FAQ/Strategy Guide for The Sims by RawIsJericho
(firstname.lastname@example.org) on 4/20/00
Last Updated: Version 0.1 4/20/00
(6.) Building a House
*6.1- Getting started
*6.2- Why needs walls?
*6.5- Living Room
*7.1- Friendly Social Actions
*7.2- Mean Social Actions
*7.3- Multiple Romances
(8.) Getting A Job
*8.1- Missing Work
*8.2- Quitting your Job
(9.) Moving Out Of The House
*9.1- Kicking other Sim families out of the house
(14.) The End/Legal Stuff and Info
This is a FAQ/Strategy Guide for The Sims. It may only be reproduced
with my permission. If you are going to put this FAQ on your site then
please e-mail me
Gameplay: 10/10- You guide your Sim's through life. You have to get
them something to eat.
You have to get them a job so they can buy things to expand there own
house and to move them in to a better house. You will guide them
through relationships with other Sim's. And you can cause all the chaos
you want in there lives!
Graphics: 8- The graphics are pretty good and most of it isn't even
Sound: 10- The talking might sound like total gibberish but the music
very realistic. If a bad thing happens a bad sound happens, if a good
thing happens then you will hear a good sound. All depending on the
Difficulty: 9- You control a Sim's needs. Even controlling just one Sim
is tough. Try controling eight at a time. Nearly impossible.
Lasting Appeal: 10- With all the new skins you can download at
www.thesims.com and all the chaos you can cause you'll be playing this
game for a while.
If you haven't bought this game yet, BUY IT NOW!
OS (operating system: Windows 95 or 98.
Processor: Pentium II or AMD 233 MHZ
RAM (memory) : 32 MB
Hard Drive Space: 300 MB saved games will require more HD space.
3D Accelerator: No
Video Card: High color capable 2MB PCI AGP Video Card with DirectDraw
CD Rom speed: 4X CD-Rom Spped
Sound: DirectX 7 using 32 bit Windows (98 or 95) compatible sound card,
key board and a mouse.
My computer ran the Sim's well (with Maximum detail) on my 450 MHZ. I
have heard that P133's and AMD133'S can run the game smoothly.
Neat- Does your Sim care about how his house looks?
Outgoing- Does your Sim go outside and do outdoor activities?
Active- Is your Sim energetic or just a lazy bum?
Playful- Does your Sim like playing games/sports like pinball,
basketball, pool, etc.?
Nice- Is your Sim a nice person? Or is he a mean ruthless person?
Us people have needs in life. We need to keep clean, have fun, sleep,
relax, talk, eat, exercise,
go to the bathroom, etc. The same thing goes with the Sim. They have
needs to ya know. And it is your job to guide them through life.
2.1* Hygiene- To maintain this just take a shower and wash your hands.
If you do not do this your Sim will die from disease (by cleaning up
garbage with flies hovering over it without washing hands.)
2.2* Hunger- The hardest field for a Sim to maintain. First your Sim
will eat dinner then a few minutes later his hunger bar will be red and
you will have to get him a snack or something. Just get your Sim to
order a pizza or to serve dinner to keep this bar in good shape.
2.3* Bladder- Everyone has to go to the bathroom, even Sims! If your
Sim does not go to the bathroom for a long period of time and his
Bladder Bar is red then he will probably piss his pants and it will get
all over the floor. If you order your Sim to the bathroom when his
bladder bar is at its peak then he will dash toward the bathroom, which
is pretty funny.
2.4* Social- Your Sims need to talk to people to make freinds and
lovers. Once you start to develope a relationship more options will
come up. With a same sex relationship your relationship bar goes to
100 % or close to it you will get the option of asking him to move in
with you. Sometimes he will get annoying and you will have
disagreements which will lead to evenytually a fight. Same thing with a
female/male relationship you will propose to he/she and he/she will say
yes depending on his/her mood. Once that happens you will have a baby
(no you will not have sex) by a lot of kissing. Eventually the option
of having a baby will come up.
If your sim is not social he will be insane and depressed and won't
listen to your orders.
