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The Sims Freeplay- Police Update

Early Access to Beta Provided by EA/ Firemonkeys


This latest update brings a new job- police! What is most exciting is this is different from other careers as you can actually go to the police station! As well as build and upgrade new places within it!

police station can be found next to the community center

In this post I am going to explain how it works, I will create another post later that includes all the upgrades needed to completely build the police station.

Watch my video on this update here!

How is this career different?

With all other careers in the game, you send your sim to work and you don’t see them for that period of time while they are working. But with this job you can go to the police station with 2 sims and help them during their work day!

When you send a sim to work at the police station sims will enter with bubbles above their heads, you need to click on this bubble and select one of the tasks that appears, the amount of grey sections there are tells you how many tasks you have to complete before you earn the reward that is pictured in the middle of the bubble:


For example you may get these 3 tasks:

  • File Police Report
  • Receive Motivation
  • Check Police Video


Each of these has to be completed in a different workstation so file police report is at the front desk, receive motivation is in the training center and check police video is in the surveillance van

 Only one sim can use a workstation at one time (new tasks will be added when you unlock new workstations)

Each time your sims complete a task (that section will turn from grey to green) a police coin bubble will appear above their head, click this and they will earn police coins and XPs, the experience points are towards levelling up, so they will level up quicker than if you just sent them to work.

Once all the tasks have been completed all the grey sections will now appear green, click on this to receive your reward.

What are these rewards used for?

The rewards are police coins and resources used to upgrade the different workstations at the police station.

Some resources are not unlocked yet, build new workstations to unlock them

Sometimes you may see a question mark appear in the bubble instead of a resource, this is a mystery resource, you will find out what it is when you complete the tasks:

these are important sims needed to collect badges, read on to find out more

 

Can I send my sim to work on their own like a normal career? Will they still collect resources?

Yes you can send them to work on their own and they will still level up but they will not collect the resources they get when they help sims.

What are the workstations?

Rookie:

  • Training Center
  • Front Desk
  • Surveillance Van

Once your sim reaches level 6 you can decide which career to specialise them in: either Metro Police or Special Agent, you will need to have a sim as each to be able to unlock the other workstations

Metro Police:

  • Squad Car- level 6 Metro Police
  • Jail Cells- level 7 Metro Police
  • K-9 Unit- level 8 Metro Police
  • Chiefs Office- level 9 Metro Police

Only the metro police officer will be able to complete tasks to help sims that require one of the workstations above

Special Agent:

  • Interview Room- level 6 Special Agent
  • Sketch Room- level 7 Special Agent
  • Forensics Lab- level 8 Special Agent
  • Division 51- level 9 Special Agent

Only the special agent will be able to complete tasks to help sims that require one of the workstations above

 

When you upgrade a workstation the time taken to complete the task will decrease and the amount of police coins and XPs you receive will increase

NOTE: you can only upgrade one workstation at a time unless you are VIP

 

Reaching Level 6

Once you reach level 6 for the first time a new quest will begin- I say quest, there only appears to be two goals currently. This shows you how to select the speciality for your sim and how to get promoted

Professions: Specialization Training

  • Assign a specialist to a level 6 sim- click on the occupations (career) tab, find the level 6 sim and choose either Special Agent or Metro Police:


NOTE: you can only have one sim on each of these

  • Complete a profession badge- check the occupations tab to find out what you need to do to complete this, I had help 3 sims, to complete this I needed to help 3 sims that came into the police station by completing all of the tasks


Only one badge can be collected per shift and you need 3 badges before you will be able to reach level 7

I have to help important sims to get a badge, who are important sims?

Important sims are the ones with question marks in the bubbles above their heads.


Professions Menu

You can access this using the button in the top left hand corner of your screen when you are at the police station


Workplace Overview- here you can see the workstations you have currently unlocked, what level you are on and what resources you need to upgrade them

Storage- this is where you see your current resources collected and on the right hand side is your police coins, the police coins are used to increase your storage if you need to and trade for resources (which is in the next tab)

The simoleon symbol next to the resources in the storage means you can sell resources for simoleons, this might be helpful if you have run out of space in your storage and don’t have any police coins to increase the storage:

Resource Exchange- here you can either spin for resources using simoleons or LPs for the mega spin as well as trade police coins for resources 

 

Once your sims have helped 25 people (you need to complete all the tasks for a person to have helped 1 person) in a day they will end their shift early and you earn extra police coins and resources

NOTE: Other sims with this career will go to work but you will not be able to see or interact with them as you can only have two active sims at the police station so I would suggest you send sims who are on the highest level in this career to work first so they can level up faster and complete the tasks that a lower level sim may be unable to do.


