The Sims Freeplay- Downtown Developer Events

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Collect resources to build 3 story high rise apartment blocks in the Downtown Developer Events (there are currently five available) Once you have completed the Simtown Express Discovery Quest you will be able to begin one of these events (you can only complete one at a time) but there is no rush, these events will be available whenever you are ready to start them

NOTE: the Downtown Developer 5 Event will be available with the October 2021 update

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It doesn’t matter which event you are completing as they all work the same way, they just unlock a different apartment. I will colour code each event so you know if something is different. Downtown Developer 1 is in Yellow, Downtown Developer 2 is in Green, Downtown Developer 3 is in Blue, Downtown Developer 4 is in Red and Downtown Developer 5 is in Purple

The aim of these events 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 (1), the onyx tower block (2), the oak avenue apartment (3), 74th street apartment (4) or the contempo penthouse (5). Firstly you need to go to Downtown (use the Simtown Express to get there) and you will find five development icons.

You can start the Downtown Developer events in any order and if you have completed a previous one you can skip the tutorial

Downtown Developer Event 1– Click on this to get the option to demolish the buildings that are there:

Downtown Developer Event 2– Click on this to get the option to demolish the buildings that are there:

Downtown Developer Event 3– Click on this to get the option to demolish the buildings that are there:

Downtown Developer Event 4– Click on this to get the option to demolish the buildings that are there:

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Downtown Developer Event 5– 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 these events but there are different time limits for each stage, keep reading for more information on this

A lot of the images below are from the downtown developer 1 event but 2, 3, 4 and 5 work the same, the grand prize is the only thing that is different

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:

GLITCH: sometimes after you have put your sims on to collect shards they won’t collect them when you return hours later, while they work on a fix- move the sims next to the x before you click on the x and make sure you see them starting the action before you close the game or go somewhere else in simtown. If you have missed out on the time limited prizes due to this issue please contact the makers to see if you can be compensated.

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:

How many SP do I need to collect instantly?

  • 1 Granite = 15 Social Points
  • 1 Glass = 47 Social Points
  • 1 Gold = 146 Social Points

The amounts above are roughly correct, it will be one or two SP out as you increase the amount of resources but it gives you some idea of how many you would need

  • 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 complete the final stage of the Downtown Developer 1 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:

If you complete the final stage of the Downtown Developer 2 in the 15 day time limit you will unlock the 3 Story Onyx Towers that can be built on the onyx towers 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 onyx to build your own apartment:

Again this building is hideous when complete- unfortunately this time it is hideous inside and out! If you don’t like it you can build the empty 3 story or even one of the original penthouse apartments

I have no love for this build whatsoever- every single wall is black, including the exterior walls! Oh apart from the patches of green moss!! And the windows are tinted so no natural light is getting into this apartment. The gold door frames are probably so the sims can find the exits! After taking 30 days to complete this long and tedious event it would be great if the prize was at least worth the effort!

The best part of this completing this event in the time limit is you unlock some of the items in buy mode- I think we can all put them to better use than how they have been used in the apartment above!

Take a tour of the 3 Story Onyx Towers here:

Watch my walkthrough of this event here:

If you complete the final stage of the Downtown Developer 3 in the 15 day time limit you will unlock the 3 Story Oak Avenue 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 oak avenue to build your own apartment:

This apartment is a huge improvement on the second one!

If you complete this event in the time limit you also unlock the grand bookcases and windows:

The bookcases are the size of two stories so you can create some amazing mezzanines with these!

Take a tour of the 3 Story Oak Avenue here:

If you complete the final stage of the Downtown Developer 4 in the 15 day time limit you will unlock the 3 Story 74th Street 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:

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This apartment is probably the one with the nicest exterior so far but it is very boring, spending 30 days completing this event to unlock this house that is mostly corridors seems like a waste of time:

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If you complete this event on time you also unlock the stairs and doors. I really love these items, it seems like the only reason to complete this in the time limit is to unlock these rather than the house template:

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Take a tour of the 3 Story 74th Street Apartment here:

If you complete the final stage of the Downtown Developer 5 in the 15 day time limit you will unlock the 3 Story Contempo Penthouse 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:

This is my favourite apartment so far, the exterior and interior are a huge improvement on the previous 4 apartments!

