Penthouses are a feature in The Sims 3: Late Night and The Sims 4: City Living. They are fixed-size lots on top of skyscrapers. They can be residential- as well as community lots. People can be seen moving in and out, but the active Sims are the only ones living in the building.
The Sims 3: Late Night Edit
Penthouses in The Sims 3: Late Night are similar to apartments in The Sims 2: Apartment Life, but do not feature the entire social experience of living in a community. The active Sims are the only playable Sims living in the building where the penthouse is located. However, NPCs will often live there as well, but there are no determinate neighbors in penthouses. NPCs are totally random, and can be sometimes seen walking to the elevator and locking doors. Playable Sims can actually talk to them, and can ring their doorbell to get them out of their rooms in order to socialize with them.
Penthouses are based on the shell buildings in World Adventures, such as the pyramids. Apart from the residential space, there is a lobby with an intercom to allow visitors to talk to Sims in their rooms and an elevator. Because of this, players can only build within the already existing outer walls, which means they cannot add a new floor.
Most of the penthouses are one-story, one or two bedroom units and range in price from moderate to very expensive. Some of the more expensive units can have two stories.
Editing the walls and adding extra room to a penthouse cannot be done in a natural way, though it is possible with the use of the "RestrictBuildBuyInBuildings false" cheats. For additional space, try deleting hidden room markers to expand the size of the unit. [n 1] It is best to make this type of building edit before moving in Sims, otherwise players could experience system errors or freezes when a family is actively occupying the space. Players can place pools on elevated floors in penthouses as well as windows as the siding in pools.
Building penthouses Edit
It is recommended that you have some experience using buydebug, and understand what debug objects do prior to building a custom penthouse/apartment. Although all apartments in the base game are referred to as penthouses, not all of them have rooms available on the top floor. They vary based on the chosen shell. To build an apartment, the player must make a residential lot of a large size. Then the player will need to type in several cheats: testingcheatsenabled, buydebug, restrictbuildbuyinbuildings off. Not required, but moveobjects makes shell placement easier.
The player can then go to the debug section of buy mode and search through the "misc or ?" section to find one of two (27 if Patch 18 is installed) high-rise shells.
The player now has the freedom to build inside or outside of the unit to complete the apartment. To make public rooms, one must use the "Public Room Marker". To make hidden rooms, the "Hidden Room Marker" is used. They are silver-metallic spheres.
- Beware that using these cheats may cause your game to freeze.*
An unofficial tutorial for making an apartment-like residence (such as a house in which your Sim rents a single room with the other rooms being communal) can be found here. A tutorial on building a row of high rise buildings can be found below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr668wvntVg&list=UUrgbH1HPHsUkIzeQjNRXx-w&index=0&feature=plcp
- Aquarius is a new nightclub in Bridgeport which is located at the top of a skyscraper, similar to a penthouse.
- ↑ When expanding into hidden rooms, be sure to remove the outside doors so NPCs do not have access to the space.
The Sims 4: City Living Edit
The Sims 4: City Living adds the ability to build Penthouses on the top of certain Skyscraper buildings. All three penthouse lots are the epitome of a penultimate lifestyle. They are placed atop decorative buildings that do not have any limitations beyond their lot size, so you can use them for residential and commercial venues.
Living on a penthouse is not very different. But in order to make the penthouse work, the player needs to add an elevator, a recycle bin, and a mailbox. Community lot penthouse also needs an elevator for Sims to travel up and down the building. Other Sims will visit these lots the same way as they do in normal community lots in other worlds.
Building a penthouse Edit
Building on a penthouse is not different from building on normal lots. Player can build 4 floors, but basements are not allowed to be made, however, pools are a possibility, but the player can't build a pool on the edge and is always restricted to build one square inwards. And if there is a balcony beneath, pools will not be able to be put on that area. Elevators and penthouse bins and mailboxes are only available to be build on penthouses, if the player doesn't glitch them to other worlds with saving rooms that has these special objects to the library, and then putting them on other lots that are not penthouses.
- ↑ Gameguru interview at Prosims Russian (English translation)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Sims 3 Late Night preview « Sims 3 Nieuws at the Wayback Machine (archived October 31, 2010)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Gamesradar - The Sims 3: Late Night
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 SimGuru's over appartementen in De Sims 3: Na Middernacht at http://www.sims3nieuws.nl/ (English translation)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 SimsNetwork - The Sims 3 Late Night @ Gamescom 2010
- ↑ TheSims3 tweet - The apartments are extensions of shells from World Adventures. Big models, but with some floors that can be built and lived in.