April 2010

Sims 3 Thought Bubbles: What Do They Mean?

A few players have noticed that their Sims seem to be psychic.  Is this true, or just a weird coincidence?  If you pay attention to the thought bubbles that occasionally show up for your Sims, you may start to see some interesting patterns.

In the picture above, you can see that my Sim is thinking of a gravestone.  And only an hour later (in game time), someone in her household died!  Coincidence?  I have never seen her thinking of gravestones before, and she hasn't thought about them since.

I have actually seen this happen before, but I always thought it was a coincidence.  Now I'm starting to wonder!

Is Sims 3 For iPod/iPhone Worth It?

This is a question that comes up a lot wherever Sims 3 is discussed.  There is a Sims 3 app for sale, usually at around $5 or $7 depending on the whims of the pricing gods.  So the question is, should I buy it?

The answer is a resounding "maybe."

The first thing you have to understand about the mobile version of Sims 3 is that it is extremely limited.  This makes sense if you think about it!  Sims 3 is a very demanding game, so the version for iPhones and iPods is very stripped down in order to run.

Four More Ways To Make Money In Sims 3

Of course, after I finished my last article, I spent the entire weekend thinking of other ways you can make money!  The truth is that there are a ton of ways to rake in the Simoleons.  Which is good, because in a world where it costs $11 to make waffles, you'll need it!

1. Writing

All you need to be a writer is a computer - and it doesn't even have to be yours!  I guess Sims write their novels in Google Docs, because if you start a novel on one computer, you can access it on any other computer in town.  Visit the library if you need to use a public (free) computer.

Seven Ways To Make Money In Sims 3

Obviously the best way to make some Simoleons is to join a career track.  But really, how boring is that?  (Pretty boring.)  Here are some other ways to make it rain!

1. Gardening

Obviously you can grow produce and sell it.  (Tip: instead of hauling everything to the grocery store to sell, just click and drag it from your Inventory onto the "sell it" square.)  The better the quality of your produce, the more money you earn.

But I'll tell you what: my Sims are earning a fortune from their five Money Trees!  I think the best strategy is to sprint to a high enough Gardening level to grow this tree.  Then plant as many of them as you can find.  Each Money Tree will eventually drop a Money Tree seed, so you can really start your grove with just one.

2. Painting

Sims 3 Death Flower

Ah, the elusive and mysterious Death Flower!  What is it, what does it do, and how do you get you some?

What Is The Death Flower?

The Death Flower can be picked from the Death Flower plant, which typically blooms once.  If you have a Death Flower in your inventory when you die, there is a very good chance that the Grim Reaper will decide not to take you, therefore giving you a second chance at life.

NOTE: many people confuse the Death Flower with the Death Fish.  The Death Fish is a key ingredient in Ambrosia, which makes you magically younger.  However, the Death Flower actually staves off the Grim Reaper directly.

How Does The Death Flower Work?