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The Sims FreePlay
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Developer(s) Firemonkeys Studios [1]
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Series The Sims
Version 5.8.0
Platform(s) iOS, Android,[2] Windows Phone 8, BlackBerry 10
Genre(s) Life simulation
Mode(s) Single-player
System requirements iOS 4.3, Android 2.0, Windows Phone 8, or BlackBerry 10
The Sims FreePlay Logo
The Sims FreePlay is a free-to-play iOS, Android and Windows Phone game from Iron Monkey. It was released worldwide on December 15, 2011 for iOS[3] and February 15, 2012 for Android.[4] A Windows Phone 8 version was released on September 14, 2013.[5] It is the first Sims game released on the iPad. It differs from the regular Sims game in that it uses regular time. For example, in a normal The Sims PC game, 1 hour of game time is one minute. However in FreePlay, 1 hour really is one hour. On July 21st, 2014 Firemonkeys Studios announced there will be no further updates on the Windows Phone 8.[6]

DescriptionEdit

The Sims FreePlay is a version of the beloved life Sim that combines the features you love with a brand new experience for your iOS/Android/Blackberry 10/Windows Phone 8/Kindle device that you can play for free! Build and personalize your own town and control up to 34 Sims by choosing their jobs, pets, cars and more in the deepest Sims experience for mobile devices yet. 

Complete actions to level up and earn Simoleons and Lifestyle Points for access to new items, decorations, and buildings. Your Sims live in a persistent world so take them with you and check in anytime to see what they’re doing. Continual game updates and social features like visiting your friend's towns and comparing them with the leaderboard means you’ll have a great new experience every time![7][8]

ReleaseEdit

On November 23, 2011, IGN was first to report  that the game is being released for iOS. The game was early released in the Singapore App Store on December 1, 2011, weeks before the official iOS release. The same day, official Facebook page for the game was created. Previews, sneak peeks and polls posted on the page lead to the launch trailer and the game was available worldwide in the App Store on December 15, 2011. Much anticipated game was released for Android players two months later. Soon after the Pre-Teen update, the game team revealed that the game is coming to Kindle Fire.

In December 2012, EA released the highlights from the first year , since the official launch of the game a year ago. An interview with producer was also released that time in honor of its first anniversary.

Changing time and dateEdit

Changing time and date settings may skip time-based actions. The "Time cheat" is very popular among players, however there are side effects players may experience:[9]

  • Buildings taking longer to complete
  • Sims and babies taking longer to arrive
  • Sims no longer attempting to go to work
  • No more daily rewards
  • Party Boat gifts and Competition Center competitions taking longer to arrive
  • No longer being able to access timed events and limited edition awards

Having incorrect time and date may also prevent players from having access to online features:

  • Cloud
  • Online store
  • Party boat, leaderboard, and gifts.
  • Collecting other things

UpdatesEdit

  • Valentine's Day
  • Marriage and Babies
  • Easter 
  • Toddler
  • Social
  • Salon
  • Pre-Teen
  • Supernatural
  • Holiday
  • Pool
  • Livin' Large
  • Moving Up
  • Climate Control
  • Neighbors
  • Mystery Island
  • Teenagers
  • Christmas
  • All Grown Up
  • Life Dreams
  • Saddle Up
  • Carnival
  • Let's Eat!
  • Pet Paradise
  • Witches & Wizards

Added FeaturesEdit

This section shows features added in each update.

If a line has a * on it, it means that feature is only available in that update.

Valentine's DayEdit

  • New Valentine's Day items (such as Love Tub and Love Bed)
  • New Scientist career at Science Lab (see Science)

Marriage and BabiesEdit

  • Marriage and Babies
  • New Musician career
  • Can now remove a Sim and their house from the game
  • Can now cancel an action

EasterEdit

  • New pet (rabbit)
  • New wallpaper*
  • New items and clothing*
  • New Makeup
  • New Furniture

ToddlerEdit

  • Toddlers
  • New Children's store added to the town map
  • New items for dogs (frisbees, water and food bowls, toys, dog houses)
  • Dress Up chest and Wedding Wear added to the online store

SocialEdit

  • New social objects
  • New toddler items (toddler beds, dollhouses, tea sets, slot cars, and more)
  • New Nightclub and Party Boat added to the town map
  • New pets (cats) and objects for cats
  • Neighbors
  • New Leaderboard (in Party Boat)
  • Take a photo in-game and post it to Twitter and Facebook
  • Fish tanks added to the online store

