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The Sims FreePlay Guide

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A Look at Cheats and a Warning

Before we get into this I want to point out several things - first and foremost the Unofficial SuperCheats Walkthrough and Guide to EA Games' The Sims: FreePlay does NOT in any way, shape, or form endorse or recommend using Cheats of any sort or type in your game for a number of reasons, and not the least of these being:

1. Almost every cheat that is revealed via YouTube and on the Chat Boards has some sort of destructive potential for your game.

2. Using Cheats in FreePlay can (often DOES) risk getting you banned or corrupting the save of your game.

3. Any time you have to do something like Jailbreak your device, or mess with its basic settings (like Time and Date) you are doing things that are potentially damaging to your data on your device.

4. The Sims: FreePlay is a Freemium Grinder of the City Building variety, which means that the studio that created it and the company who owns its IP obtain their revenue stream via the micro-transactions system (though really some of the packages that they sell are far from micro) and as such -- and in consideration of the very high quality of both the game and its aggressive and extensive update and expansion program -- really deserves our support, not our cheating :)

The town value controls how many Sims are available in the Population Cap...
In Conclusion what we are saying is that Cheats are bad and we do not suggest you do them or approve of them - BUT - being as this is a Walkthrough and Guide to the game, and despite the above four Cheats Rules that we really do subscribe to, it is after all a guide so we are more or less obligated to, at a minimum, cover the more popular of the cheats. Just saying.

Also please note that we did NOT use ANY of the following in the process of the game played for the purposes of creating this WTG, documenting it, and officially and unofficially contributing as a tool to its creation.

When we needed to test a cheat before writing about it, that cheat was tested on a device OTHER than the one we use to create and document this WTG, on a game account that has nothing to do with this WTG. The point to that being that we only verify - this guide and the account used in its creation has never ever not at all or even a little bit EVER benefited from ANY of the following Cheats!

Using any cheat puts your game save or even your game account at risk. Do NOT say we did not warn you!!!

One more matter to discuss - yes, I know that the name of the site is SuperCheats - and our stated position about not using cheats appears on its face to be something of an oxymoron and Catch-22. We do not in any way apologize for that! It is what it is!
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Action-Based Cheats



I. Le Parlez-Vous Fran├žais LP Cheat / Bug
This cheat requires no alterations of files or modification of the device, it simply requires you to change the language for the game...

We are really not sure how and why this works, but we tested it, and basically if you start doing the gardening task then back out, change the language to French, and then go back to gardening and select the Lotus a PMV option, it somehow removes the cost associated with it, which is normally .99 cents.

What that means is that you can play the Life Point Lotus mini-game in the Gardening Plot as often as you like, as much as you like, over and over, and thus bank a huge amount of LP. Well, in theory anyway...

To test and verify this actually works (it did as of 21 May 2014 anyway) we created a brand new account on an iPhone 4 and then ran that account through the rather lengthy tutorial phase...

At the end of the Tutorial Phase for the new game we had a brand new and pristine town with the following Stats:

  • x4 Sims (x2 Male & x2 Female + x1 Dog)
  • x4 Houses
  • x1 Workplace (Fire Station)
  • x1 Business (Grocers Store)
  • x 11 LP
  • $31,755 Town Value


The thing is we would not be surprised if EA/Firemonkey doesn't already have a way to detect that sort of thing and deal with it. So like most cheats, this one is a coin-toss as to whether you will actually get away with it.

Personally although we verified that it does work, we do not recommend it.

While money seems to be a problem, in reality there are lots of ways to obtain it in the game!
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Jailbreak-Required Cheats


There are a number of cheats that can only be performed on systems of the Apple type that have been subjected to a procedure that is called "Jail Breaking" and that, in effect, causes the lock that has been placed upon the system to prevent altering the codes that approve your service carrier - which while it allows the owner of the device to take the device to another service provider ALSO has the effect of giving access to previously restricted bits of the device.

Specifically among those no longer blocked bits is the ability to set the connectivity route, and to edit files that are located within hidden directories.

LEGAL NOTICE: We do not recommend or endorse the use of ANY action on your device that requires it to be subjected to the procedure known as jail-breaking. The reason for this is that depending upon where you are located in the world - AND where your service provider for the device is located - the act of doing the whole jail-breaking thingy ranges from perfectly legal to a serious data crime (as in felony type crime that can get you thrown in prison or worse).

Understand, if you are in some parts of the Middle East hacking your phone can expose you to serious penalties up to and including lashes (being whipped with a rawhide whip or a cane that can and often does cause your skin to be flayed off, lots of bad bleeding, gives you scars, is very painful and potentially fatal, and in some cases may result in the loss of limbs) on the severe side, or decades in prison on the light (as in hardly any punishment at all) side.

