Sims 4 Snowy Escape – Everything you need to know

The perfect blend of gameplay and culture, The Sims 4 Snowy Escape is an expansion pack you can’t miss. Although it may look like a snowy theme park, it has a more resounding theme – one of culture and building a dynamic world.

Being the 10th expansion pack in the Sims 4 franchise, it’s no surprise that EA blew us away. However, the expansion pack exceeded our expectations and created an expansion pack that no one should pass up.

The Sims 4 Snowy Escape lets Sims experience a new culture and winter sports. It also introduces a stunning new world, gameplay, and festivals.


Mount Komorebi – A new world

Welcome to the new world of Mount Komorebi.
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Welcome to a new world filled with rich wonders and vibrant colors – Mt. Komorebi. The world is a snowy mountainous region with a Japanese-inspired feel and appearance. The world has both residential and rental land, making it perfect for vacations and permanent residences. There are three quarters in this world:

  • Yukimatsu: Located on the slopes of Mount Komorebi, this district is named after its snow-capped pines. It is a popular tourist spot for extreme snow sports and vacation rentals.
  • Senbamachi: Also known as the City of a Thousand Leaves, locals believe this area is deeply rooted in nature. You can hike through the bamboo forests where you might find spritely unique creatures and meet the guardians of the trees.
  • Wakaba: The newest town in the Mount Komorebi region, Wakaba is more modern and embodies the concept of youth. It’s a small town still booming, but home to a fantastic youth festival. He also has a cute mascot named Yamachan.

Extreme feelings

Snowboarding and skiing are new sports activities.
Snowboarding and skiing are new sports activities.
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Now that you know the new Sims 4 Snowy Escape region a little better, we can skim through the details. Yukimatsu is known for its winter sports, including snowboarding, skiing, sledding, rock climbing, and hiking.


Ski

The first new snow sport in The Sims 4 Snowy Escape is skiing. Head to one of Yukimatsu’s slopes and grab a pair of skis from a vending machine. Once you unlock new tricks and skills, you can score yourself new skis.

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Snowboard

Although there are no half pipes or designated areas for snowboarding, you can still share the slopes with skiers. You can befriend other snowboarders (called snow bros) and level up to unlock new moves and tricks. Of course you have to try snowboarding – and the boards are fantastic too!


Escalation

If going down a hill isn’t for you, then maybe climbing it is. Rock Climbing is a new activity and skill in The Sims 4 Snowy Escape. So put on your gear and get ready to scale Mount Komorebi. And once you get enough skill level, you can finally reach the top of Mount Komorebi. This is a challenge that we highly recommend.


Trek

Although not an actual skill and more of a walking feature, your Sim can explore different hiking trails around the world. These include the old cemetery and a visit to the mountain monastery. Your Sim can also use their phone to plan a mountain trip. Currently, this is the only way for your Sim to explore Mount Komorebi without climbing.


Welcome to your sanctuary

The Monastery in The Sims 4 Snowy Escape
The Monastery in The Sims 4 Snowy Escape
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If extreme sports aren’t your thing, let your Sim relax in natural hot springs and relax around kettles. The Sims 4 Snowy Escape adds more than one way to retreat from life: flee to your sanctuary. You can meditate around scenic gardens and bamboo forests or sit around the kotatsu table and socialize. Alternatively, your Sim can enjoy mindful walks or music to soothe their inner emotional beasts.

Just like the gameplay, the look of the world is also inspired by Japanese furniture and architecture. You can build with doors, windows and shoji mats. Incorporating a genkan entrance to your garden can help your Sim achieve inner zen. Our favorite part? This expansion pack lets you build your own rock garden outside your home!

Other objects added to the game include heaters, shoe panels, plants, wall decorations and more! There’s even a cute new trash can design.

In addition to building your own shrine, you can explore existing locations around the world. These include the Stefani Onsen public baths, the perfect place to relax in hot springs. Natural springs have rejuvenating properties that will eliminate any fatigue or bruising. Moreover, you can visit the mountain temple to meditate and reflect.


Define your lifestyle

Sims can enjoy hot meals with friends.
Sims can enjoy hot meals with friends.
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Lifestyles and Sentiments are new aspects added to the game that are influenced by your Sim’s actions. Their behaviors and habits alter the lifestyle of your Sims appropriately. For example, a computer simulation would gain the “Techie” lifestyle.

When you acquire a lifestyle, they will act similarly to traits, giving your sims various emotions. Different lifestyles will also unlock certain gameplay elements that will deepen your Sim’s personality. For example, a Sim with the tech-savvy lifestyle will be tense when on land without electricity. They will also prefer to use technology over non-electronic items.

There are 16 new lifestyles in this expansion pack, each with their own unique characteristics. Here is a list of lifestyles you can expect to see in The Sims 4 Snowy Escape:

  • adrenaline seeker
  • Tight knit
  • coffee fanatic
  • Energetic
  • frequent traveler
  • natural food nuts
  • hungry for love
  • Interior
  • junk food demon
  • people person
  • Single and in love
  • Outside
  • Sedentary
  • Technician
  • Technophobe
  • Workaholic

Just as certain behaviors can result in different lifestyles, they can also suppress lifestyles. For example, if your Outdoorsy Sim starts spending all their time indoors, they will lose their lifestyle. If you lose the lifestyle, you lose the benefits that come with it.

There is also a daily lifestyle cap that limits the number of changes to your lifestyle per day. Lifestyles add a whole new dimension to the game and are worth playing.

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Final Thoughts

Honestly, Mount Komorebi is an enchanting world that we keep coming back to. There are tons of gameplay activities and scenic views that blend into a seamless world. Plus, the new sports actions are fun and engaging and add a refresher to the current gym and athlete setup.

With Lifestyles, your Sim can gain additional traits that are temporary and easy to change. They are affected by your Sim’s behavior and activities. Lifestyles are fun to play and open up new social interactions.

Snowy escape is arguably the best expansion pack since The Sims 4 Seasons. What are your thoughts? Share them with us on Twitter or in the comments below.

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