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The Sims Freeplay- Hobbies: Skill Tester


Once you complete the Life Dreams and Legacies Quest you will be able to use orbs to build the Arcade, once the Arcade is built you will also need to use orbs to build the Skill Tester area (for more information please click here)

Once the skill tester machines area is built and you have a preteen sim at the arcade, click on the first skill tester machine:

  • Play ‘Bear’ Skill Tester- 1 hour

When you start you will only be able to use the first machine, you need to find all 3 different toys on bear skill tester to complete the first row in the skill tester collection to unlock the second machine to play dog and find those 3 toys to unlock doll, you then need to find the 3 doll toys to unlock the frog machine and find the 3 toys on that machine to unlock ragdoll once you have found those 3 toys you will unlock the final machine which is the piggy machine to find the last three to complete the collection

  • Play ‘Bear’ Skill Tester- 1 hour
  • Play ‘Dog’ Skill Tester- 2 hours
  • Play ‘Doll’ Skill Tester- 4 hours
  • Play ‘Frog’ Skill Tester- 6 hours
  • Play ‘Ragdoll’ Skill Tester- 8 hours
  • Play ‘Piggy’ Skill Tester- 12 hours

Once you complete the collection for the first time you can use the machines in any order but you will still need to do each option to find the different toys to complete each row

  • Brown Bear
  • Toffee Apple Bear
  • Cold Foot Bear
  • Mr.Barkshire
  • Dr.Woofenstein
  • Albark Whiskers


  • Mr.Barkshire
  • Dr.Woofenstein
  • Albark Whiskers
  • Miss Sapphire
  • Dearest Rose
  • Lady Toffington


  • Miss Sapphire
  • Dearest Rose
  • Lady Toffington
  • Harry Hopsworth
  • Barry Burpton
  • Ribbit Ralph


  • Harry Hopsworth
  • Barry Burpton
  • Ribbit Ralph
  • Raggedy Andy
  • Raggedy Frank
  • Raggedy Anne


  • Raggedy Andy
  • Raggedy Frank
  • Raggedy Anne
  • Pig Mac
  • Dennis Chomps
  • Charlie Oinks


  • Pig Mac
  • Dennis Chomps
  • Charlie Oinks
You can now complete the collection!

Once you complete the collection once you can use all 6 machines so 6 preteens can complete this hobby at once

After the time has passed come back and click the exclamation mark above your sims head to find one of the skill tester collectibles in that row. You still level up in this hobby but the hobby level up percentage isn’t important as the skill tester collectibles don’t unlock depending on your level, when you finish a row of skill tester collectibles you will unlock the ability to use the next machine to find the toys in the next row.

The table below shows you the level up reward that your sims will receive when they level up in this hobby:

1 Clawfumbler
2 Grabber 250XP
3 Prize Horder 500XP
4 Skill Bester S750
5 Machine Sweeper 10,000 Town Value
6 God of Claw 1LP

You won’t find a new collectible each time, you will get repeats, if this happens just keep going, you will find them eventually! If it is still taking too long you can use the lucky spin on the row where you cannot find the item, this will cost LPs, when you click on the LP button it will clear the row and give you a random collectible on that row so you aren’t guaranteed a new item (you will get back any other collectibles you already had in that row) Need to earn some LPs to use the lucky spin?


The completed skill tester collection is shown below, once you complete the collection you need to click ‘start a new collection’ at the top of the hobby collection screen, this clears the board so you can complete the collection again to earn more rewards (you will only get the option to restart the hobby collection when you have completed the collection):

The first time you complete a row you will unlock a new machine to find the next row of skill tester toys, further times you will earn XPs when you complete a row in the hobby but to complete the collection you need to find all 18 of the collectibles

The rewards for completing this collection are the skill tester machine and 5LPs:

  • The first time you complete the skill tester collection you will unlock the skill practicer machine for your home, this costs 10SPs and can be found in the electronics section
  • From the second time onwards each time you complete the collection you will earn 5LPs

Confused about hobbies? Read my Hobbies Frequently Asked Questions post

Find all hobby posts here

Thanks for reading!

