Welcome to the second half of Windows Phone Central’s Sims FreePlay Achievement guide! In this installment, you’ll learn how to bust ghosts and feel good, make babies, and get your kids’ grades up on high. We’ll put you on the long, long road to completing 1,000 goals as well.
In case you missed it, please note that The Sims FreePlay MUST be connected to Xbox Live in order for an Achievement to unlock. Sometimes it drops the connection during gameplay – without warning the player. If that happens, any Achievements you unlock won’t count.
To avoid unlocking Achievements while offline, always save and exit the game by pressing the Save and Exit button at the bottom right corner of the main menu. You can also do this right before you expect to earn an Achievement. That way, whenever you restart the game you’re sure to be connected.
Catch All 12 Ghost Types.
To hunt for ghosts, you’ll need at least one haunted item (designated by a red ghost symbol in the Home Store) in your house. The Pro Skater’s Dream Pad includes a 3-star haunted Skeleton, so you could start on this Achievement after buying that house. The skeleton is found in the southwest corner of the Dream Pad’s game room. If you don’t want to hunt in the Dream Pad (the layout is kind of a hassle to watch), feel free to move the skeleton to a smaller/less cluttered house.
Once you have a haunted item, select it and choose to hunt for ghosts, which will take three minutes and thirty seconds. Once the three minutes are up, your Sim will have a red icon above his or her head. Tap it and a ghost will appear and try to escape. Tap the ghost three times to catch it; take too long and it will get away.
Hobby experience earned from catching ghosts will level your Sim up in that hobby. Your Sim will need to reach level 6 before you can catch all twelve ghosts. It should take 4-6 hours of hunting to catch them all. Buy multiple haunted items (they appear in Decorations and other categories) to increase your chances of finding the rare ghosts.
Once you’ve caught every ghost, you can choose to restart the hunting path in order to earn the collection rewards again. There’s no disadvantage to restarting, so go for it. Also, any additional Sims you have can find the same tier of ghosts as the highest level ghost hunter, regardless of their individual hunting levels.
Sims can have three basic types of relationships with one another: friendly, romantic, or unfriendly. The conversational choices you make contribute towards these statuses: green adds to friendship, purple to romance, and red to unfriendly relationship.
To check the currently selected Sim’s relationship status with other Sims, press the Relationships button at the top of the sidebar on the left side of the screen.
Have a Sim ask another Sim to get married.
Choose romantic conversation options with a pair of Sims until the option to ask the other Sim to move in shows up. To actually ask, both Sims will need to be at one of the two Sim’s houses.
After successfully moving in together, one Sim can then ask the other to get married. This requires the purchase of a wedding ring. The rings that are most likely to work cost Life Points, so don’t waste money on the ones that cost Simoleons.
If you wait until the goal to get married comes up, you’ll receive a free Eternal Ring. Get married before that and you won’t get the ring, so it’s best to wait.
If the wedding ring works, the two Sims will become engaged. Have them perform romantic actions until their engagement meter fills up and they can finally get married.
Nemesis of the State
Have 1 Sim be nemeses with 16 Sims.
Perform unkind actions towards another Sim to move through the three unfriendly relationship levels. The third and final level is nemesis. It takes 30 “Be Rude” gestures (five total minutes) or 10 “Complain” gestures (10 minutes) to reach nemesis level with one Sim.
This Achievement requires a total of 17 Sims. The ability to have 17 Sims unlocks at level 30, so don’t bother antagonizing Sims until then. At that point, have the seventeenth character be mean to everyone else.
Have 3 babies.
A couple must be married to have a baby. After that, buy a crib and choose to have a baby. It takes 24 hours for the stork to arrive, and one parent must stay home the entire time. Also, you can’t create any other new Sims while a baby is on the way.
Once the baby is born, you can use a birthday cake (which costs life Points) to turn it into a toddler. Birthday cakes take 24 hours to bake, but you can start baking them before the baby arrives. They don’t appear in your inventory but the game does track how many cakes you have. There’s no point to leaving a kid as a toddler, so use another birthday cake to advance it to preteen status. Preteens can’t be turned into adults. The Achievements only require three babies, so don’t make more than that.
You don’t need to have three babies simultaneously for the Achievement. Just advance each baby into the next growth stage as it comes along. You can move and reuse the crib for each baby, so don’t buy more than one.
Want this Achievement a little early? When your second baby is born, confirm its appearance. Then go back and adjust any of its features by oressing the stick figure button at the bottom-right corner of the screen. Accept the change, and the Achievement should pop as if you had created a third baby.
Have a pre-teen Sim become a Professional Ballet Dancer.
The Community Center allows preteens to learn ballet and karate hobbies, plus adults can learn woodworking. After advancing your first baby to preteen status, buy the center and send the kid there to train.
You can use the speaker or balance bar to practice ballet. Using the bar to stretch takes 30 seconds and pays generous hobby XP, so use it to quickly fly through the ballet ranks. To advance from the fifth level to the sixth and final level, it should take 100 stretches. You could max out ballet in less than two hours via stretching.
Have a pre-teen Sim get a Black Belt in Karate.
Karate takes a lot longer to max out than ballet. Have your second preteen use the two karate tools to practice. The 20 minute exercise pays the best hobby experience, but you’re still looking at several days to hit the final level.
Top of the Class!
Have 3 preteen Sims with a grade average of A+++.
