a certain series of actions followed by a 'choose your own adventure' style set of questions. If you negotiate the perilous text boxes correctly, you'll be rewarded with verdant, pink forests and crystalline-illuminated mines where you can sit around and catch frogs. And maybe some fish to sell.

Forgotten Grotto in Oasis Springs

Travel to Desert Bloom park and when your Sim spawns in, move the camera straight up and to the left of the picnic area to find an abandoned mine entrance. You'll need to have your Sim's Handiness skill maxed out (level 10) to break down the boards on the entrance. You can do this by having them buy and read books on handiness and by repairing things around the house.

Once your Sim is a DIY god, send them in to the mine and choose the answers as follows:

  • Take the wide path
  • Climb the ladder
  • Step onto the ledge

Sylvan Glades in Willow Creek

Travel to Crick Cabana in Willow Creek then head over to the gnarly looking tree on the right and select view. Repeat this process until a door appears in the trunk. When it does, head inside and choose the following answers:

  • Follow the sound
  • Follow downstream
  • Enter the mist

Just make sure they've had a trip to the loo before they embark on these little adventures.

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