SalonEdit

  • The Salon added to the town map (pre-built)
  • New house templates (Japanese Retreat, Designer House, Pro Skater's Dream)
  • Katy-Perry themed style pack added to the online store
  • Premium Home Pack added to the home store

Pre-TeenEdit

  • Grow your Toddlers into Pre-teens
  • The Sports Center added to the town map
  • Sim Town Elementary added to the town map
  • Hobbies - Pre-teens can have hobbies (Karate, Ballet)
  • New Teacher career
  • New preteen items
  • Game Center support for iOS

SupernaturalEdit

  • New Ghost Hunter hobby (limited time reward - Haunted House)
  • Haunted items added
  • Costume Shop added to the town map
  • Competition Center added to the town map
  • Sim-Eating Plants and Cooking Fires (now some recipes and plants will catch fire or become sim-eating plants)
  • New cat (Anchovy from Bejeweled Blitz)
  • More achievements added to the Game Center

HolidayEdit

  • New hobbies (Fishing and Fashion Designing)
  • New objects and clothes
  • 12 Days Of Christmas quest (daily reward items disappear after December) *
  • iPhone 5 support

PoolEdit

  • Swimming Center added to the town map
  • Reach level 12 to build your own pool
  • Swimsuit and Dolphin bundles available for purchase from the Online Store
  • New outdoor furniture and plants
  • New name for Costume Shop (The Fashion and Fancy Dress Shop)
  • New diving hobby
  • Sims maximum increased from 21 to 23 Sims
  • Herbicide table, pesticides, and fire extinguishers removed from the game and the "Negotiate" option reduced to 3 minutes.

Livin' LargeEdit

  • Beachside lots that are twice as big as standard ones
  • Seven more Sims (31 total)
  • Movie Studio and Real Estate Agency added to the town map
  • New houses templates (Neo Tokyo theme, Beachside Escape and Dream Home Contest Winner)
  • New Designer Countertops for kitchen
  • New careers: Actor and Real Estate Agent
  • Automatic vomit and pee cleaner
  • Level up faster from level 30 upwards all the way up to level 52

Moving UpEdit

  • The Sports Center renamed to The Community Center
  • Add second and third floor to houses and buildings
  • Fire poles, elevators and escalators
  • New woodworking hobby
  • New Home Store items: lounges, dining tables, bathroom sinks, windows and doors
  • Limited time Construction-O Coins (CC)*
  • Adidas male and female pack in the Online Store

Climate ControlEdit

  • Weather Machine
  • Snow Park added to the town map
  • New Figure Skating hobby
  • New Home Store items: weather machine, lights, fans, heaters
  • New warm clothes for Sims: beanies, winter coats, ear muffs
  • Ice Hockey Set (Limited edition)
  • SimTracker displayed when you start the game.

NeighborsEdit

  • The start-up screen now also shows Firemonkeys logo (used to be only EA logo)*
  • Redesigned Party Boat
  • Visit neighbors' town, houses and buildings
  • Complete Social goals to earn Social Points
  • New Scandinavian House (worth 450 SP)
  • All-new furniture and items, new colors released each week for 4 weeks
  • NBR section of the Home Store no longer available
  • Social items no longer require neighbors, can be paid with SP
  • ‘Another Simtown’ on Party Boat for players without neighbors
  • Status bar displays Social Points instead of NBR
  • New globe button at the bottom of the screen redirects you to the Party Boat
  • Cloud saves now also support Game Center (iOS only) if you do not have a Facebook account
  • Your save data will now be uploaded to the Cloud automatically every time you access the Party Boat
  • Transfer your Cloud save data between Android, iOS and Amazon devices
  • Two goals are always displayed on the screen (regular and social)
  • Sim's needs and goals are smaller size
  • Changed Account Manager helps keep all of your accounts logged in

Mystery IslandEdit

  • Mystery Island and Bridge added to the town map
  • 4 new Premium House Lots on Mystery Island
  • 4 Houseboat Lots on Mystery Island
  • Simoleons Sprout and Lifestyle Points Lotus
  • Firemonkeys logo is no longer shown at the start of the game
  • Town button on the bottom now has two options: Sim Town and Mystery Island
  • New Home Store items
  • When taking a screenshot, the lines above Sims' heads are gone
  • Limited-time Treasure Chest
  • Collect resources to upgrade island monuments (maximum to Level 70)
Ancient Monuments
  • The Riches Of Terra - Gives your Sims a chance to gain bonus Simoleons after doing Simoleons generating actions, such as gardening, baking, and working!
  • The Tempest Of Bliss - Decreases a rate at which your Sims' motives drain
  • The Flames Of Wisdom - Gives your Sims a change to gain bonus XP after doing XP generating actions, such as using objects, gardening, baking, and working!
  • The Springs Of Fortune - Increases chance of getting XP and Simoleons bonuses from 'The Riches Of Terra' and 'Flames Of Wisdom'
  • Island Volcano - Upgrade all four Monuments to Level 25 to watch the Volcano burst into life, exposing untold riches!

