Carl's The Sims 3 Tips - Read and Submit Your Tips
This Sims 3 Guide was originally written for the PC and Mac versions of the game, but also will help owners of the console versions - PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Please remember some info or numbers may have changed.
On this page, you'll find a list of Sims 3 Tips created by myself and other players of this great game. We've now published nearly 150 guides to the Sims 3 and will be updating this page with more tips in the future. You can share too -- just submit it from our Sims 3 Forum and if your gameplay tips are good enough, I'll add them to the list and give you credit. So, please use a username I can give credit to, gibberish just won't do!
The Sims 3 General Gameplay Tips
These tips are little tricks you can do to help your Sims in their daily lives.
Passive Moodlet Bonuses While the room and environment needs are gone from the Sims 3, your Sim will still love being in a beautifully decorated room. It will give a boost to mood based on how decorated the room is. A simple, cheap painting, or paper towels and other small decorations can help initiate this boost. Shove it through the stratosphere with plants, sculptures, rugs, a fireplace and other decorative items. Normal Sims can get up to +40 mood boost, while over emotional Sims can hit +50 from decorations.
Listen to Music Sims can get a bonus moodlet called 'enjoying music' from listening to the stereo. This is useful no matter what they're doing: working from home, cooking, or studying. You can even pack a portable boom box to take with your Sim (drag it to their inventory). Use the portable stereo to play your Sim's favorite music while fishing. Listening to favorite music gives a boost over any other type of music. Stereos can also be upgraded with the improve speakers upgrade, which will make the bonus even better. Different stereos will give different mood boosts based on how expensive and high-quality they are. Thanks Eric!
Save Your Sim Time Tidying Up. You can now drag items from the counter, directly to the trash can. Old newspapers and dirty dishes are perfect candidates to be tossed while your Sim's asleep at night. It'll help pass those hours fast-forwarding, and your Sim will wake up with no extra cleaning to do. Sadly, you can't wave a magic wand and clean the counter or sink, so they'll still have to do that. Thanks Kate!
Sell Objects at the Consignment Store. No matter your trade, you will earn more from your goods by selling them at the Consignment Store (Ambitions). Start off by selling small things to raise your rank and your better items like paintings and nectar will have some time to age before you cash in. Thanks Pernille and Metropolis Man
Split Item Stacks. You can drag entire stacks of items to another Sim by dragging the little triangle in the top left of its picture in your inventory. What if you want to give them only some of the item stack? Hold down shift when you click on the triangle and drag it to the Sim you want to have the items. A window will appear that will ask you how many items to transfer. Thanks, Ricalynn!
The Sims 3 Lifetime Rewards/Happiness Tips
These tips will help with gaining lifetime happiness points faster so your Sim can afford those great rewards!
Keep on Top of those Wishes. It's easy to forget they're there. After all, they don't really announce themselves. If you fast foward too often, you'll miss wishes that can be promised that could earn your Sim a lot of points. Try not to pick wishes that stray too far from what your Sim is already interested in, unless it's worth a lot of happiness points. After all, those four slots can fill up fast and you want them to be used by wishes your Sim can actually complete without too much effort.
Cancel Actions. If you are making your Sim do an activity just to complete a wish, you can save time by canceling the action just after the wish is completed. For example, go to the park (and go right home). Thanks Sportsfan.
Keep your Sim Happy for more Points. If you want your Sim to have a lot of lifetime rewards, try to keep their mood bar high. When the mood bar is high, your Sim will always be gaining points. This adds up a lot over a day, and over a week could be enough to purchase a reward all in itself. Happy Sims get the most rewards, hands down.
Some Lifetime Rewards are Better than Others. This concept is simple. If you're going to spend those lifetime reward points, use them where they can have the greatest effect. Dirt Defiant and Steel Bladder are both great choices. Steel Bladder is the best here, because it removes the need to use the bathroom entirely, saving Sims loads of time the longer they have it. Dirt Defiant will let your Sim stay squeaky clean long after a shower if they're not a gardener or athlete. It will help them get less dirty otherwise. The Food Replicator can also save a lot of time. Cook some perfect lobster thermador or tri-tip steak, then store it into the replicator. Your Sim won't have to cook for quite some time, and can replicate meals on demand.
Study Before You Buy Rewards You may not want to risk buying that 25,000 point lifetime reward, not knowing what it does. Some rewards are much more useful than others, depending on the Sim, of course. Read my guide to Lifetime Rewards for tips on choosing the best ones for your Sims.
The Sims 3 Skills Tips
These tips will help you to gain skills faster in the game. This is valuable help for Sims who have a lot of time crunch due to parenting or work.
