The phenomena of The Sims began all the way back in 2000 when The Sims, a Sim City spin off game was released. The game was expected to be a flop, however, shocking all critics it was huge, winning award after award and selling over a million copies.
Eighteen years later and we are on the fourth version of The Sims, The Sims 4, which like its predecessors has spawned expansions and stuff packs, with the addition of new game packs which are somewhere in between a stuff pack and an expansion pack.
Here I have my review of the brand-new Sims 4 game pack, The Sims 4: Jungle Adventure.
Jungle Adventure Game Pack – Here I Come
Once the new Sims 4 game pack is installed, you will get the usual dialog informing you of all the new and exciting features of the Jungle Adventure game pack.
New game features for the new Jungle Adventure game pack include:
- Venture to Selvadorada
- Discover a hidden temple
- Explore the Jungle
- Collect ancient artefacts
Quite excited and with features in mind I headed straight in to the game.
To get to Selvadorada you will need to use the travel option of you Sim’s phone and opt to take a vacation.
A Whole New World
The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure game pack is only the third (of six) game pack to actually bring us a new world to explore, the others being camping based Sims 4 game pack The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat and The Sims 4 Vampires.
The first thing I noticed about the new destination world Selvadorada, is that considering that the new Jungle Adventure game pack is not a Sims 4 expansion pack, the new world is rather large in size.
Selvadorada is segmented into three districts:
- Belomisia Jungle (North West)
- Puerto Llamante Marketplace (South East)
- Secret jungle areas (North)
Belomisia Jungle has some playable lots with Sim families who already live in Selvadorada and is also home to the base camp area from where you will begin your jungle adventure.
Puerto Llamante Marketplace is where the locals gather to eat delicious local cuisine and dance into the small hours in the local bar. It is also where local vendors will sell their wares to weary adventurers in order for them to survive the perils of the jungle.
Also, just North of the market is the Alam Museum of Archaeology; a small exhibition hall dedicated to the culture of Selvadorada’s ancient peoples the Omiscans.
Note: The secret jungle areas of The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure game pack need to be explored to be unlocked.
Rest Your Head Weary Traveller- Choose You Lodgings
Being the frugal Sim that I am, I opt for the cheapest lodgings on the map, Hillside Hideaway which is just off the beaten path not far from Puerto Llamante Marketplace.
This particular meagre lodging cost me $228 per day but has the necessary amenities such as running water and a bed.
I was informed that although it is in a nice and sunny position it does have a creepy crawly infestation.
Hello There – Meet the Locals
As with any The Sims 4 expansion pack or Sims 4 game pack, The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure game pack brings with it an army of new characters, something I always look forward to, and this Sims 4 game pack does not disappoint.
Unpacked and settled in, I walked the path down to Puerto Llamante market. The first thing I noticed was the beautiful vernacular architecture based upon the Spanish colonial style common to South America.
The marketplace plaza is beautifully adorned with palm trees, native floral arrangement, statues and fountains.
Walking in to the plaza I was immediately drawn to the market table stands and the food stall; another thing I look forward to in a Sims 4 expansion pack or game pack.
Hungry from my travelling I thought now would be as good a time as ever to sample some delicious local cuisine.
In The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure game pack the new foods on offer, although I had no idea what most of them were, made my mouth water by name alone. On offer were different variations of:
There are also some drinks available although only a selection of three; Yerba, Horchata and Espuma Agria.
Note: upon interacting with the food stall, I was informed that I had now acquired the new Selvadoradian Culture skill. This new skill can lead to better interaction with the locals through new local greetings and a new dance style.
Get Set – Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail
Nicely satisfied from the wonderful empanadas, I thought it was time I perused the market tables for my jungle adventure ideas.
On offer to aid me in my quest were items you would expect for such a task were some unusual but I assumed necessary items:
- Lightning insulation powder
- Fire foam
- Plasma bat bait
- Faraday fizz
- Waterfall in a bottle
I have to admit that some of these made me a little nervous. What was I going to find out there in the Selvadoradian Jungle?
Note: if you have The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat game pack you can also take items with you from that game pack such as tents and coolers.
When in Rome – Do it Like the Locals
After contemplating the dangers of what lied ahead, I felt like I needed a break, so I headed to the Puerto Llamante’s only bar, Cantina “El Arbol del Jaguar” or “the Jaguar Tree” if you prefer.
Upon entrance to this fine establishment was taken aback by the lively Latin pop music (new to the Sims 4 Jungle Adventure game pack), the riotous laughter and the beautiful local ladies who can’t seem to stop themselves from Latin dancing all over the bar. This is entertaining to say the least.
