The Sims FreePlay Guide

The Sims FreePlay Walkthrough and Guide by CMBF  

The Sims FreePlay Walkthrough

The Sims FreePlay Unofficial Guide by Chris Boots-Faubert for


You are reading the most comprehensive guide to the mobile app The Sims FreePlay that is available online (at the time of writing), representing well over 200 hours of game play and counting, and encompassing the careful analysis and application of its variety of game play options, providing a comprehensive guide to play that continues to grow in both depth and quality as the game expands and a deeper understanding of its nuances through play is obtained.

While this guide started out as a brief overview based upon the first hundred hours of play -- a process that underscores the significant differences between The Sims: FreePlay and all of the other games that are part of The Sims empire due to its reliance on a real-time-clock and the inability of players to "speed-up" time, an option that is available in all of the other series and versions of The Sims but is not available in this version -- gamers can consider the information and guidance contained herein to be both hard-won and worthwhile!

As befits the rather simplistic nature of the game, despite the fact that this guide is packed with information that you will find useful as you embark upon building the 16 simulated lives that are under your control in this sandbox-style God game, it will also provide you with the special insight that is absolutely necessary due to the nature of this game -- and in so doing presents (and encourages) the sort of well-founded guidance towards developing patience and self-discipline that is required to progress in the game without spending real-world money in the process.  That alone makes this an invaluable source of information for most players, but especially those who desire the pleasure of progress within the game world without having to pay for it...   

Before you jump right in, I strongly urge you to read this entire guide, from start to finish, because there are pitfalls in this game as well as tips and tricks that will make your life in it ever so much easier (and cheaper) if you know about them.  

-- The Slow Process of Adding Details and the facts behind "TBA" --

Due to the lengthy nature of the play process, which is very time-intensive and time-relative, you will notice that there are some bits of the game that are marked with the tag "TBA" -- this stands for "To Be Added" and represents information that, at publication time, was simply not available due to the fact that we have not yet arrived at the point in which we have completed the related action, activities, or builds that will provide that information.  

We ask that you bear with us with respect to patience for that information to be provided; at no point in the play process as we researched and prepared this guide did we choose the expedient option of purchasing either Simoleons (money) or Life Points, because this is a guide that is intended to provide you, the gamer, with the information and strategies that you need to do precisely the same thing: play the game and not spend real-world money!

-- A Long and Arduous Journey --

We have been playing The Sims series since it first was published (the team behind the game play that has gone into creating this guide is just that, a team effort involving the author and his family who have worked together to share the play schedule in order to complete the processes efficiently), and we started playing Little Computer People back in the bad old days when our PC was made by Atari -- and then moved on to Sim City until, finally, The Sims appeared and it got more interesting.  With all that in mind we thought that we should begin with a brief look at the history of simulated people gaming...

The Sims is an incredibly successful game franchise that was created by game designer Will Wright, whose previous ventures into the world of computer simulation gaming includes the also very popular Sim City series -- but it was The Sims that caught the imagination of gamers and that has logged an incalculable number of game hours over the past 12 years, running through three series versions (The Sims 3 is currently the most recent revision), with each new version adding to the reality presented to gamers.

Each new version of the series adds something new to the world of The Sims -- the first series began with the base game, The Sims, and then added the expansion packs The Sims: Livin' Large, The Sims: House Party, The Sims: Hot Date, The Sims: Vacation, The Sims: Unleashed, The Sims: Superstar, The Sims: Makin' Magic creating an epic game play experience that most gamers thought would be a challenge to top.

The release of The Sims 2 was met with frank and open confusion -- players who already owned the full set of the original series wondered why they would want to pay for what amounted to a new base game that supported none of the expansions previously purchased -- it was like stepping backwards in the series...  But the pre-release videos and PR information made it clear why they would want to make the change to The Sims 2 -- as some of the expanded content from the first series was now part of the new series and, perhaps more important, the graphical environment and the experience of playing your Sims was exponentially better.

The Sims 2 Expanded the Graphical Capability

Among the significant differences was the fact that the Sims were now rendered in 3D, and supported fully customizable facial features, widely expanded animations, and now had a well-defined life-span that factored into game play with great significance.  Collections were added to the game and other small and seemingly disconnected elements that together changed the game experience for most players.  Careers were expanded and more interesting, and the building system of the game was also widely expanded.  Gamer participation in creating objects was a feature and it worked well!

Following the release of The Sims 2 base game the anticipated expansion packs released at a regular pace, adding The Sims 2 University, The Sims 2 Nightlife, The Sims 2 Open for Business, The Sims 2 Pets, The Sims 2 Seasons, The Sims 2 Bon Voyage, The Sims 2 Free Time, and The Sims 2 Apartment Life which was, taken together, simply amazing content creating a huge and complex game world in which it felt impossible to do everything, and to experience everything that the games had to offer -- but that was not the end of it all.

