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  • In The Sims Castaway Stories spinoff, the "Shipwrecked and Single" game features a island idol that the playable Sim names "Spaulding," also in reference to Cast Awaynote .
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  • Someone on the Sims Social team appears to be a Red Dwarf fan, judging by the "Rimmer Games Table" from winter 2012 (Arnold Rimmer was obsessed with Risk).
  • Seeing as it's a Spin-Off of this game, MySims gets a few references here and there. Amongst others, Travis, Liberty, Summer, and Vincent Skullfinder have appeared as characters (although Vincent was already dead).

The Sims


The Sims 2

  • The "Brick Roll" floor tile from Mansions and Garden, and one of the roof tiles promises "Never to let you down".
  • The Prisoner of Azkalamp is the name of a cheap outdoor light in The Sims 2.
  • The The Prototype X94 "Angsternaut" Robosuit. The description also has shades of Humongous Mecha in general (and possibly Gurenn Lagann in particular).
    • The French version instead gives a shoutout to Star Wars.
    • But wait, there's more! This game also has a trio of outfits that bear an uncanny resemblance to Evangelion plugsuits the main characters wear. That you can wear as well. Clearly Will Wright is a NGE fan.
    • The game files refer to those suits as motor racing suits - with oddly-placed plugs.
    • With this screenshot the Shout-Out may as well be confirmed.
  • There's another outfit that is basically Neo's outfit from The Matrix, complete with black trenchcoat.
  • For toddlers, there's a Rip Co. Wobbly Wabbit Head toy
  • Socially deprived Sims in interact with a large, imaginary, one-eyed rabbit...
    • In a similar vein, Knowlege Sims at the end of their rope will start holding conversations with a volleyball.
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    • TV shows on the SBN (Sim Broadcasting Network) include: Not-Oprah, Pseudo-Survivor, Un-ER, and the Pleasant twins in some kind of generic teen drama.
    • The windmills that you can use to reduce your Sims' energy bill have a buy-mode description that suggests that you not try to use them to cool off, as "they do not work that way."
  • There is a wallpaper in The Sims 2: Pets called "Jackson Stonewall"
  • Also in Pets is "The Tahdis Wardrobe." The description claims it has a "deceptively spacious interior"
  • In Apartment Life expansion there's a set of wallpapers whose descriptions are lines from Macbeth. This expansion pack introduced witches so it's fitting. Also doubles as a Genius Bonus.
  • One of the paintings that can be purchased features a red-haired woman in a red dress on a blue background. The description states that it "illustrates the eternal struggle between red and blue"
  • And of course, there is Thoggus.
  • One of the wall hangings is titled "The Fifth Element"
  • There's also the "Unlikely Whale Sculpture".
  • One of the travel destinations in Bon Voyage features a local dish called Pineapple Surprise.
  • A series of tile floors is called "Tiler Durden."
  • A set of outfits for teen girl Sims look a lot like Avril Lavigne's early wardrobe style (tanktop, baggy pants, tie, exposed bra and underwear waistband).
  • The Grim Reaper biography, which can only be seen using a hack or SimPe, mentions that his favorite band is Styx.
  • In the chance card for the first level of the science career (Test Subject), your sim has to choose between taking a blue licorice or a red licorice, another reference to The Matrix.
  • The Sports hobby lot in FreeTime is called Dreamy Fields.
  • A chance card for the Recruit job in the Military career references a recruit sneaking a donut in his footlocker.

The Sims 3

    Base Game/Unclassified 

    World Adventures 
  • You can find a peculiar stone in Egypt: Tiberium. Let that sink in for a bit. (EA Games owns both franchises.) Get it Spire Cut for a mere §6,500, leave it out for a bit, and it will grow into a large crystal worth §30,000+ .
    • Also, leave any form of it in a Sim's inventory for a significant time and they get a moodlet (Visceroidal Nausea) with special flavor text that furthers the shout-out.
    • One opportunity has you deliver a sample to the science lab, and when you do a message comes saying you met a representative called Mr. Kane.
  • The 'explorer' townies who can spawn in the three travel destinations are all Indiana Jones and Lara Croft expies.
  • Each country has a bookstore. All 3 have a Jimmy Sprocket book available to buy. China also has a book titled The Dragon's Age.


    Late Night 
  • The description for the 'Kickin' Strobe Light' states that you can "torture your Sim with 1.21 gigawatts of pure pulsing power".
  • One of the vampires in the Bridgeport neighborhood is called Belisama Hemlock, which sounds similar to the protagonist of a certain teen-novel series.
  • One of the houses in Bridgeport is named Back to the Fuscia.



  • One of the Halloween costumes is a hockey mask.
  • And there is a Roman Holiday firework cannon.
  • On the side of the face painting booth is a poster showcasing the various designs your Sims can have painted on them, as well as a man who looks remarkably similar to Bob Ross.
  • If you use the cheat 'buydebug' you can purchase an alien 'car', the description of which references Star Trek.

    University Life 

  • The Simlife goggles have several shout outs to different franchises.
    • The Sci Fi adventure comes up with a popup saying 'Blasters on stun'. An obvious shout out to Star Trek as they often said 'Phasers on stun' before beaming down into a dangerous situation.
  • If a female Sim is elected Prom Queen the description in her moodlet will read "My classmates like me! They really like me!"

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The Sims 4

The Sims: Medieval

  • The Made a Few Simoles moodlet text reads "Boy, what a sound! How you love to hear that money clink! That beautiful sound of cold, hard cash!" Almost verbatim Lucy from A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  • While patrolling the forest a possible chance card sees you encounter "two peculiarly dressed young men standing next to what appeared to be an upright metal and glass coffin". You have a choice of either pointing them to the castle, or sending them to the Judgement Zone. If you send them to the castle the result card mentions that "Excellent!" suddenly becomes common parlance throughout the kingdom.
  • When Peterans pray, they perform the "Wax on, wax off" movements.
  • The sword Animuslaver from the quest of the same name is an amalgam of the demonic sword Stormbringer and the One Ring.

The Sims Freeplay

  • Achievements:
    • Proclaimer!: Drive a total of 500 miles.note 
    • Sim Town 90210: Have a town worth 12,000,000 Simoleons.
    • Wax On... and Wax Off: Have a pre-teen Sim get a Blue and Black belt in Karate, respectively.
    • Hello, Newman: Have a Sim with 1 nemesis.
    • Dr. Evil!: Have a town worth 1,000,000 Simoleons.

Alternative Title(s): The Sims 1, The Sims 2, The Sims 3, The Sims 4, The Sims Medieval, The Sims Freeplay


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