Enter these codes anytime during gameplay. Note: the Cheat Gnome code must be entered first before the others will take affect.

Code Effect
L, R, Up, A, Z Unlock Cheat Gnome
X, B, L, Up, Down Advance Time 6 Hours
Y, X, B, Z, Left Set Skill Level
R, L, Z, Right, Left Give Money
X, Z, Left, X, Up, X Unlock All Lots
Up, X, Up, Right, Z Max All Motives
Z, X, Down, Left, Up Unlock all objects
Z, B, Up, Down, Right, A Unlock all recipes
B, Z, Down, Right, B Unlock all fashions
Right, Down, Right, Down, Right Team picture (cheat gnome not needed)
R, L, R, L, Y Horn Sound
A,A,B,B, Up, Down, Up, Down, Z Unlock Everything


In Live Mode

Press CTRL + SHIFT + C to access the cheat window, then enter the following:

Code Effect
boolprop displayNeighborhoodRoadsWithModel (True/False) Set to false to remove bridges from neighborhood.
boolprop lotTerrainLighting (True/False) Set to false and lots will not light up when highlighted in neighborhood
boolprop displayLotImposters (True/False) Set to false to removes house graphics from neighborhood
boolprop displayNeighborhoodWater (True/False) Set to false to remove water from neighborhood
boolprop displayNeighborhoodFlora (True/False) Set to false to removes trees/plants from neighborhood
boolprop displayNeighborhoodRoads (True/False) Set to false to remove roads from neighborhood
boolprop displayNeighborhoodProps (True/False) Set to false to remove props like rocks and towers from neighborhood
boolprop lotWater (True/False) Set to false to remove removes water (ponds) from lots
boolprop lotTerrainPaints (True/False) Set to false to remove floorpainting on lot
boolprop carsCompact (True/False) Set to true and cars will have more detail in neighborhood
boolprop lotInfoAdvancedMode (True/False) Set to true to show lot information
boolprop objectShadows (True/False) Set to false to remove removes shadows on objects outside house
boolProp guob (True/False) Set to false to remove shadows on objects inside house
boolprop renderSelectedSimLevel (True/False) Set to true and walls will no longer cut away from selected Sim
boolProp displayPaths (True/False) Set to true to see the path where the selected Sim walks to
boolprop displayLookAtBoxes (True/False) Set to true and blocks appear on Sims faces and on parts where Sims look at
boolProp simShadows (True/False) Toggle shadows on/off for Sims
boolprop ShowLotPackageFilename (True/False) In neighborhood, shows filename of house when lot is highlighted
boolprop locktiles (True/False) Set to false to place floor tiles outside lot
boolprop allObjectLightsOn (True/False) Set to true to light up objects continuously instead of only when used
vsync (on/off) increases game performance but lowers graphics
moveobjects (on/off) moves objects and deletes you couldn't before
autopatch (on/off) lets you know if there's a patch
help -all list cheats
expand expands or contracts cheat window
kaching get 1000 cash
exit closes cheat window
slowmotion Puts the game in slow motion. Enter any number that 0 through 8 (0=fastest and 8=slowest)
StretchSkeleton makes your sims larger or smaller
boolprop constrainFloorElevation true Disables the ability to change elevation of floor tiles.
boolprop constrainFloorElevation false Allows you to change elevation of floor tiles.
aging on turn on aging
aging off turn off aging
motherlode 50,000 simoleans
faceBlendLimits (on/off) turns off facial bounding limitations. It prevents the normal corrections the game will make for two parents with very different facial structures.
boolProp snapObjectsToGrid true/false You can place objects outside the grid.
intProp maxNumOfVisitingSims 8 You can invite more people to your parties.
clear Clears all cheat codes on the screen, but codes are still in effect.
social_debug You can tell what social reaction will happen before you do it
RoofSlopeAngle (15-75) Changes the slope angle of a roof
boolProp testingcheatsenabled true/false if set to true ALL other cheats work.
boolprop allow45degreeangleofrotation true Use your, & . keys to rotate the objects. It allows you to put objects on angles
boolProp enablePostProcessing true Turns Postprocessing on.
boolProp enablePostProcessing false Turns Postprocessing off.
bloom rgb # Sitcom flashback blur effect (# = 0.0 to 1.0) (require postprocessing on)
vignette # # # Blurry bits at the edge of the screen. (# = 0.0 to 1.0) (require postprocessing on)
filmGrain # Makes the screen grainy. (# = 0.0 to 1.0) (require postprocessing on)
letterBox # Adds a letterbox effect to the view. (# = 0.0 to 0.4) (require postprocessing on)

In Neighbourhood mode

Code Effect
deleteAllCharacters At neighborhood view only, removes every Sim from the neighborhood.
TerrainType (desert/temperate) Toggles between the two terrain types.

Parameter Cheats

Add these to the shortcut's parameters (without the "")

Parameter Effect
"-w" Windowed Mode
"-r[width]x[height]" Start with desired resolution (in pixels).
"-f" Fullscreen Mode
"-nosound" Disables sound

Debug Mode

Open the cheat menu by pressing Ctrl + Shift + C, then entering the following:

  • boolProp testingCheatsEnabled true

While in Create-a-Sim, press Shift + N before creating your first sim to enable skintones, clothes, and hairstles that would normally be used only by NPCs. Press Shift + M to disable it.

