The Sims 4 adds a cute pocket telescope that can also kinda murder you

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The backyard observatory. The goddamn backyard observatory. Sims 4 (opens in new tab) stargazers will have long lamented this alternative to the series’ traditional telescope. It’s a garish, hulking thing and looks ridiculous in most normal builds. Now, nearly eight years later, we finally have a much nicer pocket-sized telescope object that actually looks normal on a balcony or in a back garden. Oh, and it can kill you. So there’s that.

The small telescope is a free addition to the base game, with a second pocket-sized peeper coming with the Werewolves game pack (opens in new tab). Sims can carry it around in their personal inventory with nine lovely colours to choose from. It doesn’t quite have every function of the backyard telescope—understandably, you can’t WooHoo inside this one and you’re unable to nab any of the framed prints—but it’s perfectly capable of gazing at the stars or whatever the hell your neighbours are up to.

Oh yeah, the death thing. Using the telescope runs the risk of getting hit by a meteorite. Sims will be appropriately warned of any incoming fiery sky rocks, but fail to get them inside in time and they’ll be clobbered by one. Sims who die by meteorites get a pretty cool-looking ghost that has a tiny meteorite burning inside their chest though.

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Along with the death telescope, the patch has added a new curly beard, striped caution wallpaper, and a veil-free option for the My Wedding Stories hijab. There are some less garish variations for the rainbow wedding dresses now too, which is a welcome alternative. Long-time Sims fans will also be pleased to see a small touch: the return of the “reticulating splines” loading tip. You can read the full patch notes here (opens in new tab) which I highly recommend—if only to see them take the piss out of the observatory a bit.

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