In Western countries you may find yourself serving a prison sentence, heavily fined, or both. What is worse, telling you how to DO those hacks and cheats could, depending on where you live, cause US to be exposed to civil and/or criminal liability so you see, in terms of providing you with detailed instructions for this type of cheat, well, Not Gonna Do It!

So at least with respect to this particular type of hack/cheat you will have to be satisfied with a general and as vague as we can manage description. Sorry mates, but that is the way the large hooded executioner giggles.

I. Redirected Server Hack
Certain nefarious individuals have put up their own custom FreePlay servers on the Internet. An iOS device that has been jail-broken can have its routing file for the game altered to make use of these nefarious and illegal servers, which in turn (and depending on the "theme" or action-goal of the specific server) provide the player with access to much of the premium content at reduced in-game currency cost or no in-game currency cost.

These span a number of functions, including for example Boosted-XP Servers, Boosted SP and LP Servers, Special "Shopping Mall Servers" and a number of other functional hacks.

Special care should be taken when doing this sort of cheating because -- shocker! -- some of these so-called free services are set up by crackers who, in addition to helping you cheat in your game, at the same time copy data from your device to their server including (but not limited to) any payment data (think credit card info) stored on your device, your email contacts, and personal information.

They then use that data to empty your bank accounts, steal your identity, or even worse, download photos of fat girls riding clowns riding mini-bikes and then CC copies to all of the people you know thus outing you as a fat-girl-clown-mini-bike fetishist. Dood, this is not a pretty picture!

II. Spoofed (Local) Server Hack
This type of hack/cheat requires you to run a program on your PC with your iOS and/or Android device connected to the PC via the standard USB cable that comes with it.

Using the special program your PC poses as the official game server, and alters the rewards parameters so that you can increase the number of SP, LP, and money you receive in the game for actions and tasks.

III. Invisible File Editing
Certain of the configuration and save files for the game as well as the innards of the OS and other apps on your iOS device are concealed in what are euphemistically known as "invisible directory trees" but are, in reality, simply directories you are not supposed to be able to see or access.

When an iOS device has been successfully jail-broken, the user magically has unrestricted access to those directories and files, and can actually edit them, which is the heart of this hack/cheat.

Using specially written tools on an app-by-app basis it is therefore possible to edit the game files and cause your game to have more money / XP / LP / SP and other items pretty much as you like.

In addition to destroying the whole work to rewards nature of the game, this sort of cheat/hack violates any number of legal agreements you made spanning your service contract, ownership of the device, and the licenses for using the different apps (including games) that you agreed to by installing and playing them.


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Time-Skip Cheat Warning




!! The Warning Section of the Cheat Section !!

I. The Time-Skipping Cheat
This very widely posted and very highly destructive cheat involves having your Sims start a potentially profitable action / task, then setting your system clock ahead by X number of hours, days, or etc. so that the Task / Action is now completed, then collecting the gains and rewards, and rinsing and repeating.

This cheat and/or bug has been fixed on some platforms and game versions but not on others. We strongly recommend that you NOT use it. In fact we strongly recommend that you avoid ANY cheat that requires you to alter the system time, because doing that can have completely unpredictable effects on both your game and game account.

What this does is basically fix the date/time for the action you took to the future point in time, so if you then restore the correct time you can find that you have anything from hundreds to even thousands of hours to wait before you can do that activity again.

This particularly applies to the Mailbox cash award, the Party Boat, and the Competition Center, but can impact other activities as well.

Capping your Sim's Career should be Priority One.
The Official Word from Origin / EA Games
On the official Sims FreePlay forms on EA's game site they address the issue of Time Skip Cheating in several ways. First off, they define it and explain exactly what the outcome is when you use this method to cheat, pointing out the following known impact issues that it causes:

  • Buildings taking significantly longer times to complete.
  • Sims and babies taking significantly longer times to arrive.
  • Sims no longer attempting to attend work.
  • No longer receiving your daily mailbox reward.
  • Daily Party Boat gifts taking significantly longer to arrive.
  • No longer having access to timed events or special limited edition awards, including that of future updates.
  • Connecting to the Cloud can be disabled as a result.
  • Connecting to the Online Store can be disabled as a result.
  • Connecting to the Party Boat can be disabled as a result.
  • Accessing your Leader-board can be disabled as a result.
  • Accessing the various gifts can be disabled as a result.

In addition to defining the various issues as noted above, they also go out of their way to explain to you that using this cheat actually breaks the game, and corrupts the game save files, so even though the cheat appears to work on the face of it, ultimately the action on your part damages the game save file in a way that simply cannot be fixed:

"Manually changing the time and date settings may skip time-based events completely and cause other issues in your game with features including the party boat, daily rewards and careers.

Unfortunately we are not able to correct or assist you with this problem as it will irreparably damage your save file, so the only way to fix issues that have been caused by this is to re-install your game and begin a new one.