2.5* Room Rating- Your room rating is how neat and tidy the room that
your sim is in. If you are in the bathroom or outside the room rating
will go down. You can always put a mirror in the bathroom to bring it
up but you have to look at it first. The room rating also affects
proposing. It will bring down the other Sim's mood if he is in the
bathroom or outside if you propose to him/her.
2.6* Energy- This is pretty hard to maintain too, especially with work.
You need to get a lot of sleep. If your energy bar is still red then
you didn't get enough. So miss a day of work (or more, but not
consecutively or you will be fired, unless you want to). If your Sim's
energy bar is fully red he will likely fall a sleep wherever he is
standing. He will just fall to the ground and sleep. This might bring
your energy back up but you will lose a lot of comfort.
2.7* Fun- There are a lot of ways to have fun. But the richer you are
in this game the more fun you are going to have. Because you can afford
basketball courts, swimming pools, computers, pool tables, hot tubs, and
other things to bring the fun bar up. If your Sim;s fun bar is low then
get him/her to watch TV.
2.8* Comfort- This is another hard one to maintain. Make sure your Sim
sleeps on a bed or the comfort rating will drop dramatically. Sitting
on the sofa watching Tv also helps. Also buy a hot tub to increase this
If you have enough money buy the Hot Tub. The Hot Tub will increase the
comfort, hygiene, fun and social if someone is in there with your Sim.
In my opinion it is the best piece of furniture in the game. Here is
what I recommend buying:
Note: If I have a star beside the item then it is a must.
*TV Set(any size, whatever you can afford.)
*Bed (twin size bed, recommended for a relationship)
*Something to shower in.
Dish Washer (beats the sink for washing dishes)
Note: I will add more in the future once I figure out there useful.
You can only get services by phone. The services will help you keep
your house clean and safe from disasters.
Pizza- Costs 40 bucks but is worth it if hunger bar is low.
Repair Man- Will fix things and will sometimes clean your house.
Maid- This is a good service. It will cost you $10 per hour and you can
fire her if you feel she is not doing her job or stealing things. If
you're like me and have a lot of trash, dirty plates, and spills laying
around then the maid is a must.
Fire Department- The use of a smoke detector comes in handy because it
will contact the fire department when there is a fire and they'll be
right over immediately. If you call them as a prank you will get a $100
Gardener- Don't care about my plants much. Will come down and water
Police- A bugular alarm comes in handy when a bugular comes in to steal
stuff. Make sure your alarm is toward the outside so the burgular can
be spotted. If you call the police as a prank the officer will scold
(6.) BUILDING A HOUSE
6.1- Getting Started
If you do not feel like moving into an already built house, then select
an area of grassland and start building.
6.2- Who needs walls?
The only reason you need walls for is privacy. The only really good
place to put walls is the bathroom. Another place would be a private
place where you and another lover will have some romance and you don't
want anyone to see it. Other than that just start building floor tiles.
Just buy a table, a fridge, a stove if you have the money, a microwave,
a smoke detector, and a dishwasher if you have the money.
Buy a toilet, something to shower in, a sink, and a mirror.
6.5- The Living Room
Buy a sofa, TV Set, Pool Table, Lamps, a telephone, a computer if you
have the money and if you want, a bed.
This isn't required. If you want to have your house look good then I
suggest you use this.
Buy a basketball court, hot tub if you have the money, a burgular alarm,
a swimming pool if you have the money, and a table.
All the Sim's need to be social in order to not go insane and die. Once
you meet someone and things are going well you will recieve relationship
rating. If you do not socialize with your freind for a day then your
relationship rating will go down two points. One way to stop this from
happening is to call your freind by the telephone. If the rating is
high enough he will come spend some time at your place. The more
socializing that you do, the more your rating will increase with your
When you first start out a relationship just keep it simple by talking.
It will bring the rating up and you will have more options to choose
7.1- Friendly Social Actions
Talking- The best thing to do when you first meet a Sim.
Compliment- This will likely increase your ratings with another Sim.
Sometimes it will go the wrong way and you will lose ratings.
Joke- If things are going well then this will increase your
relationship rating. It will also increase your fun rating.