If you complete this event in the time limit you also unlock juice bottle dividers and arbours:

Take a tour of the 3 Story Contempo Penthouse here:

Remember:

  • You need to have completed the Simtown Express Quest to unlock Downtown before you can start these events
  • You can only complete one downtown developer event at a time
  • These events are available forever so there is no rush to begin them 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

GLITCH: sometimes after you have put your sims on to collect shards they won’t collect them when you return hours later, while they work on a fix- move the sims next to the x before you click on the x and make sure you see them starting the action before you close the game or go somewhere else in simtown. If you have missed out on the time limited prizes due to this issue please contact the makers to see if you can be compensated.

  • 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
  • How many resources do I need for each stage?

Below I have listed how many resources you will need for each stage, some stages carry over resources from previous stages and some resources are rewards for reaching certain stages so I have only included how many you will need to make for that stage but I have included the total above those stages, for example stage 1 and 2 requires 6 Granite in total, you make 1 in stage 1 and the other 5 in stage 2:

  • Stages 1 & 2- 6 Granite in total 
    • Stage 1- 1 Granite
    • Stage 2- 5 Granite
  • Stages 3 & 4- 11 Granite and 8 Glass
    • Stage 3- 7 Granite and 3 Glass
    • Stage 4- 4 Granite and 4 Glass
  • Stages 5 & 6- 8 Granite, 5 Glass and 4 Gold
    • Stage 5- 4 Granite, 2 Glass and 1 Gold
    • Stage 6- 4 Granite, 3 Glass and 2 Gold
  • Stages 7, 8 & 9- 24 Granite, 16 Glass and 13 Gold
    • Stage 7- 8 Granite, 6 Glass and 3 Gold
    • Stage 8- 10 Granite, 7 Glass and 7 Gold
    • Stage 9/ Final Stage- 6 Granite, 3 Glass and 2 Gold
  • 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 these events? I was really upset when I saw they were adding another downtown developer event  after all the feedback I have given them about the first. They haven’t even fixed the glitch on the first one yet so it bound to occur again in this second event too! 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. I still am yet to play the first event properly on my own game- the horror stories I have heard have really put me off. At least 90% of the comments about this event are negative yet they still decided another one was the right thing to add, it really makes me wonder why I bother trying to give them feedback, they clearly want this game to fail.


NOTE: the Downtown Developer 5 Event will be available with the October 2021 update


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131 thoughts on “The Sims Freeplay- Downtown Developer Events

  1. I regret starting this downtown developer event. I wasted a lot of time and simoleons for nothing. They make it purposely difficult to achieve the target. I had only one glass piece to collect and had 15 hours to achieve it, but then instead of issuing a new permit it made me wait for 24 hours and of course after 24 hours it said that you didn’t complete in time and had to pay huge amount of simoleans. Why? We play game for fun and relaxing, not for getting frustrated.
    Your blog had been a huge help in getting this so far, so thanks for that.

  2. This event was the worst part of the sims EVER. It took me months to complete. Then I had to pay almost 6 million simoleons to build the tower. And on top of that it didn’t unlock any of the design features so this was the biggest waste of time. I recommend skipping this one and I will not attempt the other developer quests.

  3. I’m only starting the developer event now, I’m halfway through the first one and I find it pretty easy so far. Seems they have fixed the glitches I read about. It seems that it only takes a sec every 4 hours to collect shards, so I would not call it time consuming, you just have to make note of what time to come back and collect and restart the action. All the SP and LP rewards are awesome as if I don’t like the building at the end, I just sell everything and redecorate with things I already have. I did this for the recent hotel prize (the hideous black and gold thing) and it was worth millions when I sold everything. Totally worth it! I’m on board with this one so far.

  4. I am really disappointed to hear that this event will have to be done three times in order to build all the high rises.

    I paid the extra $14.99 for the Geologist because I have to work for a living. LOL. I thought the instructions said he would dig up a shard every hour. But he seems to only dig at the same time frame as the sims (3 hours 55 minutes.

    Did you have luck with the Geologist?

  5. I have completed downtown developer 1 and 2, but for site 3 and 4 it box next to “current downtown development complete” I am not able to click it. Do you know how I can start the site 3 and 4 ??

    • It should only say that if you haven’t completed a downtown developer event you are currently on, is it definitely complete? There isn’t anything showing in your goals tab?

  6. I have played the previous 3 & am doing number 4 but I have never managed to get any of the penthouses as I’ve always run out of time on it. I refuse to pay for it as I think they are trying to cheat us out of our money by deliberately making us run out of time.

  7. I paid the fee to get access to the empty block on a downtown developer site. Was wondering if I demolish the lot would I be able to access the architect homes as you would for the standard downtown sites?

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