This post has been completely redesigned and updated for 2017!
When you first start the game there aren’t many instructions as to what you need to do and how the game works so I have put together this guide to help you get the most out of the game!
Everything in red will be explained in more detail later in the post so keep reading, any words highlighted as a link will take you to a post explaining that topic in a lot more detail so if you are still unsure after reading about it in this post click on the links!
Player Information Panel
At the top of your screen you will see a panel, this shows you your progress in the game:
1.Level and XPs- this shows you your level and how far away you are from levelling up, if you click on this you will see how many more experience points you need to be able to level up
2.VIP level- you earn VIP points when you buy items from the online store, the more you buy the higher your VIP level will be and the more VIP perks you will earn
3.Simoleons- this is your main currency in the game, click on the green simoleon symbol to buy more with real money
4.Lifestyle Points- this is a special currency, you can buy premium items with LPs or use them to speed up actions, again click on the orange LP symbol to buy more with real money
5.Social Points- this is another special currency, you earn these by completing social tasks at neighbours houses or as rewards during live events and community events
6.Town Value and Sim Count- click on this button to see your simtown information including your sim count (how many sims you currently have in your town/ how many you are allowed to add currently, this increases when you level up) as well as your town value, whenever you build a house, workplace or business or buy an item this adds to your town value, as your town value increases so does your daily simoleon reward
What is the time in the game? The time is the same as the time is for you so if its 10pm in your location then it will also be 10pm for your sims
Sim Information Panel
Your sim info panel will look different depending on the device you are playing on, on a larger device it will be a pop up tab at the bottom of the screen (shown as 1 in image above) and on a smaller device it will be in a folder on the side of your screen (shown as 2 in image above) with the simtracker included.
(3)Careers and Education– this is where you can give your sims a job, enrol them at school, send them to work or school or quit their job.
(4)Hobbies– here you can see all your sims hobbies and what level they are currently on in that hobby, click on the picture of the hobby to open up the hobby collection so you can see how many pieces they still need to collect before you will earn a reward:
(5)Relationships– relationships for the sim you are currently playing as.
(6)Life Dreams– complete the life dreams and legacies quest to get this tab. You will then be able to give your sims a life dream from here or see how far they have progressed with a life dream so far:
(7)Age Control– complete the life dreams and legacies quest to get this tab. This tab allows you to advance, reverse or pause a sims age. Read this post for more information
Your simtracker will look different depending on the device you are playing on, on a larger device it will be a pop up tab on the sims needs bar (shown as 1 in the image above) and on a smaller device it will be in a folder on the side of your screen (2)
On the simtracker you can see the tasks your sims are currently doing (3) and if they have completed that action their face will flash with an XP symbol (4)
The simtracker is also used to send sims to work (click on the pulsing suitcase(5), bring a sim to the location you are currently at (using the whistle(6) and sending a sim home (click on the house with the arrow inside it button(7)
How can I send my sim to the park? Make sure they aren’t busy and go to the park, open the simtracker and click on the whistle to bring them to the park
When you first start the game you create an adult sim and begin the Tutorial
As you progress through the game you will unlock more Life Stages. Each life stage is unlocked by completing a main quest:
Babies– complete the Two and a Half Sims Quest to unlock
Toddlers– complete A Quest for Toddlers to unlock
Preteens– complete the Preparing for Preteens Quest to unlock
Teenagers– complete the Teenagers Quest to unlock
Ageing your Teenagers to Adults– complete the Adulthood Quest to unlock
Seniors– complete the Seniors Quest to unlock
Why can’t I complete A Quest for Toddlers yet? All main quests have to be complete in the order found in this post so you will not be able to do the Quest for Toddlers until all previous quests have been completed.
Your sims have 6 needs that have to be fulfilled (the bar needs to be fully green) so they are satisfied, if they aren’t happy they mope around and take ages to walk anywhere and they won’t go to work. If you fill up all their needs almost completely (they will be inspired, being inspired is great because they earn more money and experience points when gardening and baking but also when they complete any action they will earn more XPs!)
- Hunger- fridge/ plate of food
- Bladder- toilet
- Energy- bed/ coffee machine
- Hygiene- sink/shower/bath
- Social- phone/interaction with a sim or pet
- Fun- several things such as watch TV, check emails (but for adults and seniors I plant bell peppers)
TIP: the same symbol that appears on your sims need bar also shows in the store so you know that item will fulfil that need
To inspire a sim you need to fulfil at least 4 needs fully and for the other 2 most of the bar will need to be full.
