Remember cheat codes? A string of letters, numbers, or button combinations that would unlock goodies and easier gameplay modes? Usually written in by developers, cheat codes allow playtesters to make sure all aspects of a game work the way they are intended.
In more recent years, though, developers have been a lot more careful about covering their tracks, and cheat codes have been a lot harder to come by. Not so with The Sims, however: Now seeing its fourth iteration at 14 years of age, the life simulation game has always had codes that allow you to get nice little bonuses.
For previous players of The Sims, these codes will be very familiar. To enter them, you need to hit Ctrl+Shift+C on a Windows PC or Cmd+Shift+C on a Mac. This will open up the cheat console; type in your code and hit Enter for each cheat.
Note that the brackets aren't required -- they simply denote that you need to customise your code. Also, for cheats that give two options in brackets, you simply choose the one that applies. For example, to make all real estate in the game free, you would type "freeRealEstate on".
There is also one building mode cheat that we know of: when an object is selected, holding down Shift while pressing the ] key will increase the object's size.
On one final note, some of these codes were discovered by Sims forum user TwistedMexican. You can find his full list -- including some codes that haven't yet been tested -- on the Sims 4 forum here.
|kaching||Adds §1,000 to the household funds.|
|rosebud||Adds §1,000 to the household funds.|
|motherlode||Adds §50,000 to the household funds.|
|help||Displays all available commands|
| money <amount> ||Allows you to set an exact amount for household funds|
|death.toggle [true|false]||Turns death on or off entirely in the game|
|freeRealEstate [on|off]||Only available in the neighbourhood; removes pricing from all lots|
|resetSim [FirstName] [LastName]||Resets the named Sim|
|headlineEffects [on|off]||Turns on or off all plumbobs, thought balloons and other overhead elements|
|sims.modify_in_cas||Allows you to edit in Create-A-Sim|
|sims.Spawn||Spawns a Sim and adds them to your hosehold|
|sims.spawnsimple||Spawns a Sim and doesn't add them to your household|
|aspirations.complete_current_milestone||Completes the current milestone for the selected Sim|
|objects.consumables_infinite_toggle [true|false]||Household consumables are now an infinite supply|
|households.autopay_bills||Automatically pays household bills|
|sims.remove_all_buffs||Resets your Sim's mood to neutral|
The game also has shift-click cheats. To enable these cheats, you will need to type "testingcheats true" in the cheat console. Then, if you hold down the shift key while clicking on a Sim or object, you will have cheat options to select from.
|Shift-click on Sim|
|Reset Object||Resets the selected Sim|
|Add to Family||Adds the selected Sim to the current household|
|Cheat Motive, Make Happy||Fills all bars and gives selected Sim a happy mood|
|Cheat Motive, Enable Motive Decay||Motives behave normally|
|Cheat Motive, Disable Motive Decay||Motives freeze|
|Modify in CAS||Edit selected Sim in Create-a-Sim, except for his or her name and inherited traits|
|Shift-click on object|
|Reset Object||Resets the object|
|Make Dirty||The object will become dirty|
|Make Clean||The object will become clean|
|Shift-click on ground|
|Teleport Sim||Teleports a Sim to the selected point|
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