While in Live mode, Shift + Click on a Sim to bring up the debug menu.

Be very careful in debug mode!


Disgusting Faces

There is a glitch in character creation mode where you can make absolutely disgusting faces. The trick is that if you go to the face designing area and you select a face part such as the eyes and max out all the sliders one way or the other, then go to a different face part and select one of the PREDESIGNED parts, and then come back to the eyes, the sliders will have reset in the middle, but the eyes will still look the same. This works for all of the face adjusting tabs. Exploiting this, you can make eyes the size of dinner plates, cheekbones 4 feet long, and a HUMUNGOUS nose, to name a few.

Free Bookcase Skills

Buy a bookcase, then have your sim start to study. Interrupt the action so that the book it placed on the ground, then simply sell the bookcase. The book can then do everything the bookcase could have done for free.


Custom Painting

To decorate your house with custom artwork, first your sim must have a creativity level of 5 and be able to paint a still life.

Have your sim paint and a frame will appear that you can center on whatever you want to paint. If you want to paint a picture of something outside the Sims 2 game, just press C anywhere at this time. This will pause the game.

Use Alt + Tab to exit the game, then open a picture program such as Paint and open the snapshot you just took, it will usually be in the folder: C:\My Documents\EA\Sims2\Storytelling\Snapshot.bmp

Then, you also have to open the picture you want to have in your game. If your picture is too large resize it so it will fit in the original snapshot from the game.

Copy your custom picture on to your snapshot from the game, then save the picture. Use Alt + Tab to get back to your game and your sim will start painting your own custom picture.

Using this trick you can put pictures of your friends or family, web pictures, or anything else in your Sims 2 game.

N.B: If you have The Sims 2: Pets, then you can put pictures into the paintings folder in My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\. Then tell people to paint custom picture. A dialog will come up allowing you to choose a photo to paint.

Listen To Mp3's On Sim Radio

First get whatever Mp3's you want to put on the game, then open up MyDocuments/EAGames/TheSims2/Music/(whatever RadioStation you want your song on). Then, Drag your MP3 into the folder. Now, start Sims 2 then go to options menu, then music settings, then the Radio Station, then pick which songs you want the radio to play. You can now listen to your favorite songs in your Sims game.

Use your own videos for the TV

It's possible to watch your own videos on the Sim-TV. You must put the video you want into My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Movies\Broadcast (the TV sender you want). If you then turn on the TV in the game you can watch it! The video must be .avi-clips and the clips shouldn't be larger than 128x128 pixel also it shouldn't have more than 15 frames per second.

Listen to music included with game

First, open your The Sims 2/TSData/Res/Sound directory. The names of radio stations, plus a few more including Build mode and Neighborhood music should be here in *.package files. Copy and paste the file corresponding to whatever you want to listen to into another folder. Rename it from [File].package to [File].mp3. You can now listen to the sound/songs included in the file.

For Poor Families

The trick is that no matter how many times you use an object, if you sell it in the same day, you can get all your money back. So if your Sim is poor and needs body points or something, buy a body machine and keep selling it back to refund all your money.

Saving Pizza

Have a sim call for pizza. When the pizza delivery guy comes DON'T accept the pizza! The pizza delivery guy will eventually leave the pizza on the front porch, and the pizza will never get stale. You can stack as many pizzas as you want, so if your sims get hungry, just tell them to get a pizza from the front porch. You will still be charged 40 simoleans.

PlayStation 2

Enter the Gnome cheat code first to use these cheats.

Cheat Effect
L1 R1 Up X R2 Unlock Gnome (enter first)
Triangle Circle Square R2 Left Set Skill Level
Circle Square L1 Up Down Advance clock 6 hrs.
Circle L2 Left Circle Up Circle Unlock All Lots
R1 L1 R2 Right Left Give Money (9,999)
Up Circle Up Right L2 Fill All Motives
R2 Square Up Down Right X Unlock All Recipes
Square R2 Down Right Square Unlock All Clothing
L2 Circle Down Left Up Unlock all objects
R1 L1 R1 L1 Triangle Horn Audio

PlayStation Portable

Perk Cheat

In the Buy Perks screen in the info menu hold L + R + Square simultaneously. A cheat perk will appear showing a Woo-Hoo icon, which is free. If you buy it you will get a money boost, add some skills, clean your urgencies and completely fill your Sanity level.


Enter these codes in game. Some (most) of these codes require the master code to be entered first.

Code Effect
L, R, D-Pad Up, A, Black This is the master code.
D-Pad Up, B, D-Pad Up, D-Pad Right, White Max All Motives
Black, X, D-Pad Up, D-Pad Down, D-Pad Right, A Unlock All Recipes
White, B, D-Pad Down, D-Pad Left, D-Pad Up Unlock All Objects
X, Black, D-Pad Down, D-Pad Right, X Unlock All Clothes
B, X, L, D-Pad Up, D-Pad Down This goes six hours forward in time.
B, White, D-Pad Left, B, D-Pad Up, B This unlocks all of the Story Mode locations.
R, L, Black, D-Pad Right, D-Pad Left This gives the household §10,000.
Y, B, X, Black, D-Pad Left This changes any Sim’s skill.
Right, Up, Right, Down, Right, Up, Down, Right Remove messages
B, White, Left, B, Up, B Unlocks All Lots/Locations

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