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Sim Creation 101

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When The Sims: FreePlay was first launched the process by which the player created a new Sim to add to their town was fairly simple and almost automatic, with the bulk of the settings being the physical appearance and characteristics of the Sim.

Now that the game has some significant history and time under its speculative belt though, that process has become a more refined and in-depth creation Event giving the player much more latitude in determining the different elements that go into creating the unique personality of each Sim, or their Sim Identity if you will...

This page takes a look at the different options that the player has in creating a new Sim, based upon the Creation Menu that is used in making that Sim.

The Creation Menu

Once you have chosen to add a Sim to your town - whether that is through adding a Sim to a home that you have just built, adding a Sim to a home that you have recently vacated due to marriage to another Sim in the town, or via procreation, the process begins with a selected and randomly-rolled Sim that the player is free to edit.

You never forget your first Sim - and Nick was the first created for this guide.

For the purposes of illustrating this process, here are the particulars of the Sim that the game randomly created for us when we initiated the add a Sim process:

Sample Sim Details

At the very top of the window is a large orange button that reads "RANDOM - Tap to Randomize Sim" and that, when pushed, will roll the dice and insert a random set of Stats and characteristics in the boxes that represent that Sim's stats and particulars. We will ignore that and list the default result we obtained from first creating a Sim:

  • First Name: Michael

  • Surname: Barnes

  • Gender: Male

  • Skin Tone: Caucasian 3

  • Personality: Sporty

These elements of the Sim can be altered and changed by tapping on them.

Name: The name can be changed either completely, with the player choosing a custom First and Surname, or they can change one or the other.

Gender: The two basic choices are available - Male or Female.

Skin Tone: There is a wide variety of selections available here, including:

  • Caucasian 1 (Very White)

  • Caucasian 2 (Average White)

  • Caucasian 3 (Darker White)

  • Colored 1 (Tan)

  • Colored 2 (Brown)

  • Colored 3 (Dark Brown)

Personality: This is a very complex setting with many different elements that appear as deep background characteristics. This setting will influence a wide variety of traits from what a Sim finds amusing to who they might like - or dislike - and everything in between.

While you can change it later, the basic Sim design is purely a personal set of choices that is really about you.

The Personality Options that can be chosen here are:

  • Villain - Nefarious traits and evil laugh.

  • Rocker - Rock-N-Roll Dood traits and a love for Music.

  • Romantic - Refined gestures and emotional awareness.

  • Socialite - Snooty attitude and predilection for finer things.

  • Sporty - Physically fit with a preference for sporting Sim Acts.

  • Vigilante - Lawful Aggressive and excels at Martial Arts.

  • Spiritual - Seeks the answer to THE Question...

  • Old School - A real 80's sense of self and outlook.

  • Fashionista - Never met a designer label they didn't tolerate.

  • Crazy - Chaotic Neutral - you do not want to play D&D with this Sim.

  • Party Animal - The Nightclub is listed as their Home Address...

  • Flirt - Really enjoys the chase, not so much the catch.

  • Creative - Has an inner Artist inside that is bursting to get out!

  • Bookworm - Finds a good book to be better than a great date.

  • Tycoon - Money money money! Is there anything else in life?

  • Geek - Has a six-digit Gamerscore and too many Trophies to Count!

While the descriptions above are rather tongue-in-cheek, the reality is that the choice of the base Personality trait for your Sim will impact so many levels of interpersonal relations that it really should be a carefully made choice.

While FreePlay does not rely upon Personality as a significant influence in romantic relations with other Sims or the process of advancement in the Career Path with the measure of emphasis that other games in The Sims Series do, it is still an important element and decision when you create your Sims!

Commitment and Creating Your Sim

Once you are happy with the settings you have chosen and your Sim characteristics meet with your approval, you simply need to tap the check-mark and your new Sim will be created and placed in the world on the Lot you specified to begin the creation process.

At this point the Sim will have minor Sim Needs that you can top-off (assuming that the house you placed them in is furnished). If you need to furnish their home first do that, then see to their minor Needs and, once they are topped-off, it is time to decide what their Career Path will be...

Choosing a Career Path

Choosing their Career Path can be heavily influenced by the Personality Trait you chose. Assuming that you have completed all of the available Industry Structures, you can choose from the following Career Paths from the Career Choice Menu (as of August 2013):

Additional Career Paths are planned for future expansions. Depending upon a combination of Personality and your needs, your decision on which Career to choose will likely be influenced by the income range. You will note that the daily salary for Level 5 (the top level) of each Career above has been included in case that helps you in making the decision for your Sim...

Along with children, Hobbies in FreePlay come to play an enormous element in the game, serving as a key means to differentiate and define your Sims as individuals.

Picking a Hobby

The final Sim attribute that you will want to complete is the selection of their Hobby.