In addition to the to-be-expected Expansion Packs, EA also presented gamers with a new content pack, called Stuff Packs, whose function was to add new items to the game (usually in groups of around 60) that gamers could use to further customize and make their world unique.  The Stuff Packs released for The Sims 2 included the Holiday Party Pack, Family Fun Stuff, Glamour Life Stuff, Happy Holiday Stuff, Celebration! Stuff, H&M Fashion Stuff, Teen Style Stuff, Kitchen & Bath Interior Design Stuff, IKEA Home Stuff, and the Mansion & Garden Stuff, offering gamers with an incredible variety of.. Well... Stuff!

When The Sims 3 was finally launched gamers were anticipating a major improvement to their Sim Lives -- and they got it.  The June 2009 release for Windows PC and Mac OSX was followed by the release of versions for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, Android, Nintendo DS, and Wii, offering gamers a newly updated graphical world in which what your Sims do outside their homes actually matters as much as what they do inside their homes.   The game world was tweaked in several ways, with the most obvious being the replacement of the previous goal-based system with the new Wish-based one.  An expansion of the skills and career tree top-off the new game play model, and the series of expansions that quickly followed the release of the base game, World Adventures, Ambitions, Late Night, Generations, Pets, and Showtime quickly expand play to exceed that of the previous generation.

Little Computer People Influence

-- Little Computer People? --

Before we move on to The Sims FreePlay we need to jump into the Wayback machine and take a quick look at the game that most veteran gamers believe served as inspiration for The Sims series: Little Computer People.

Developer and published by Activision, and designed by David Crane and Rich Gold, Little Computer People -- also called House-on-a-Disk -- was a life simulation game/god game released in 1985 for the Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, and ZX Spectrum, with a version for Amiga following in 1987.   

Each copy of the game generates its own unique character -- so no two copies play exactly the same -- and this little person who lived in your computer would move into the three-story house which appeared as a cut-away on the screen, doing everyday things like walking around, eating, sleeping, reading the paper, and playing games with the gamer, who can interact with the little computer person in a number of ways.  Every now and then the little person living in your computer will write you a letter telling you how they feel, adding to the interactivity in the game.

While nobody is saying that The Sims are based upon Little Computer People, and the two games are very different in their approach and their style of play, Will Wright himself has said that he played Little Computer People prior to creating The Sims, and even received what he considered valuable feedback on The Sims from its lead designer, Rich Gold -- so any serious Sim fan will want to take a look at this game just for the fun of it!  

The process of creating this guide turned out to be a mixture of persistence, patience, self-discipline, and the acknowledgment that creating a useful guide for you, the gamer, was our most powerful motivation.  We are committed to staying the course as the game expands and is refined by the studio, so that you have a constantly updated and useful source of game play information, tips, tricks, and perhaps more important than that, a go-to source for answers to the questions that will invariably crop up as you discover the joy of playing God in this newest mobile incarnation of The Sims.

Now that we have come full-circle, it is time to take  a look at The Sims FreePlay...


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Please tell me how to get royals update on sims freeplay. I am playing on a Kindle. Can't find castle anywhere .

Added 22nd Mar 2015, ID #531669

How do you get the pearl looking thing that you need to give to the Pirates ship ?

Added 9th Mar 2015, ID #526509

how do I start quests

Added 19th Feb 2015, ID #518325

I have a cheat to get every sims inspired.Delete the game.Then reinstall the game.Make sure you have the Cloud.Go in the game with the Cloud.Oooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!All of your sims has inspired.

Added 12th Feb 2015, ID #515183

please answer this:I am on lv15 and want to build a pool.HOW CAN I DO THAT???

Added 23rd Jan 2015, ID #505994

How do I practice firefighting in another sims town???

Added 23rd Jan 2015, ID #505928

How to I get frontier titles?

Added 21st Jan 2015, ID #504799

I'm stuck at restaurant.....pls help me....which garden I supposed to sent my toddler to make mud pie?

Added 16th Jan 2015, ID #502265

How do I practice painting in another sims town

Added 10th Jan 2015, ID #499008

My sims won't get married

Added 30th Dec 2014, ID #493165

How do I Make my sims speak English?

Added 23rd Dec 2014, ID #488765

How do you reach the accident level of "Hot mess?" And "thinking man"?

Added 21st Dec 2014, ID #487736

How do I get 2 sims to watch a movie together

Added 16th Dec 2014, ID #485578

To have children - you need to have two sims in a relationship so close that they could marry and move in together. At that point, and assuming your house is big enough for a third Sim, purchase a Crib from the in-game store - Cribs are found under them path: STORE > FURNITURE > INFANT > (Colour) Crib.

They cost $6K for a White Crib (the plain one), and then different amounts of LP for the fancier colours.

Once you have the Crib placed in yoru Sim home, tap it to initiate having the Stork deliver a baby.

Added 16th Dec 2014, ID #485395

How do I get my Sims to have children

Added 14th Dec 2014, ID #484667

How do you get an alien negotiate with plant

Added 11th Dec 2014, ID #483334

The nappie has to cycle on its own.