Study in the Library or Work Out at the Gym. This is a great Tip: These two environments boost skill gains. Reading in the library tends to go faster, and athletic Sims will gain levels in the athletic skill faster if they work out at the gym.
Study Happy - whether it be while fishing, or reading in the library, your Sim will rise in skill faster if they're in a good mood.
Combine Fun with Skill Gains to optimize your Sim's time, look into ways they can raise their skills while having fun. This is by no means every way, but it's got something for every skill.
Athletic Sims can play ball with other Sims or swim Charisma Watching TV with another Sim may raise charisma. Otherwise, they can certainly satisfy the social need by chatting. Cooking Sims can have fun while watching Cookin' Cable on $500+ TV Fishing itself is naturally fun for Sims. Gardening can be raised by watching Got Garden?($500+ TV). Guitar Playing guitar's fun by itself, if only slightly. Handiness Not aware of a way to raise this while having fun. Logic Sims can have fun playing chess or searching the sky. Painting Painting is fun. Writing Sorry, don't think so.
The Sims 3 Working Tips
Develop a Good Routine Before Work to help your Sim get promotions faster, you should always try to go while they've recently had fun and/or have eaten a good meal. Mood is a factor in every career track in the Sims 3. Fun is probably the most important, because your Sim's Fun bar will drain while the're at work. This will help them to use the work hard action more often, causing the promotion bar to rise faster. The least important need to satisfy before your Sim heads out the door is the bladder bar. Why? Sims can use the bathroom at work. There's almost no point to wasting the time unless your Sim really needs to go. Showers should be mandatory before work though, Sims can't well shower at work and most people can't either.
Working Efficiently is key to your Sim's success. My tip here is simple: If your Sim is about to get promoted anyway, don't do anything special at work. The bar can't go past the top, and always resets to 0 after the promotion. Keep this in mind when your Sim gets the opportunity to read a book for work, and it's not on a time limit. In this example, read the book after you've got your promotion to get that boost toward the next level. It's also good to know before you use the work hard action. If your Sim needs relationships with his co-workers, and is about to be promoted no matter what he does, spend the time at work socializing and making connections. This will help them in the future, and they'll snag the promotion anyway.
I'll add more tips as I come up with them. In the meantime, feel free to share yours at our forum.
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Did you know that you can get rid of Moodlet effects... Press Control shift c, to bring up the cheat bar and type testingcheatsenabled true, Press control and Click On the moodlet you would like to remove
Although, one way to counteract this is by writing with a Sim that has the Loner trait, and the Hates Outdoors trait as well, because that removes the need to socialize--they receive and Enjoying Solitude moodlet when alone, I believe--and the need to go outside, removing the Stir Crazy negative moodlet. These don't raise Fun per se, but they lessen the need to get up and about in game. All of this is from the Writing guide; I take no credit for this knowledge. This guide is the only reason I succeed at this game, sometimes. Thank you Carl and Pam! :) And all of the other contributers!
Here is a better way. First, press control+shift+c. Then, type "testingcheatsenabled true" (wihtout the quotation marks). Afet that, shift-click on the mail box and select "make needs static". Now you can raise the writing skill without having to worry about the fun bar!
There's a way to raise non-fun skills (Handiness, Inventing etc.) with Supernatural: buy a rocking chair. Set the Sim to "Rock" then when in the middle of the sitting animation, click the skill book and press "Read [book name] while Rocking"; the swaying of the rocking chair will nullify the fun decay of the skill book.
Can anyone pls. help ?:) Pls. and ty in advance:) I made a family with a toddler(not baby) and bought her the imaginary friend, she is now a teen and STILL the imaginary friend doll is just that...a doll....how do I get it real? Or does it just work from baby on up only?:) Somber
hello im new to the game the sims3 can anyone tell me how to do the cheat testing cheatsenabledtrue i have for the ps3 i cant find ctrl shift c and another question how do get all the nice furniture that shows on the houses you build its all diferent compare to the one you have available in build and buy?
Your downloads file may be full in Documents, so make a file on your desktop and label it downloads (your todays date)or anything you want. Then go into your documents file/Downloads, copy everything in there and paste into your new desktop file. Now your game will run smoother and you will feel smarter.
I'm in the middle of an opportunity quest which requires my sim to take a large object to the police station. When I put the object in the "family inventory" then go to the police station the game says "You do not have the required item in your inventory." Yet I can't get it into my sim's personal inventory. Any tips?
