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In video games, a cheat is a feature, added by the game developers and hidden from normal gameplay, that changes the game mechanics in some form. In The Sims series, cheats are typically activated through entering cheat codes into a text window, which is opened through a unique key combination (usually CTRL + SHIFT + C). Cheats may also be in the form of game glitches or bugs, which are purposefully exploited to bring about some benefit not originally intended by the game developers.

Cheats are used mainly to aid in gameplay by eliminating certain challenges or obstacles. Cheats can also be activated to aid in story telling, to fix bugs or glitches in the game, or just for the enjoyment of the player. The term "cheat" applies to every use of these hidden codes or features, regardless of whether the cheats give the player an unearned advantage. Thus a player can use cheats without "cheating" the game, though this depends on which cheats are used and how they are used.

Cheat Mode Edit

To get into to cheat mode, press CTRL + SHIFT + C during game play. Once you are in cheat mode, simply type in the cheat and hit Enter. Do this every time you want to use one of the cheats. Cheats can be repeated by typing the expression ";!" after the code. Ending the code with "!" will repeat the cheat indefinitely until the player either closes the cheat box or removes the semicolon.

Some versions of Windows such as Windows Vista (depending on pc user settings for hot-keys) or some computers with the CTRL + SHIFT + C which opens a program, may require you to press CTRL + SHIFT + WINDOWS LOGO + C in order to open the cheat console.

How cheats are enteredEdit

  • CTRL + SHIFT+ C or CMD + SHIFT + C and type the cheat and then press Enter or Return[TS][TS2][TSS][TS3][TSM]
  • Hold all shoulder buttons (L1+R1+L2+R2 for PS2, L+R for GameCube and LT+RT for Xbox) and type the correct cheat[TSC]
  • Press the buttons in order to activate a cheat (A sound will be played) and Locate the Cheat objects[TSBO][TU:SITC][TS2C]
  • Pause the game and hold L1, L2, R1 & R2 (PS3) or LT, RT, RB, LB (Xbox 360)[TS3C]

The Sims 3 console gamesEdit

Icon-warning-48x48 Warning: This will disable Challenges and Trophies/Achievements, please make a backup save if you want to use cheats.

Pause the game and hold L1, L2, R1 & R2 (PS3) or LT, RT, RB, LB (Xbox 360)

Unlike preceding games of The Sims console games as well as The Sims 3, cheats will now cause a Penalties as it disable Challenges and Trophies (PS3) or achievements (Xbox 360). If the player is about to use cheats, the game will warn the player by displaying a message as seen below.

Cheat message dialogsEdit

When L1, L2, R1 & R2 (PS3) or LT, RT, RB, LB (Xbox 360) are pressed:

Are you sure you want to enable cheats?

If you save your game with cheats enabled, that game will no longer be able to complete Challenges or Trophies.

If the player selects I understand. Let the cheating begin!, a prompt is displayed asking if the player wants to save:

Would you like to save a copy of your current game without cheats enabled so that you can later resume your cheats-free, Challenges-enabled progress?

The Sims 3 will display an additional message: Cheats are now enabled!

Spoot the Magic Llama is now available for free in the Miscellaneous Decor section of Buy Mode. All cheats are available as interactions on the llama. You may place it on your home lot or use it from your inventory at any time.

If you want to resume playing without cheats, you must either load a game that does not have cheats enabled or start a new game.

When L1, L2, R1 & R2 (PS3) or LT, RT, RB, LB (Xbox 360) are pressed:

Are you sure you want to enable Creation Mode?

If you save your game with it enabled, you will no longer be able to complete Challenges or Trophies.

If I understand. Let the cheating begin! is selected, a dialog is displayed asking if the player wants to save:

Would you like to save a copy of your current game without Creation Mode enabled so that you can later resume your cheats-free, Challenges-enabled progress?

The message is then displayed:

Creation Mode enabled!

List of CheatsEdit

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