The Sims Freeplay- Downtown Developer Event

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Collect resources to build a brand new high rise apartment block in the Downtown Developer Event! Once you have completed the Simtown Express Discovery Quest you will be able to begin this event, but there is no rush, this event will be available whenever you are ready to start it

The aim of this event is to collect all the Granite, Glass and Gold you need at different locations around Simtown, these resources are then used to build the luxury high rise apartment block. Firstly you need to go to Downtown (use the Simtown Express to get there) and you will find the development icon next to the hospital, click on this to get the option to demolish the buildings that are there:

Once demolished the event will begin and the first time limit will start, there are time limits in this event but there are different time limits for each stage, keep reading for more information on this

You will then get tasks to complete, these will explain how this event works so make sure you read them:

  • Open downtown developer menu- click on the orange symbol next to the downtown developer task to get to this menu, the menu is where you can see your progress in this event:

At the top you will see all the stages to complete in this event, then you will see the permit you currently have and below you can see the current stage requirements, right now only granite is required to complete stage one but this screenshot below shows a later stage that requires more resources:

  • View major stage deadlines- if you go back to the menu, on the bar at the top you will see under stage 2 it says ‘3 days’ this means you have 3 days to fill the bar by collecting the resources to reach stage 2 to be on track in this event, if you don’t complete a stage in the time limit you will be forced to spend simoleons to progress in this event (I don’t know how many simoleons it will cost as it varies depending on what level you are on, so if you are on level 55 expect a high cost!)

The time limits for each stage are:

  • Reach stage 2– 3 days
  • Reach stage 4– 6 days
  • Reach stage 6– 6 days
  • Reach stage 9 (final stage)– 15 days

These stages above are major upgrades so the building site will change when you reach these milestones, you will also receive other rewards when you reach each of these stages:

  • Stage 2– 2LP, 2SP and 1 Glass (which can then be used in the next stage)
  • Stage 4– 5LP, 5SP and 1 Gold (which can then be used in the next stage)
  • Stage 6– 10LP, 10SP and 1 Gold (which can then be used in the next stage)
  • Stage 9/Grand Prize– Empty 3 Story Apartment Lot, S20,000, 20LP and 15SP

  • Go to the resource location- every 24 hours you will receive a new permit to collect a resource at a different location, go back to the menu to find where you need to go and you can click ‘visit’ on the location to go straight there:

The location will be different for you and it will only be places you have already unlocked so if you haven’t build downtown high school yet you won’t get a permit to go there

  • Assign a sim to an x- once at the location you need to find the 2 x spots, have a sim click on one of these and select Collect Shard- 3 hours 55 minutes:


Only two sims can collect shards at one time and a shard does not make a full piece, depending on the resource you need to collect different amounts of shards to make one resource:

  • Granite– collect 2 shards to make 1 granite
  • Glass– collect 3 shards to make 1 glass
  • Gold– collect 4 shards to make 1 gold

You need to collect a full piece within 24 hours to be able to use that towards your next permit, if you only collect one shard then you will lose this

  • Review resource progress- click on the menu to check your progress, the current requirements show you how many resources you need to complete that stage:

If you want to skip with SP this is the best place to do it as it is more expensive if you skip from the task action itself or the permit section of the menu:

  • Review the major stage timer- here you can see the next stage is locked:

If you miss one stage you can still catch up at the next stage as the time limit for the next stage does not start until you have completed the previous, for example, if you miss out on completing the 4th stage in the 6 day time limit once you have paid your simoleons to move on you will still get the full 6 day time limit to reach the 6th stage

If you do complete the final stage in the 15 day time limit you will unlock the 3 Story Luxury Apartment that can be built on the high rise block, you still unlock the apartment block if you don’t complete this event in the time limit, once complete you will be able to build the empty 3 story to build your own apartment:

I warn you now, this building is hideous when complete! But the 3 story luxury apartment is very nice, if you don’t like it you can build the empty 3 story or even one of the original penthouse apartments

Take a tour of the 3 Story Luxury Apartment here:

Watch my walkthrough of this event here:


  • You need to have completed the Simtown Express Quest to unlock Downtown before you can start this event
  • This event is available forever so there is no rush to begin it but once you do start the first timer will begin, then it should take 30 days to complete
  • A new permit is issued every 24 hours

  • The location will be different for you and it will only be places you have already unlocked so you don’t have to build any new locations to find the resources
  • Only two sims can collect shards at once

