The Sims 2/TS2: Console and Cheat Commands

Posted September 12, 2004 by MickeyMouse in Windows Games

The Sims 2 has been released. Here is a list of known cheat and command codes for your enjoyment.


Most of us have been anxiously waiting for The Sims 2.

Most of these codes are actually more like console commands than cheats at this point. More extensive cheats will be posted as they are discovered.

    CLTR+SHIFT+C opens the Console.

    Note that cheats are case-sensitive.

    kaching : gives 1000-ish Simolians

    motherlode : gives 50000-ish Simolians.
    (Thanks, BuonaFortuna.)

    autoPatch [-on|-off] : enable or disable checking for available patches via content browser

    bloom [R G B X] : changes color of screen visual; RGB is color [0,1] and X is the bloom amount [0,1]; must use ‘boolProp enablePostProcessing true’ first

    deleteAllCharacters : will delete all characters in the current neighborhood; only works when in the neighborhood

    exit : hide the cheat console window

    faceBlendLimits [-on|-off] : turns on/off facial blending limits

    filmGrain [X] : X is the film grain value [0,1]; must use ‘boolProp enablePostProcessing true’ first

    stretchSkeleton [factor] : stretches skeleton of the selected Sim – factor=1.0 indicates no stretch (factor<1.0 makes shorter, factor>1.0 makes taller

    vignette[centerX centerY X] : blur rendering from specified center (upper left is 0,0, lower right is 1,1); X is the amoung of blurring [0,1]; must use ‘boolProp enablePostProcessing true’ first

    vsync [on|off] : enables/disables vertical sync – can improve
    performance, but will sometimes cause visual artifacts if off

    help: lists all the cheats in the game

    help [cheatname]: displays specific information about the cheat

    exit: closes the cheat window

    expand: expands or contracts the cheat window

    moveObjects on/off: removes footprint limitation for all object placement in Buy Mode and Build Mode; removes limitations placed on hand tool for when objects are in use or are normally non-movable objects; is known to cause issues with game elements, routing, hidden object generation and manipulation, etc.
    Note that using this cheat allows you to delete objects that normally cannot be deleted, such as Sims, the mailbox, and the garbage can. If you delete these objects, there is no way to get them back, so be careful!

    aging –on/off: prevents Sims from aging; can disrupt the carefully tuned gameplay balance and will prevent little Johnny from ever growing up; treat this cheat with care as well

    autoPatch -on/off: lets you re-enable notifications when there is a game update available for The Sims 2
    Just turn Autopatch on, and go to the Custom Content Browser (the little snowflake button on the UCP in the neighborhood). If there is an update available you will be asked whether you want to download it.

    slowMotion [value]: the slowMotion cheat takes one parameter: the “slowness” setting (such as slowMotion 4); this value ranges from zero to eight, where zero is normal speed and eight is the slowest speed

    boolProp enablePostProcessing true/false: enables the use of postprocessing cheats (see below); very useful for movie making (also see below)
    Please note that you must have a video card that can handle pixel shaders in order to successfully use this cheat. If you use the cheats and you do not have pixel shaders, the screen will most likely go partially dark and will not come back until you turn off enablePostProcessing. If you turn on postprocessing and you turn on cinematics and a cinematic play, you may also experience unwanted graphical glitches.

    bloom [r g b x] (rgb is color) (x is the bloom amount) [0.0 – 1.0]: adds a blur effect, like a sitcom flashback moment; must have entered boolProp enablePostProcessing true for this cheat to work

    vignette [centerX centerY X] (X is the vignetteing factor) [0.0 – 1.0]: adds a blur effect from the specified center Using “vignette 0.5 0.5 0.5” should put some blurry bits at the edge of the screen. Vignette 0.5 0.5 1.0 is maximum edge blurryness. You must have entered boolProp enablePostProcessing true for this cheat to work.

    letterBox [val] [0.0-0.4]: adds a letterbox effect to the view; must have entered boolProp enablePostProcessing true for this cheat to work

If you discover any new console commands or cheats, please let me know.

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