Entertain- Your Sim will juggle a bunch of balls. If it increases your
relationship rating once, it will do it again. It will also increase
your fun rating. If the other Sim did not like it don't try it again
until a little while.
Hugs- Will bring up your relationship rating. Works with freinds and
lovers. Your relationship rating will go down if the other Sim shrugs
you off when trying to do this action. Will make other Sim's jealous.
Dance- This is pretty cool. It will increase your fun rating. Dancing
will also make others jealous if you want to stir up trouble between the
Flirt- Before you are going to kiss you better flirt first. This will
also make others jealous.
Kiss- The best sign of affection. You know the relationship is going
well if you kiss her. Rather hilarious rejecting scene if this fails.
The rejector will take the other Sim slap him and then shrug him out of
the way. If this fails try other actions. Then try again.
Note: And yes Sim's can seek homsexuality if you make them!
*7.2- Mean Social Actions
Insult- Make fun of the other Sim.
Tease- Will bring the social rating up for the teaser but not for the
Brag- Sometimes will bring a relationship rating up but it is very
rare. Will bring up the braggers social rating.
Slap- If things get too heated you can just slap the other Sim. This
will bring the social/relationship rating down for your Sim and will
pave the way for a Fight!
Fight- This will lower the relationship rating down dramatically.
Usually the loser of the fight will be so depressed and heartbroken that
he/she will not listen to orders. If this happens and you care about
them then move them into a new house. If the winner of the fight calls
the loser, the loser will say "I have a list of things to do and seeing
you is at the bottom of my list."
* 7.3- Multiple Romances
Yes your Sim's can "cheat" on other Sim's. But if you get caught
hugging, dancing, flirting, or even kissing another Sim. The other Sim
partner that you are involved with will get jealous. Your 1st partner
will skap or even fight the other Sim that you are involved with.
How do I avoid having getting my other partner jealous?
If you are going to avoid the jealously problem then get romantic in a
good private place. Do not socialize outside. The last thing you want
to do is be seen by all the other people.
Get your 1st partner a job. So when he/she is away, call the 2nd
partner and romance. Then tell your 2nd partner to leave before your
1st partner gets back and he/she won't notice a thing.
Do your socializing in a private place. The best place is the bed room.
Once your alone romancing your relationship will improve and your 1st
partner won't know a thing!
With enough planning your Sim's will have a big love life.
7.4- Mean Sim's
Whenever a mean Sim does a bad action to you and you do not want it
take place, simply go to the top of the screen where hers/his face is
and delete the action.
If a mean Sim teases you or brags to you he/she will gain relationship
points with you but you will lose relationship points because he/she
teased you. To stop this from happening simply follow the steps above.
The only way death can occur in this game is when you do not take good
care of your Sim's. Your Sim's cannot die by themselves. It is your
responsibility to get them to fufill there needs each day. But what if
your Sim/roomate is getting annoying? You have no choice but to kill
*8.1- The Afterlife
After a Sim dies a box will appear and it will say "Bob (whatever you
name him) has died. He may be gone but his spirit will forever remain."
Or something like that. The ghost of the Dead Sim will appear at 11
P.M. every once in a while.
Whenever your Sim dies he/she will leave a marker (tombstone outside,
urn inside) whenever he dies. The surviving Sim will have to mourn for
24 hours. After that 24 hour period is over you can mourn anytime you
(9.) GETTING A JOB
There are two ways you can get a job, one way is the newspaper. You get
the newspaper everyday. There is one job offer available each day in
For more job availibility, buy a computer if you have the money. You
will have about 5 job offers available at one time.
S.W.A.T. Team Leader:
Bungee Jumping Instructor:
XTreme Circut Pro:
Grand Prix Driver:
Top Secret Researcher:
Hall Of Famer:
Chief Of Staff:
Field Sales Rep.
City Council Member:
Life Of Crime-
Get Away Driver:
*9.2 Missing Work
If you miss work 2 days back to back you will get fired from your job.
If you are sick, then by all means miss work that day. And if any of
your bars are red (besides room) and can't get them up within the amount
of time that you have then miss work.
