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The Sims 4 cheat codes

The Sims is one of the few games that still openly permits the use of cheat codes. Here are the codes for the newly launched The Sims 4.

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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.

Cheat Effect
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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