I sat down and ordered some salsa and chips, while asking the bar tender about local history and the jungle. He told me a story of the Omiscans and their treasures while also warning me of the plagues of spiders in the jungle. Great, an amateur adventurer heading into the jungle alone while suffering from arachnophobia!
I contemplated my silly decision and then headed back to my small villa up the path where I fell asleep listening to the beautiful cacophony of jungle crickets and parrots.
Note: The sound effects in The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure game pack are very pleasant and it seems that a lot more than usual has gone in to making an authentic tropical sounding world. I recommend playing this Sims 4 game pack with headphones to take full advantage of and enjoy the new sounds.
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained – Go Get ‘em Tiger
After an unrestful slumber of swatting away bugs I finally awoke early in the morning with a yearning to barbecue some sausage and peppers on the barrel BBQ out on the patio. They really hit the spot.
Rested, fed, sanitised and feeling rather happy, I thought it a good idea to kit myself up ready for the long trek ahead.
I looked in the dresser and saw a selection of clothing new to the Sims 4 jungle adventure game pack. There were the usual assortment of blouses, jeans, skirts and shirts, nothing particularly special and all seeming more vacation-like than jungle adventure.
Note: I was also informed that I had been given some spider repellent (yes!) and a machete to aid me on my jungle adventure.
So, feeling all important, I dressed in some adventurer garb, new to the Sims 4 Jungle Adventure game pack.
Gear ready, repellent ready and instilled with a false confidence I set off to the jungle entrance at Belomisia Trail looking like a cheap version of some adventurer guy from a movie about arks and soldiers!
At Belomisia Trail, after reading notice boards concerning poison awareness and a preparation checklist I considered what dangers should befall me, however curiosity won out and my jungle adventure began.
The Road to Selvadorada – What Treasures Await?
Before I even began my trek onwards to the jungle, the path first needed to be cleared. Machete in hand, I began the mammoth task of clearing ages old vines which clung around the entrance archway like the bony hand of a long-dead adventured clutching his final treasure.
Vines cleared, it was time to go forth and heed my calling. I made my way through the vine laden path, the hums of insects and beasts unknown all around me. Something moved, a snake, I knew I was close to something, and then suddenly I came to a clearing.
Before me was a grove of jungle trees with a lone avocado tree a newly added harvestable in The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure game pack. The path snaked around the grove and to my left was a giant doorway, entombed by vines and inscribed with strange glyphs and symbols. This door I could not open for it was both jammed and blocked, so onwards I set, towards the sound of rushing water.
As the aquatic roar became louder and louder, I felt a sense of awe as I approached another clearing, simultaneously the light bestowed upon me became stronger, the jungle path behind me grew smaller, whilst the clearing ahead of me grew larger.
Amazement set In as I eventually arrived at a canyon. What seemed like a thousand feet down, a raging torrent of a stream and to my left side, a gargantuan waterfall, deafening in its power and wondrous in its beauty.
As I looked downstream the jungle view in the distance inspired a sense of awe. Huge doesn’t begin to describe the forest upon which I gazed, the tropical canopy fading into distance.
Note: The visuals in some areas of The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure are stunning. While looking across the canopy I even heard and then noticed a helicopter buzz past off into the distance, as well as parrots.
Luckily for me, there was a thin wooden bridge connecting either side of the canyon.
Across the bridge I could see what appeared to be temple ruins as I gazed slack-jawed at the cyclopean masonry which glared back at me in an intimidating manner. I had no choice, I had to traverse the rickety bridge whether it was going to be onward to decadence or downwards to demise.
Discovery of the Past, or Work with Remains – A Glimpse of the Ancient Omiscans
I crossed the bridge (which to my surprise wasn’t at all rickety) and subsequently arrived at the temple ruins of which I spied from afar.
To my disappointment, all entrances to the temple ruins were blocked by fallen trees, vines and landslide. The excitement was not lost however as for the first time I got a glimpse of the ancient Omiscan architecture I had only previously heard about via word of mouth and legend from the locals.
Although there was no way inside the temple ruins, there was a curious mound at the foot of the steps to the temple summit. I had to investigate and excavate.
Upon beginning excavation, I had acquired the archaeology skill, an ability new to The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure. After almost three hours I had finally uncovered something, whether treasure or trinket it was something… it was a skull; this could be the skull of an ancient Omiscan but to be sure I would have to send it to be verified.