You can inspire a sim instantly with:
- A cupcake- this costs LPs, I wouldn’t recommend this option!
- Rainbow cakes- if you have this VIP Perk
- Singing salmon- if you unlock this prize when completing the Life Dreams and Legacies Quest
TIP: when you download a new update to the game it will instantly inspire all of your sims!
How can I tell if my sim is inspired? They will sparkle and the cupcake will be greyed out
How much does an inspired sim earn compared to a sim who isn’t inspired? It varies depending on what they are doing but if you wanted to grow onions an inspired sim would earn S1,200 and 900XP whereas an uninspired sim would only earn S800 and 600XP! They will also get more XPs when completing any action, such as having a catnap they will get 99XPs when inspired instead of just 66XPs.
Star Ratings on Items
The star ratings indicate how good that item is, the more stars means the more expensive the item but also the quicker it will take to do the action. For example if you wanted your sim to read the big book of stuff:
- 1 star bookcase would take 1 day
- 2 star bookcase would take 21 hours 30 minutes
- 3 star bookcase would take 19 hours
TIP: when trying to complete quests that have time limits it is always best to use items with the highest star rating you can so you can complete the quest quicker
I have found an item with a one star rating but I cannot find the same item with a higher rating, why? Almost everything in the store has a star rating so some items such as hobby items where only one item is available will have only 1 star even though that is the only item available to buy.
Cancelling/ Speeding Up An Action
To cancel or speed up an action click on the sim who is doing the action then you will see this bar appear:
Click on the red x to cancel the action, it will bring up a warning saying you will not get any XPs for cancelling, are you sure you want to? Click yes or no
Click on the orange use button to use LPs to speed it up, it will show you on the left hand side of the button how many LPs it will cost you to complete the action early.
Click on the green arrow if you clicked on your sim by mistake and don’t want to do any of the options above.
I haven’t got enough LPs to speed up the action, how can I earn some? Give this post a read! I explain a simple way to earn LPs that you can do as soon as you complete the first main quest in the game!
Making Simoleons (money!)
1-Daily Simoleon Reward
Click on a mailbox at the front of your sims house once a day to collect this reward, this is based on your town value so the higher your town value the more simoleons you will earn (up to a limit!)
A great way to make money is to plant, seniors, adults and teenagers can plant. You will need to buy a garden patch for S20 and select the item you would like to plant, pay attention to the time, once your sim has finished gardening click on the circle plant pictures above the patch to collect your money.
Some seeds can turn into sim eating plants: Lettuce, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Spinach- I wouldn’t risk planting these unless you had a goal to make them, if they turn into a sim eating plant you won’t get any money or XPs from them and you will need to negotiate with the plant for 3 minutes to be able to use the garden patch again.
Baking is similar to gardening, buy an oven, select baking and click on the recipe you want to bake, once your sim has finished baking click the circle food picture above the oven to collect your money!
Some items can burn: Brownies, Waffles, Donuts, Banana Bread, Rocky Road and Soufflé- I wouldn’t risk making these items unless you had a goal to make them, if they burn you won’t get any money or XPs for them and you will need to extinguish the fire for about 3 minutes to be able to use the oven again
TIP: remember that inspired sim earn more money when baking or gardening!
TIP: you can buy seeds or recipes from the Supermarket at a reduced price!
What does the wedding cake do? Is it worth the LPs it costs to bake? The wedding cake doesn’t do anything so don’t waste your LPs on it!