Once you have the latest update, build the police station to get started!

Professions Training Quest

Once you have built the police station the Professions Training Quest will begin (there is no time limit to this, you just have to complete it before you can send anymore sims to work at the police station)

It is more of a tutorial than a quest

  • Visit the police station
  • Send a sim to work at the police station (give them a job at the police station the same way you usually give them a job then click on the suitcase to send a sim to work- select accompany sim to go to the station with them)
  • Help a sim at the police station- tap a bubble that appears over a sims head and complete one of the tasks
  • Help again at the police station- complete the second task on the bubble
  • Check workplace overview (found in the profession menu in the top left on your screen while at the police station)
  • Check workplace storage (second tab in the profession menu)
  • Help a sim at the police station
  • Check the work shift quota- this can be found on the work bar:

  • Fulfill special requests- this is a task where the bubble shows a question mark instead of the resource, complete the tasks to find out what resource you will be rewarded
  • Trade resources (third tab in the profession menu)
  • Upgrade a workstation- click on a green arrow at one of the workstations to get the option to upgrade it

  • Complete the remaining work day- either keep helping sims, leave your sim to work or click on the red cross on the work bar to complete shift (this will usually cost you LPs

QUEST IS COMPLETE!

You can now give other sims the police career


Orange Suitcase? Can’t send your sims to work?

 

This is because you have already sent them to work once today, if you were VIP level 1 you can send them to work at the police station twice in a day (this will cost you 20LPs if you are VIP)

Wait until tomorrow and you will be able to send them to work again without being VIP.

Do I need to be VIP to use the police station?

NO! If you are VIP you can send your sims to work twice a day (VIP level 1), upgrade more than one workstation at a time (VIP level 7) and use the mega spin (VIP level 2)

YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE VIP TO USE THE POLICE STATION

Thanks for reading!

Watch my video on this update here!

The latest update brings the Movie Star Career to simtown- read this post for more information

Confused about these new profession careers? Give my Guide to Profession Careers post a read!


Early Access to Beta Provided by EA/ Firemonkeys- may differ from actual version

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The Sims Freeplay- Symbols Explained

There are a lot of symbols in the sims freeplay and you may be unsure what some of them mean, if so give this post a read!

PLAYER GAME INFORMATION BAR

This can be found at the top of the screen, there is no longer a clock but just remember that the time in the game is the time it currently is for you (if it is 8pm for you then it is 8pm on the game)
On the bar you can find your:

-CURRENT LEVEL AND EXPERIENCE POINTS (XP)

The circle around your level shows your XPs, when the blue line fills the circle you will level up.

-VIP LEVEL

When you purchase items from the online store for real money you earn VIP points, the more points the higher level you are, unlocking you more perks.

-SIMOLEONS

Simoleons are the main currency in the game. Click on the + to buy more for real money.

-LP- LIFESTYLE POINTS

Another currency used in the game, more expensive/ premium items cost LPs, Click on the + to buy more for real money.

-SP- SOCIAL POINTS

Another currency used in the game, earn these by completing social tasks in a neighbours town. Click on the + to buy more for real money.

-SIMTOWN INFORMATION

Click on the last symbol to open up your simtown information, this includes your towns sim count (level up to increase this) and your town value (building places and buying items increases this)

SIMTRACKER
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 (1) 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)

SIM INFO 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 (1) and on a smaller device it will be in a folder on the side of your screen (2) with the simtracker.

(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

NEEDS

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Sims have 6 needs, if there needs are unfulfilled they become unhappy, which is why it is important to know what the needs are and how to fulfil them.

The top picture is the needs for that sim and below that is a picture of an item that fulfils each of those needs, you can tell if it will fulfil a certain need because underneath the price of the object the same symbol you can see in the simtracker is shown here.

