The Sims Freeplay- Downtown Developer Events

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LATEST GLITCH: the glitch has been fixed so you should be able to start the Downtown Developer 3 Event now!


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 3 story high rise apartment blocks in the Downtown Developer Events (there are currently three available now) 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 3 Event will be available with the October 2020 update (some players are unable to start the Downtown Developer 3 Event as it says they are currently completing another one, the makers are aware of this issue and are working on a fix)

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 and Downtown Developer 3 is in Blue

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) or the oak avenue apartment (3). Firstly you need to go to Downtown (use the Simtown Express to get there) and you will find three development icons, either side of the hospital.

As of the October 2020 update you will be able to 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:

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 and 3 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:

  • 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:

GLITCH: the glitch has been fixed so you should be able to start the Downtown Developer 3 Event now!

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 mezzanies with these!

Take a tour of the 3 Story Oak Avenue 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
  • 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.


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120 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.

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