Another way to make money is by getting your adult sims a job, to get a job click on the menu at the right hand bottom of the screen and on the jobs tab find the sim that you want to get a job and click on unemployed next to their picture, this will bring you up the list of jobs available- give this post a read for more details
Towards the beginning of the game you won’t have many options until you build all of the workplaces, once you have built them all the list of jobs to choose from is: Scientist, Firefighter, Musician, Artist, Teacher, Real Estate Agent, Athlete and Politician as well as profession careers Police, Movie Star and Hospital Staff
Only adult sims can go to work but you can also send your preteen sims to Simtown Elementary and your teenage sims to Simtown High
What is the difference between careers and professions? Careers you just send your sims to work for a certain amount of hours and you cannot interact with them during this time, with profession careers you can go to work with your sims, help out the people who turn up at that workplace and earn resources to build and upgrade workstations within that workplace, click here to find out more about profession careers
Your sims can make money when completing hobbies too, when you find a new hobby item you will earn simoleons and when you complete a collection you either earn a prize or LPs. Click on the links below for information on each of the different hobbies available for sims in that life stage:
Baby: Musical Expression
Toddler: Toddler Playhouse, Seashell Collecting, Finger Painting
Preteen: Karate, Ballet, Diving, Figure Skating, Seashell Collecting, Skill Tester
Teen: Teen Idol, Cooking, Diving, Figure Skating, Juggling, Spell Casting, Broomstick Flying, Surfing, Breakdancing, Arcade Gamer, Catwalk Model, Bowling, Cat Show, Dog Obedience, Dog Agility, Archery, Internet Kitten, Puppy Pals, Fashion Hunter, Makeup Artist, Potion Brewing, Snorkelling, Storyteller, Survivalist
Adult: Cooking, Diving, Figure Skating, Fashion Designer, Fishing, Ghost Hunting, Horse Tricks, Vaulting, Showjumping, Woodworking, Juggling, Spell Casting, Broomstick Flying, Salsa Dancing, Breakdancing, Surfing, Catwalk Model, Aerobics, Bowling, Cat Show, Dog Obedience, Dog Agility, Archery, Internet Kitten, Puppy Pals, Fashion Hunter, Makeup Artist, Potion Brewing, Snorkelling, Storyteller, Survivalist, Pinball Enthusiast , Jester, High Striker, Chocolatier
Senior: Fishing, Cooking, Quilting, Bird Feeding, Pinball Enthusiast , Dog Obedience, Storyteller, Survivalist, Cat Show
At the start you won’t have many places unlocked to be able to do these hobbies.
NOTE: a sim can only have one hobby, you can change their hobby but they will lose all progress towards that previous hobby
Still confused about hobbies? Check out my Frequently Asked Questions about Hobbies!
Are hobbies important? You don’t have to complete them if you don’t want to but if you want to complete Time Limited Hobby Events then yes they are important, when completing a Time Limited Hobby Event you will need a sim at the highest level in that hobby and it is always best to do this before the event starts, so as soon as you can start a hobby its best to have one sim on that hobby to complete it for the first time so you are ready when a time limited hobby event starts! You can find more information and a list of time limited events here
You can buy simoleon, LP and SP packs from the online store, located by clicking on the shopping cart:
When you buy items from the online store you now earn VIP Perks, VIP perks are unlocked when you buy items from the online store with real money, anything you buy with real money now gets converted into points (the more money you spend the more points you earn) and the more VIP points you have, the higher VIP level you will be, earning you more perks! Click here for more information on the VIP Perks you can unlock!
Help I need to earn some money! Click here to read my post 15 ways to make money
Goals, Quests and Tasks
You can see all your current tasks, quests and goals in the active tasks tab:
For weekly tasks and social tasks there is an orange skip symbol, you can use this to skip a task but this will cost you 10LPs, you cannot skip quest goals.
You will find weekly tasks in your active tasks tab, you need to complete all these goals in a week to receive a key- you use these keys to unlock mystery boxes that contain different items, the more keys the rarer and better the items! The mystery box shop is explained in more detail in this post
You can also get rewards for completing 25%, 50% and 75% of the goals.
TIP: If you cannot complete a goal you can either skip with 10LPs or wait until a new update for the game is released, when you download a new update it will complete the current weekly task you are on!
Once you have completed the week of goals you will have to wait until the next week to access the mystery box shop to spend your keys.
NOTE: these goals have to be completed in your town, they cannot be completed in a neighbours town
Find my list of weekly tasks here
There are now main quests and discovery quests.
Main Quests- All main quests HAVE to be completed in order, there is a level that quests unlock at but you still will not be able to access that quest if you are at the correct level but haven’t completed a main quest before it.
