The Sims

Updated: 06/27/2017 by Computer Hope

The Sims overview

The SimsType: Strategy
ESRB Rating: Teen
Release Date: 02/04/2000
Developer: Maxis
Publisher: Electronic Arts

The Sims is a creation from the makers who really invented the word SIM. In their first edition, The Sims, the object of the game is to manage and control people. While this concept may sound easy and maybe even boring to some people, The Sims is completely the opposite.

You will find yourself with several dilemmas as you first begin by buying or making a house, as well as very little money and items, such as furniture or food, in your house. One of your primary tasks in the game is getting a job. By getting a job, you will begin to make a living and buy more advanced items for your house, enhancing your character's life, and becoming more successful and happy. You must also keep your Sims satisfied in such areas as social, entertainment, hunger, and cleanliness.

The Sims is a must for anyone who enjoys simulation games or likes to act out portions of their own life and watch the consequences.

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows - Apple - Linux

Windows System Requirements
Operating System: Windows 95, Windows 98
Processor: Intel Pentium 233 MHz
Memory: 32 MB RAM
Graphics Card: DirectDraw compatible PCI or AGP video card, 2 MB Video RAM, 800 x 600 resolution
DirectX: DirectX 7
Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
Hard Drive Space: 300 MB
Controls: Keyboard & Mouse
Multiplayer: n/a

Expansion Packs

A total of seven expansion packs were released and are available for The Sims game.

The Sims: Livin' Large

  • Released August 31, 2000
  • Added additional new characters, careers, items, and other features

The Sims: House Party

  • Released April 2, 2001
  • Added the ability to host parties and gatherings at the Sims' houses
  • Added additional new items and characters

The Sims: Hot Date

  • Released November 12, 2001
  • Added ability for Sims to be involved in short-term and long-term relationships and give gifts to others
  • Added new destinations for travel outside the Sims' homes
  • Added additional new items and characters

The Sims: Vacation

  • Released March 28, 2002
  • Added ″Vacation Island″ as new destination for Sims and stay in a hotel, tent or igloo
  • Added ability for Sims to buy souvenirs
  • Allows game to be saved with Sims on vacation, on the island
  • Added additional new items and characters

The Sims: Unleashed

  • Released November 7, 2002
  • Added pets, including cats and dogs
  • Added ability for Sims to have a garden
  • Increased neighborhood lot count from 10 to 40 and ability to re-zone some lots for building shops, safes, and other businesses
  • Added additional new items and characters

The Sims: Superstar

  • Released May 13, 2003
  • Added ability for Sims to become celebrities and famous
  • Added ″Studio Town″ as a new destination, being a new work area for celebrity Sims or place to visit for non-celebrity Sims
  • Added additional new items and characters (both work and leisure)

The Sims: Makin' Magic

  • Released October 29, 2003
  • Added magic to the game, giving Sims the ability to cast spells, forge charms and buy alchemical ingredients
  • Added ″Magic Town″, a place where Sims can buy magical items and ingredients from vendors, as well as having lots for Sims' homes, allowing them to live outside the primary neighborhood. These lots also have the chance of growing magical items.
  • Included a preview of The Sims 2 game on CD


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Some of the below cheats will not work after updating the game to a later release.

  • Cheat on those nasty Bills - Keep one of your unpaid bills until the mail carrier comes to deliver another bill. Once the flag is up, pay the bill you currently have, removing the other bill residing in your mailbox.

Cheat Console

While playing a game, press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+C to display a prompt box in the upper left corner of the screen. Once this box is displayed, entering one of the below codes activates the appropriate cheat.