*9.3 Quitting Your Job
There are 2 ways to quit your job. The most fun way to quit is to skip
work. You can do what ever you want for a whole day. After 2 back 2
back days of skipping work your boss will call you and tell you your
fired. If you do not want to get fired then do not answer the phone.
The other way is to look for a new job by computer or newspaper.
(10.) Moving out of the house
To get your Sim's to move out of a house, move your mouse cursor to the
bulldozer button and select the house with the family you want to evict.
The option, "Do you want to bull doze this house" will come up. It is
up to you on that one. Now select the house that you want your Sim
family to move into. Or you could just build them one.
*9.1- Kicking the other Sim families out of the house
If you want to move into a house and it is occupied simply kick 'em out.
Just evict the family and they'll hit the bricks in no time!
There are disasters that occur every now and then. Some can even cost
your Sim his/her's life.
I will tell you the best way to prevent them and how they happen.
Fire- Usually started by cooking or a fireplace. Can even kill your
Sim's if your not careful. Fires can also burn your whole estate down
to the ground and kill your Sim's at the same time.
Prevention: Buy a smoke detector. Using the phone will take too much
time. By the time the firefighter comes the fire will already have
spread to other places in your house.
Floods- Usually started by bad plumbing (broken toilets, pissing your
pants, broken dishwashers, sinks, etc.). If you do not clean them up
when you see them they will slowly but surely spread and will flood your
Prevention: Clean up the puddles on the floor and get your appliances
repaired (call the repairman).
Failure States- If your Sim is not balanced and you are not balancing
his/her moods then this will cause failure states. If your Sim's energy
bar is low and you send him/her off to go play baksteball when you
should send him to sleep. There are consequences for this. Some are
even serious. Your Sim could fall into a deep depression and will not
listen to your orders and will probably die.
Prevention: Manage your Sim's moods and needs
No Energy- Not a major disaster but still a pretty important one. When
your Sim's energy bar is full red your Sim will collapse on the floor
and fall a sleep. His/her's energy bar might go back to normal but the
comfort meter will drop dramatically.
Prevention: Unless that paticular Sim is getting annoying and you ar
trying to kill them, send your Sim to bed.
Bladder- When you have to go, you have to go. But if your Sim delays
going to the bathroom he will piss his pants and it will get on the
floor eventually causing floods. If your Sim's bladder bar is fully red
and if you send him to the bathroom, he will run like crazy toward the
bathroom. which is pretty funny.
Prevention: When your Sim's bladder bar is red, send your Sim to the
Burgulars- If you are really rich the bigger the chance is you are
going to get burgulars. The burgulars will take all of your valuable
items when you are sleeping late at night. You can try to call the
police but it will take too much time and it may be too late. If you
are lucky the burgulr will get caught and you will recieve a reward.
Prevention: Buy a burgular alarm and place it on the OUTSIDE! That way
the police will be notified and they'll be right on it. Another way is
to put tables in front of all of the doors so the burgular will be
trapped and the police will be there just in time to catch him. Or you
could build a fence around your house when the burgular arrives he'll be
trapped just in time for the police to nab him.
Death- The big one. Your Sim's can die by many ways. They could die
by accident, by trying to fix some appliances then they'll get
They could die in a fire from severe burns.
They could also die heinously from starvation. If your Sim is poor and
he/she has no jobs to put food on the table then your Sim will die.
This is also a good way to kill roomates. Just kick them out of the
house and turn off free will. Another way is to build a fence around
your house so your Sim is trapped outside and willd ie after a few days
Prevention: Take good care of your Sim's.
This is the Frequently askled questions section. This section
deals with the most frequently asked questions of the game.
Q: How Do I change my Sim's clothes?
A: Buy a dresser/armoir. You can change your Sim into formal attire,
normal attire, swimsuits, and other things.
Q: My wife/husband is getting jealous because I am hugging
and kissing another partner. Can I Divorce?
A: Nope! The only way to get your 1st partner to move out is to
propose to your 2nd partner and the 1st partner will get the boot.
Q: How Do I get the propose/move in option to come up?
