One of the most popular new Facebook social games is The Sims Social, the all-new spinoff of the massively popular The Sims franchise. The Sims originated the genre of life-simulation, and now The Sims Social brings it to Facebook with all kinds of social twists inspired by games such as FarmVille and CityVille. Add new items to your house and expand it to increase its value and move into nicer neighborhoods. Make money, and make friends, enemies, or lovers with your buddy’s Sim. These hints and tricks will help you do just that.
Visiting your friends’ houses and talking to their Sims is a centerpiece of the game. Your Sim has six needs, and his or her socialization need can only be filled by talking to your friend(s) and their Sim, or by using your telephone. You get 5 free bonus energy points per day to use at each friend’s house. You can use these to socialize, OR you can use them to earn money and experience points without using any real energy.
You don’t have to use up any energy filling the need for socialization. Talking on the phone costs energy, as does talking to a friend’s sim, but there’s an easy way to fill your socialization need without using a single energy point. You need to take care of the 5 other needs first and put them in the ‘green’. Once they are in the green, go to your buddy’s house and maneuver your Sim until they are standing right next to your friend’s sim. Wait between five and ten seconds. After a short amount of time, they will start socializing on their own, and every time they socialize, your sim will earn mood points and their social energy will increase.
To earn free experience points at a friend’s house, use your 5 extra bonus points to rummage through their trash cans. This will earn you ten experience points every time you rummage, but doing this won’t increase your friendship points.
To earn simoleans without using any energy at your friends’ houses, click on any of their trees, bushes, or garden plots that have plants growing in them, and water them. Each time you water them, you’ll earn money, to the tune of 20 simoleons, as well as one free experience point. If you do this with all 5 free bonus energy points, you can earn 100 simoleans and 5 experience points without using up any energy at all. In addition, every time you water a plant in your friend’s garden, your friendship points will increase by 2, so watering their plants is a rapid, easy way to make better friends, and even advance towards being “good friends” or “lovers” later on.
Buy the “Insane” trait and upgrade it to level 2 if you don’t like having your sim talk to other sims or talk on the phone, or you just want entertainment. At level 2, Insane will cause your sim to be able to talk to plants, and when your sims talks to plants, that counts as socializing.
When you are buying items to increase the value of your house, be sure to buy the ones that add the most value relative to the amount of money you spend. There are three items that add more value than they cost. The first one is the Cypress Tree, which adds 1350 simoleans worth of value but costs only 1250 simoleans. The Tropical Surf 50 Foam is a bathtub that costs you 1250, and adds 1350 worth of value. The Jetstream “NIL” is a shower which costs 1500 simoleans, but adds 1625 to the value of your home. Your house would look ridiculous being strewn with showers and bathtubs, though, unless you are rich with a ton of bathrooms, but fill your yard with Cypress Trees and it will look nice AND add a ton of house value.
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