Related Hobbies: Arcade Gamer & Pinball Enthusiast

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The Sims Freeplay- Royal Lineage Quest

LEVEL UNLOCKS: 14 UNLOCKS: the castle TIME LIMIT: 7 days PRIZE: pet fairies

To unlock this quest you need to build the castle on the mysterious island, once built the quest will start.

You cannot complete this quest at the same time as any other discovery quest


How long does this quest take to complete?

Times may vary depending on the star rating an item has

    • Send a sim to the castle
    • Search bushes near the castle- 1 minute 20 seconds


    • Say hello to the fairy- 3 minutes
    • Pick flowers near the castle- 10 minutes


    • Show fairy the flowers- 5 minutes
    • Ask about chivalry- 4 hours 30 minutes (talk to the fairy)
    • Dream about royalty in a bed- 10 hours
    • Cook brisket in the park- 1 day (using a bbq)


    • Have 4 sims at the park
    • Call to meal
    • Tell the fairy about the feast- 3 hours 30 minutes
    • Thank the fairy- 5 minutes
    • Build courage on a park bench- 11 hours 30 minutes
    • Catch the monster fish- 6 minutes each (it took me 3 times before I caught it) using the fishing rod on the pier in the park


    • Tell the fairy a fish story- 3 hours 30 minutes
    • Search SimList on a computer- 7 hours


  • Grow beans- 9 hours (can be started early)
  • Have two sims in the park
  • Trade beans with a sim- 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Return to fairy
  • Answer yes to the fairy’s question- 5 minutes (select the option yes I can!)
  • Encourage the fairy- 1 day
  • High five the fairy- 1 second
  • Ask the fairy about the bridge- 5 seconds


You can now access the castle and start working on the Archery Hobby (by clicking on the targets in the castle gardens) to unlock the royal gallery and the Jester Hobby

My guide to The Castle can be found here

Prize: Pet Fairies!

Is the prize worth it? Definitely! They are so cute and not too expensive. You can talk to them and they can do magic tricks (make your sim float) they also can find simoleons around the house!

Where do I find the prize? In the pet store


  • Green one star fairy costs S25,000
  • Blue two star fairy costs S50,000
  • Pink three star fairy costs S150,000
  • Purple three star fairy costs 30SPs

Once brought you can find a fairy flower at the house next to the mailbox

Place in your house, the flower will then take one day to grow into the fairy

If you don’t complete in time you cannot buy the fairies

Thanks for reading!

Please note this quest was correct at time of writing, it may change.


please read before asking

How do I start this discovery quest?
Build the castle to start this quest

Does the time limit start when I click to build or once the building has complete?
Once it has finished building the quest and time limit will begin

Why can’t I do this discovery quest yet?
You cannot do more than one discovery quest at the same time, if you are currently on another one (the list can be found here) you will not be able to do this one until that one is completed

Can I do discovery quests at the same time as a main quest?
Yes you can

Do I have to do this quest?
If you don’t start the quest you don’t have to do it at all but if you have already started it you need to complete it before you can move on to the next quest

I haven’t started this quest yet, will it still be available when I want to do it?
Yes it will be, you can choose to start it whenever you like

There are no plates in the park to call to a meal, help!
Cook cheese on toast at a house and you will be able to complete this goal

How do I catch the monster fish?
You need to select the option on the fishing rod in the park until you catch it

What do you mean when you say a goal can be started early?
Any goal that you can normally do can be started early because you will have access to it and any goal that you can’t normally do you will have to wait until you get the goal to be able to complete it
The tip with this method is to put the sim doing that action early in a different house that you cannot go to until you get that goal or it will not work

What do I get if I complete this quest in the time limit?
Pet fairies

Where can I find the pet fairies?
You can buy them from the pet store

I haven’t built the pet store yet, will the fairies still be in there when I have?
Yes they will

What do fairies do?
They find simoleons and LPs like dogs and cats

I have brought a fairy but can’t find it, help!
It will be in a flower by your mailbox growing

What happens if I don’t complete in the time limit, can I still finish this quest?
Yes you have to finish it to unlock the castle before you can move onto the next quest

I didn’t complete in the time limit, can I restart the quest?
No, you cannot redo quests

