The Urbz: Sims In The City

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Alternate introduction sound

At the title screen, hold Down + Y to record from the microphone. To hear what was recorded, press Down + X at the title screen. The captured sounds will be heard during the introduction sequence. To preview it slower, press Down/Left + X at the title screen. To preview it faster, press Down/Right + X at the title screen.

Heidi Shadows

Heidi Shadows is a cheat ninja where you can buy Smoothies to get skill points and Simoleons. Heidi Shadows sells cheats in the form of Smoothies. To find her, you must first link up to someone else to unlock the weird planet location. At the telephone booth in SimQuarter next to the Flea Market, go to the planet place. Directly up at the top of the map on this planet are some stairs. Use them the to go up to the door. You will have a quick glance of a person (resembling like a ninja holding a flag). This is Heidi Shadows. To buy the cheats, you must go here starting at 10:00 a.m. Heidi Shadows will disappear, then reappear.

    Rosebud Smoothie: Adds 2,000 Simoleons.
    Slip of Paper: Password for Club Xizzle and recipe for Strawberry Tiramisu.
    Silver Tongue Smoothie: Adds 1 Charisma Point.
    Gourmet Smoothie: Adds 1 Cooking point.
    Clock Smoothie: Adds 1 Mechanical point.
    Buff Smoothie: Adds 1 Body Point.
    Mind Smoothie: Adds 1 Logic point.
    DaVinci Smoothie: Adds 1 Creative point.

Heidi's Stock is replenished before every appearance. Heidi Shadows' Shop is open from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Additionally, after you return from the bayou and get arrested for running, talk to Detective Dan Mann until you have 100 relationship points with him. He will tell you that someone dug a tunnel and escaped from jail. Go back into the jail and notice that the poster that was there is now a tunnel. Between 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., a ninja will be in the tunnel and sell you smoothies that will give you skill points. One will give you 2,000 Simoleons.

Heidi Shadows can be found at the following times and places:

    1 a.m. to 2 a.m.: Use the time machine to travel to Nov. 29, 1984. This destination is available after finishing level 5.
    2 a.m. to 3 a.m.: Go to the Carnival.
    4 a.m. to 5 a.m.: Go to Paradise Island.
    6 a.m. to 7 a.m.: Secret tunnel between Jail and Dark Tree.
    10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Moonbase Zeta.

Club Xizzle password

The password to Club Xizzle is "bucket".

Accessing Moon Base Zeta

Purchase a green meteorite off the Internet shopping. Then, with the meteorite still in you pocket, go to Sim Quarter and use the telephone booth. The moon base, where you can buy the Rocket Bed and Cheese Modulator will now be open. Note: Successfully complete the first group of missions before attempting to open Moonbase Zeta. If it is still not accessible, then complete the secret missions and try again. Also, if it says "Phone home" when you use it, that means it worked and you can use it. To get to the moon base, buy a meteorite from the Internet. Keep it in your pocket and go to the red telephone booth in SimQuarter. Go inside, and select "Home". This will take you to the moon base.

Easy money

To earn some extra money, go to the Chop Shop and sell some of your Hogg's parts. Additionally, buy an easel, then frame a painting and sell it to the thrift store. The paintings range from 25 to 300 Simoleons.

Easy Popularity gain

Unlock the garbage can location from Pheobe Twiddle and put basic furnishings in it (bed, shower, fridge, etc.). Then, go into Club Xizzle next to it and talk to the people inside until you raise your Popularity. Make trips back to the garbage can to refill your needs.

Free items

Invite someone over (someone who is your friend or of you Rep Group recommended). If they like your place a lot they will give you a "housewarming gift". If they do not, get their relationship to 90 to 100, leave the room (they will be gone), go back, and invite them again.

    Berkeley Clodd: 3-Card Monte Table
    Busta Cruz: Punk T-Shirt
    Cannonball Coleman: Music Stand
    Crystal: Magic lamp with comfy bed and toilet
    Darius: Uncle Suede's Cane
    Dr. Maximillian Moore: Periodic Table of Elements
    Dusty Hogg: Burning Spoke Sign
    Ewan: Street Light
    Giuseppi Mezzoalto: Orange Pedestal
    Lily Gates: Liberty Statue
    Luthor L. Bigbucks: Bumper of his car that goes on your wall
    Mambo Loa: Voodoo Dan Doll
    Phoebe Twiddle: Lawn Flamingo
    Polly Nomial: Khroniton Reactor
    Sharona Faster: Megalodon Tooth

A free item will appear at your house every thirty game days:

    30 days: Mardi Gras Mask
    60 days: Jack-o-Lantern
    90 days: Pilgrim Gnome
    120 days: Candy Cane

Free services

Call Services (works with all service calls). When they are almost finished, go outside then go back in. They will be gone. You can finish the work yourself and you will not have to pay.