NOTE: you have to complete the current main quest before you can move onto the next one in the list:
- Bread Winner– unlocks the cooking hobby (level 6)*
- Money Grows On Trees– unlocks the simoleon sprout and life point lotus plants (level 7)
- Love Is In The Air– unlocks the ability to marry your sims (level 7)
- Two and a Half Sims– unlocks babies (level 8)
- Ocean View– unlocks the beach side premium houses (level 9)
- The Mysterious Island– unlocks the island and monunments to get bonuses on actions(level 10)
- Raiders of the Lost Artifacts– find materials to build the monuments
- Need for Steed– unlocks stable and horses (level 11)*
- A Quest for Toddlers– unlocks toddlers (level 12)
- Going Swimmingly– unlocks the swimming center and garden pools (level 13)
- Hidden Unicorn– unlocks the show jumping hobby (level 14)*
- In Da Clubhouse– unlocks a toddler hobby (level 14)*
- Preparing for Preteens– unlocks preteens (level 15)
- Sous Judgemental– unlocks the restaurant (level 16)*
- An Alien Concept: Weather Machine– unlocks the weather machine, snow park and winter clothing (level 16)
- Multi Story Renovations– unlocks second and third floors (level 17)
- Teenagers– unlocks teens (level 18)
- Higher Education– unlocks education for teens (level 19)
- The Pirate and His Goddess– unlocks pirate ship for pirate ship trading (level 19)*
- The Road to Fame– unlocks teens musical hobby (level 20)
- Adulthood– unlocks the ability to age teens to adults (level 21)
- Ghost Hunters– unlocks the ghost hunting hobby and haunted items (level 22)
- Seniors– unlocks seniors (level 23)
- Bird Feeding– unlocks seniors hobby (level 24)
- In Stitches– unlocks seniors hobby (level 25)
- Life Dreams and Legacies– unlocks death and automatic ageing (level 26)
For example, if you are on level 28 but are currently completing the Ghost Hunters Quest then you will need to complete this one before you can start the Seniors Quest, Bird Feeding Quest, In Stitches Quest and the final main quest Life Dreams and Legacies Quest. You will see all the main quests up to your current level in your quest queue
These quests need to be completed in order and the next one will start as soon as the previous quest is completed.
NOTE: these goals have to be completed in your town, they cannot be completed in a neighbours town
Discovery Quests- these are usually unlocked by talking to a person in simtown or building a place, they can be completed in any order (apart from the ones that require another discovery quest to be completed first) and at the same time as main quests but you can only complete one discovery quest at a time. Below is my list of discovery quests to complete, click on the links to find out how to begin these quests:
- Book Of Spells– unlocks spell casting hobby (sorcerous supplies unlocks at level 8 and needs to be built before quest is unlocked)
- Saved by the Spell– unlocks the potion brewing hobby (complete the book of spells quest and find the wizard in the park to start)
- A Dance To Remember– unlocks salsa dancing hobby (click on the dancers next to the thinking man statue in the park to start this quest)
- The Grooving Guru– unlocks the Health Hub content and aerobics hobby (build the health hub from level 9 to start this quest)
- Nanny Knows Best- unlocks new interactions for babies (find the nanny in the park to start this quest)
- Vacationers Guide to the Outdoors- unlocks the campgrounds content (build the campgrounds from level 11 to start this quest)
- The Sunset Mall– unlocks mall content (you need to build the mall from level 12 to unlock this quest)
- Pretty Little Planters– unlocks a second floor to the mall (you need to build the escalator to start this quest)*
- Super Toddler Secret Mission- unlocks the finger painting hobby (find the super hero at the stables)
- Strange Things In Simtown– unlocks super villain outfits for your toddlers (find the super villain at the park once you have completed the super toddler secret mission quest)
- Royal Lineage– unlocks the castle (you need to build the castle from level 14 to unlock this quest)
- DIY Homes: Peaceful Patios– unlocks patios (you need to talk to the woman with the hard hat at the park from level 15)
- DIY Homes: Lovey Dovey Balcony– unlocks balconies (you need to talk to the woman at the community center from level 17 once you have completed the multi story renovations quest)
- DIY Homes: Basement of Kings– unlocks basements (you need to talk to the woman at the community center once you complete the balcony quest)
- Extreme Home Takeover -unlocks the ability to submit your houses for other players to build (talk to the realtor in the park from level 11)
- A Puppy Odyssey – unlocks puppies and kittens (find the puppy in the park from level 11)
- Simtown Express – unlocks the downtown area and hospital profession workplace (build the simtown express from level 15 to begin once you have completed the mysterious island quest)
- Sims and the City– unlocks penthouse apartment templates in downtown (you need to complete the simtown express quest first)
NOTE: these goals have to be completed in your town, they cannot be completed in a neighbours town
How much time does each quest take to complete? Check out this post for the total time each quest takes to complete
Do I have to complete a discovery quest? No you don’t! If you don’t want to complete the quest don’t talk to the sim or build the building that is needed for this quest to begin BUT once you start a discovery quest you will need to finish it before you can move onto a new discovery quest
All these tasks have to be completed at your neighbours town, each goal you complete gives you a reward- some give you social points others will just earn your experience points. To get neighbours you need to connect your game to a social media platform, for example, facebook, google play games or game center.