Can I still get the prize if I don’t complete in the time limit?
No, the only way to get the limited time prizes is by completing the quest in the time limit

I don’t like this quest! Can I just skip it?
No, you have to complete this quest before you can move onto the next one now that you have started it, if you don’t start it you don’t have to do it

Some times are slightly different on my game, why is this?
Times may vary depending on the star rating of the item you are using, as the higher star rating an item has the quicker you will complete a goal

Some times are really off/ different goals show for me, why is this?
This will be because the quest has been updated recently, I try my best to keep these posts up to date but it is difficult as I cannot redo every quest each time the game is updated. If you notice any changes please let me know so I can update the post

This quest unlocks the archery hobby, is there a time limit for this hobby?
No there isn’t

NOTE: Last updated during the royalty 2015 update.


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The Sims Freeplay- Fixing The Party Boat Showing No Neighbours Issue

I was waiting for EA to fix this problem but seeing as they haven’t we have to try and fix the issue ourselves. I would like to thank Jina for sharing this method for android devices where the party boat shows no neighbours, it half worked for me- I still can’t connect to my party boat but my neighbours can now see me but it is worth trying

Sims Freeplay Neighbour Fix for Android
Note: You need a computer and the device your game is on to do this

On the game
I. Open sims freeplay and save to the cloud
II. Log out from Facebook from the game
On a Computer
I. Go to Facebook-settings-apps
II. Click the sims freeplay icon and remove the game from Facebook (click on the X next to the game)
III. Go back to the home page and click games down the side
IV. Search for sims freeplay and “send to device/phone”
On the game
I. Open game
II. Connect to Facebook
III. Directly go to the party boat
IV. Enjoy your neighbours


I hope this works for you!


The Sims Freeplay- Visiting Neighbours

This is just a quick post to show you how a sim visits a neighbours house.

You need to be level 9 before you can start social tasks and access the party boat

Click on the world symbol (flashes to a gift) to access the party boat:


1- It is a good idea to have a look at your active goal tab to find out what goal you need to do at a neighbours before you send anyone there, you don’t want to waste time sending an adult when a preteen needs to do the goal.

2- Click on the party boat and find the neighbour you want to visit and click on visit

image3- Select the sim you want to send there, only a sim who isn’t busy can go

  1. Only one sim can visit a neighbour at once
  2. You can only visit one neighbour at a time
  3. Babies and Toddlers cannot visit neighbours

image4- Set your sim on the action to complete the social tasks goal, this will be the only active task you can see while at a neighbours house (I am currently working on a list of social tasks)

5- You can now leave your sim at the neighbours town and go back to yours (as long as they are busy) click the green world symbol with the arrow

image6- And they will show up first on your simtracker back home, there you can click on them to go back to your neighbours

image7- When your sim has finished the task you can send them home by either using the green world symbol again or by using the house with the arrow in it symbol on the simtracker


They will go home on their own when you go back to the neighbours town to see them when they finish a task if they have been in a neighbours town too long

(they will stay there about a day unless they are busy or you don’t check on them, then they will stay longer)

NOTE: your neighbour won’t even know you have visited them, any action you do in their town will not affect their game

Help! My neighbours can’t see an item in my town, why is that?

They can’t see it because they aren’t seeing the most up to date version of your game, you need to connect to the cloud for them to see this version of your game.

Do you have a list of Social Tasks? Yes, you can find that post here!


Unsure of how to add neighbours? or Need more neighbours?

or Unsure what items you need in your town for neighbours?

Only have access to Another Sim Town? Find out what it contains here!

Can’t see any neighbours in your party boat after adding to Facebook using android?

Want to earn Social Points without visiting neighbours? Watch this video: 



The Sims Freeplay- Weekly Tasks and Mystery Box Shop

This post will list weekly tasks, how to do them and explain how the mystery box shop works and what you are likely to get in the boxes.

Weekly tasks are tasks you complete to unlock keys that you can use to buy prizes from the mystery box shop, click on active goals then on the green gift button as shown below:


You can skip a goal with 10LPs if you are unable to complete it.

