Cheats and Tricks

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Enabling Cheats

In order to use a Cheat you need to bring up the Console by holding down the <CTRL> <SHIFT> <C> keys on your keyboard simultaneously. Doing so opens up the Console at the top of the screen. Type your selected Cheat in the Console box and press <ENTER> to run it.

If you're using Windows Vista and the console won't appear, try pressing the <CTRL> <Windows> <Shift> <C> keys simultaneously.

When you're done cheating, press the <ESC> key to close the Console.

You'll notice a few Cheats below have two options presented in parentheses, for instance (true/false) or (on/off). When you enter a Cheat into the Console you need to pick only one of those options and not include the parentheses.


  • Cheat description: moveobjects (true/false)
  • What you type in Console: moveobjects true or moveobjects false - pick the option you want and disregard the parentheses.

Money Cheats

  • kaching
    Adds 1,000 simoleons to active household's funds.
  • motherlode
    Adds 50,000 simoleons to active household's funds. Must be in live Sims mode to use - does not work in neighborhood view.
  • Familyfunds (YourFamilyName amount)
    Set your family's funds to whatever you want. Make sure to replace YourFamilyName with the name of your Sim family. Example: entering familyfunds smith 100000 will set the funds of the smith family to 100000.
    For the cheat to work you need to enable the TCE cheat, testingCheatsEnabled true and all family members must have the same familyname.

Build Cheats

Cheats suitable for building on lots. For specific tutorials on using these cheats when building your lots, see here.

  • constrainFloorElevation (true/false)
    Allows all terrain adjustments regardless of objects, Sims, and other structures on them. Walls, floors, and objects will move with the terrain, allowing you to create sloped walls and floored hills. However, placing new walls/floors will still flatten terrain, and placing objects will still require the terrain to be flat initially if the objects normally require it. Default is "true" - set to "false" to enable this behavior.
  • disableSnappingToSlotsOnAlt (on/off)
    When set to "on", objects will not snap to slots while holding <ALT>. Useful for placing objects such as chairs near tables without them snapping in place, or placing counters next to other counters etc.
  • moveObjects (on/off)
    Removes footprint limitation for all object placement in Buy Mode and Build Mode. Removes limitations placed on hand tool for when objects are in use or for objects that normally are not movable. Is known to cause issues with game elements, routing, hidden object generation and manipulation, etc.

Be Careful!

Using the moveobjects (on/off) Cheat allows you to delete objects that normally cannot be deleted, such as Sims, the mailbox, and the garbage can. If you delete these objects, there is no way to get them back!

Movie/Picture Taking Cheats

Cheats that are helpful in taking pics and making movies.

  • fadeObjects (on/off)
    Toggles whether objects fade when the camera gets close to them.
  • hideHeadlineEffects (on/off)
    Hides all Sim overhead effects such as thought balloons and speech balloons.
  • slowMotionViz (0-8)
    Puts the visuals of the game in slow motion. Entering a "level" value is optional. Valid values range from 0 = normal speed to 8 = slowest.
  • (Tab)
    If Tab is pressed in live mode, the UI will disappear, allowing you to move around freely on the lot. Useful for taking pictures inside of lots.

Miscellaneous Cheats

Cheats that don't fit into any other category, or matches several categories.

  • enable Llamas (on/off)
    Gives a message that says, "Llamas enabled." This Cheat does nothing to your game, it appears to be an inside joke inside EA Headquarters.
  • fadeObjects (on/off)
    Toggles whether objects fade when the camera gets close to them. Does not apply to Sims.
  • fps (on/off)
    Turns the frame rate display in the upper right corner or or off.
  • freeRealEstate
    Ignores the cost when buying a lot for the current game. (must be used from edit town mode or from a new game before a family is selected)
  • fullscreen (on/off)
    Switches to fullscreen when on, windowed when off. Useful for taking screenshots, which are usually too dark.
  • help <cheatname>
    Typing "help" only lists all currently available cheats and a short description of each. Addin a Cheat name after "help" displays just that specific Cheat and it's short description (same description as the overview).
  • jokePlease
    Shows random joke on Cheat console.
  • quit
    Exits the game.
  • resetSim (full Sim name)
    If your Sim somehow gets "stuck" in an interaction or somewhere around town, or if something gets stuck to it, use this Cheat. This rebuilds the entire Sim from scratch, so give it some time before re-appearing.
    Example: resetSim Agnes Crumplebottom

Take Caution!

When you reset a Sim it is rebuilt with neutral motives, no moodlets, and also teleports the Sim back home.

  • unlockOutfits (on/off)
    Includes career outfits and service Sim outfits as options in Create a Sim. The Cheat must be entered before going into CAS.
  • (up arrow)
    Recalls the last cheat typed into the cheat window (per game instance).

testingCheatsEnabled Cheats

Before you can use any of the Cheats listed below you need to open up the Cheat Console and type testingCheatsEnabled true. To disable this simply type testingCheatsEnabled false in the Console.

Career Commands

Press <SHIFT> and click on a Sim's Career Building to open up a menu with the following options:

  • Force All Events
    Click on Career Building to display all events for the Career.
  • Force Event
    Click on a Career Building to give you a random Career Event.
  • Force Opportunity
    Click on a Career Building you work at to force an Opportunity.

