If you‘ve been playing The Sims FreePlay for a while, you may be wondering: how can I unlock more Sims for my town? With the starting limit of 10 Sims, it can feel restrictive trying to build your ideal virtual community.
The good news is there are several methods to unlock extra Sims as you progress through the game. In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll explain all the ways to increase your Sim population cap so you can expand your SimTown.
How Do You Unlock More Sims in The Sims FreePlay?
The main ways to unlock more Sims in The Sims FreePlay are:
- Reaching higher player levels
- Using VIP Perks subscriptions
- Temporary workarounds
As a streaming and gaming expert, I‘ve used all these methods to unlock up to 41 Sims in my own game. In the rest of this guide, I‘ll provide detailed instructions and tips so you can do the same!
Increasing Your Sim Limit by Leveling Up
When you first start playing The Sims FreePlay, you can only have up to 10 Sims in your town.
But as you gain experience and level up, you‘ll be rewarded with a higher Sim limit:
|Player Level||Max Sims Allowed|
|Level 1||10 Sims|
|Level 5||12 Sims|
|Level 8||15 Sims|
|Level 12||20 Sims|
|Level 15||25 Sims|
|Level 18||30 Sims|
|Level 24||34 Sims|
So by reaching Level 24, you can have a total of 34 Sims living in your Sim Town!
How Long Does It Take to Reach Level 24?
For casual players, it typically takes 2-3 months to reach Level 24 in The Sims FreePlay.
Here are some tips to level up faster:
Complete goals & quests – This gives big XP rewards to boost your level.
Grow fruit trees – Harvesting high-value fruits like bell peppers gives good XP over time.
Bake at the cooking hobby – Baking lots of cupcakes, cookies, pies etc. is a fast way to gain XP.
Socialize Sims – Having Sims talk, joke, and chat raises the Social Hobby skill quickly for XP.
So by combining efficient leveling strategies, you can shorten the time it takes to reach Level 24 and unlock the 34 Sim limit.
Using VIP Perks to Add More Sims
Another great way to exceed the standard Sim limit is by using VIP Perks.
VIP Perks provide premium benefits to The Sims FreePlay, but require a real-money subscription to unlock. The advantages include:
- Reduced waiting times for building and actions
- Access to exclusive VIP items
- Most importantly: extra Sim slots!
Here‘s how many extra Sims you can unlock with each VIP Perks level:
|VIP Perks Level||Extra Sims||Total Sims Allowed|
|Level 5||+1||35 Sims|
|Level 10||+2||36 Sims|
|Level 15||+3||39 Sims|
|Level 20||+4||41 Sims|
So with VIP Perks maxed out at Level 20, you can have a whopping 41 Sims in your Sim Town!
Is the VIP Subscription Worth It?
The VIP Perks subscription ranges from $7.99 per month to $39.99 for 6 months.
Is it worth paying real money just to unlock extra Sim slots? Here are some pros and cons:
- Dramatically increases your Sim limit to 41
- Saves a ton of time with faster building and action speeds
- Provides exclusive VIP-only items each month
- It‘s an ongoing subscription – costs add up over time
- Doesn‘t add any new gameplay features beyond what‘s available for free
- Can make the game too fast-paced and easy
Overall, the VIP Perks offer nice quality-of-life bonuses, but aren‘t essential to enjoy The Sims FreePlay. My recommendation is trying the 1-month subscription to experience the benefits before committing to a longer plan.
Temporary Methods to Exceed Your Sim Limit
If you don‘t want to spend real money on VIP Perks, there are some temporary workarounds to push past your standard Sim limit on a specific lot.
Gathering Sims from Multiple Houses
This trick allows you to temporarily exceed the Sim cap on one lot by gathering Sims from multiple houses:
Fill each house with the max number of Sims allowed. For example, fill House 1 with 8 Sims and House 2 with 8 Sims.
With both houses full, gather all the Sims onto one lot. You‘ll now have 16 Sims temporarily.
When you leave the lot, any Sims over the limit will return to their original home.
So while normally limited to 10 Sims, you can use this method to pile as many as 16, 20, or more Sims onto a single lot for big parties or events!
Canceling Work/School Actions
Similar to the gathering trick, you can also temporarily overload a lot by canceling actions:
Send your Sims to work/school until you only have 2 Sims on the home lot.
Call or invite over more Sims until you reach the maximum allowed on one lot.
Cancel the work/school actions to bring your working Sims back home.
You‘ll now temporarily have extra Sims on that lot until you leave.
With clever timing of actions, you can end up with 18+ Sims on a lot designed for only 10. Useful for throwing big birthday bashes in a small starter home!
Tips for Managing Large Sim Households
Now that you know how to unlock extra Sims, here are some tips for managing bigger households:
Upgrade Your Home Infrastructure
Having more Sims puts strain on your home infrastructure. Make upgrades so needs are met efficiently:
- Add more bathrooms – Extra showers/toilets prevent bathroom hogging.
- Upgrade appliances – Higher-level fridges/stoves allow cooking for more Sims.
- Expand the house – More bedrooms and floor space reduces crowding issues.
Use Autonomy and Prioritize Needs
Micromanaging 10+ Sims is exhausting! Use these automation tools:
- Turn on autonomy so Sims take care of basic needs like hygiene and hunger on their own.
- Prioritize needs in the panel so Sims always take care of urgent motives first.
Adopt an Active Playstyle
With large households, you need a more active playstyle:
- Rotate active Sims – Constantly switch control between Sims to keep all needs filled.
- Pause often – Use pause frequently to issue orders to multiple Sims at once.
- Do quick direct actions – For example, queue up group servings of food instead of individual meals.
Split Sims Between Multiple Homes
No need to cram dozens of Sims into one giant mansion. Spread them across multiple smaller homes in your town. This makes Sim management easier as each home only has a few Sims to worry about.
And there you have it – everything you need to know about unlocking extra Sims and expanding your population in The Sims FreePlay!
With the methods outlined in this guide, you‘ll be able to grow your Sim Town well beyond the initial 10 Sim limit. Just be strategic in how you level up and take advantage of the VIP Perks trial if desired.
The most important advice I can give is to have fun! Don‘t stress too much about min-maxing your Sim count. Play at a pace that is enjoyable for you. After all, The Sims is a game about unleashing your creativity – so build a community that makes you happy!
Let me know if you have any other questions about unlocking more Sims in The Sims FreePlay. I‘m always happy to help fellow players master this classic life simulation game.