A: Keep doing social things that have a positive impact. Eventually
it will come up.
Q: How Do I stop a burgular?
A: Place a burgular alarm on the OUTSIDE of your house so when the
comes in he will be detected. You could also build a fence around your
Or you could put a table directly in front of the foors so the burgular
Q: Can my Sim's seek homosexuality?
A: Yes, but you have to control them and make them do it.
Q: My Sim's bar is really low. He/she is about to die. What do I do?
A: Move them into a new house. All there bars will be restored except
Q: Is this game worth getting?
Q: How do I kill a Sim unpurposely?
A: There are many ways. You could just kill them by starvation.
turn off free will and don't order them to go to the fridge and they'll
Another way is to kick them out of the house and build a fence around
so they can't get in (with free will on.)
Q: A Sim is dead. What happens after that?
A: The dead Sim will turn into a ghost. Whenever he dies it says
"He/she mat be gone but
there spirit remains." The spirit will haunt that house at 11:00 P.M.
if he/she is going
to haunt that night.
Q: I am trying to propose to another Sim but I keep getting rejected.
What should I do?
A: Keep there mood in decent shape. Then make sure you are in a room
with a good room
rating. Then propose.
Q: My Sim is sick! What do I do?
A: Your Sim can die from this. And whenever your Sim gets sick it is
contagious. Take plenty of rest and do not go to work or school.
Q: How do I remove walls?
A: Go to build mode and hold CTRL. Then drag the mouse to the across
the junk wall that you want destroyed.
Q: How do I type in a code?
A: Type in CTRL ALT SHIFT AND C anywhere. But some depend on the
screen where the game is at (neighborhood, live mode, etc.)
Q: I no longer want to play with the neighborhood I have. Is there a
way I can delete the saved file?
A: Nope. The only way is to uninstall then reinstall the game.
Q: Can you see Sim's naked?
A: No. Depending on the position of your screen you are at when your
Sim is naked you might get to see some of it in the shower.
Q: Do Sim's Have Sex?
Q: Is it true that you can get a skill point by swimming in the
A: Yes. Keep swimming, it may take a while.
Q: Is there a way to get more items to purchase in buy mode?
A: Yes there is but you're going to have to download them at
Q: How do I get my Sim's to sleep together?
A: It can only happen when you are married. Your relationship rating
must be at least a 95.
Q: Is it possible to buy a car?
A: Nope it isn't possible. Sad isn't it?
Q: Do Sim's get old?
Q: My Sim keeps doing what he wants to do even though I give him
orders. What do I do.
A: It might be some sort of a risk but if you are only controlling one
Sim then I highly suggest you turn off Free Will in the options mode.
If you are controlling two or more I high;y suggest you have Free Will
Q: I recently downloaded the patch and I tried to do the money cheat
and it didn't work. What happened?
A: Maxis changed the code to rosebud.
Q: Are there any other Sim skins out there?
A: Yes at www.thesims.com http://www.thesims.com
Q: Can I leave my house to go to another Sim's house?
A: Unfortuanetly, No. The only way you could is if you control another
Sim and call them over. They'll come over if they feel like it but you
will not be able to control them.
Q: Do SimKids ever grow up?
Q: If I move my Sim's to another house will they still have the same
A: Yes. But you will lose a few thousand from the purchasing of the
Q: How do I increase the room rating outside?
A: Recycle your newspapers everyday. And water your flowers. If you
are lazy like I am and do not feel like doing that just hire a maid and
a gardener. They'll do the work for you.
Q: I have some tech problems. What should I do?
A: Go to www.thesims.com Can't find any help there e-mail Maxis.
Q: How do I evict a SimFamily?
A: Go to the bulldozer icon at the top of the screen. If you want to
bulldoze the house then that is up to you.
Q: How do I increase the room rating of a bathroom?
A: First, clean up all the messes in there. Then add a mirror.
Looking at that will give you a charisma point. Also add a painting if
Q: My Sim won't go to sleep. My Sim keeps getting up in the middle of
the night. What is wrong with my Sim?
