The Sims FreePlay Guide

The Sims FreePlay Walkthrough and Guide

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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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How do you make two sims become partners for SimsFreeplay? I searched on google , "How do you make sims live together" but it said clearly "You can make sims live together if they are partners." I need to know plzz.

Added 25th Nov 2015, ID #628470

How can you mAke a baby a toddler I know that u have to complete the quest but I'm on level 14 and I still haven't gotten the quest??? I really want her to grow up.

Added 24th Nov 2015, ID #628124

Can you add one extra sim if you move ino a beach house cause I have 4 sims in. Regular house but I'm wondering if you move them all to a beach house can you add one extra sim??

Added 24th Nov 2015, ID #628120

How can i earn simoleons??

Added 23rd Nov 2015, ID #627681

I am unable to play my sims freeplay on my iPad mini ever since I updated its going on 3 weeks now I've tried going to setting and change the date and time but that doesn't help it freezes up every time I tried to get in to play..any suggestion would truly appreciate it...ty

Added 16th Nov 2015, ID #625858

I'm stuck on the quest that needs a neighbour with a fire hydrant. If anyone has a fire hydrant please add me: rebeccaa1176

Added 15th Nov 2015, ID #625404

How do you have sex on sims Freeplay.

Added 14th Nov 2015, ID #625191

You have to get two sums to start dating first, then the option of woohoo will come up

Added 15th Nov 2015, ID #625398

How do you make a sim on Sims Freeplay quit it's job.
On all the other sites and guides are lies.😩👎🏻

Added 14th Nov 2015, ID #625189

Click the folder option on the middle left of your screen while in a house. Then you get the four options above the top, click the suitcase, then find the sim who you want to click it's job. Next to the sims name there will be two symbols, one will show a picture of what their job will be (e.g a fire hydrant) then underneath will be a suitcase that will let you know when you need to send the sim to work. You will need to click the picture. Then it will bring up another menu, you should see 'quit job' in a big red sugn next to the sim. Hope this is explained well enough for you to understand

Added 15th Nov 2015, ID #625395

On the pirate quest it says find the pirate any where I can't find the pirate

Added 24th Oct 2015, ID #619279

How do you have to sims live in the same house together

Added 8th Oct 2015, ID #614861

Once they are best friends you can ask them to move in.

Added 24th Nov 2015, ID #628121

They have to be married

Added 12th Nov 2015, ID #624694

They don't have to be married I asked someone to move in and they were my sims best friend and they did so I don't think you have to be married.

Added 24th Nov 2015, ID #628122

How do I practice painting in a neibors world?!?!

Added 6th Oct 2015, ID #614391

You have to go to the world button and find a person's town with an paint canvas and easel.

Added 7th Nov 2015, ID #623205

How do you get your sims to cuddle on the couch ?

Added 11th Sep 2015, ID #607359

How do you earn LP

Added 3rd Sep 2015, ID #605073

If you click on your active tasks, there will be an option on the top left of your screen to earn free xp, lp, sp and coins. All you have to do is watch a video roughly 30 seconds long. No sign ups required. Although you do not get to chose what you earn from watching so you'll have to keep watching till you get to the lp prize. After a few video's there won't be any more available, so you'll have to wait a while before you can watch again. Hope this helps you😊

Added 15th Nov 2015, ID #625400

i know I'm on the Halloween quest and I need more lp

Added 24th Oct 2015, ID #619324

Finish quests, watch ads, or do offers
Ads: Go to Tasks and in the top left corner there's a button there. If it disappears then it means there's no more ads for you.

Offers: In the Shop, the bottom button that says "Earn free LP!"

Added 16th Sep 2015, ID #608979

My infant is crawling & I don't know how to put him to sleep ? Helppp !?

Added 30th Aug 2015, ID #603878

I can't find a telescope in any sims house in any other town help

Added 17th Aug 2015, ID #599427

Go to the store near the Pet Store and Park, tap on it and look through the items

Added 16th Sep 2015, ID #608980

Have u figured this out bc I'm stuck too?

Added 20th Aug 2015, ID #600493

How do I get a sim to play a play list for another sim?

Added 16th Aug 2015, ID #598752

How do you make a sim cry? :'(

Added 9th Aug 2015, ID #595701

I have no problems I just can't pass lvl 12

Added 3rd Aug 2015, ID #593456

How do you hire a nanny

Added 29th Jul 2015, ID #590762

She should be in the park its a quest you have to do and if not my on of your sims a nanny and have them stay with the kid and when the parents get home they can go to there work after

Added 30th Jul 2015, ID #591415

How do I get stairs

Added 28th Jul 2015, ID #590567

Complete the renovations quest unlocked after level 20:-(

Added 15th Oct 2015, ID #616810

How do u complete love is in the air quests!!!!!!