If a neighbour doesn’t have an item you need you can add new neighbours or skip the goal for 10LPs. If you don’t want to add anyone as neighbours you can still complete tasks at the default neighbourhood Another Simtown, it is lacking a lot of items but you can find out what it contains in this post and if it doesn’t have what you need to complete that task you can skip with 10LPs without having to visit!
NOTE: these goals can only be completed in a neighbours town, you cannot complete them in your own town
How do I visit neighbours? This post explains how to visit a neighbours town
How do I add neighbours? Check out this post on how to add neighbours
None of my friends play! What should I do? You can find loads of players on this page
What items do I need in my town to create a great social tasks house for my neighbours? Check out this post!
Why can’t my neighbour see an item I put in my town for them? You will need to connect to the cloud and save your game for your neighbours to see the most recent version of your town
Time Limited Events
A lot of the new events in the game nowadays are time limited so you will have a certain amount of time to complete an event in order to get a prize or several prizes. These will also appear in the active tasks tab when they become available, there are a few different types:
- Time Limited Hobby Events– are hobbies that can be completed previously then have to be completed a certain number of times during the time limited event to unlock new items, for example, Long Hair Event (completing the fashion designer hobby 9 times in the time limit to unlock all 9 hairstyles)
- Community Events– these events require you to collect lots of a certain thing such as fruit or gems to be able to unlock and build or buy new places or items on the game within the time limit, these have community prizes so all of the sims freeplay community works together to unlock these prizes as well as personal prizes, for example, Tropical Romance Island (collecting fruit to build an island within the time limit)
- Live Events– these are similar to community events but we don’t have community prizes, only personal prizes, these events require you to collect lots of arts and crafts items to be able to unlock and buy new places or items on the game within the time limit, for example, Dream Daycare (collecting arts and crafts items to purchase all new toddler and infant items within the time limit to win the Toddler Playground House Template)
The links to all Time Limited Events can be found here, remember that they aren’t all currently available right now
Time Limited Hobby Event or Timed Hobby?
Timed hobbies are ones that need to be completed for the first time in the time limit to get a prize, for example, the time limit for the Spellcasting hobby starts once you complete the Book of Spells quest, for a timed hobby you only have to complete the hobby once in the time limit not several times like you do in a time limited hobby event.
Simtown Market Events
These appear in your active tasks tab once you start the profession careers, the aim is to use the resources you earn in the professions to earn prizes such as the boom camera:
Click here for more information on simtown market events
Once you complete the Love Is In The Air Quest you will be able to ask sims to move in and be romantic! To interact with another sim have the sim with the plumbob above their head click on another sim and select one of the interactions.
There are 3 different kinds of relationships:
- Friendly- these are green interaction bubbles
- Rude- these are red interaction bubbles
- Romantic- these are pink interaction bubbles
How do I make my sims roommates?
If you want a sim to move in with another sim then you need one to be nice to the other until they reach the good friends milestone, then you will get the option to move in
How do I make my sims partners?
If you want your sims to be partners and living together then you will need one sim to be romantic to the other until they reach the partners milestone, then you will get the option to move in
NOTE: the sim who asks is the house they move into and the last name they will get, for example if John Smith asked Jade Road to move in they will move into Johns house and she will become Jade Smith even if they are only friends
NOTE: You can only have 4 sims living in a house at one time
There are different interactions for different life stages and relationship milestones, read my Relationships post for my full guide to all the interactions
Once you complete the Love Is In The Air Quest you can marry your sims. It is best to ask a sim to marry another sim before they live together, they are less likely to say no if they live in separate houses, it is also best to buy the most expensive ring which costs 10LPs, the better the ring the more likely they will say yes.
When you select get married it will ask you which house you want them to live in, they will take that sims last name:
TIP: two sims have to be married before they can have a baby
Check out my post on getting married here
If you don’t want your sims to be married anymore you can get them divorced, you won’t be able to move one of the married couple out of a house without getting them divorced first, this post explains how to get your sims divorced
Having a Baby
Once you complete the Two and a Half Sims Quest and you have a married couple in your town you can add a baby! Adding a baby will cost you 3LPs until you complete the Life Dreams and Legacies Quest, then it will cost simoleons (the amount varies depending on how many sims you have in your town already)
- Place crib in the house of a married couple otherwise you will not be able to add the baby
- Click on blue add sim symbol
- Click add on the pop up, the baby will take a day to arrive
- After a day the add symbol will now be green, click on this
- You will be taken to create a sim, name and customise the baby before clicking on the green tick in the corner to add them to your town
Once you complete future quests you will be able to age your baby through the different life stages:
- You can bake a birthday cake using an oven for 5LPs to turn a baby into a toddler (once a quest for toddlers has been completed)
- Then to a preteen (once preparing for preteens has been completed)
- Then to a teen (once teenagers has been completed)
- Then to an adult (once adulthood has been completed)
- Then to a senior (once seniors has been completed)
You can find more information on birthday cake ageing here
Once you build the pet store you can buy cats, dogs, puppies and kittens! Most of them cost LPs.