The bar at the bottom shows you how long you have to complete the weekly tasks before the next week starts and how many tasks you have completed so far (when you get to each symbol you get a reward- read the mystery box shop part of this post for more information)

If you click on the picture of the gift it will open up the mystery box shop, there you can buy boxes or see how many keys you have.

This is an incomplete list of weekly tasks, I will keep updating it but if you have any that I haven’t listed please comment with the time it takes and I will add it.

Time may vary depending on the star rating an item has

  • Grill em all on a bbq- 7 hours
  • Have a sim fall asleep in the bath- 2 hour 20 minutes
  • Catch some Zs on a couch- 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Make a fancy coffee- 5 minutes
  • Rest eyes on a couch- 4 minutes 30 seconds
  • Go to work with low hygiene (to reduce hygiene kick over and clean up the trash can a few times)
  • Use another sims phone (go to a different house in simtown and use their phone)
  • Have a sim hibernate- 1 day
  • Watch a movie on TV- 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Browse the internet- 4 minutes
  • Use a phone to be on hold to tech support- 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Deep sleep in another sims bed
  • Clean under fingernails- 4 minutes 30 seconds
  • Have a movie marathon- 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Have a rich lather in the shower- 15 minutes
  • Nap on a couch- 2 hours
  • Check the mail- click on the mailbox at the front of a sims house when the envelope bubble appears (once a day)
  • Play an album on an MPFreePlayer (can be found in the preteen section of buy mode)
  • Play a harp (you can find the harp at the castle!)
  • Play the sims on a computer- 48 minutes
  • Read big book of stuff- 19 hours (bookcase)


  • Hug a cat- 11 seconds (you can buy a cat from the pet store)
  • Have a dog dig for treasure 10 times (click on the shovel that appears above the dogs head 10 times to collect simoleons or LPs)
  • Play frisbee with a dog- 1 hour

Baking– using a stove

  • Bake with a stove
  • Make some rocky road- 12 hours
  • Make some donuts- 8 hours
  • Bake some brownies- 5 minutes
  • Bake some croissants- 18 hours
  • Bake some apple pie- 40 minutes
  • Bake some gingerbread sims- 6 hours
  • Bake some danish- 1 day
  • Bake some cookies- 1 minute
  • Bake banana bread- 20 hours
  • Make some pancakes- 12 minutes
  • Bake waffles- 45 minutes
  • Make heart shaped chocolates- 12 minutes (bake on a stove)
  • Put out an oven fire (bake brownies until they cause a fire)- 3 minutes

Gardening– use a garden plot

  • Grow some zucchinis- 4 hours
  • Grow some garlic- 8 hours
  • Grow pumpkins- 1 day
  • Grow some lettuce- 45 minutes
  • Grow some watermelon- 1 hour
  • Grow strawberries- 1 day
  • Grow an eggplant- 18 hours
  • Negotiate with a sim eating plant (grow lettuce until it turns into a sim eating plant)- 3 minutes


  • Make 2 sims friends
  • Make 2 sims bro hug (need to be good friends)- 3 seconds
  • Dance with a sim- 10 seconds
  • Make 2 sims chest bump (need to be best friends)- 1 second
  • Fake hand shake a sim (need to be disliked)- 3 seconds
  • Give food to a baby- 2 minutes
  • Create 2 enemy relationships
  • Get two sims to divorce (personally I would skip this with LPs)
  • Make a sim slap another sim (need to be nemesis)
  • Be funny in somebody else’s house- 10 seconds (send a sim to another sims house and select the interaction on another sim)

Max out a sims.. (fulfil the need on a sim to complete the goal)

  • Max out a sims hunger
  • Max out a sims hygiene
  • Max out a sims bladder
  • Max out a sims fun
  • Max out a sims energy
  • Max out a sims social


  • Have 2 sims practice diving
  • Perform aquatic lunges on a diving board- 1 hour
  • Practice diving- 10 minutes
  • Have a sim sharpen skills using a woodworking bench- 1 hour
  • Have 1 sim designing clothing- 10 minutes (fashion designer hobby)
  • Perform a quick routine in the ice hockey rink at the snow park- 1 hour
  • Have a 24 hour fishathon in the park- 1 day
  • Catch a ghost
  • Use fashion studio to make red boots- 10 minutes (keep designing clothing until you make the red boots)
  • Perform a spiral spill on a diving board- 10 minutes (keep diving until you earn this medal)
  • Mime as a jester in the castle gallery- 3 hours 30 minutes


