Teen, or teenager, is the fourth life stage of a Sim in The Sims 2, The Sims Stories, and The Sims 3, and the third life stage in The Sims 4. It succeeds the child life stage and precedes the young adult[TS2U][TS3][TS4] or adult [TS2][TSS] life stage. Teens are not included in the console games based on The Sims 2, The Sims Bustin' Out, and The Sims Medieval.
The life stage is featured in The Sims FreePlay with the Teenagers update, in which pre-teens can grow up to the teen life stage by completing a certain quest. Prior to the update, Sims can only grow as far as the pre-teen life stage.
In The Sims 2, The Sims Stories, and The Sims FreePlay, the name of the life stage is called "Teenager" while The Sims 3, The Sims 3 for consoles, and The Sims 4 simply calls them "Teen". However, the manuals and help messages for The Sims 2 and The Sims Stories refers to them as "Teen".
Teen Sims in The Sims 2 and The Sims 3 are taller than children, but shorter than adults and young adults. In The Sims 4, teens are the same height as adults and young adults, but have thinner frames, fewer body curves, and pudgier faces to indicate youth.
The teen life stage lasts for 14[N][TS3][TS3C] or 15[TS2][TSS] days, and represents a Sim's life from approximately age 12 or 13 to approximately age 17 or 18. Teens can grow up earlier if they go to college.[University]
In The Sims 2, some teens will develop acne if their hygiene motive falls too low. Teens will act frightened when they gussy up, and an option to "use acne cream" will appear when using a mirror. Notably, if one of a teen's close relatives (such as a parent or sibling) has or once had acne problems, the teen is significantly more likely to get acne too. Acne is not, however, a game mechanic in The Sims 3. Teens can also use gym equipment, and it becomes necessary in order to stay fit.
Teens in The Sims 2 are unique in that they can age up into one of two separate life stages: Young Adult or Adult. If University is installed, the player has the option to send a teen to college, where they will first live as a young adult; otherwise they will skip ahead to the adult stage. In The Sims 3 and The Sims 4, the player does not have this choice; they will always age up into a young adult.
Things that teens can do that younger life stages can't:
Things that Teens can do that older Sims can't:
- Pull pranks[TS3:G]
- Go to prom[TS3:G]
- Snub other teen Sims[TS3:G]
- Learn to drive[TS3:G]
- Go to school
- Do homework
- Attend an after-school activity[TS3:G]
- Check themselves out in a mirror[TS2] (Flirty and Snob Sims only[TS3])
- Exchange promise rings[TS4]
In The Sims 2 and The Sims Stories, when a child becomes a teenager, their aspiration can be chosen by the player. If Nightlife or later is installed, turn-ons and turn-offs are also assigned at this point. However, if the "age NPCs" feature of FreeTime is used to age a child townie to a teen, the player will not be able to choose that Sim's aspiration, turn-ons and turn-off.
In The Sims 3 and The Sims 3 for consoles, teens have four traits and are able to choose from all of the available traits, unlike the younger life stages. Teens may also gain and potentially fulfill an early lifetime wish during this stage in the same manner as child Sims, though the player is not required to assign them lifetime wishes until they age up into young adults. Teens have four trait slots that the player can fill in; they add one trait when they age up. If Generations is installed, teens are offered a chance to defy parental authority by pulling pranks, holding a teenage party while their parents are away, or sneaking out while grounded. They may also randomly suffer from mood swings.
In The Sims 4, just like in The Sims 2, teenagers' aspirations can be chosen by the player after they age up from a child. Teens have two trait slots to fill in; one trait is added when they age up from a child.
The teen life stage may serve as an important period in a Sim's development, as Sims can begin to build their first romantic relationships from this point onwards. Most teen Sims will have a recurring want for their first kiss and to go steady with another Sim.[TS2]
Without the use of mods or hacks, teens can perform all romantic interactions except WooHoo, Get Married, Propose Marriage, or Try for Baby, though they can still take care of existing babies and toddlers in the same way as older Sims. In The Sims 2 and The Sims Stories, their romantic relationships are restricted to other teens, and will be automatically broken if one teen ages up and the other does not. In The Sims 3, however, a teen dating another teen who ages up into a young adult will remain listed as their boyfriend or girlfriend, but romantic interactions between them will be disabled until the other teen has also aged up. This is the only legitimate way for a teenage Sim to have a romantic relationship with an older Sim.
In The Sims 2, teens are able to WooHoo and Try for Baby if the InTeenimater mod is installed.
In The Sims 4, EA says teens are not able to WooHoo, but they can "Mess Around". Yet, oddly enough when two teens "mess around" together and then "woohoo" together as adults, they will not receive the "first woohoo" moodlet which implies otherwise.
Teens can also "exchange promise rings".
Responsibilities and privileges Edit
Teens may begin to take on new responsibilities such as getting a part-time job after school or on the weekends, though they still cannot hold a full-time job. Like children, they must maintain good grades, and with The Sims 2: University, success at school and in skill building can earn valuable scholarship money for use during a Sim's college years.
Teens also get some perks. They can cook meals and drive a car.[Nightlife][TS3] They can also live on their own if both parents die or if all the older Sims in the household move out of their home lot. In The Sims 2, it is even possible for teens to run away if their relationship with their family is too low. In The Sims 3, if World Adventures is installed, teens can travel abroad by themselves. In both The Sims 2 and The Sims 3, teens cannot be taken away by the Social Worker.
Teens in The Sims 2, The Sims Stories, and The Sims 4 do not have curfews, and can remain on community lots for as long as they like. However, teenage Sims have a curfew in The Sims 3. The town curfew for teens is 11:00pm, which is an hour later than the curfew for child Sims. Teens who violate the curfew will also get the positive "Out after Curfew" moodlet while doing so, whereas children do not. Furthermore, teenage Sims may be caught violating curfew by the police, at which point they will be sent home and given the negative "Caught after Curfew" moodlet.
If Generations is installed, teens can graduate and attend a prom at their school. At the prom, they may choose to go alone or with a date, and graduation automatically occurs at the end of the teen life stage.
- ↑ Graham Nardone on Twitter: "@Mistyfied_MD Yes. Teens have thinner frames than their adult self, less curves on their body, and a bit of youthful pudge on their face." Twitter. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- ↑ Daniel Hiatt on Twitter: "@Sims3loser No. Teens Mess Around instead since they can't Woohoo yet." Twitter. Retrieved 19 November 2014.