Nice way to get the complete set of skill books with just a $500 simoleon investment:While living in a dorm in Uni buy "The Book Corral" then sell it. All the books should end up in your house hold inventory.
thank you so much for the tips! i knew some of them, but the details were very helpful on how to obtain certain things. my sim got the feternity lifetime wish and i just gave birth to triplets (Tayler, Piper, and Paeton White)
Can you add this tip?: If you have university life,you can get the coffee bar for your home,and it lets your sims have the drinks and food. Pair it with a sink and you can delete the use of stoves,fridges and other kitchen things.Though,Drinks do cost but food doesn't.
I always try to come up with great names for my sims baby/ baby's but I just keep end up failing as for instance when I name a girl Carly she comes out looking nothing like a Carly! Can anybody please give me some tips so that I can change the baby's name/ appearance?
Press Ctrl-Shift-C on your keyboard, and type testingcheatsenabled true Then press the Shift key on your keyboard while clicking on your sim, then option "edit sim in create-a-sim" should come up. Click that. You can change any names or looks or traits your sim has.
If you go into cheat (pc- "testingcheatsenabled true" no "") u can edit sim by left clicking your mouse along with shift. Not sure about babies, but toddlers and up for sure! Also, u can go into options, slide bar for baby 1 or 2 days (only if the above doesnt work on babies :)) Feel free to go to sims3 site and add me and/ask if u need or want any help! Somber (sims 3 name)
The most popular trick that people keep telling me about is the testingcheatsenabled true, since it can totally alter your game and make it more enjoyable, but when I open up Ctrl Shift C and type it in, it doesn't work. Can somebody please tell me if I'm doing something wrong, or how to make it work? =(
When you enter the command, it will not say anything. If you want to make sure it works, press Shift and click on a Sim or the mailbox. New options should appear. Keep in mind that you will have to type "testingcheatsenabled true" every time you start the game for it to work.
I play the Sims 3 on ps3 and it crashes when I play with genetics I'm cas. Also my save data files get corrupted all the time. Is there anyway to stop the crashing and prevent getting my data corrupted?
There is a way to raise the handiness skill while having fun - the Classically Cool Fixer-Upper (premium store item I think) raises the Fun need and you can sell the fixed car for 30000 simoleons or so :)
there is a tiny, red, pulsing light in random places. i can't interact with it and it doesn't seem to do anything besides blink. i guess it doesn't matter but the mystery is driving me nuts. does anyone know what it is?
yes it's in-game. this time it's under a chair at the beach. last time it was in a crib, at a neighbors home, in a different town. this time i was working as a lifeguard. last time i was at a party but it didn't have anything to do with me, it was just there. the only thing i can think of is maybe it's left over from a witch's spell? i took a screenshot of it but i have no idea how to get it here.
Sounds like one of the teens in your game has set a trap/prank. When another sim sets off the prank by sitting in the chair/whoopie cushion then the blinking light will go away. Sinks can be trapped, showers, toilets and so on :)
How to I stop all the EA generated Traffic in game please? Nrass isn't enough my game is lagging like crazy since I installed showtime and Nrass Traffic is removing hundreds and also thousands of vehicles per hour and there is only 4 families in my whole world. I've tried turning of vehicales entirely with Nrass also, I clear all the catch but nothing is working. I just want the EA generated traffic removed. Any advice please!??! And tyvm
CTRL+SHIFT+C and type in "testingcheatenabled" and press enter. After that, press CTRL+SHIFT+C again and type in "restrictbuildbuyinbuildings off" and then click on the Public Room Marker, and move or remove it.
It might have just added more than the pc can take, Sophia. Other than a better system there are a few things you can try, reducing downloads, lowering graphic settings and avoiding places with to many sims. Late night is a good ep, If I were you, first I'd reduce the settings, make sure nothing else is running in the background,put all the downloads in a different folder for now. Then as a last resort remove late night.Sims 3 is a pretty old game and not as efficient as things are made recently. the sims 3is a very demanding game. If you are having problems you can try things like reducing downloads, lowering graphic settings and avoiding places with lots of sims, other than that you just need a better pc.
Inspired by Naga's improved Sunset Valley, Jaga Telesin and MrsFlynn have released Sunset Valley 2020 at our forum. This uses fixes from EllaCharmed's Sunset Valley map and works to improve performance and reduce the amount of stuck Sims. You'll find many of the lot types already installed and many new faces living in town.
There are both Vanilla and Chocolate versions to download. You can Learn More Here.
I've launched a Youtube Channel for The Sims. For now, I'm only covering 4 but I know many people play both games and may be unaware I'm now producing videos for the series. Hopefully this is a long term thing!