What it 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.
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 Leaderboard 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 (Firemonkey), 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 tomer 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 threat of thought out there that if you only did it a few times it may be possible to at least partly fix...
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.
I know that the name of the site is SuperCheats - but you should be aware that using the time-skip tactic in this game (setting the clock date forward after starting a long task) can really mess up your game.