The Sims Freeplay- Downtown Developer Event

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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.

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:

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:

  • 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

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
  • 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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65 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

      • Unfortunately, the just under 4 hour collecting means you can’t sleep and actually can’t finish with 24 hours, so if you don’t buy SP’s, you can’t finish in the times allotted.

      • They are still timed as you have to complete stage 1 and 2 in the time limit, then 3 and 4, then 5 and 6 as the time limit starts as soon as the previous major stage is complete so once you complete stage 2 you will have 6 days to complete stage 3 and 4.

  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?

      • I’ve been running into a problem with the downtown developer. Often, when I finish collecting shard, one of my sims tells me they “don’t have room” to present the shard and it disappears, costing me 3 hours of collecting. There seems to be no way of preventing it. At this point I’ve lost a total of about 27-30 hours of collecting shard. I’d be able to make the deadlines if this glitch didn’t keep occurring. Do you know if this is being fixed in the future?

      • I’ve not heard of the ‘don’t have room’ issue but the not collecting shards is a known issue, the makers are currently working on a fix but in the meantime put your sims right next to the x before you click on it and then make sure they have started the action before closing the game or going to a different area in the game. If you missed out on the time limited prize due to this issue please contact the makers to see if you can be compensated, this post explains how to contact them if you are unsure:

  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. I’m currently between stage 3 and 4 on this and getting frustrated with the time limit. I had all the granite required and just need to complete 2 more glass, which looked doable with 22 hours left on the clock for stage 4. However, after the permit day reset it went to a day of granite rather than a day of glass. Now there is no chance to complete to stage 4 within the time limit when it says I can have a day off as all granite is collected. It could at least let me collect granite for a future stage requirement! By the time that permit finishes it will be too late to collect the glass I need. Looking like another of those where you’d need to be working on it 24/7 with no sleep to be able to complete within the time limit.

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

    • About 1/3 of the time when I go to collect my shards one Sim collects and the other does not. Even if both were showing “collect shard” on the screen where you see all of your Sims.

      I don’t think this as a glitch. This game is not nearly as fun as it used to be.

    • Agreed with anonymous! This game cheats a lot on the timer as well as typically twice a day even if I have two sims working on collecting a resource, it only collects one and skips my other completely. It’s really aggravating. Super disappointing.

    • WOW….. I worked day and night and was not able to complete it. Can’t believe I just spend 8 million SP to fix the eyesore. I’m done with this game.

  11. Do you know if the milestone cost increases the longer it takes to finish? For example, if I finish one day past the milestone it costs about 500,000. If it takes me 3 days, will I need to pay more?
    I’m thinking about giving up on finishing on time since it’s clearly impossible without spending money, I’m just wondering if it then matters HOW long it takes to finish.
    On a side note, I’m sad I’ll miss some of the items in the prize penthouse, but the space itself is a weird design so I’m okay designing my own! I wish the milestones unlocked some of the prize furnishings, I’d be more motivated to play.

    • I think if you level up during that time it might increase as the cost depends on the level you are on in the game but if you want to give up on the time you could pay to go through to the next stage and then just leave it for a while (you can leave it as long as you want and can return to it if/ when you are ready- I haven’t even started it yet as I know it is going to be a hassle!)

  12. I am so angry. I am between 6 and 7. Target is 8 granite – 16 shards, 6 glass, 18 shards and 4 gold – 16 shards. Totally impossible to do with a 24 hr limit on each of these permits. Not fair that we need to buy SP to finish each section. It takes almost 4 hours to get 1 shard. The most any 1 sim can collect in 24 hours is 7!!!!!! I have bought with cash some SP to progress through some earlier parts but this target only gets me to stage 7. It’ll have the same or more resources needed to get to the final target. How on earth can you complete at all within the full time limit!

  13. I’m on the final stage but I’ve used a lot of SPs in the process and I still can’t see how I’m going to complete in time?
    I’m fortunate in that I’m retired so I can play all day but I’m missing valuable time through the night, who can afford to lose sleep for these things?
    The instructions don’t seem very clear especially regarding resources needed.
    I’ve got three days left and I’ve come this far and used SPs so I’ll continue up until the end but I don’t think I’ll be playing one of these events again.
    I’m not enjoying it at all, it’s boring, time consuming and costly (if you go down that road) and there’s no guarantee that you’re going to achieve anything at the end of it all.

  14. Hi thank you so much for helpful blog, I’m now reaching level 8, 24 hours is the time limit but at certain stage it need more than 24 hours so I’ve to spend SP, I’m not sure about the rest of the level, I’m hoping the rest of the levels do not require more than 24 hours

  15. What’s up with this event. I went 2 days without getting a permit to move on….which cost me time to collect for the final stage. No way I’m going to be able to collect everything now. I agree with another post….this event is a sham!

  16. My game three times told me it was 24 hours to the next permit and then when 24 hours is up it reset. 2 hours ago should have been the end of 24 hours but now it says 22 hours for a permit and only 21 hours to get the prize. Another FreePlay ripoff!

  17. Interesting…..I sat for two days doing nothing earlier this week because I was all caught up. Now I see that I will not be able to finish on time. 12 hours sort. Hate playing for this long and getting nothing in return.

  18. I finally completed the final stage after running out of time days ago. Impossible time schedule if you also want to sleep and do other things! It also kept having sims stop searching for chards part way so making it take even longer and I’m sure some didn’t register properly. The final payment penalty for not completing on time was a horrendous 6,808,000!!! I don’t think that was worth it and still costs more millions if you actually want to build an apartment.

  19. So, I just finished the Downtown Developer event. I did not finish in the time limit, so no prize. I don’t have a real problem with that, however, I now have an unfinished building standing there and I will have to pay 6,800,000 to finish it. There is no way I will pay that just to get a building with no home in it. So I guess it’s going to be urban blight. And I’ll probably have the Downtown Developer event listed on my task page forever……ugh.

  20. I’m beyond frustrated with trying to complete this. A lot of the time it didn’t give me my shards. Any the 24 hour wait time is a lie on their part. Several times the permit has restarted back to the 24 hour wait. It’s Dec. 5th, I should long had this quest completed!

  21. I completed the quest and $6,808,000SP to buy the luxury apartment and
    all I got after 3 days was an empty lot with no apartment!!! Rip off!!

    • Did you complete the event in the time limit? If you did you would have got two options, the empty apartment and the luxury one. If you didn’t complete in the time limit you will only be able to build the empty apartment.

  22. Absolutely love your and have been using it to make the gameplay fun and relaxing. The game used to be so stressful prior to discovering your blog that I quit for 2 years. Thank you for doing this.

    Regarding this quest, I’m currently on Stage 8 which requires 18 granite, 13 glass and 11 gold shards. I’ve collected all the required granite and glass but need 3 more Gold. I’m now believe I have to wait 48 hours before I can start collecting gold again. I also have 9 days on the timer under the final prize. By the time I’ll be done collecting the gold, I will have 6 days left.

    If I use SPs (437 sp) to skip the gold right now, do I get 9 days to complete the final stage or will it be 6 days?

    I’m terrified of how many of each item we would need to collect for the final stage and trying to give myself as much time as possible to complete it.

    Ps: this is a difficult quest. I’ve been using the timer function on my phone to collect items. Sleep has been horrendous.

    • You’re very welcome, I’m glad it helps!
      If you have 9 days and you use SP you will still have 9 days. I agree, they have made this event far too difficult, I have passed on my feedback about this but they are just not listening.

  23. If I build a two story penthouse on this 3rd story apartment, will it be a complete penthouse apartment (the building) or will it be a 3rd story apartment building with a 2 story apartment?

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