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The Sims 3 Cheats

While the daily-grind, hard work and associated rewards are noble ways to go about building your Sims a happy and fruitful lifestyle, there is no Sanbox mode in The Sims 3 which allows you to simply build a dream house and live a life of leisure and luxury with no constraints. Some of the building tools are also restricting, confined to a grid and not allowing complete control over object placement. EA have generously provided a heap of cheats, some very useful and some merely humorous to ease these potential limitations.

All traditional cheats in the game must be entered via the game's 'console' or command line. To activate it, press CTRL+SHIFT+C together (Vista users may need to do CTRL+SHIFT+WINDOWS+C). You will then see the screen darken and a blue bar appear at the top which you can then type into.

The console to enter cheats into will appear at the top of the screen as a blue bar

Cheats are shown in bold type (You don't need to enter the parenthesis (these things: ' ' ). Where a series of values is given, such as 0-5, only one number between the values should be entered. Cheats are not case-sensitive. Capitals are used for cheats in this guide only to help distinguish between words and make their entry easier.

Note: Some 'cheats' require activation of the game's debug mode, which allows more elaborate and 'game-breaking' cheats. To do this, after triggering the command line, enter 'testingCheatsEnabled true'. To deactivate, use 'testingCheatsEnabled false'. More information on this is given for the cheats that require this command.


There are three cheats to provide more money for your Sims. After pressing CTRL+SHIFT+C:

For 1,000 Simoleons, type: kaching
For 50,000 Simoleons, type: motherlode

The motherlode

For a specific amount of Simoleons, enter TestingCheatsEnabled true (if not already done) and then FamilyFunds followed by the family name, and then the amount of money. For example, you would enter the following where the family name is Martinez:
TestingCheatsEnabled true [Enter]
FamilyFunds Martinez 20000000 [Enter]


Using the familyfunds cheat

Using the familyfunds cheat

The upper limit on money is set at 999,999,999 Simoleons. Plenty to be getting on with.


You can alter the lives of your sims using certain cheats. After activating the console with CTRL+SHIFT+C:

UnlockOutfits on gives your Sims access to all the uniforms and clothing in the game. You can make use of it in Create-a-Sim and through a chest of drawers where you create a new outfit for your Sim. Replace on with off to disable.

Use the dresser to build outfits with your new threads

ResetSim puts your Sim back to a safe location (see video further down).

HideHeadlineEffects on hides the thought and action bubbles above your Sims' heads. Replace on with off to disable.

After entering testingCheatsEnabled true, using the command ageUptoNpc will turn a child in the family into a NPC (non-player character) when it ages up from a toddler to child. This is a good way to keep your family unit the same as when you began the game, and also to keep managing your family as easy as possible. Use SHIFT+Click and 'Add to household' to reverse the effect, adding NPCs to your family unit.

Again with testingCheatsEnabled true entered, you can interact with certain items in the game world to change your Sim's life. To do this, hold SHIFT and click on certain obiects in the game world:

SHIFT+Clicking on the mailbox allows you to:

'Make all happy', increasing the mood bars.
'Make friends for me', doing some automatic socialising.
'Make needs static/dynamic', letting you SHIFT+click and slide your Sim's need bars at will (note that this is somewhat temperamental, keep clicking and it should register).
'Make me know everyone', gives you access to everyone on the map as an acquaintance.
'Force visitor', has you pick from acquaintances to visit your house.
'Force NPC' lets you pick from characters such as Robber, Police, Grim Reaper etc. To visit your lot. You can thus set up amusing scenarios of heists, funerals and pizza deliveries in one place.
'Set Career' lets you pick a job for your Sim. It is also useful to see all of the possible jobs in the game.


Some of the cheats effecting Sims

Some of the cheats effecting Sims available through the testingcheats option

SHIFT+Clicking on your Sim's workplace lets you:

'Force opportunity', activating one of the random events to further your career.
'Force event', initiating a chance to switch careers, and triggering positive and negative events during the working day which can help or hinder your occupation.
'Force all events', as above but all at once!

SHIFT+Clicking on the ground lets you:

'Teleport', moving your Sim anywhere in the map.

Shift+Click the ground to teleport your Sim once play is resumed (if paused)

SHIFT+Clicking on a Sim with testingCheatsEnabled true activated allows different options depending on whether they are part of your household, active, or just a random NPC. For any character in the game you can 'Trigger age transition', levelling them up in the same way a birthday cake does for young Sims. You can also 'Modify traits', effectively changing that Sim's personality.

For the active Sim, i.e. The one currently selected, you can 'Modify traits' by SHIFT+clicking on them and selecting the appropriate option.

The modify traits screen

For Sims who are not part of your household, you can 'Add to household' by SHIFT+clicking on them and selecting the appropriate option.

With testingCheatsEnabled true set, you can use SHIFT+click to move the mood bars on your Sim's Needs screen. This allows you to control their negative needs, such as bladder, hunger and hygiene, and focus on the fun stuff. Set your Sim's needs to the red zone and you can dispose of them at will.

Meddling with your Sim's needs can be destructive

Note: all of the SHIFT+Click cheats require testingCheatsEnabled true to be entered into the CTRL+SHIFT+C console first!

Build/Buy Modes:

Moveobjects on removes the rules usually applied to object placement. Replace on with off to disable.

Constrainfloorelevation false is a fun one, which lets you raise and lower the floor of your house's plot regardless of the house. Use the terrain tools in Build Mode to change the elevation. Some parts of your house may become unusable with fiddling in the wrong place! Replace false with true to disable. Use the 'level terrain' tool, or CTRL+Z to undo extensive meddling.


Constrainfloorelevation Cheat

The possibilities of not constraining floor elevation, and the resetSim command in use.

DisableSnappingToSlotsOnAlt on allows you to place objects at any angle and anywhere in your house, regardless of whether they are on The Sims' grid system or not. You can therefore create geometrically horrific but nonetheless intricately unique designs. Replace on with off to disable.


Many of these are merely shortcuts to avoid visiting the game's options menu. Use CTRL+SHIFT+C to activate the console and then type the following:

Help shows a list of all the game's simple cheats.

JokePlease gives you a random joke from the game's database. Some are funny, others, less so.

EnableLlamas on enables llamas, though no one has yet discovered the significance of this cheat. Replace on with off to disable whatever it is that this does. You get a funny message at least.

FadeObjects on makes objects fade when the camera zooms in near them. Replace on with off to disable.

SlowMotionViz 0-8 activates slow motion. Not very useful. Pick a number from 0 to 8 depending on how slow you want the visuals to be. 8 is the slowest. To turn it off, simply set the number at 0.

Fps on shows the current frames per second that the game is running at in the top right hand corner of the screen. A good tool for technophiles. Replace on with off to disable.

RecordVideo captures the game's video using the specifications you will or will not have set in the options menu. Pressing V also achieves this end.

Speed 0-4 changes the game speed in the same manner as the icons on the user interface. 4 is fastest and 0 is pause.

MapTags off removes the icons in the map view. Replace off with on to get them back.

PlaySounds off mutes the game. Replace off with on to reverse the effect.

FullScreen switches the game from full screen to windowed and vice versa. You can also do this in the options menu.

Quit exits the game. You are still prompted to save.

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