  1. Hunger
  2. Bladder
  3. Energy
  4. Hygiene
  5. Social
  6. Fun

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    again when you click on an object in the game the symbol appears again to tell you which need it will fulfil

INSPIRED

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Next to your sims needs there is a sparkling person symbol (1) if you click on this you will get two options, cupcake (2) or rainbow cake (3) Both of these options are used to completely inspire that sim (fulfil their needs)

The cupcake costs 5LPs to use while the rainbow cake can only be used if you have purchased items with real money to unlock the VIP Perk for rainbow cakes, this post explains VIP Perks in more detail

ACTIVE TASKS

Click on active tasks to see which quest or event you are currently partaking in (and the time you have left to complete it)
 You can also see your weekly tasks and social tasks here, on these there is an orange skip symbol, you can use this to skip a task but this will cost you 10LPs.

If you have main quests left to complete you will also see them here, next to the main quest task you are currently on it will say ‘quests waiting in queue’. They will only appear in the queue once you are on the level for the quest to unlock, so I am currently on level 13 and still on the money grows on trees quest so I have 8 quests in my queue waiting to be completed.

These quests need to be completed in order and the next one will start as soon as the previous quest is completed.

FREE SIMOLEONS, SOCIAL POINTS AND LIFESTYLE POINTS BUTTON

On the active tasks screen you will see the FREE button in the corner, click on this to get a reward for watching a short video:

ACTION OPTIONS

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When your sim is completing an action you can click on them and the bar above will appear, in the middle it tells you what task you are doing, how many XPs you will receive when complete and the time the task will take. If you just want to look at the time left you can click on your sim to view this then click the green button on the right hand side to close the pop up. But if you don’t want your sim completing that task anymore you can click on the red cross to cancel the task (you will not earn the XPs when you cancel)

If you want your sim to finish the action quickly without cancelling (great for completing quests in time limits) you can click on the orange LP button, next to the button it tells you how many LPs it will cost you but it is one LP for every hour so any time up to 1 hour 59 minutes will cost you 1LP. It is one extra LP for every full hour so if a task has 4 hours 20 minutes left it will cost you 4LPs to speed up or if a task had 23 hours 59minutes 59 seconds left it would cost you 23LPs.

BLUE FOOTPRINTS

These appear in a speech bubble above your sims head:

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They appear 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, rotate an item and try selecting the option again.

RED CROSS

These appear in a speech bubble above your sims head:

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They appear 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.

DAILY REWARD
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The daily reward is delivered to a mailbox at the front of your sims house once a day, this is based on your town value so the higher your town value the more simoleons you will earn (although there is a cap on this at around S7,000 so you cannot receive more than that unless you started playing before the cap was added)

 

CAMERA

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This is used to take pictures of the gameplay without all the information that usually appears on your screen:

ZOOM IN/OUT
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Clicking on these will zoom you right in or right out of the gameplay, you can zoom with your fingers if you just want to zoom in or out slightly.

FLOOR LEVEL BUTTONS

Down the side of your screen you will see a button similar to one of these above, the floor you are currently on will change what the button says:

18FLOORSBUTTONB= Basement

1= Ground floor

2= Second floor

Click on the up or down arrows to move up or down a floor

Remember you need to complete the Multi Story Renovations Quest before you can add extra floors to your houses

ADD HOUSE

Click on this 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.

EMPTY HOUSE 
This symbol shows you that a house is empty so you can add a new sim, if the add a new sim option is greyed out you are currently adding a baby to your town or you are at your sim limit for that level, level up to be able to add another sim.

WHO IS IN A HOUSE CURRENTLY?


On the town map you can see how many sims and pets are currently in a house, the person symbol shows the number of sims and the paws symbol shows the number of pets (you can only have two pets brought from the pet store living in each house)

HOUSE/ BUILDING REVENUE

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This is money and XPs you receive when you build places in simtown, some places will only earn you simoleons (2) or XPs (3) but some places earn you both (4) To collect the revenue click on the buttons with these symbols above the building. The more expensive the place was to build the more simoleons you will receive. If there isn’t a simoleon or XP symbol there will be a time instead, come back after that time to collect the revenue:

HOME STORE SELECTION OPTIONS

While you are in the home store mode you will be able to click on items in the house and several options will appear. The rucksack button (1) is your inventory, click on this to store the item in the inventory section of the home store, you can use your inventory to move items from one house to another, you will not have to buy the item again, it will be free from your inventory. The tick (2) places the item, it will be greyed out if you cannot place the item because there is something in the way.

