The Best 'Sims 4' Stuff Packs and Expansions to Buy While The Game Is Free on Origin

For a limited time, Sims 4 is free to download for Mac and PC via EA's Origin distribution platform. The long-running simulation has been going strong since its release in 2014, keeping fans coming back for more with new home design options, pets, careers, life paths and more. Here's everything you need to know to get started with The Sims 4, along with some of our favorite options for expanding the possibilities of EA's immersive virtual world.

How to Download The Sims 4 Free on Origin

Users can download the Origin app on their computer, then download Sims 4 free of charge until May 28. Once it's installed on your computer, you will have access to all of the basic Sims 4 features, like building a family, a home, and controlling their every move.

However, there are additional options lifestyle bonuses and expansion packs you can download now at an additional price. Here are the best add-on packs worth the hard-earned cash you saved by getting the base game for free.

Sims 4 Cats and Dogs

Sims 4 Pets may be the best-known add-on because of how lovable the adoptable animals are. The add-on allows users to bring digital, furry friends home to any Sims household in the game by creating a new pet.

The Pets expansion also unlocks a new town and career. With the added pets, your Sim can become a vet and run a clinic. This career also allows for more of a hands-on approach. Unlike typical Sims careers, where you watch your character head off for a 9-to-5 job without much control over what they do, the Vet career allows players to hire a full staff and manage a clinic.

What's more, the new coastal area of Brindleton Bay hosts more than a handful of dog owners.

Price: $39.99

Sims 4 StrangerVille

Want to solve a mystery? Sims 4 StrangerVille takes your player deep inside the heart of a creepy town, full of off-the-wall characters. The pack will open a new, eerie world for you to explore, as well as give a handful of build and character add ons, from new clothing (primarily military-inspired clothing) and hairstyles to unique windows and home accessories. Take a step into the unknown with this expansion pack that's become beloved by the game's most devoted fans.

Price: $19.99

Sims 4 Get Famous

If you've always wanted to be a celebrity, look no further than the star-inspired expansion. In this pack, you can set your Sim on a path to success by enrolling them in the acting career. From there, watch your notoriety and money grow.

The pack also allows you to play as an influencer. In either career, you're able to face a variety of unique problems that come with extreme exposure, but the rewards are great. A collection of new build and apparel options are available upon purchase.

Price: $39.99

All Sims 4 add-ons can be purchased and downloaded directly on the EA Origin app.