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Negative Status Notifications

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The use of symbols in The Sims: FreePlay is so widespread, and the symbols being used seem to be so obvious that it is a wonder that anyone could be confused by them, and yet just such circumstance appears to be so!

One issue that tends to exacerbate the matter is the fact that the Sim who you are attempting to perform an action for can sometimes be off-screen so you cannot see the resulting picto-notice and so all that you have to go by is hearing the negative sound notice but, as you did nto see the picto-notice, you don't know WHY there is a negative notice!

Among the number of picto-notices that can appear in the game, the two most common are the following:

BLUE FOOTPRINT BUBBLE: This is the Symbol to indicate no route or access is present.

Nine times out of ten when you get this symbol it means that the object you are trying to access or use is facing in the wrong direction - that is to say the object (let's say it is a record player) has been placed so that the controls are actually facing the wall (an easy mistake to make with some devices) so your Sim has no access to the controls.

The Horse-focused collections are one of the greatest shaped planned impediments to forward progress so far encountered! But then again the prize for getting through that is a Unicorn, and how cool is that?!

The 10th time out of 10 what has happened is another object is blocking access to the device or object, even though it does not appear to be doing so. The simple fix for this situation is to adjust the location of the object or move the Objects around it.

RED CIRCLE AND LINE: This is the International Symbol for Negative and NO.

When a red circle and diagonal line through it appear on a sign you know that this means you cannot do whatever the sign is. So for example when you see the Blue "P" symbol, which is the international symbol for Parking - and it has a red-circle-and-line that clearly means that there is No Parking in that spot.

In the case of The Sims: FreePlay this symbol, when it pops up in a thought-balloon over your Sim head, it means that your Sim cannot complete the action that you just attempted.

So for example if you tried to have your Sim move to a specific location and you get that symbol and the negative sound effect, it means that the Sim has not route to that location, so you need to check the route.

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    ID #781939
    Feb 17th 2016 Guest
    Sent a a request from Tone Stewart on FB and Uptown Tone on Gamecenter 2/17/16. Thanks a million!
    ID #636112
    Jun 22nd 2015 Guest
    What does it mean to have a red circle with a line through it in sims freeplay?
    ID #574040
    May 22nd 2015 Guest
    Just experienced the red heart with the x she putting my Sim to bed. Usually associated with a non-partner Sim in the bed. On mines it was the date on the bed though :-D
    ID #559517
    May 10th 2015 Guest
    But what does a red heart with sn x in the middle mean?
    ID #554600
    Nov 24th 2014 CMBF
    Those are on the cooking side of the game and we are not quite there yet, as we are completing all of the quest and mission action that can be done before the aging is added to the game - there is a lot of it! Hope to be caught up to you soon!
    ID #475887
    Nov 16th 2014 Guest
    I try to cook something and it won't let me because of the symbol with a blueish circle and a blueish bigger circle, it is cook cheese and tomato on toast on bread winnner quest
    ID #472564
    Nov 7th 2014 Guest
    A red flame over a food means that if you bake it you have a 50% chance of the oven catching light after you have baked it. If the oven catches light, you do not gain the simoleons/XP that you would have gained had it not been an oven fire. If you do get an oven fire your sim can extinguish it put it out (this gives you some XP). A green triangle over some plants means that if you grow it you have a 50% chance of it turning into a sim-eating plant after you have grown it. If it does turn into a sim-eating plant, you will not gain the simoleons/XP that you would have gained had it not turned into a sim-eating plant. If you do end up with a sim-eating plant, your sim can negotiate with it to make it go away (this gives you some XP). If you get either an oven fire or a sim-eating plant, you don't get back the simoleons/LP you spent on it in the first place.
    ID #468392
    Oct 23rd 2014 Guest
    What about the green triangle on the tomatoes?
    ID #461883
    Oct 19th 2014 Guest
    What about the red flame?
    ID #460268
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