Since everything here was buried or hidden, I couldn’t go on digging all day. The sun was starting to settle and I was hungry. Feeling confident that the wooden bridge was safe, I made my way back to the grove and harvested some avocado for my supper, and then made my way back to the temple ruins where I pitched my tent for the night.
After eating the exquisite avocado, I fell asleep under the stars to the sound of the waterfall and the faded song of jungle creatures.
I awoke at dawn and was overcome by a burning sensation which engulfed my form. As I tried to resist the pain I feared that death was looming, but no, I remembered the fire foam I had purchased from Puerto Llamante market. Immediately I lathered myself in the cold and wet substance when it instantly took effect and provided some relief. Fireflies! Nobody warned me about fireflies.
Note: Being attacked by bugs and beasties seems to playa large part in The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure game pack. Make sure you take necessary supplies.
Hungry, covered in foam and dishevelled, I sought refuge at Belomisia Trail base camp, using the facilities to ebb my despair.
After a brief respite, I set aside my doubts and fears and started back towards the temple ruins, once again traversing the jungle path and the wooden bridge.
I spent some time studying the temple ruins when I noticed another vine encased jungle doorway towards the rear of the temple summit walkway.
Machete in hand I hacked at the vines and once again rallied forth through thick jungle when the familiarity of learned sight and sound assured me that I was once again coming to a clearing.
We Walk the Chosen Path – It Can’t Rain all the Time
I gazed in amazement at the grand scale of this newly discovered clearing. Beset before me in all directions were fallen cyclopean masonry, thick jungle grove and Omiscan totem skirting the beaten path as if placed there with purpose for only me to discover.
While deciding which path to choose, I was drawn down a cleared path to my right, as I gleaned the top of a standing Omiscan totem.
Upon arrival I was indeed presented with a standing totem, magnificent in all its glory, adorned with Omiscan stone carvings and perfectly intact, leading me to assume that there was some obfuscated significance to this this antique remnant of a forgotten civilisation. Drawing closer for clearer inspection, my astute insight was confirmed, for this totem stood guard at the entrance of another vine encased doorway noticeably leading to a large temple complex beyond.
Through the doorway and beyond the proceeding ante-chamber, I stood in pure amazement. I had discovered what I had hoped would be here. As before me stood, as clear and magnificent as the inherent Sun, a monument of such complex simplicity and glorious beauty I could hardly inhibit my amusement. A full sized and perfectly preserved Omiscan pyramid.
Do or Do Not… – Into the Unknown
The temple was festooned, from base to apex with Omiscan glyphs and fastidiously placed art work. It truly was a sight to behold, magnificent in the sunlight, its placement I presumed was no mistake.
Finally managing to restore my bearings after being overwhelmed by the great temple which stood before me, I could see clearly that there were many areas suitable for excavation, a veritable treasure trove of Omiscan artefacts and a true dream for enthusiast and archaeologist alike. I had to see what was inside.
The entrance to the pyramid was at the top of a vast series of steps which led up to a chamber opening. Inside this ante-chamber, to my surprise, there were more steps leading downwards to other smaller chambers and eventually to a large chamber inside the pyramid base.
At the base chamber, astonished, I saw, what was now familiar Omiscan doorway, only this doorway was enclosed is some kind of miasmic energy preventing entry which I assumed would be very painful or even fatal. On either side of the doorway were two symbolic glyphs, the Omiscan symbols of the leaf, placed high above floor level.
To the right side of doorway were various pedestals upon which were placed offering bowls, allowing one to make offerings to the leaf, the tree, the sun or the arrowhead.
Opposite the doorway was a mechanical totem with a lever which upon further examination I could see was for crafting glyphs for the same offerings. This contraption I could not use for I had a strong feeling there would be great danger in doing so.
I stood, I sat, I examined, I contemplated. There more going on here than I had previously assumed. It was time to make an offering. My jungle adventure was just beginning.
Note: I have purposefully omitted some screenshots and features/details in The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure Game Pack as I do not want to spoil the game for anybody. The new world is there to explore and enjoy so you can have your very own jungle adventure. The scope of and scale of this Sims 4 game pack makes it almost an expansion pack. The small details which have gone in to it are truly worth the time to take notice of such as the audio, the in-the-distance events and the cultural quirks. I know there is a lot more to this Sims 4 game pack than I have covered in my brief play through and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Source: CXG original review, reviewed by Michael Gore, editor – ChartX Games.
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Developer: The Sims Studio
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: 27/02/2018
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