A: The TV or Radio is on. Turn them off. Or your Sim has to go to the
bathroom. After you do all that put your Sim back to sleep.
You push and hold the following buttons:
Shift, control, alt, c
That will get you to the cheat screen.
also.. you can enter multiple cheats at once by typing a ; between
cheats.. such as the following for money "klapaucius; !; !; !; !" etc
Now enter a code below
KLAPAUCIUS-gives you 1000 dollars
WATER TOOL-you can put water around your home
CAM_MODE - Camera Toggle
MUSIC - Music toggle
SOUND - Sound toggle
HTML - Web page creation toggle
SOUNDEVENT - Toggle sound event
RELOAD_PEOPLE - Total reload of skins, animations, suits, people
SET HOUR-set (1-24) what time you want to get up
SIM_LIMIT - Set max milliseconds for simulator
SETSPEED-(-1000 to +1000)
SIM_SPEED <-1000-1000> - Set sim speed
INTERESTS-it will let you change your personalitys and interests
AUTONMY-let's the sims to think on their own (0-100)
GROW GRASS-make the grass tall or short
MANSION - The Best House
BUBBLE_TWEAK - Set thought bubble z offset
ASSERT - Force assert to test
SIM_LOG END - Stop sim logging
SIM_LOG BEGIN - Start sim logging
DEBUG_SOCIAL - Show social dialogue choices
DRAW_ORIGINS - Show person's origin
DUMP_HAPPY - Send person's recent interactions to file
DUMP_MC - Send person's motive contribution curve to a file
EDIT_GRASS - Make grass change value
LOT SIZE - set lot size
EDIT CHAR - Create a character mode
DRAW_ROUTES ON - Show person's route
DRAW_ROUTES OFF -Show people's Route off
HISTORY - Save family history file
HIST_ADD - Add new family history stat to family
IMPORT - Import Family file
VISITOR_CONTROL - Toggle to control visitors with keyboard
LOG MASK - Set event logging mask
DRAW_FLOORABLE ON - Enable floorable grid
DRAW_FLOORABLE OFF - Disable floorable grid
MAP EDIT ON-self explanitory on
MAP EDIT OFF-self explanitory off
MOVE_OBJECTS - Move any object
PREVIEW_ANIMS ON - Preview animations on
PREVIEW_ANIMS OFF - Preview animations off
PREPARE_LOT - Fix required lot objects
ROTATION - Rotate camera
ROUTE BALOONS ON - Enable basic tutorial
ROUTE BALOONS OFF - Disable basic tutorial
LOG MASK - Event logging mask set
DRAW ALL FRAMES ON - Draw all frames
DRAW ALL FRAMES OFF - Disable draw all frames
TILE INFO ON - Show tile info
TILE INFO OFF Hide tile info
SWEEP ON - Enable ticks
SWEEP OFF - Disable ticks
Repeats Last Cheat Typed In
Press shift+ctrl+alt+c then ! - Repeats last cheat code entered. To do
more than one repeat type in !;!;! , etc. As many as you like
Credit: Francis (email@example.com
All you have to do is pause your game and bulid a fence around the
burgler/roomie. For Burgler:Trap and call Police. Roomie:Lure out side
far away from house and trap.(they get sorta annoying)
Carpool doesn't come.
Sim walks around naked.
Sim will be permanently censored.
Repairman will die.
Sim gets killed because of a Guinea Pig.
Can't delete tasks.
Neighbor asks YOU to come to there house.
Kissing without contact (just a graphical glitch)
Drowning other Sim's.
Place Sim's in your swimming pool and then go to buy mode and remove the
ladders. Your Sim will keep swimming until he eventually runs out of
energy and falls a sleep in your pool and drowns.
Stopping a Burgulary
Whenever a burgular comes in simply go to buy/build mode and put tables
in front of all of your doors or put a fence around your house and the
burgular will struggle and keep trying to get out and will be eventually
be caught by the police if you call them.
Maxis (www.maxis.com)- For making this great game.
The Sims (www.thesims.com)- Go there if you want patches/skins and
(16.) THE END
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions e-mail
me at firstname.lastname@example.org