Decide on the pet you want then choose the house you want the pet to live in (you can only have 2 pets per household)
Cats and dogs find money and sometimes LPs around your houses! The most expensive the pet the more LPs they are likely to find
Read my Guide to Pets for loads more information
You will also be able to buy Horses at the stable, find out about horses here
Building a house- Click on the blue or yellow house add symbol to choose a house from the list, pick the empty lot if you want to build your own house. If this is greyed out you will need to finish constructing another building first as you cannot build two places at once or if you have no other places building you will need to level up before you can add a house as you are at your house limit for the current level.
Below I’m going to link all of the important posts for creating houses, make sure you check them out before you start (if you make mistakes it can be very expensive to redo!)
Building, Deleting and Resizing Rooms– the first steps to building a house!
Buying, Selling and Storing Items– learn how to place items in your house, sell unwanted items and store items to use them later!
Adding Stairs– once you complete the Multi Story Renovations Quest you will be able to add stairs to your houses, this guide shows you step by step how to do that!
Adding Pools– once you complete the It’s All Going Swimmingly Quest you will be able to add pools to your gardens, learn the basics as well as some great tips to creating pools with an island in the middle!
Adding Patios– once you complete the DIY Homes: Peaceful Patios Quest you will be able to add patios to your gardens, check out my step by step guide to that and a video from me on how to have different styles of patio paving next to each other!
Adding Balconies– once you complete the DIY Homes: Lovey-Dovey Balconies Quest you will be able to add balconies to your houses too, again my guide will walk you through how to do this!
Adding Basements– once you complete the DIY Homes: Basement of Kings Quest you will be able to build basements underneath your houses! Check out my guide for how to do this!
Have you built an amazing house you want to share with others? You can Submit Your House to the Sims Freeplay team to review and decide if it should end up in the architects homes tab for other players to build, find out how to do that in this post!
If you don’t want to create your own there are lots of premade house templates to choose from, you can still edit them! Below I have listed all my house guides, as well as guides for the penthouse apartments and houseboats. You can see my opinion of each house and pictures of them to help you decide which ones you would like to build:
House Guide Part Three- Templates
House Guide Part Four- Penthouse Apartments
Adding New Sims
When you first build a new house you will get empty house options (options that appear when a sim isn’t living in the house) the most important option is adding a sim:
Add a sim- select this option to be taken to the create a sim menu, customise your adult sim then add them to the game (this is free)
NOTE: you can only add an adult sim for free to a house, you will need a married couple to add babies that will age into children!
I don’t like my sims name can I change it? Yes you can, you can click on your sim and select ultimate makeover, this will cost you 12LPs but you can change their name, gender and skin colour
Can I delete a sim? Yes you can, click on your sim and next to their name you will see a red cross, click on this and your sim will be deleted from the game
Places in Town
There are 3 areas in your town:
- Simtown– your main place in town
- Mysterious Island– complete the Mysterious Island Quest to unlock
- Downtown- complete the Simtown Express Quest to unlock
Places In Simtown (you need to complete quests and other requirements before you can build most of these places):
- Party Boat (to visit neighbours)
- Police Station~
- Community Center#
- Snow Park#
- Sorcerous Supplies Store^
- Hair Salon^
- Promotions R Us Store^
- Pet Store^
- Costume and Swim Store^
- Childrens Store^
- Art Gallery–
- Town Hall–
- Swim Center#
- Science Lab–
- Simtown Elementary School–
- Simtown High School-
- Pet Salon^
- Health Hub#
- Competition Center
- Movie Studio~
- Recording Studio–
- Car Dealership^
- Real Estate Agency–
- Simtown Sign“
- Simtown Express (used to reach downtown)
Places On the Mysterious Island (you need to complete quests and other requirements before you can build most of these places):
- Ancient Goddess Monument”
- Pirate Ship (used to trade resources)
- Pet Park#
- Bingo Hall
Places In Downtown (you need to complete quests and other requirements before you can build these places):
- Penthouse Apartments*
How much does it cost to build a place and how long will it take to build? The price and time vary depending on how many others of that type of building you already have in your town, for example, everytime you build a new house the price will increase for the next house but not for workplaces or businesses and everytime you build a new workplace the price will increase for the next workplace but not for businesses or houses.