  • Buy a 3 star toilet
  • Buy a 3 star stereo
  • Buy a bookcase
  • Buy a window
  • Buy a chair
  • Spend S600 on windows
  • Buy an easel (promotions r us)
  • Spend S2000 on the garden (outdoor section)
  • Buy a picnic table (outdoor furniture)
  • Buy a dog (an adulr dog, not a puppy)
  • Buy a dog bone (2LPs)
  • Buy a cat
  • Buy a fridge
  • Buy a computer
  • Buy a fire hydrant (promotions r us)
  • Buy a door
  • Buy a couch
  • Buy a TV
  • Buy a red sedan
  • Buy a kitchen bench (misleading as it is a counter top-find in the counter top section)
  • Spend S3000 on lighting
  • Buy a fireplace (you can buy a furnace to complete this task)
  • Buy a car (car dealership)
  • Buy a bed


  • Change a rooms floor
  • Change a rooms wallpaper
  • Change a rooms exterior walls
  • Change a roof
  • Create a room
  • Expand a room

Photograph– use camera button on screen

  • Photograph a ghost (ghost hunting hobby)
  • Photograph a cat

Using a number of sims– have the number of sims doing the same action at the same time, once the last person starts you will complete the goal

  • Have 5 sims reading fine literature
  • Have 3 sims rest eyes on a couch
  • Have 4 sims playing on dance arcade machines at the arcade
  • Send 3 sims to bed for a deep sleep (there is a glitch on this goal in the royalty update, try using 4 sims or if that still doesn’t work you may have to skip with LPs)
  • Get 6 sims in the park
  • Have 5 sims reading pulp novels
  • Have 10 sims gardening at once
  • Have 3 sims speculate (using dining chairs)
  • Send 5 sims to work
  • Have 4 sims browsing the internet
  • Make 6 sims have a nap on a couch
  • Have 4 sims playing sim city


  • Chillax in an inflatable chair- 5 minutes 24 seconds
  • Swim in a pool
  • Add or resize a swimming pool
  • Bring a toddler into a pool (requires an adult sim)


  • Play with a teaset
  • Have a toddler play with building blocks
  • Have a toddler play with a dollhouse- 3 minutes


  • Make a preteen sim have a nap at the park (park bench)- 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Have a preteen sim waste hot water in the shower- 41 minutes
  • Have a preteen sim use a study desk- 4 minutes
  • Have 2 preteen sims jumping on their bed
  • Have a preteen or teen write in their diary on a bed- 10 minutes
  • Listen to an album on mp3 player- 34 minutes
  • Make a preteen have a triple fudge hot chocolate- 7 minutes 12 seconds (using a coffee machine)


  • Have a teen avoid chores on a bed- 48 minutes
  • Have a teen read an epic fantasy trilogy from a bookcase- 11 hours (a normal bookcase, not a preteen bookcase)
  • Have a teen hang out on the parks pier (click on lake)- 9 hours
  • Have a preteen or teen write in their diary on a bed- 10 minutes
  • Have a teen waste a whole day on a couch- 19 hours
  • Teach a teen how to drive- 5 hours (requires an adult sim and a car)
  • Have a teenager make a chai tea- 10 minutes


  • Use the park toilet- 30 seconds
  • Have a sim reach Nirvana in the park- 12 hours (click on the sim at the park to get the option)
  • Have a sim practice Tai Chi in the park- 1 hour (click on the sim at the park to get the option)


  • Have a romantic ride in a canoe (you will need two sims click on the canoe at the campgrounds to complete this goal)
  • Test the depth at the campground (once you have the lookout built at the campground you can complete this goal)
  • Take a selfie at the campgrounds lookout (once you have the lookout built at the campground you can complete this goal)
  • Toss in a sleeping bag
  • Plan a trip at the campgrounds- 2 hours 30 minutes (using the information board at the entrance to the campground)

