The Legacy Challenge has been a long-running challenge in The Sims, dating back to The Sims’ first version. Essentially, the Legacy Challenge is a set of restrictions players can impose on themselves to make the game more challenging. Adding these layers of restrictions towards how The Sims 4 is played out proves to be a strong allure for seasoned Sims players, adding an overall complexity to how the game is played out.
The Legacy Challenge tasks you with playing a family through 10 generations. The player starts with one adult Sim by themselves in a Legacy Lot, typically sized at 50×50. The founder must build their house, their wealth, and bring in the second generation to continue when they pass. The Legacy Challenge begs the question: “What kind of legacy will you leave?” Here are the main rules that you have to comply with throughout the Legacy Challenge.
Legacy Challenge rules
- No cheats, hacks, modifications that give you any sort of advantage.
- No restarting after bad events. Essentially, deal with the hands dealt to you during the duration of the challenge.
- You may not move or merge in other Sims into the Legacy Family. The exception is if they are a spouse to one of the children.
- The Legacy family must remain on the same lot for the duration of the challenge. In other words, you can’t move from the 50×50 lot that you start on.
- A Sim may utilize an anti-aging item only once in their lifetime.
- You may not change a Sims current aspiration.
- Sims are not allowed to be brought back from the dead once the reaper has taken them.
- You may not move/marry out the Sim, who currently holds the title of ‘heir.’
- Your legacy family is the sole family you can play in that saved game.
- You can follow Sims to their jobs if pursuing the Doctor, Detective, or Scientist careers.