Saving to The Cloud
Saving to the cloud is probably the most important part of the game because if you don’t save to the cloud and something goes wrong you could end up losing your whole game (yes, this has happened to me before). It also allows you to transfer your game data onto another device
The first thing you need to do is connect to a social platform for example, facebook or game center (this depends on the device you are playing on) this is explained in the adding neighbours post
Once you have done that you can go into the settings in the game (the 3 white dots button) and click on the cloud button, you can now select upload save data and your game will save, its very quick and simple so make sure you save often!
TIP: once you have added an item to your house for a neighbour to use you will need to connect to the cloud so they can see the most up to date version of your town and be able to use the item
More information on the cloud can be found here
Important to Know
- When you complete the last main quest, Life Dreams and Legacies your sims will age automatically and they will die, please check out my Guide to Life Dreams and Orbs and FAQs about Life Dreams so you know what to expect- there are also some tips in that second post to stop your sims ageing!
- Blue footprints appear in a speech bubble above your sims head when you are trying to do an action that isn’t accessible to your sim, this could mean that the item they want to use is blocked, move the item so your sim can access it and try again
- Red crosses appear in a speech bubble above your sims head when you are trying to do an action that your sim cannot do, for example a toddler cannot use a shower so if you were playing as the toddler and you clicked on the shower this red cross will appear.
- Firemonkeys are the creators of The Sims Freeplay so if you have any technical issues for example if you lose the save data for your game then please contact them, details on how to contact them and the information you will need to provide can be found in this post if it isn’t a technical issue feel free to ask me!
- Windows Phone Players may not have all the features mentioned here as they have stopped updating the game on windows phones- you will still be able to play the game you just won’t receive any future updates or new content.
- You will need to keep your game updated to be able to access the new content and events available, this page explains how to update your game
- Remember to save to the cloud regularly as explained above so you don’t lose any data
- This blog is constantly updated with information on new content but I also update all of the older posts to make sure they are still up to date, I do have hundreds of posts so this can take a while, if you notice anything that is no longer correct please let me know and I will update it as soon as possible!
- All my sims freeplay posts can be found on this page
Other Helpful Links:
Loading Screen Tips Explained– ever wondered what all those loading screen tips mean, this post explains!
Symbols Explained– this post shows you all the main symbols in the game
Want to Contact Me? You are always welcome to ask me questions but it would really help me out if you check out the FAQs post first as it may have already been answered, if not then click-> Contact Me! – or just comment on this post and I will get back to you as soon as possible. If you are looking for a certain sims freeplay post try checking this page before asking-> All My Sims Freeplay Posts
Updated: July 2017
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426 thoughts on “The Sims Freeplay- Beginners Guide”
I don’t know know how to take my sims to the park, I go there without my sim.
Did you read the simtracker part of this post?
This video I made about the simtracker may also help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOBaluV0ZOU
Can a toddler ask adult to move in?
No they can’t.
What happens if I miss out on the senior quest?? Will it come back?? And I missed the quest for my teens to age.. this is just horrible I don’t want to start all over again
You cannot miss main quests, you have to complete them in the order they appear in this post: https://thegirlwhogames.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/the-sims-freeplay-main-quests/
How do I set a fire at a neighbor to put it out?
You need to cook brownies on their stove until it causes a fire, then you can put it out.
How do I go stargazing with a neighbours telescope .I can’t seem to find one
You will need to add a neighbour who has a telescope or you can skip the task with LPs if none of your neighbours have one in their town and you don’t want to add anymore neighbours.
Hey! I was just wondering if Sims Freeplay posts on Facebook or shows on my profile that I do.
If you are connected to facebook you can share your progress onto facebook by clicking on the facebook button that appears when you achieve something on the game!
Hey how to increase the famous sim town? And also how did you get so many money until 25 millions? Can u give me some tips for money?
Do you mean the sim town sign? The road to fame quest unlocks this: https://thegirlwhogames.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/the-sims-freeplay-road-to-fame-quest/
I’ve been playing for years and I save up a lot, this post may help if you need to earn some money: https://thegirlwhogames.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/the-sims-freeplay-15-ways-to-make-money-and-lps/
Thank you…you helped a lot
How do I get lots of free lp and simoleons?
There is a making money part in this post, please read the post in future before asking. You can also read these two posts:
15 Ways to Make Simoleons and LPs
How Do I Have So Many LPs?