School works the same way for preteens as jobs do for adults. First build a school and enroll all of your preteens in it. You can then send them to school during the hours you choose. As students gain school experience, they will advance through the eight grade averages. The grades are: C, C+, B, B+, A, A+, A++, and A+++.
Studying at a 3-star desk will advance your students through the ranks far faster than actually attending school. At level 17, purchase the cheapest 3-star study desk from the Children’s Store using Life Points. Have your third preteen study non-stop. When the other preteens max out their hobbies, you might want to pick up another desk or two. It takes forever to advance through the grades, even with a nice desk.
Town Value Achievements
- Onward and Upward! - Have a town value of 15,000 simoleons.
- Sim Town 90210 - Have a town worth 12,000,000 simoleons.
- City of Gold - Have a town worth 30,000,000 simoleons.
Adding new houses and other buildings is the primary way to increase your town value. Adding a new story to a house increases town value by 500,000, but it costs a million Simoleons so most players won’t be able to do it.
The most affordable way to increase your value is ghost hunting. After progressing through the ghost hunting ranks once and receiving the Ghost Cabinet decoration, every subsequent completion of the ranks (catching all 12 ghosts again) will increase the town value by 500,000. Spend lots of time hunting and this Achievement will be yours.
- 10 Goals Down - Complete 10 goals.
- 1000 GOALS! - Complete 1000 goals.
Goals appear in the bottom-left corner of the screen. A goal must be either completed or skipped, which costs five Life Points. You’ll need Life Points just to complete many goals though, so don’t skip a goal unless it would take close to a week to accomplish. Oh, and nobody knows if skipping a goal counts as completing it.
Working on goals should be your number one priority, with a few exceptions. If a goal comes up and all of your Sims are occupied, you might want to free up a Sim by canceling his or her current action. Select the Sim and press the small red X to the right of the progress meter that pops up. Or you could spend 4 Life Points to add a new Sim to your town early. But if a Sim will be finishing a task relatively soon, you're better off allowing the task to finish instead of canceling actions or blowing Life Points.
Knocking out 1,000 goals will likely take months, especially because some goals can only be done at specific times of day or on certain days. Whenever you have a goal that will take a long time to complete, try to be patient and make as much progress in other areas as possible along the way. Just keep playing, always prioritizing goals, and you’ll get there someday.
More helpful Sims FreePlay articles
- Sims FreePlay Achievement Guide, Part 1
- Sims FreePlay In-App Purchase Guide!
- Full review coming tomorrow!
And just in case you don’t have the game yet…
- The Sims FreePlay – Windows Phone 8 (1 GB of RAM) – 427 MB – Free – Store Link
Great job Paul, saves me some lifepoints trying to upgrade a preteen to an adult. :) I will be sure to buy a 3 Star desk. I now have a Fire Chief, an Olympian, and one Art Dealer. Any word on which items are the best at gardening? I find Zucchinis and Beans work the best, I have had mixed luck with tomatoes and lettuce.
Thanks Paul for the guide. Those of us still only clinging to windows phone because of Xbox games appreciate it.
That was one of the reasons that attracted me as well, even though I don't own an Xbox but may own one in the future. Hope the 3 screens idea comes true.
Why not 512 mb devices :(?
PAUL!!!!! Please report on the status of GTA 5 online? Its not working and I feel like you should find out what's wrong. Lol its an Xbox game and that makes it relevant here
screw R* until they release gta v for PC or al least announce a damn release date
I would not wait for a PC version announcement anytime soon. Both next-gen consoles are x86 architeture based. So, if there is a PC version, obviously there would be a Xbox One version too. In that case nobody would buy current Xbox 360 version of GTA 5 and just wait for the XB1 GTA 5 instead. I think they would milk the XB360 business first and then announce XB1, PC versions sometime next year.
Paul, do you know whether the game will support 512 MB RAM devices in a future update or not?
I doubt it but I will ask EA this week.
After receiving the Ghost Cabinet i have to hit hunt again and catch all 12 ghost again.. I got the Cabinet but i don't get the 500000 town value when i hunt for ghosts..
Yeah... All 12 ghost have to be caught again to receive the town value bust... Just seen it in the game... Thanks for the tip anyway.. Tought it was easier when i first read the article but it's good enough even this way
What can you do if an achievement doesn't unlock? I didn't get the "Sim Negotiator" achievement and I couldn't figure out why. Maybe I was temporarily disconnected.
You could try negotiating with 3 more plants. If that doesn't work, you'd need to reinstall the game to get it. With Achievements like that, I usually wait till I get a new device to reinstall rather than deleting my current installation and losing all my progress.
I bought TWO pro skaters dream pads, one normal and one premium and the achievement is still NOT unlocked after one family has moved in. Getting frustrated by the game.
How do you "Join In" preteens in the Study/Brainstorm actions? I don't see any options to "Join In".
The 1000 Goals achievement should not take forever if you use LP to skip some goals, etc. You get lots of LP anyway with hobby collection completions (4th set). You can repeat all over again when all 4 sets are complete.
Sorry about that; teens can't share a desk. I've updated the article.
Thanks for the series, Paul. Great tips!
still not available on 512 ram -.-
So far I've got two broken achievements. I've negotiated with 7-10 SIM eating plants even 3 with the same SIM to no avail and just got the skater's dream pad to no avail. Glad I haven't paid EA any money. I would be livid.
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