Additional Information:
Enter an exclamation mark (!) at the prompt to repeat the last cheat entered.
Enter a semicolon (;) between codes to enter multiple codes at the same time.

klapaucius (if patch version 'rosebud') 1000 Cash
hist_add Add new family history stat to the current family
write_destlist Appends the route destination list to AllRoutes.txt
water_tool Create moat or streams or swimming pools
shrink_text [font_size] [text] Create shrunk_text_#.bmp files.
edit_char Create-a-character mode.
draw_all_frames [off/on] Draw all animation frames disabled/enabled.
draw_origins Draw colored dots at each person's origin
core_dump Dump entire memory to core_dump_[date:time].txt file.
dump_happy Dump selected person's most recent list of scored interactions to a file.
dump_mc Dump selected person's motive contribution curve to a file.
debug_social Enable debug flag to show outcome choice dialogs for social interactions
sim_log end End Sim logging
cht [filename] Execute "file.cht" file as a list of cheats
draw_floorable [off/on] Enable or disable draw of Florrable grid
assert Force an asswert for testing
log_animations Log animations in the event log window
map_edit [off/on] Map editor disabled/enabled
move_objects Move any object
tutorial off No tutorial object generation when tutorial house is loaded
browser_failsafe Prevent web browser crashes
preview_anims [off/on] Preview animations diabled/enabled.
tile_info Programmer stats
quit Quit game
#import Read in behavior tuning constants from Tuning.txt
rebuild_cp Rebuilds entire Control Panel/UCP from scratch
refresh_faces Refresh the BMP_resources for all people whose IFF files are writable
refresh_textures Rematch dependent textures and regenerate bitmaps for all user characters
restore_tut Restore tutorial
rotation [0/1/2/3] Rotates camera
route_balloons [off/on] Routing debug balloons disabled/enabled
fam_test [opcount] Run series of random operations on unhoused families
save Save currently loaded house
history Save family history file
plugh Say "plugh"
xyzzy Say "xyzzy"
draw_routes [off/on] Selected person's path hidden/displayed
log_mask Set event logging mask
autonomy [1-100] Set free thinking level
sim_speed [- 1000-1000] Set game speed
edit_grass [number] Set grass change value
grow_grass [0-150] Set grass growth
lot_size [number] Set lot size
sim_limit [milliseconds] Set maximum milliseconds to allow simulator
sim_speed [- 1000-1000] Set Sim speed
set_hour [1-24] Set time of day
bubble_tweak [z offset value] Set z offset for thought bubbles
[directory path] Sets the neighborhood directory to the path
lot_border [tl tr bl br] Sets up the borders on the lot with non-editable flag
allow_inuse Sets whether menu items appear for in use objects
memview Show memory view window in debug builds of the game.
sim_log begin Start Sim logging
swap_houses [house #] [house #] Swap the two house files and updates families
sweep [off/on] Ticks disabled/enabled
tile_info [off/on] Tile information hidden / displayed
visitor_control Toggle allowing visitors to be controlled using the keyboard.
report_assets Toggle assets report
auto_reset Toggle automatic object reset feature
sim_peak Toggle calls to PeekMessages within Sim loop
cam_mode Toggle camera mode
all_menus Toggle display of unavailable interactions in person control menus
obj_comp Toggle object compression in save file
quats Toggle quaternion transformations
sound_log Toggle sound log window
sound Toggle sounds
html Toggle web page creation
reload_people Total reload of people skeletons, animations, suits, and skins
soundevent Trigger sound event
write_routes Write out an RTE file every time a route is found
#export Write out behavior turning constants to tuning.txt

Hints & Tips

  • Phone - As one of your first purchases, it is recommended you purchase a phone and that it is placed in a commonly used location of your house. There are several phone calls made during the game where you are awarded money over the phone.
  • Skills - Develop your Sims' skills to help improve their chances of getting raises and bonuses from their job.
  • Burglars - Purchase a security system to help prevent your house from being robbed. Catching the burglars is also will be an additional money bonus for you.
  • Other Family Members - Get other family members into your household to add extra income. While this can cause family problems, it can be used to your advantage to get additional income.

Technical Support

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CH000620 Why is my online game so slow?
CH000789 How do I play my game over the Internet?
CH000786 General Sims questions and answers.
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