Backing-up and restoring your save data after re-installing the game will only restore your already damaged save file."

Now bearing in mind that this information is coming from one of the two studio development teams that is integral in the creation and expansion of the game (Electronic Arts and Firemonkey), the prior being an International game development studio and the latter of which also happens to be an Australian game studio - and you can always count on Aussie Coders to give you the true word mates, and I am not saying that because I am Australian - OK yes I am but still...

The path to unlocking each new level is often delayed due to corruption from the Time Skip cheat.
Obviously this can become way out of control if you do it a lot, but having said that, there is a possibility that if you only did it a few times it may be possible to at least partly fix by simply waiting out the timer...

If you find that you have massive amounts of time to wait for your next event, the following fix (which has been posted to the FreePlay chat boards on SuperCheats by several different gamer/members) MIGHT work to partly fix it. Maybe... No promises...

It appears to depend on just how messed up the clock and calendar are in your game. But you can try it...

Time Cheat Fix

Step 1:Close the Sims FreePlay. Step 2:Change the date on your device to a future past the current block point. Step 3:Open the Sims FreePlay. Step 4:Click on the Competition Center. Step 5:DO NOT close the game - switch to the config to set the time to automatic. Step 6:Now go back to the game and chose the event you chose. Step 7:Cancel the event, close and reload, and the time MAY go back to normal.

If that does not work, then it does not work for you. It all depends on how messed up the game has become - but if the fix does not work your only option may be to restart - which is a good reason not to cheat.

Another point you should be aware of - even IF this action works, the game may still be partly messed up.

Players I have spoken to about this problem report that while the fix solved the clock issue, their Competition Center no longer functioned properly, not tracking skill levels for competition and sometimes not working for specific Sims while working for others.

Not for nothing - and nodding to the fact that our name is SuperCheats - I would point out that there is more than one way to cheat - and in the case of The Sims FreePlay it makes a lot of sense to cheat by playing the system rather than outright messing with it.

The Code Wizards at Firemonkey go on to say:

"To minimize the chances of experiencing these problems, we recommend using your device's automatic time and date settings, as this will compensate for time differences in your game even while traveling."

Just saying.Caveat Emptor and all that.






 

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    Guest PosterGuest
    Added 21st Dec 2014, ID #488015

     
    Because of the time cheat i used, I do not get my daily awards anymore. My Partyboat, Competition Center seems to work fine, but my Bingo hall wont update it's stuck in a time:384856 hrs 10 sec. How do I get the game to go back to normal? Please help I do not want to reset my GAME!! :(

    Guest PosterGuest
    Added 26th Nov 2014, ID #476863

     
    I tryed the cheats and some of them worked, some didn't.

    Guest PosterGuest
    Added 15th Aug 2014, ID #437207

     
    Does this cheat still work?

    Guest PosterGuest
    Added 20th Jul 2014, ID #421976

     
    Where is the promotions r us located in the game

    Guest PosterGuest
    Added 17th Jul 2014, ID #420182

     
    I really only read about the stuff that can happen if I use cheats. Can anybody direct me to, say, cheats?

    Guest PosterGuest
    Added 4th Jul 2014, ID #411765

     
    Hey I got no information on how I cheat but thanks anyway

    Guest PosterGuest
    Added 3rd Jul 2014, ID #411333

     
    If you forward the time on your game 12 hours once and it bugs, that is easy to fix, just set it to the correct time and then let the timers run down. It should just cost you that extra 12 hours.

    CMBF
    Added 2nd Jun 2014, ID #392584

     
    You get 100K by playing - and saving it up. It really is that simple.

    CMBF
    Added 2nd Jun 2014, ID #392582

     
    What if you only go foward by less than 12 hours ONCE?

    Guest PosterGuest
    Added 5th May 2014, ID #381743

     
    I start the game then put a fake proxy redirecting my own ip back through my phones up with a specific port number. Then you can save the game exit. Move time forwards or backwards the re open the game and your good the go. Only side affect is timed weekly events cannot be achieved.

    Guest PosterGuest
    Added 19th Mar 2014, ID #365934

     
    So if you realize you messed up by cheating the game you may have one chance to fix it, do you remember how far back in time you would go well if you go past that time it may reset it back to normal I went back to 1970 and it worked. Done with that cheat!

    Kspizzat
    Added 7th Feb 2014, ID #352749

     
    What do u mean by "change the date on your device to a future past current block point"?

    Guest PosterGuest
    Added 31st Jan 2014, ID #350295

     
    I used it many times it worked and my game still works perfectly! And now sadly time cheat does not work![color=purple][/color] [spoiler][/spoiler]

    Guest PosterGuest
    Added 18th Oct 2013, ID #315203

     
    To get a sim to go to work you tap the location (if it's not locked ) you choose the sim an BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!

    Guest PosterGuest
    Added 3rd Oct 2013, ID #312405

     
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