Added 3rd Nov 2014, ID #466765

Yes to girls can get married

Added 29th Oct 2014, ID #464574

How do you fix the babies toilet stat? You change it diaper and it only adjusts the cleaning one

Added 18th Oct 2014, ID #459872

My sister has an android and I have an ipad, I can find her on my party boat but she can't find me. How can we fix this?

Added 17th Oct 2014, ID #459567

how do i build a second flr on sims freeplay

Added 3rd Oct 2014, ID #454417

Pudding is made from using the kitchen mate. Use the cooking menu on the stove?

Added 30th Sep 2014, ID #453262

How do I get my teen to make chocolate pudding?

Added 17th Sep 2014, ID #448789

Practice Speech

Pretty sure this is actually done using the Podium not the mirror...

As for how to manage it your best bet is to go to the chat forums on SC and look for a gamer who is offering friend status who says that they have courtesy house(s) in their town, since those by intention have all of the objects needed for doing the social tasks.

Added 16th Sep 2014, ID #448583

Re-Activate Old Quests?

No, sorry, it is not. You can still do the quests that are part of the story mode (campaign) in the game, but the event-based quests are only present during the events and there is no way - short of them re-doing the events - go get them back.

But thank you for your service mate!

Added 16th Sep 2014, ID #448582


This is part of a specific quest involving the computers in the game, and it is a site like Facebook but for Sims.

Added 16th Sep 2014, ID #448579

The Beach

This is found on Mystery Island - so you need to have completed the bridge to actually have access to it. In addition to that, you will have needed to have completed the Life Dreams and Legacies Expansion Content Missions and Quests, learned the Orb System, and actually BUILT the Beach.

As this introduces death to the game, it is not for the faint of heart...

Added 16th Sep 2014, ID #448577

Nirvana in the park is attained by taking your Sim to the town park then tapping your Sim and selecting the "Reach Nirvana" Task from their task menu (that is a 12h Task).

Added 16th Sep 2014, ID #448575

How do i get my sins to the beach

Added 16th Sep 2014, ID #448500

What is the Simsbook?

Added 16th Sep 2014, ID #448453

Is it possible. To re activate old quests? I have been out to sea and missed all the good ones!

Added 13th Sep 2014, ID #447342

What is the nirvana in a park!!!! I have a goal to reach it but I don't know what it is. WHAT DO I DO????????

Added 10th Sep 2014, ID #446476

Best place to ring gold?

Added 8th Sep 2014, ID #445767

You have to build the beach first - which means advancing the game to complete the Life Dreams Quest, obtaining the Sporty Orb and building the beach. It is located on Mystery Island.

Added 1st Sep 2014, ID #443234

How do I get my SIM to the beach and be a life guard?

Added 29th Aug 2014, ID #441922

How do you make 4 sims hibrinate at the same time ? Does it have to be all in the same house?

Added 2nd Aug 2014, ID #429770

How do I practice giving a speech if no neighbors have a mirror

Added 8th Jul 2014, ID #414377

How do I get a new LP cheat :/

Added 2nd Jul 2014, ID #410380

How can my sim make impressions of people she sees on TV? It is her life goal, and I can't figure it out.

Added 1st Jul 2014, ID #410286

Where is the train set located? I can't find it to buy or on any areas of the map.

Added 1st Jul 2014, ID #410281

Where is Promotions R Us? If you have to build it, how?[color=pink][/color]

Added 26th Jun 2014, ID #406854

I have a new houseboat. Can my sim drive it?

Added 9th Jun 2014, ID #396821

Where is the epic sci fi trilogy?

Added 23rd May 2014, ID #387492

Where is the design studio?

Added 6th May 2014, ID #381989

All you need to do is

Added 13th Mar 2014, ID #363869

how do I go back and age a sim to be a senior im already in level 33 and it says it was to be done in level 21, I was able to build the bingo parlor but am not able to use it until someone ages to a senior

Added 4th Feb 2014, ID #351648

I can answer all of your questions!!!!!! To get money you can do a lot of things like doing the simoleon sprout, sending sims to work along with sending preteens to school, and baking. Remember, you also have the daily mail come every day!! Also, your toddlers can't go in the shower. in order to fill their needs for the soap icon, you have to buy a bath. To put out a fire in the oven, you have to bake a certain food that has the fire icon next to it. After you have baked it, it, you tap on the food, and it will roll a thing where you either land on the fire or no fire. if you land on the fire,, tap on the fire on the oven and your sim will put it out. Any other questions, I am really good at sims so just ask!!

Added 5th Jan 2014, ID #339704

If u want change someone's clothes you have to tap the wardrobe and tap browse clothes. It will let you change the clothes if you tap on the outfit you want

Added 3rd Jan 2014, ID #338598

How to talk to a tree on a housing lot?

Added 28th Dec 2013, ID #335485

How do you talk to a housing lot tree?

Added 11th Dec 2013, ID #328022

How can you speculate with sims between 9am and 12pm? And in a neighbours town, how can you make a Weird Ornament?

Added 2nd Dec 2013, ID #324473

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