TeenagersEdit

  • New quest system introduced - new players will have a series of quests to unlock items and abilities that used to be available to all players. Previous limited time items return as limited time rewards for these quests.
  • Age your Preteens into Teens by completing the Coming of Age quest at Level 23 and higher.
  • Higher Education quest at Level 24 and higher unlocks Sim Town High in the Town Map
  • Teens can become a Teen Idol by completing Road to Fame quest
  • Build a Sim Town Sign to unlock Teen Idol Mansion
  • Use a telephone to adopt Toddlers, Preteens or Teens (costs real money)
  • New Home Store items for Teens
  • Earn Keys and win prizes at Mystery Box Shop with weekly quests (instead of regular tasks)
  • School for Preteens is redesigned
  • Relationships between siblings
  • Personalities removed from the Create-A-Sim menu
  • Great Ghost Escape event*

HolidayEdit

  • Thanksgiving Day quest (unlocks Pilgrim Hats, Turkey Hats, and Turkey Beanbag chair)*
  • Christmas presents delivered by the mailbox featuring limited time items (rewards from 12 Days of Christmas quest)*
  • The Missing Xmas Elves quest (daily rewards with Pet Reindeer as the main reward)*
  • Limited time location: Santa's Workshop
  • New Year's Eve 10...9...8... Quest (unlocks Fireworks Pack)*

All Grown UpEdit

  • Adulthood, Seniors, In Stitches, Bird Feeding quests
  • Sims can grow from Babies to Seniors
  • New hobbies for seniors (Quilting and Bird Feeding)
  • New Home Store items
  • Bingo Hall added to the town map (Mystery Island)
  • Premium Residence is renamed to Ocean View Residence
  • New house templates (Renovator's Dream, Two Story/Three Story Unfurnished House)
  • New houseboats (The Tiny Tightpocket and The Pint-prized Prince)
  • Economy houseboat is renamed to The Cavernous Cruiser, Premium is now The Royal Wavecutter
  • All items show how much stars they are worth
  • SimTracker shows each Sim's life stage
  • In the park pier, there's now a stereo
  • New Task Available now shows at the left bottom of the screen instead of current goals
  • Add one more Sim (32 total)

Life DreamsEdit

  • Life Dreams & Legacies quest
  • Sims age naturally as you play with them (after completing the Life Dreams & Legacies quest at level 26)
  • Fulfill Sims' Life Dreams and earn Life Orbs
  • Personalities return (Sporty and Geek)
  • Age Controller
  • At the final stage, Seniors face death
  • Sim Tracker displays a circle around Sims showing how much of the phase in their life is completed
  • Beach and Ice Ape Arcade added to the town map (Mystery Island) 
  • New hobbies: Snorkeling, Seashell Collecting, Arcade Gamer, Skill Tester, Pinball Wizard
  • Redesigned residence previews

Saddle UpEdit

  • Need For Steed, and Hidden Unicorn quest
  • Stables added to the town map (Mystery Island)
  • New animals (Horses)
  • New hobbies: Show Jumping, Show Tricks, Vaulting and Surfing
  • New Swimming Area at the beach
  • Maximum level increased to Level 55
  • New life dream stages - Sims can only complete a certain percent of their life dream during each age group
  • Now only Seniors can complete a life dream and complete an orb

CarnivalEdit

  • Carnival added to the town map (Mystery Island)
  • New In Da Clubhouse quest
  • New hobbies: Juggling. High Striker, Toddler Playhouse
  • New personality: Entertainer
  • Redesigned Hobbies section by age

Let's Eat!Edit

  • Bread Winner and Sous Judgmental quests
  • Restaurant added to the town map
  • New hobby: Cooking
  • By tapping on an oven, you can choose between Cooking and Baking
  • Ultimate Makeover (by tapping on a Sim) completely re-vamps and existing Sim
  • A gift icon is now shown next to the weekly tasks
  • A task won't disappear from the screen until you Tap to Continue

Pet Paradise (Sept 2014) Edit

  • New Barkshire Pet Park added to the town map (Mystery Island)
  • New hobbies: Dog Obedience, Dog Agility, Cat Show
  • Names under items in the Home Store.
  • Pet Salon added to the town map - has collars for cats and dogs
  • The Pirate and His Goddess quest added (Oct. 1st)
  • New Pirate Ship for trading resources, SPs, and simoleons for gems needed to upgrade the new Ancient Goddess monument.