This is actually a more important decision than it may appear on the face of it because in addition to the choice dictating a significant element in your Sims off-work recreational Activities, this will also dictate the area of entry for their competing at the Competition Center, and represents a significant source of money, XP, and even LP and SP! Choose carefully - and choose something that fits their personality!

As of the time of the second guide revision (August 2013) your Sim can choose from the following available hobbies:

The Completed Sim

Now that you have your theoretically completed Sim it is time to get out there and get living! Set Goals and attain them - master your profession, become the leader in your Hobby and win awards for it at the Comp Center!

Find love and build a relationship, create a nice home and then have some babies! The world really is your oyster so start shuckin!

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27 comments, latest first.
Apr 20th 2015 mizcandi
Me and my friends have been trying to add us as neighbors,I get the request on Facebook but it will not add anyone,please help I only have one that game gave me,also I have logged out and logged back in no luck,I don't want to uninstall because I'm afraid my tablet will not add again,memory issues.
ID #545503
Feb 25th 2015 Guest
Can you change a sims name after it has been done
ID #521239
May 16th 2015 Guest
ID #556972
Feb 9th 2015 Guest
Is there a way of changing the gender? When I put it in it was a girl, but when I got back to the game it was a boy. What do I do?? Plz help! 😊
ID #513930
Feb 9th 2015 Guest
How do i change personality??? I tried to look for it but their is no button to get a personality! I dont even know what my default personality is cause it didnt tell me.
ID #513906
Jun 6th 2015 Guest
You have a Personality quest at level 26 so you have to finish LOTS of quests and level up ALOT to be able to choose a personality for your sim.
ID #566733
Aug 23rd 2015 Llailya
Oh there's one of my questions answered. Thz
ID #601384
Feb 6th 2015 Guest
OK I'm confused don't I soposse to have a dog
ID #512368
Feb 3rd 2015 Guest
I started creating a new sim and stepped away from the game before I finished.... When I came back, my sim was in the town with no name. Is there a way to give him a name besides using 12 life points to do the "makeover"?
ID #511294
Jul 19th 2015 Guest
ID #586584
Jan 23rd 2015 Guest
Does anyone know if I can change my Sims skin color?
ID #505781
Dec 16th 2014 CMBF
When you say "change the color" do you mean their hair color? Their eye color? Or their race? You can only set the race and/or skin tone at the Sim Builder Screen - after you have deployed the Sim into the game you cannot alter that.
ID #485414
Dec 6th 2014 Guest
I am not able to change the colour of my sim
ID #480916
Sep 1st 2014 CMBF
The first name is only changed during the Sim Creation process. Sorry mates.
ID #443207
Sep 1st 2014 CMBF
The personality system has been added to the game but your town has to reach the point in the main questline where it activates. For example while I have the update and patches, because I am holding the version of the game I am playing for this guide at pre-aging while I prepare it and finish the other quest lines, my sims do not have them.
ID #443205
Aug 23rd 2014 Guest
ID #439732
Jul 4th 2014 Guest
How do you change a sims first name not last name
ID #411803
Jun 24th 2014 Guest
There was an update and when I tried to add a personality it said therapy were adding new ones so I couldn't pick one but now it's finished updating I don't know how to add a personality to that sim.
ID #405907
Jun 21st 2014 Guest
i don't have personalities , how do you get that ?
ID #403632
Jun 2nd 2014 Guest
How do you change a sims first name when they already have one?

ID #392548
Oct 20th 2015 Guest
You can't
ID #618281
Apr 5th 2014 Guest
Go to the closet like you would to change your sims outfit and then click either the sporty or geeky personality, but you have to be at level 24 and complete the life dreams quest first.
ID #371849
Mar 13th 2014 Guest
I first got the game when they got rid of personalities... Now that they added sporty and geek, all of my sims have no personality! Is there a way to give them one?
ID #363670
Dec 31st 2013 Guest
is there a way to possibly change skin color? I dont think there is, but if anyone knows the real answer please tell me.
if not, sims freeplay should add that to the beauty salon, or the browse clothes section.
ID #337066
Nov 15th 2013 Guest
Is there anyway you can change gender my daughter has become my son
ID #319647
Oct 8th 2013 Guest
That your give more freedom to all the others sims versions except for sims freeplay you'll have them where you have to buy some of the other versions like university .you do not have sims online what if somebody wants to play sims so bad but they only have a computer no phone or ipad and more i actually have a ipad but I can not play sims university because you have to pay on every single website even though they. Do tell you on orgin you can play lots of diffrent games for free but you have to pay for sims university and they said you can sign up and you can play lots of diffrent games so I did so I can play sims university free when I did finish everything I still could not play online or free

ID #313455
Sep 25th 2013 Guest
I think if you click on an adult a bunch of goals will pop up like change diaper, cuddle, feed, etc.
ID #311080
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