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The Sims: Bustin' Out

Strategy Guide

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  • Cheat gnome

    Pause the game and quickly press Down, L, Z, R, Left, X. If you entered the code correctly, a Sim voice will say something. A blue gnome should appear near the house that your Sim is at. Your Sim will get a phone call each day to receive Simoleons. This will also happen if they are visiting another house, except for Mom's. In order to get the Simoleons there, force the Sim that is hosting you as a visitor to answer the phone by walking near it.

      All objects

      Enable the "Cheat gnome" code. Pause the game and quickly press Down, Z, Up(2), R to unlock all objects. If you entered the code correctly, a Sim voice will say something. To disable this code, pause the game and quickly press R, Up(2), Z, Down.

      All visit locations

      Enable the "Cheat gnome" code. Pause the game and quickly press Left, Z, R, L, Z to unlock all visit locations. If you entered the code correctly, a Sim voice will say something. Note: This code can be entered any time after your Sim wakes up at Mom's House after the initial "Dream Sequence". To disable this code, pause the game and quickly press Z, L, R, Z, Left.

      All socials

      Enable the "Cheat gnome" code. Pause the game and quickly press L, R, Down(2), Y to unlock all socials. If you entered the code correctly, a Sim voice will say something. To disable this code, pause the game and quickly press Y, Down(2), R, L.

      Team picture

      Enable the "Cheat gnome" code. Pause the game and quickly press R, Z, Down. If you entered the code correctly, a Sim voice will say something. To disable this code, pause the game and quickly press Down, Z, R.

  • Unlock social options

    To unlock most social options, become friends with the Sims. For example, when you be friends with Randy you will unlock "French Kiss" and with Paisly you could unlock "Spank Booty". Each Sim has there own social option to unlock when you become their family friend.

  • Easy money

    When you go to a house and do not have much money, trade in all the wallpaper and buy the cheap version. You can get a good amount of money. You can do the same thing with the tile.

    When you move into a house, sell all the wallpaper and tiles. Then, change the tiles to grass and the wallpaper to nothing.

    When you get the Tesla Coil, go on it and wait until it gives off an electric bolt. Then, go to the Build/Buy menu. Select and sell the electric bolt fpr 50 Simoleons.

    When you move out of a house (for example, Dudley's Trailer) sell all of his stuff except the toilet, shower, bed, and refrigerator. The Sim will survive, and you will make a lot of money.

    When at Mom's House, Mimi's Place, or Dudley's Trailer, buy things until your profit goes below 100 Simoleons. Wait about an hour. You will get a phone call and receive free money. Repeat this as necessary. Then, before you move out, sell everything that you bought. You will then end up leaving with more money than you started with.

    Instead of working, you can get a workbench from the "Building Skills" section in buy mode. When your Mechanical skill is at its best, you will get 100 Simoleons for each gnome you make. It only takes about five seconds to make each gnome, and you can make about thirteen gnomes at once. Note: Your Sim will only make gnomes when in a good mood.

    To get lots of money, enter buy mode and sell the paintings. Some of them are worth a couple thousand Simoleons.

  • Boosting a low budget

    At Mom's house, Mimi's place, or Dudley's trailer, buy things until your budget drops below $100. Wait about an hour. When the phone rings, answer it. You will get free money. Repeat this as necessary.

  • Raise motives

    To help raise motives in later levels, move back to Mom's house. The Artificial Love will make raising motives easier.

  • Raising skills

    While living with Mom, do not run out and get a job after you have completed the first few goals. Instead, stay around awhile and use that time to build skills. Mom will nag you, but just select "Okay" and keep doing everything else. Make sure to keep yourself happy and entertain/talk/joke with Mom to keep your relationship up to par. When you have your skills where you want them, move out. This will make things much easier. You will then be able to concentrate on your job and relationships, rather than skill building. Also, notice that when you are at your Mom's house at the beginning, your Sim's energy and social do not go down, and will remain at the halfway point. Using this, you can raise your skills faster. First, have breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Then, use the toilet, take a bath, watch television for fun and comfort, then finally work on whatever skill you want. After repeating this routine before having breakfast, lunch, or dinner, clean up the plates. Do not call a maid or anything else, as it is a waste of money. For extra money, do creative skills on your paint set and sell your paintings when done. This will give you a lot of money when you are done with your skills. Do all goals except getting a job. Do not sleep or talk to your mom while doing this. When done with Cooking, Mechanical, Creative, and Charisma, buy a chess table for Logic. When you are done with those skills, sell the chess set (whole refund). Then, buy the weight lifting machine for the Body. When done with all skills, get a job and move out. Additionally, while waiting for your baby to become a child, you are not allowed to leave your house. This is a great time for building your skills up, improving your relationships for your career, and doing whatever needs done around the house.

  • Fun rating

    To always have a good Fun rating, buy the Aromaster and place it in your Sims bedroom. Each time your Sim goes to bed, turn it onto the second selection, "Lavendar & Marjoram". This will boost your Fun meter while your Sim sleeps. You need to have at least 150 Simoleans in order to run the Aromaster. Also, if you get robbed, the Aromaster will be one of the first things stolen; have a burglar alarm in place.

