One of the best things about playing Sims 3 is that you get to play ‘God’ to your sim—managing his life and his aspirations so he can achieve his big dream and still stay (reasonably) happy every day. But unlike our own lives, there are great cheats and shortcuts that will set up your sim for success. Here are some great tips from fellow Sims 3 addicts.
Manage those moodlets
Happy sims earn rewards faster, and the room and environment can give passive bonuses. So from the very beginning, buy cheap decor like paper towels or flowers. More expensive accessories like a fireplace or sculpture can add up to as much as a 40+ mood bonus. (Emotional sims get a 50+ bonus.)
Your sims will also get a mood bonus from stereo music playing in the background, especially if it’s set to a favorite station. Buy a portable stereo so they can bring it while fishing.
Get rid of clutter
Your sim gets annoyed by a dirty room. You can hire a maid to tidy things up when he’s at work, but you can also drag dirty plates or garbage into the trash can—like a fairy godmother cleaning the house while he sleeps.
Pick your lifetime rewards well
Use those points to get lifetime rewards that are really practical. Good choices are dirt defiant and steel bladder, so that your sim spends less time in the bathroom. Another excellent reward is the Food Replicator, which lets him make ‘zap’ several meals from just one dish.
Go to the library and gym
Your sim can read or exercise at home, but your sim skill levels increase faster when he goes out. He also gets the chance to interact with other sims (like going as a group to the library) which improves relationship and fills up the social needs bar. And as a general rule, your sim will learn a skill faster if he is in a good mood—so don’t make him read that logic book when he’s depressed.
Play to learn
Since your sim has limited free time, multi-task by building skills through fun activities. For example, play chess at the park (and play against an opponent to meet the social needs too). Boost athletic skill by swimming or playing ball. Watch the cooking show on TV to boost cooking skills (and invest in a very comfortable chair, which yields a positive moodlet). Build artistic skills by painting.
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