The Sims FreePlay Achievement Guide for Windows Phone 8, Part 2

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.

Ghost Hunter

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.

Relationship Achievements

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.

Wedding Bells

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.

Baby Boomers

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.

Pro Dancer

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.

Wax Off

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.

Goal Achievements

  • 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.

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Paul Acevedo

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