I’m at level 8 and my Love is in the air quest hasn’t come up yet.. I don’t know what to do
Main quests have to be completed in order, you will need to complete the bread winner and money grows on trees quests first.
Hi! I love your blog.
So, recently I was making a family tree for my sims on another app since my sims have started to die and I wanted a way to remember them.
In the app you can use picture for the various family members, and if I could use this feature it could be helpful.
So, I was wondering if there was any way to download the pictures of your sims from the simtracker?
I just want a picture of their face, thanks!
You can’t really do that but the best way would be to browse clothes on a wardrobe then you can get a good view of your whole sim and then screenshot (look up online if you are unsure how to take a screenshot without having to use the camera button on the game screen)
So I finished my first quest which was to complete the cooking hobby. After I finished, it didn’t give me a new quest to work on. Is this because I should level up first? Any suggestions help!
You need to reach level 6 for this quest to begin, take a look at the quest post here: https://thegirlwhogames.blog/2014/08/05/the-sims-freeplay-bread-winner-quest/ there is one for each quest, I would recommend reading through each one so you know what goals are coming up so you can complete this quests in the time limit to unlock the time limited prizes 🙂
With a sim eating plant, can you actually lose a sim?
No you can’t lose a sim, they just have a fight and then the sim eating plant will go away.
I don’t understand this new “overtime” option on Sims. If I send them to work over time does it cost me 15 LPs or will I earn 15 LPs? Too scared to test it because that’s a lot of LPs to possibly lose! Thanks so much for all your help. I love reading your blogs! xx
You can send your sims to work at professions the first time for free but if you want to send them twice in a day it will cost you 15LPs, at normal workplaces you can only send them to work once a day: https://thegirlwhogames.blog/2016/07/24/the-sims-freeplay-guide-to-profession-careers/
You’re welcome! 🙂
I just added a baby but the toilet button on it still red no matter how many times I changed the diaper. What should I do? I have no problem with the other (food, interactions) only the toilet button
Babies will go to the toilet in their diaper when they are ready and this will increase their bladder need, once they have you can then change their diaper to increase their hygiene need too. My guide to babies can be found here: https://thegirlwhogames.blog/2013/11/03/the-sims-freeplay-guide-to-babies/
I had a family with two parents and two preteens and I deleted the parents and made them again so I could have more kids in the family but now I don’t know how to make them become the parents of the preteens again. Do you know how?
You can make them their parents again by adopting them (have one of their parents be nice to them until they get the option) but I am guessing you deleted the parents in the first place so they would live in a different house and make room, in that case you won’t be able to adopt them and they won’t show as being their parents.
When sims miss you, the game gives you lp and simoleans and takes care of your sims needs. How many days does it take for your sims to miss you?
This happens after 7 days
Hi, I put a rowing machine and a step machine (from two houses I won as a prize – farmhouse and luxury living), in my inventory to move them to another house but they are not there. I have looked in every single tab in the store and they are definitely not there. Is this normal and are other items at risk of being lost if I attempt to move other items?
Sometimes when you store items they haven’t been assigned a category in the store so you can’t find them but they are still there, just hidden. I would suggest you contact the makers to see if they can fix this issue for you, this post explains how to contact them if you are unsure: https://thegirlwhogames.blog/2016/05/29/the-sims-freeplay-contacting-ea-firemonkeys/
Coffee/tea no longer replenishes energy in my game, it eliminates hunger instead.
This is a glitch which should be fixed by the next update.
I moved a woman with a baby in with her new partner, but the baby stayed at her house. Is there any way to move them in with her or bring her back? I know you can remove her and adopt them, but I like her. Also, I’ve been playing the Sims for a while, I just can’t find where to comment related to my problem. Thank you for this blog, it’s so helpful, especially with quests like life dreams and legacies!
How frustrating, I would suggest you contact the makers to see if they can fix this issue for you, this post explains how to contact them if you are unsure: https://thegirlwhogames.blog/2016/05/29/the-sims-freeplay-contacting-ea-firemonkeys/
Is there a proper way to truly pause the game? When I exit the game it says progress saved, however when I get on again later (even after fully closing the app) my Sims have soiled themselves and all of their moods are down to a thin red line, and they are walking around sad and stinky, which feels like the game never truly pause or exists. I can’t play the game constantly, but as a Sims fan I wanted to be able to enjoy it when I can on the go, but this makes it feel like I can’t even take breaks from it.
There is no way to pause this game, sims will continue completing actions and timers will continue to run when you close the game.