Witches & Wizards (October 2014)Edit

  • New store (Sorcerous Supplies) added to the town map next to the Snow Park.
  • New quest The Book of Spells
  • Two new hobbies - Spell Casting (unlocked after completing The Book of Spells) and Broomstick Flying (unlocked on Oct. 31st and after completing Spell Casting collection once.)
  • New pets - Imperial Barn Owl(limited time reward for Spell Casting hobby) and Dragons (limited reward for The Book of Spells quest).
  • New wizard themed items and outfit

EventsEdit

One Day Without Shoes (April 2012)

On April 10, look out for an in-game message asking you to take off your shoes. Show your support by going barefoot and your Sims will be rewarded with some tiny, virtual TOMS Shoes of their very own for free!

Student Of The Year Competition (October 2012)

The Student of the Year Competition has started. The first student to achieve an A grade before October 16 will win a free Arcade Dance Machine!

Dream Home Contest (November 2012)

Send us a screenshot of your Sims dream home by 21 Nov for a chance to get it featured IN-GAME!

Winning house featured in Livin' Large update. "Player Designed House" costs 39 Lifestyle Points. Winner

12 Days Of Christmas (December 2012)

Fix Santa's sleigh before Christmas and be rewarded with Christmas items along the way.

The Fishing Tournament (January 2013)

Collect all six fishes to win an inspiring reward — Singing Salmon!

Fashion Designer Awards (January 2013)

Collect all six designs for a fabulous gardening outfit, that gets you 25% more Simoleons and XP every time your Sims wear it while gardening.

The Sim Town Diving Challenge (February 2013)

Tired of cleaning your pool? Collect all 6 medals in our Diving Event to win an automatic pool cleaner!

Construct-O-Coins (April - May 2013)

Earn Construct-O-Coins via Woodworking and Town Map Revenue Collection

Limited-time items in the Home Store will no longer be available when the timer expires, so get them before they're gone!

Alien Encounter Challenge (May 2013)

Help Osiris the alien complete limited-time goals to unlock a futuristic teleporter!

Weather Machine (June 2013)

Complete your limited-time goals to unlock a Weather Machine!

Design A Dream Backyard (September 2013)

Is your garden worth showing off? Now is your chance to win a Limited Edition The Sims FreePlay 32GB iPod Touch just by submitting a screenshot of your outdoor area by September 29 in the Design a Dream Backyard competition!

Official Rules / Winner

The Great Ghost Escape (October 2013)

Catch all ghosts before the clock strikes midnight on November 1 to unlock spooky new costumes and items!

The Missing Xmas Elves (December 2013)

Help Santa! He is in Sim Town in search of his Elves. Head to the North Pole to find clues and earn rewards along the way.

New Years Eve (December 2013)

The New Year is nearly here! Complete the New Years Eve Quest to unlock breathtaking Fireworks and light up the sky! And from 6PM on New Years Eve December 31st, receive a 2 Life Point gift every hour until midnight!

Fishing Challenge (January 2014)

Reel 'em in - the Fishing Challenge is on! Catch all fish by Jan 18 to unlock awesome new Fashion Accessories.

Ringlets Of Fire (August 2014)

Show off your skills in the Fashion Design hobby and unlock brand new Long Hair!

The Sims Official MagazineEdit

The game has been featured in all six issues of The Sims Official Magazine so far, a free magazine about The Sims in general that players can read online or as a universal app for iOS and Android.