Added 20th Jul 2015, ID #586783

How do you complete the love is in the air quest on sims free play???????

Added 14th Jul 2015, ID #584214


Added 1st Jul 2015, ID #578432

You don't

Added 22nd Aug 2015, ID #601055

Complete the lovers quest

Added 3rd Jul 2015, ID #579299

How do I complete that because it doesn't work

Added 6th Jul 2015, ID #580547

I cant send my sims to work anymore, the option is no longer availabla as in the past.

Added 28th Jun 2015, ID #576671

How do u do quests on the sims free play? Please HELP

Added 18th Jun 2015, ID #571986

It comes up in the tasks list and it will tell you which quest you are doing.

Added 23rd Jul 2015, ID #588495

easy is it well some

Added 5th Nov 2015, ID #622611

Help how do I find the villa to thank the dancers again

Added 17th Jun 2015, ID #571762

Go to the park and there should be a red car

Added 11th Nov 2015, ID #624227

You have to get a taxi from the park

Added 6th Jul 2015, ID #580579

One of the task i have to accomplish is to play sea shanty on piano at the community piano at the community center

Added 17th Jun 2015, ID #571568

The piano is on the restaurant not the community centre hope this helps

Added 6th Jul 2015, ID #580578

Need some neighbor in the game plz add me in Facebook " Yasmeen AlMehaiteeb "

Added 14th Jun 2015, ID #570087

How do I call a sim over to another house?

Added 25th May 2015, ID #561071

Go to the Sim Finder and tap the whistle button to invite them over.

Added 16th Sep 2015, ID #608981

Scroll the little picture of two people up then press the whistle

Added 7th Jul 2015, ID #581127

You buy a phone, and you press call a friend. It worked for me.

Added 2nd Jul 2015, ID #578723

Tap the sim tracker and tap the wistle on the person u want to come to the location their at however if they are busy they can not come

1 go to the place you want a sim to go

2open up the sim tracker on the left

3 find the sim you want to come to desired place

4 click the wistle under the person you want to come
however if there is no wistle the sim is either already there or busy

Added 12th Jun 2015, ID #569206

How do you buy a kitchen bench and were do you find it

Added 12th May 2015, ID #555368

How to gets loads of simoleons and lp

Added 10th May 2015, ID #554414

By completing quests. Planting things is also a good option. But there is also the option of watching ads. If you click on your active tasks, on the top left of your screen should be a button, you press that and watch video's. They are about 30 seconds long roughly. You can earn lp, sp, xp and coins from doing this. After a few videos the option will disappear, wait a while and the option will become availabe again

Added 15th Nov 2015, ID #625403

How do you have a snowball fight

Added 4th May 2015, ID #551691

How do I get lots of simoleons and lp? Sorry but i reallly want to build the sunset mall and the castle!!

Added 9th Apr 2015, ID #540049

Hey I had a baby but none of its parents will feed and take care of it

Added 3rd Apr 2015, ID #537387

You don't need a parent to take care of it, any sim will do. Keep the selection on the baby, select another sim for interaction, and you should see options like 'be fed', 'cuddle', etc pop up

Added 10th May 2015, ID #554211

I have a baby and none of my sims will feed it or do anything with it...what do I do??

Added 9th Jun 2015, ID #567891

Your sims won't do anything by themselves, they don't know how. You have to help them. Select the baby, then select another sim for interaction, and options like "be fed", "be cuddled", etc should pop up.

Added 25th Jun 2015, ID #575405

How to I pass best friends to get to love is in the air quest

Added 3rd Apr 2015, ID #537160

You have to be on level 7 for that qeust

Added 6th Jul 2015, ID #580629

How do I complete the jester quest?

Added 2nd Apr 2015, ID #536497

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

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

Added 23rd Jan 2015, ID #505928

Yes there is a way you have to look for a fire hydrant just depends whether you have any neighbours that have bought one

Added 6th Jul 2015, ID #580583

Firefighting is a job. I think you can only go to work in your own town. There is no way to "practice" it, you just "go to work"

Added 25th Jun 2015, ID #575411

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

I put toddler at a house w/ the adult that I was making quiche with(her parents were at work) tapped on garden patch and mud pie is the only choice. Good luck!

Added 4th May 2015, ID #551666

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

Maybe you need a more expensive ring. If you use a cheap one, the sim won't be impressed. The more expensive the ring, the more likely they'll say yes.

Added 25th Jun 2015, ID #575412

How do I Make my sims speak English?

Added 23rd Dec 2014, ID #488765

You can't they speak there own language

Added 6th Jul 2015, ID #580631

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

Get 1 sim to watch the get the second one to join in

Added 4th May 2015, ID #551622

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