  • Keeping friends

    Get married when possible, then instead of getting the friends you need to get a promotion with your Sim, get the friends with the Sim you are married to. The relationship that the Sim you are married to has with other Sims never decreases. You can get friends and not have to worry about keeping them.

  • Skipping work

    In Bustin' Out mode, you can skip work by moving back into Mom's house. While you live with Mom, the bus will not arrive, and you do not have to work. This is useful if things are not going so well and you need some time to "restore" your Sim. Also in Bustin' Out mode, you can skip work by changing jobs before the bus arrives. Later, you can just change back to your old job. This is useful if you are about to get fired. Note: You will only get fired if you skip work two or three times in a row.

  • Never work

    In Bustin' Out mode, the people who you live with (who you can control) cannot get fired. If you want them to stay home, just let them. This can be very useful if you need them to clean up, or need them to do some other things.

  • Easy promotions

    Enable the "Cheat gnome" and "Raise motives" codes. Depending on where you live, make family friends with who you live with and many visitors. Then, go to work and if others are there, make them stay home. They cannot get fired.

  • Jock career

    To successfully complete the Jock career, you need to have all Body points, 4 Cooking points, and 5 Charisma points. You will also need six friends. A quick way to complete this is go to Mom's house and buy something to work your body (for example, a treadmill, pool, etc.);a bookshelf or something similar to the gourmet cooking stove; and something for your charisma (for example, a microphone or a mirror). Do that, then build your skills and move to the different houses so you can complete a goal and unlock something. You will eventually get to Malcolm's mansion.

  • Getting a bigger room

    When at Dudley's trailer, go to the master bedroom. Then, sell the door that leads to the smaller room so that there is just a wall. Next, make a door at the top right corner so that there is a place you could walk into the smaller room. Then, decorate both rooms' wallpaper and carpet to be the same and you will have a bigger room.

  • Getting married

    Make a meal, then call your potential mate over. Sit down and eat with them. When you are done, let him or her use the bathroom. While they are doing that, watch TV then have him or her join you. When they get up, propose.

  • Raising a baby

    When you have a baby, do not play with it ever, as it does nothing. If you feed it then sing, it will stop crying for a couple of hours.

  • Fishin' For Profit book

    To get the Fishin' For Profit book go to Nikki Nack's store (open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). After you buy it, find O'Phil Mclean. Give it to him and he will give you a job. Note: You must get the goals from him first. To do this, talk to Salty. Later in the game, you will be offered by Nikki Nack to buy the Waterfront Villa for 3,000 Simoleons.

  • Finding a neighbor with candelabras

    To find the candelabras, enable all the social options. Do Romantic Kiss on Mortimer if your Sim is female or your wife if your Sim is male.

  • Finding and shutting down the hackers

    At The Octagon, visit the Shiny Things Lab and select the first computer at the front of the lab. Select "Steal Computer" and it will confirm that the mission is complete.

  • Finding the Goth's fern

    The Goth's fern is located behind Dudley's Trailer by the broken car. Select it, and it should say steel.

  • Finding the Sci-Fi script

    Go to the Shiny Things lab and talk to the brain in the jar.

  • Get through Dudley's party

    When you are staying at the gym your roommates will want you to go over Dudley's Trailer to party. Move out of the gym and move in with Dudley. While you are there, serve breakfast/lunch/dinner and have Dudley order pizza. Then, move out of his house and back into the gym. When you visit Dudley's Trailer, food will be already laid out on the table. Before you move out of Dudley's Trailer, buy a bigger table and lots of chairs to seat the guests. Then when you visit Dudley's Trailer for the party, eat and talk to at least five party guests to make your relationship with them above five points. If this does not work, talk to more guest or see if your relationship went down by some points.

  • Making sure Mimi's OK

    Go to Mimi's house. She will tell you that she has made a mess around the house and for you to clean up. Then she will tell you a secret. Once you have picked up all the mess you should be rewarded with a car.

  • Throw an art opening

    When you move to Studio 8, one of the goals is to throw an art opening. In order for the art opening to be successful, you have to purchase a Sculpting Block and sculpt it first. Then, have the party and it will be successful. However, before you can purchase the Sculpting Block, you must complete the goal that will give you access to it. Also, bring all the art and sculptures from out back into the studio. Arrange them however desired, then buy a cooler in buy mode (miscellaneous). Go to phone and throw a party.

  • Avoiding death

    When in free play mode, study cooking before you try to cook.

  • Dead plants

    When a plant is dead, do not throw it away. You can sell the dead plant for as much as a new plant costs.

  • Kinetic Gnome and Flamingo limit

    When your Creativity bar has reached its peak, use the workbench with the tank on it to build Kinetic Gnome and Flamingos. However, after you have built a certain amount, you will not be able to select it again. Either sell or launch them to build more.


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