Game Center AchievementsEdit

Achievement Name How to get
Lucky Dog Have a dog find a lifestyle point.
10 Goals Down Complete 10 goals.
Onward and Upward! Have a town valued at 15,000 simoleons.
First Date Have one of your Sims start dating.
Penny Pincher Save 10,000 simoleons.
Hello, Newman Have a Sim become nemeses with another Sim.
The Diet Ends Here Bake 5 chocolate puddings
Popcorn, Anyone? Watch 8 movies.
Barking Mad Purchase 3 dogs.
We Need More Taxes! Oh wait... Build the Town Hall.
One Mean Sim Have a Sim become enemies with 8 other Sims.
Wedding Bells Have two Sims get married.
Baby Boomers Have 3 babies.
I Love You Guys! Have a Sim with 10 best friends.
Lucky Cats Have cats find 7 lifestyle points.
Sweet Tooth Use 8 cupcakes.
Deep Pockets Save 50,000 simoleons.
Goal-O-Rama Complete 50 goals.
Stinky Diapers! Have Sims change 12 baby diapers.
Sims by the Dozen Add a 12th Sim to town.
100 Miles Have your Sims travel a distance of 100 miles in their cars.
Going the Distance Reach level 22.
Moneygrubber! Save 100,000 Simoleons.
Where's My Girdle? Bake 35 Apple Pies.
Life of Excess Purchase the Pro Skater's Dream Pad.
KA-BOOM! Get 5 Sims promoted to Mad Scientist at the Lab.
Going for Speed Reach level 34.
Dr. Evil! Have a town valued at 1,000,000 simoleons.
Goal Crazy! Complete 100 goals.
MUAH HAHAHA! Save 1,000,000 simoleons.
Goal Mayhem! Complete 250 goals.
Top of the Class! Have 3 preteen Sims with a grade average of A+++.
Cats and Dogs Unite! Have your cats and dogs find 20 lifestyle points.
YOU Caused the GFC Save 10,000,000 Simoleons.
Sim Town 90210 Have your town valued at 12,000,000 simoleons.
Nemesis of the State Have 1 Sim be nemeses with 16 Sims.
Proclaimer! Have your Sims travel a distance of 500 miles in their cars.
500 GOALS! Complete 500 goals.
City of Gold Have a town worth 30,000,000 simoleons.
1000 GOALS! Complete 1000 goals.
Wax On... Have a Sim with a Blue Belt in Karate.
Wax Off... Have a Sim with a Black Belt in Karate.
Sim For A Spin! Have a Sim an Intermediate Ballet Dancer.
Pro Dancer Have a pre-teen Sim a Professional Ballet Dancer.
G...G...Ghost! Catch 4 Ghosts.
Ghost Hunter Catch all 12 Ghost types.
Safety First! Put out an oven fire with a fire extinguisher.
You're On Fire! Put out 23 oven fires with fire extinguishers.
Sim Negotiator Have your Sims negotiate with 3 Man-Eating Plants.
Bad Herbs! Use Herbicide to destroy 25 Man-Eating Plants.

FreePlayers' Choice ProgramEdit

FreePlayers' Choice Program is a way for players to vote for their favorite items they would like to get discounted. Each offer lasts for a limited time. The voting is enabled on the game's official Facebook page.

1. 50% OFF on Engagement Rings

2. 80% OFF on Dress-Up Chest

3. 50% OFF on Swimwear

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • The Sims FreePlay is the third game in The Sims series to require an Internet connection (the first is The Sims Online and the second being The Sims Social).[10]
  • FreePlay's Time feature originated from the DS version of The Sims 2.
  • FreePlay is the first game not to use the name Child in the life stage. Instead, they are called Pre-Teens. This would make Child the first life stage in The Sims series to have its name changed.
  • FreePlay is the first The Sims game to support the iPad's fullscreen.
  • FreePlay is the first game to have more than 8 Sims being able to be controlled at the same time without having to change a household, although pets cannot be controlled.
  • FreePlay is the first game that has a changing icon. 
  • There are no NPCs in Freeplay, meaning the players have control over every Sim in the town. All Sims in the town are added by the players.
  • All workplaces and the school are rabbit holes.
  • Story progression is limited; aging must be done manually via a birthday cake using Life Points.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.mcvpacific.com/news/read/interview-iron-monkey-talk-about-the-sims-going-free-on-ios/088904
  2. [1]
  3. http://venturebeat.com/2011/11/29/ea-shows-mobile-and-social-games-for-winter-fun-from-battlefield-3-aftershock-to-a-new-tetris/
  4. https://market.android.com/details?id=com.ea.games.simsfreeplay_na
  5. http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/the-sims-freeplay/b8deb98f-ccc1-4ca4-96fc-3723940335b5
  6. https://help.firemonkeys.com.au/hc/en-us/articles/201942044-Windows-Phone-8-No-Further-Updates
  7. http://wireless.ign.com/articles/121/1213261p1.html?utm_campaign=twposts&utm_source=twitter
  8. http://wireless.ign.com/objects/123/123277.html
  9. Read more about changing time and date on official forum.
  10. http://help.ea.com/article/sims-freeplay-faq

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