The Sims 3 Cheats | GamesRadar+

The Sims 3 cheats are what you will need as literal life hacks for your Sims. You won’t get any judgment from us using any of them, because who needs to struggle financially in The Sims when you can in real life. Plus, using cheats in The Sims has been a staple of the series since the beginning, so get more money, boost stats, and more with these Sims 3 cheats right away.

Here are some The Sims 3 tips for PC, Mac, PS3 and Xbox. Just be sure to read our guide carefully first, so you don’t mess things up with your favorite Sims.

How to Enable The Sims 3 Cheats

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First, to enable cheats on The Sims 3, you will need to bring up the cheat console by following the instructions below:

* The Sims 3 PC Tips: Hold Ctrl and Shift, then press c

* The Sims 3 Mac cheats: Hold down the Command and Shift keys, then press c

* The Sims 3 PS3 Cheats: Hold down all four shoulder buttons at once

* The Sims 3 Xbox Tips: Hold down all four shoulder buttons at once

A box will then appear at the top of your screen where you will enter your codes.

The Sims 3 cheats Shift-click

One of the most important cheat codes in The Sims 3 is testingcheatsenabled true, which enables a world of new options accessible by using Shift-click on Sims, objects, etc. For Shift-click on PlayStation, press X + O, or for Xbox, use A + B at the same time. We’ve rounded up some of the options below:

Mail boxes

Shift-click the mailbox and choose one of the following options:

  • make everything happy to set the mood of the active focus to the maximum
  • Make me friends to give the active Sim a number of random neighborhood friends
  • Make requirements static to define needs as much as possible and prevent them from decreasing over time
  • Make Everything Dynamic to return to normal decay rate
  • Let me know everyone make active Sims know everyone in the neighborhood
  • Force the visitor bring in a random visitor
  • Force NPC (more options available) to make a particular NPC arrive
  • Defining career (more options available) to set the current Sim’s career to a specified path, branch and rank

The Sims 3 Sims Cheats

The Sims 3

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Shift-click All Sims and choose one of the following options:

  • Trigger the age transition age the selected Sim
  • Add to active household/family to add a selected Sim to a household
  • Modify Sim in CAS to bring a Sim back to Create a Sim mode
  • Edit Traits for Active Sim to only change the traits of an active Sims

The Sims 3 Career Building Cheats

Shift-click on a Sim’s career building and choose one of the following options:

  • Opportunity of strength to force work-related opportunities
  • Force event force a work-related event
  • Force all events to force all possible events of the chosen workplace

The Sims 3 floor cheats

The Sims 3

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Shift-click the floor and choose one of the following options:

  • Teleport me here to teleport an active Sim to that location
  • Build/Buy on this land (after patch 1.7) to activate build and buy mode even in case of fire or burglary, either option activates both
  • Seasons (more options available) to enable in-game weather control (only available with Seasons expansion pack)

The Sims 3 Money Cheats

KACHING! No, seriously, kaching. Enter any of The Sims 3 money cheats below for extra Simoleons or free housing.

  • kaching – receive 1,000 simoleons
  • Rosebud – receive 1,000 simoleons
  • mother lode – receive 50,000 simoleons
  • family funds [sims last name] [money wanted] – replace with last name and a numerical value between 0 and 99,999,999 (you must first enter testingcheatsenabled true in the console)
  • free real estate – allows you to buy any house you want (you have to activate this code in Map mode)

The Sims 3 relationship cheats

The Sims 3 relationship cheats

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  • let me know everyone – Selected Sim knows all other Sims
  • make me friends – make several random friends for the selected Sim
  • force the visitor – forces a neighbor to show up
  • add to focus – add an active Sim to the current household

Tips for Sims 3 Needs and Skills

  • shazaam – add 2,500 lifetime happiness points to the active Sim
  • ResetLifeTimeHappiness – resets the lifetime happiness of all Sims in an active household
  • edit strokes – set or clear strokes
  • Reset [first name] [last name] – teleports the named Sim to the family lot with neutral moodless patterns
  • make happy – sets all moods/mooodlets to make everyone in the house look perfect; removes negative moods
  • make motivation static – set patterns to static for the whole household
  • boosts motivation – set dynamic patterns for the whole household

The Sims 3 Career Tips

The Sims 3

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  • career [career] [level] – give a career to the selected Sim
  • strength opportunity – click on the career development you are working in to force an opportunity
  • force event – click on the career development you are working in to force an event
  • force all events – click on career building to view all career events consecutively
  • unlock outfits [on|off] – view career outfits and service uniforms (must activate this code before entering Create-A-Sim mode)

The Sims 3 Change Sim Cheats

  • set age [number] – set Sim’s age
  • ageuptoNPC on – ages a Sim into an uncontrollable NPC who lives in your household, also works on children
  • forced twins – gives Sim pregnant twins

The Sims 3 Item Cheats

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  • buy debug [on|off] – lets you buy anything, including locked items (you need to enter testingcheatsenabled true in the console first)
  • move objects [on|off] – no limitation to place/move objects
  • Constrain Ground Elevation [true|false] – force terrain adjustments regardless of objects, Sims and other structures
  • fadeobjects [on|off] – objects fade when the camera gets closer to them
  • disable snap to locations on alt [on|off] – objects will not snap to slots when holding Alt
  • snapobjectstoangle [true|false] – toggle object snap to 45 degree angle
  • snapobjectstogrid [true|false] – toggle snap to grid for placed objects
  • place friezes [on|off] – allows you to place foundations on tiled floors

The Sims 3 world and UI tips

  • to help – show most hints
  • leave – leave the game
  • full screen [on|off] – switch to full screen
  • fps [on|off] – displays the frame rate display at the top right of the screen
  • hide Title Effects [on|off] – hides all in-game counters and effects, e.g. Sim or Plumbob thought bubbles
  • slowMotionViz: [0-8] – slow motion visuals: 0 is normal, 8 is slowest
  • plays sounds [on|off] – toggle all audio (you need to enter testingcheatsenabled true in console first)

Miscellaneous tips for The Sims 3

The Sims 3

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  • kidding please – prints a random joke on the console, does not affect gameplay
  • activate llamas [on|off] – llama enabled messages print to console
  • Force service simulation [name] – force a specific Service Sim to spawn

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