  • A shard is not a whole resource, if you don’t collect a whole resource in 24 hours you will lose the shards you have collected:
    • 2 Granite Shards= 1 Granite
    • 3 Glass Shards= 1 Glass
    • 4 Gold Shards= 1 Gold
  • The next major timer doesn’t start until the previous major milestone is complete
  • There are 9 stages to complete, completing each stage earns you rewards:
    • Stage 1- 2LP
    • Stage 2- Major upgrade, 2LP, 2SP and 1 Glass (which can then be used in the next stage)
    • Stage 3- 5SP
    • Stage 4- Major upgrade, 5LP, 5SP and 1 Gold (which can then be used in the next stage)
    • Stage 5- 10SP
    • Stage 6- Major upgrade, 10LP, 10SP and 1 Gold (which can then be used in the next stage)
    • Stage 7- S10,000
    • Stage 8- 15LP
    • Stage 9/Final Stage- Empty 3 Story Apartment Lot, S20,000, 20LP and 15SP
  • If you earn enough resources before the 24 hours is over then you will have to wait for the rest of the 24 hours before you will get your next permit:

What do I think of this event? I actually really like the idea of this but yet again this is another event where unless you can play all day then you won’t be able to complete it in the time limit, the fact you have to pay if you miss a time limit I think is ridiculous and it is bound to cost thousands of simoleons. Until I actually play this properly on my own game I can’t really comment on how difficult it actually is but I will definitely be making a post after I attempt to complete it!

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21 thoughts on “The Sims Freeplay- Downtown Developer Event

  1. Hi! Thankyou so much for your blog. This is so helpful for me. And I’m glad that you keep update us.
    I have a question, why can’t i find the Development icon next to the hospital? I’ve completed simtown express quest. And when i checked to apps store, there’s no newest update. So my latest update is Fine Dining Update. Thankyou

  2. Thank you so much for this post! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts after you play it in your own game.

    I have a question, if I don’t feel the need to rush through it to win the time limit prize, do I still have to pay simoleons if I miss a deadline?

  3. I see in your walkthrough that you need to collect resources from the High School and the Tropical Romance Island…. Does that mean you need to have built both of these places too?

    • Sorry I forgot to say in the post but I have added it now- the location will be different for you and it will only be places you have already unlocked so you don’t have to build any new locations to find the resources

  4. Thank you so much for your posts! I love your blog! Do they always find shard when they search for them? I just had someone not find one. If that is the case, this could take forever and impossible to complete the event.

  5. Do you always collect a resource on the x? One of my sims went through the 3:55 collection action, but didn’t receive a shard while my other one did. Thanks for your help!

  6. I noticed in the 3 Story Luxury Apartment that there are some silver windows and wallpaper (pink and white two-tone and a dark teal) I’ve never seen before. Do you know if those will be unlocked for use at other locations or if they’re only available in this specific house/location?

  7. Having not completed stage 4 within the time limit, the fine due to continue on was 464,000 at level 55 (hopefully I have remembered that correctly). Looking at the requirements for the next stage, with 3 types to find and 3 days until the next section (halfway to next build change), it seems I will have to find all the shards within the first permit day of that type. Not looking promising for completing in the time limit.

  8. I’m on level 2 have 24 hours to collect seven pieces of granite. However, each one takes 3h 55m (essentially 4 hours), meaning I’d need 28 hours to collect the granite. Isn’t this essentially setting us up to fail / need to pay to proceed?

    Or am I missing something here?

  9. Having played Downtown Developer for a while now, I now realise that this game is a con and is impossible to complete without incurring SP costs to complete and in part advance to the next stage of the event and I tell you something else, has anyone notice how the seconds timer in this event tick down a bit faster at times. It is not exactly keeping to real time so this is deliberate to con us so that it causes us to run out of time. If behind time like I have been so far, I am behind by over 200+ SPs, despite not missing a second moving through the event, and with less than 12 days left to go to obtain the grand prize; I really do not think I will be purchasing anymore SPs to catch up. To me it is not worth it and it is going to be too costly for me to complete. I would say to everyone; play this event at your will, but you will run out of time at some point and it will be costly to purchase simoleons to catch up and to me, watching closely, the timer is definitely not running and matched to real time which over time as the seconds tick fast in part is a deliberate act to catch you out so that you do not notice this over the whole time playing this event.

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