Snow park

  • Have a fancy coffee at the snow park- 4 minutes
  • Make 2 sims have a snowball fight at the snow park- 2 hours


  • Play the dance arcade machine at the arcade- 10 minutes


  • Take a selfie at the mall near the fountain


  • Have 4 sims employed as firefighters
  • Send 5 sims to work
  • Go to work with low hygiene
  • Play soccer- 3 hours
  • Practice painting- 3 hours (using an easel)
  • Have 4 sims employed as politicians
  • Have 4 sims employed as artists
  • Have 4 sims employed as athletes
  • Start a career as an artist
  • Start a career as a firefighter
  • Start a career as an athlete
  • Complete a single customer request from a profession workplace- go to work with your sim at a professions workplace and help a sim who enters with a bubble above their head (what are profession careers?)

Certain times of the day- complete at or between the times stated in the goal (the time is the time it is for you in real life)

  • Have a preteen be funny between 7am-11am
  • Go fishing between 6pm-12am- 10 minutes
  • Do tai chi in the park at 7pm (click on your sim in the park)
  • Play cowboys on a rocking horse between 5pm-7pm (toddler)
  • Have 6 sims watch a show on TV between 8pm-10pm
  • Read a pulp novel in the morning (any time before 12pm)
  • BBQ in the park between 6- 10am
  • Post on simbook between 7pm- 9pm (preteen)
  • Have 3 sims speculate between 9am-12pm
  • Search for ghosts between 6am- 12pm
  • Grow garlic between 8pm- 6am
  • Watch a movie at midnight (works anytime between 12am and 1am)
  • Have 3 sims speculate between 9am to 12pm (select the option on a chair with 3 sims)
  • Make a sims breakfast on a barbeque between 6am-10am (select any option on a BBQ)


Would I get a goal for a certain sim or place if I haven’t unlocked that aged sim or place yet?

Yes, the goals are random and everyone gets the same ones even if you haven’t unlocked a place or don’t have a correctly aged sim you still may get a goal requiring them, all you can do in this situation is skip with 10LPs or wait for a new update and that goal you are stuck on will complete automatically.

What about social tasks? Find my social tasks list here




You have a week (7 days) to complete all of the 20 tasks to get a key, you get a reward for every 5 tasks you complete.

  • 5 tasks= 25% completed= S1,000
  • 10 tasks= 50% completed= S3,000
  • 15 tasks= 75% completed= 3LPs
  • 20 tasks=completed!= a Key and 5,000XPs

If you go to the mystery box shop you can see how many keys you have at the moment and the boxes you can open:

  • Loot Box requires 1 Keys (7x common items)

  • Bounty Box requires 3 Keys (3x uncommon items, 10x common items)

  • Fortune Box requires 6 Keys (1x rare item, 4x uncommon items, 15x common items)

So what is in each box? The items you receive are random but this gives you some idea of what you could get:

This is what I got in my Loot Box:

  • (7x common items) Black Marble Dining Table, Pirate Flag, Scandinavian Chest, Grey Table Lamp, Stylish Corner, Vampire Sink, 50s Retro TV

This is what I got in my Bounty Box:

  • (10x common items) Red U Couch, Mosiac Plate, Japanese Countertop, Ye Olde Bed, Dark Wooden Dining Table, Light Wooden Dining Table, Light Archway, Red L Couch, Neo Tokyo Painting, Dark Round
  • (3x uncommon items) Hot Spring Spa, Outfits, Carnival Top Hats

This is what I got in my Fortune Box:

  • (1x rare item) Manicure Station
  • (4x uncommon items) Granite, Blue Nursery Chest, Blanc Chaise, Light Massage Table
  • (15x common items) Purple 70s 3 Seat Sofa, Patterned Flower Towel, Sun Dial, S15,000, Green Outdoor Sidetable, Single Garden Screen, 60s Stereo, Nightlife Table, Stylish Table Lamp, Toyota Surfboard, Stylish Countertop, Victorian Walnut Doors, Delice Bed, Dark Dual Arc, Tan Triple Garden

Some items available have never previously appeared in the game before!


I hope that gives you some idea about what you can find in your mystery box!

What about social tasks? Find my social tasks list here

Thanks for reading!