The red simoleon button (3) is what you press if you want to sell the item, the amount of simoleons you will receive for selling the item is shown next to the button, this will be less than what you paid for the item. The 4 arrows button (4) allows you to move the item, but you can just click on the item itself to move it. Finally the curved arrow (5) allows you to rotate the item, some items do not have this button as they cannot be rotated, such as doors.

If you are buying an item you will only have 4 buttons as you cannot store it in your inventory before you have brought it and the tick button will show the price it will cost you to buy the item next to the button.

 

 


OVEN FIRES

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Whenever you bake something on the stove that has the red fire triangle symbol it means that it could cause a fire, if it does start a fire you will not earn the simoleons or XPs you would have got if it didn’t burn and you will need to extinguish the fire before you can bake on that stove again.

SIM EATING PLANT

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Some seeds you can plant on the garden patch have a green monster triangle symbol on them, this means that they could turn into a sim eating plant instead of the plant. If this happens you will not earn the simoleons or XPs you would have got if it didn’t turn into a sim eating plant and you will have to negotiate with it for 3 minutes before you can use the patch again.

MONUMENTS AND RESOURCES

Once you complete the Mysterious Island Quest you unlock 4 monuments on the Island:


1.The Riches of Terra- Resources needed are Pickaxe, Gold, Granite

2.The Flames of Wisdom- Resources needed are Igneous Rock, Bronze, Magma Embers

3.The Tempest of Bliss- Resources needed are Onyx, Bamboo, Essence of Wind

4.The Springs of Fortune- Resources needed are Limestone, Chisel, Pearl

You will find these items randomly when you complete actions, the symbol of the resource you have found will appear above your sims head who found it:
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I am currently still completing my monuments so I will create a post as soon as I have finished building them all

SIM SIGN RESOURCES

Once you complete the Teen Idol Quest you can start building the sim sign, the resources needed for that are:

  • Magazine Photoshoots
  • Radio Interviews
  • TV Show Cameos

My Sim Sign and Teen Mansion post explains about this in more detail

HAUNTED ITEMS

Once you complete the Ghost Hunters quest you will unlock haunted items, once placed in your house you use these items to search for ghosts to be able to complete the Ghost Hunting hobby. In the home store there will be a picture of a red ghost on any item that is haunted. NOTE: these items will flash every so often after being placed in your houses which can be an issue for some players so please bare that in mind.

 
SETTINGS AT BOTTOM OF SCREEN

Depending on the device you play on this will look different for you: 
While at a sims house you will see 5 options on the bottom of your screen:

-PARTY BOAT

The world symbol is the party boat. When you have neighbours you can visit the party boat once a day to collect money rewards, the more neighbours you have the more rewards you will get. A present symbol will appear when you can collect the rewards.

You can also visit the party boat on the town map.

-HOME STORE (BUY MODE)

The chair with the lamp symbol is the home store. This is where you customise the house you are currently in, you can do things such as redecorate, buy new items and add swimming pools, patios and even balconies! (once you complete the quests that unlock these)

-TOWN MAP

The building symbol is the town map. Click on this to take you to the town map, once you unlock the mysterious island you will have two buttons appear when you click on the first button:

You can also visit the mysterious island by clicking on the bridge on the town map.

-ONLINE STORE

The shopping cart is the online store. The online store is where you can purchase items for real money, read this post for more information.

-SETTINGS

The 3 dots will take you to the settings menu:

Resume Game- click this to get back to gameplay.

Options- here you can change the volume of the sound effects and music as well as changing the language. You can also choose if you want to receive notifications from the game.

You can reset your game from here too, if you do this you will delete your whole game.

Info- this tab includes information such as terms of service, end user license agreement as well as help information.

If you restart your game you can restore purchases you made on your device previously on this tab.

The about section includes your player ID which you will need to contact EA if you have technical issues with your game, read this post for more information on how to do that

Support- clicking on support will take you to the firemonkeys support page.

The Cloud- this is very important as this is where you save your game! You should be doing this at least once a day so you do not lose your game if your device ever crashed or broke. Read this post for more information about the cloud

Account Manager- this is where you sign into your accounts such as Facebook or Game Center to allow you to save your game with the Cloud as mentioned above.

You will not see furniture or town map buttons when you are on the town map

 

If you find any other symbols in the game you are unsure about please let me know and I will add them to this post

Thanks you reading!


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