Mailbox Commands

Press <SHIFT> and click on the Mailbox to bring up a menu with the following options:

  • Force NPC
    Show all the NPCs that can come visit, such as a Babysitter and Repairman. Also includes the special ones like the Grim Reaper and Social Worker Child Protection.
  • Force Service Sim
    Force a specific Service Sim to show up.
  • Force Visitor
    Force a random Sim to show up.
  • Make All Happy
    Fills all motives of all Sims in the family to 100%. Does not affect visitors. Affects all family members, even if they are not currently at home.

Useful Hint!

Top off related Motives for specific objectives with this Cheat, for example an all-night fishing session.

  • Make Friends For Me
    Increases relationships with all Sims that the active Sim knows, and also adds a few random friends.
  • Make Me Know everyone
    Makes the active Sim know all other Sims in town.
  • Make Needs (Motives) Static
    Freezes Needs (Motives) for all Sims in the family, even if they are not at home. The pie menu changes to "Make Needs Dynamic".
  • Make Needs (Motives) Dynamic
    Enables Needs (Motives) for all Sims in the family, even if they are not at home. The pie menu changes to "Make Needs Static".
  • Set Career
    Sets the current Sim's Career to the specified path, branch, and rank.

Sims Commands

Press <SHIFT> and click on any Sim to bring up a menu with the following options:

  • Add To Active Family
    Immediately adds targeted Sim to the family (only works on Sims not part of the family)). Does not bring in money and has no effect if the current family is already full.
  • Add to Household
    Add the active Sim to the current household. [needs verification]
  • Modify Traits for Active Sim
    Brings up a menu and allows you to make personality changes, to edit all 5 traits of your Sim.
  • Trigger Age Transition
    Causes your active Sim to age up immediately (Elder sims will die.) This only works immediately on active Sims, when used on other sims they will drop what they are doing, go home(if they have a home) and they will be aged up the next time you see them.

Sims Commands using CTRL

  • Lifetime Happiness
    Press <CTRL> and click to the right of your total lifetime points display. It adds 500 points per click.
  • Modifying Individual Needs
    Click and drag any mood bar in your Sim's needs panel to adjust that mood in the direction you drag the mouse.

Ground Commands

Press <SHIFT> and click on the ground to bring up a menu with the following options:

  • Teleport Me Here
    This will teleport the active Sim to chosen location.

General Commands

Open the Cheat Console and enter your desired Cheat from below.

  • Speed (0-4)
    Changes game speed from 0 = paused to 4 = ultra speed.
  • Recordvideo (small/medium/large low/moderate/high/max)
    Starts recording video with specified size and quality.
  • Maptags (on/off)
    Toggles map tags on or off.
  • Playsounds on/off
    Enables or disables all audio.

Expansion Pack Additions

World Adventures

  • buydebug
    You can access the Special Items Buy Menu sort by going to Buy Mode, opening the cheat console and entering "buydebug". This allows you to pick out new tomb objects such as floor traps, floor switches, dive wells, and more! See Tomb Creation 101 for full details use.
    NOTE: You need to activate "testingCheatsEnabled true" first for this cheat to be recognised.

Late Night

  • Restrict Build/Buy in Buildings

rbbb [on|off] or RestrictBuildBuyInBuildings [true|false]: Allows editing of any lot with a public room marker on it.

  • Public Room Markers
    For Residential Lots with Buildable Shells. Only

available in BuyDebug catalog and only visible in Build/Buy mode or if RestrictBuildBuyInBuildings or BuyDebug cheats are on. A Public Room Marker must be placed in all rooms that are supposed to be public except for the "outside room."

  • Hidden Room Markers
    Only available in BuyDebug catalog and only visible

in Build/Buy mode. Any room that these markers are placed in will be fogged unless RestrictBuildBuyInBuildings or BuyDebug cheats are on. Any room that contains one of these has the same Build/Buy restrictions as public rooms. Doors leading into rooms with these markers do not have the Go Through interaction.

  • Level Skip Marker
    Only available in BuyDebug catalog and only visible

in Build/Buy mode. Any floor level that this marker exists on is skipped with floor up / floor down actions, unless the RestrictBuildBuyInBuildings cheat or BuyDebug cheat is active.)

  • Front of Lot Marker
    Only available in Build/Buy mode. To override the

current front of the lot and set a particular side as the front of the lot, CTRL+SHIFT+CLICK on the ground and select "Set Front of Lot."


  • Movie Maker Cheats

moviemakerCheats enabled [true|false]: Toggles Movie Maker Mode, which enables new cheats for players that aid in movie making. To access Movie Maker Mode, [testingcheatsenabled true] must be set. It allows NPCS to be selectable by using SHIFT+RIGHT CLICK on the Sim. Additionally, the following cheat interactions are enabled when you SHIFT+LEFT CLICK on a Sim:
- Animation: Plays a specific animation on a Sim
- Disable All Lookouts: Toggles all Look Ats for all Sims.
- Edit in CAS: Brings the clicked Sim into Create a Sim, where they can be fully edited.
- Sim Shutdown: Prevents all Sims for doing anything other than player initiated interactions.
- Set Looping On/One-Off: Sets animations to be looped or to one-off.

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