Lowest bills

Once you have gotten your bills down 40%, you can get them down even lower. If you get a roommate your bills will go down by half.

Change furniture color

Stand next to a piece of furniture, then press R. Note: Not all pieces have alternate color.

Cooking

If you have your Cooking skill at eight, whatever you bake will work.

Safe

Detective Dan D Man will give you a safe if you invite him to your house.

Trash piles

Pick up and save all the trash piles you find before they are gone. They will disappear after awhile. You will need them later, for the Artsies Rep Mission.

Telephone calls

Always pick up your telephone when it rings. It might be a prank call or wrong number, but sometimes you can win things.

Map to Paradise Island

The map to Paradise Island is located at the top-most level of the casino-boat near the steering wheel. The boat is at the dock that is at the bottom of the stairs in the ground of Glasstown. Additionally, once you pick the map up, leave the room. Return later, and it will be there again. It will always be there whenever you go back to that room. It is recommended that you not pick it up; there is no way to get rid of it after you have given one copy to Gordie Puck (in the university). It will be once less space in your pocket to carry something else.

Splicer Island plans

When in Urbania, go to the dumpster near the university and large brownstone; look at it and press A.

Getting to Splicer Island

First, you need to uncover the details of Splicer Island by giving Monkey (the hobo in the park) some food. Next, you must the Simquarter open by completing mission set 2. Talk to Sharona Faster at the docks and she will tell you about a water taxi service that she has. Do what she says and a boat will appear. Go on it to get to Splicer Island.

Getting chopper to Splicer Island

Get the chopper by completing the "Daddy Bigbucks And The Xizzle Factory" mission. Take it out to the docks where the boat to Splicer Island is located. Ride close enough to the boat so that you see the yellow arrow hanging over the boat. Press A, and you are free to roam around Splicer Island on your chopper.

Curing Boo

The cure for vampirism is the Chocolate Decadence recipe (2 Chocolate + 1 Flour). Feed this to Boo to cure him of being a vampire.

Change self-drawn picture colors

Stand next to a self-drawn picture (talk to the painter in Simquarter) so that the yellow arrow is over it. Press R, and it will invert the colors.

Crystal at Club Xizzle

If you fall asleep while Crystal is following you, she will get up and leave.

Strange movie color

When you are in the room that has the movie screen, talk to anyone. Exit the talk screen. The movie screen will be in a strange color, but the footage is the same.

Rep missions

You need to have 100% relationships with the following people to get rep missions unlocked. Note: Make sure to collect piles of trash while they are still around. This is one of the requirements in the Artsies missions. They will disappear after awhile; act fast and do not recycle them until after unlocking the Artsies missions.

    Luther Bigbucks: Richies mission.
    Darius: Streeties mission.
    Polly Nomial: Nerdies mission.
    Roxanna Marie: Artsies mission.

Artsies

Their members love the arts and are all very talented. Carnivals and the market are favorite hunts of theirs, and everyone has an artistic flair for performance arts. Choose "My Guitar Hero" to join the Artsies at the beginning of the game. The group is made up of:

    Roxanna Moxie (leader): She loves performing at the carnival and the animals she work with, and also has eccentric tastes for things. She can be found at the carival and around the market most of the time.

    Cannonball Coleman: Loves music and travels around the city playing his saxophone. He can be found outside the University or around Urbania usually.

    Pritchard Locksley: A struggling actor who still enjoys relishing his glory days. Now a waiter, his first love is still acting. He can be found on the streets of SimQuarter most of the time.

    Theresa Bullhorn: She loves watching movies and is very into films, having directed some. She can be found outside the cinema and at the market most of the time.

    Rival gang: Nerdies.

Nerdies

People in this group belong to the "high-collar" workforce or are academically outstanding. They are very intellectual and refined, choosing to spend their time learning something new. Choose "Computer Daze" for the first question if you want to be in the Nerdies at the beginning of the game. The group consists of:

    Polly Nomial (leader): Bespectacled geek who spends her time burying herself in books and studying. She can be found at the University almost all the time.

    Lincoln Broadsheet: A passionate and inquisitive journalist who loves his job lot. He can be found in the newspaper center, or outside, almost all the time.

    Maximillian Moore: A doctor obsessed with good hygiene. He can be found inside the clinic in Urbania or on the streets of Urbania most of the time.

    Sue Pirnova: She is your resident inventor who is really into research and discovering new things. She can be found on the streets of SimQuarter, Urbania and the University most of the time.

    Rival gang: Artsies.

Richies

The Richies are incredibly rich, and more often than not, arrogant. Some bask in the glitz and glamour of life, while others in this group remain spoilt and discontent. Be prepared for a huge hole in your wallet if you want to gain a lot of rep points for this group. To get into the Richies at the beginning of the game, choose "Bright Lights, Big Wallets" for the first question. The group is made up of:

    Luthor L. Bigbucks (leader): Spoilt, unsatisfied son of Daddy Bigbucks. Very unapproving of his father's plans. He can be found outside the musuem in SimQuarter most of the time.

