Work Out your Builder’s Brain with a Shell Challenge!

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Looking for a Sims 4 challenge that doesn’t involve legacies or hundreds of babies? Do you prefer to spend time in Buy/Build Mode over playing with sims themselves? You might enjoy a Shell Challenge.

Shell Challenge

Challenges are a popular way for simmers to mix up their gaming experiences—here at SnootySims we have dozens of articles about them! A majority of challenges focus on gameplay and the lives of sims themselves, which isn’t everybody’s cup of Buffalo Wing Tea. If you want to do a challenge that has a smaller commitment, little to no time restraints, and lots of room for creativity you should definitely give shell challenges a go.

An Empty Shell to Fill with your Creativity!

So, what is a shell challenge anyway?

It’s a building challenge where you start out with a basic exterior—an empty shell—and turn it into essentially whatever you want. Depending on who offers the challenge there may be different rules attached, but the main rule that persists throughout is that you can’t remove or change any of the exterior walls of the shell. Other restrictions might include budget, lot size, or CC use, for example.

Shell challenges often include unique build shapes and architectural elements you may not use in your regular builds, while giving you the freedom to transform them how you see fit. It’s a great way to do a challenge while still having a lot of creative freedom, and since it’s a build challenge you can leave and come back to it whenever you want.

Where to Find Shell Challenges

Since they’re pretty popular it’s not difficult to find a shell challenge to do; chances are that wherever you like to to consume your Sims 4 content, you’ll find them:

  • Popular YouTubers like lilsimsie and Kate Emerald not only create shell challenges, but also make videos touring some of their favorite builds that other simmers come up with from those challenges.
  • Searching the Gallery for #ShellChallenge will show you both empty shells for you to try, and other simmers’ completed builds from their own attempts at challenges. Pick an empty shell to start with, or read the description of a build you fancy to find out where the shell was originally from and try it for yourself.
  • Pinterest has similar results to the Gallery in that you can find both completed builds and empty shells for your own use.
  • You can try websites like The Sims Shellcaster which generate random shells, or visit sites of simmers who create their own such as taliexo.com who has a new shell challenge every month.

No matter where you hang out in the Sims 4 community, you can likely find a shell challenge there!

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Final Thoughts – Time to get building!

Now it’s your turn! If you’re looking for something fun to do to mix up your regular gameplay or have been thinking about doing a shell challenge for yourself, now’s as good a time as ever to give it a try. It’s a great way to have you thinking outside of your usual patterns and you may discover a new build technique or floorplan style you’d never have come up with on your own. Even if you’ve stepped away from playing The Sims 4 for a while, this is still a fun activity that you can partake in just for the creative exercise it gives your mind. You may be pleasantly surprised with what you come up with!


Your Author: Hi! I'm Nicole

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I've been playing The Sims since the first game launched way back in 2000 and have been using CC for over 20 years. As a creative person with an interest in design, The Sims games have always been a great outlet for me whether I'm creating a cool sim, trying a new build style, or dabbling in CC making. The Sims really is a wonderful medium for all sorts of creative outlets and I'm happy to share my enthusiasm with other like-minded players!

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