    Lily Gates: Busy attorney of Daddy Bigbucks who loves making lots of money. She can be found in King's Tower level 1, 2 and the wharves at SimQuarter most of the time.

    Lottie Cash: Spoilt and pretty much ignorant, she definitely knows how to enjoy life to the fullest by indulging in her riches. She can be found at the top-most street in Urbania most of the time.

    Misty Waters: Ex-life guard, now a gym trainer who still misses her old job. She can be found at Waters' Gym in King's Tower most of the time.

    Rival gang: Streeties.

Streeties

These people are mostly down-to-earth, frank and highly contented with their lives. They are pretty much average, and gather around Urbania the most. They are at odds with the Richies because of contrasting ways of living. Choose "King of Miniopolis" for the first question if you want to get into the Streeties at the beginning of the game. The group consists of:

    Darius (leader): He is cool, strangely materialistic, loves the neighborhood a lot and simply chillin'. He can be found loitering Urbania and around the market most of the time.

    Crystal: Trendy girl who seeks to have the hippest fashion sense and greatest fun around. She can be found walking around Urbania most of the time, and sometimes at the pizza bar and Megastore.

    Ewan Watahmee: A worker in the garage, he loves his job and is passionate about cars. He can be found in the garage or around Urbania most of the time.

    Kris Thistle: Very street-smart and unmaterialistic, she dreams of getting a better job. She can be found around King's Tower most of the time.

    Rival gang: Richies.

Rep group rewards

After getting your reputation full with one of the following groups, talk to their leader to get the indicated reward:

    Artsies: Bod-Mod Booth
    Nerdies: Mad Skillz Cerebral Data Infuser
    Richies: Sensory Deprivation Tank
    Streeties: Ultimate MP-DEE Stereo System

Storage areas

The following places are unlocked by reaching the maximum relationship with the following people:

    Lost cave in Sim quarter: 100% relationship with Ewan Watahmee.

    Old broken down school bus near the thrift shop: 100% relationship with Giuseppi Mezzoalto.

    Garbage can near the entrance to Club Xizzle in Glasstown : 100% relationship with Phoebe Twiddle.

    Projection booth (door behind the snack counter of the cinema in Glasstown): 100% relationship with Theresa Bullhorn.

    Hole behind the poster in the jail: 100% relationship with Detective Dan De Mann.

Getting recipes

When you are looking for cooking recipes ask everybody except Jack I Deal; they will tell you certain recipes:

    Giussepo: Strawberry Tiramasu

Recipes

In order for a recipe to work, mix the ingredients in a Mixmaster or Mixmaster Deluxe. Then, bake the resulting mix in an oven. Note: You must have good cooking skills (up to 7 or 8). If a recipe fails, try it again and you will be successful.

    Apple Cocoa Cake Mix: 1 Apple, 1 Chocolate, 1 Nuts
    Apple Pie Mix: 1 Flour, 1 Sugar, 1 Apple
    Apple Strudel Mix: 1 Apple, 1 Sugar, Nuts
    Birthday Cupcakes: 1 Flour, 1 Sugar, 1 Vanilla
    Biscotti Chocolate Mix: 1 Chocolate, 1 Flour, 1 Nuts
    Caramel Apples Mix: 1 Apple, 1 Sugar, 1 Vanilla
    Chocolate Cake Mix: 1 Chocolate, 1 Flour, 1 Sugar
    Chocolate Decadence: 2 Chocolate, 1 Flour
    Cocoa Apple Cake: 1 Chocolate, 1 Nuts, 1 Apple
    Cupcakes: 1 Vanilla, 1 Sugar, 1 Flour
    Fudge Brownies: 2 Chocolate, 1 Nuts
    Giant Chocolate Bunny Mix: 3 Chocolate
    Glazed Fruit Salad: 1 Apple, 1 Lemon, 1 Strawberry
    Lemon Meringue Pie 1 Lemon, 2 Sugar
    Lemon Tart: 1 Vanilla, 1 Lemon, 1 Sugar
    Low-Carb Chocolate Cake Mix: 2 Chocolate, 1 Sugar
    Pecan Pie: 1 Flour, 1 Nuts, 1 Sugar
    Red Velvet Cake: 1 Strawberry, 1 Chocolate, 1 Vanilla
    Strawberry Shortcake Mix: 1 Flour, 1 Sugar, 1 Strawberry
    Strawberry Tiramatsu: 1 Strawberry, 1 Flour, 1 Vanilla
    Sugar Cookies Mix: 1 Sugar, 1 Flour, 1 Sugar
    Vanilla Swirl Tart Mix: 1 Chocolate, 1 Sugar, 1 Vanilla
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