The Sims 2: Open For Business

Strategy Guide/Walkthrough/FAQ



  • Sim lives forever

    Build a servo after getting the Gold Badge in Robots. Then, kill the Sims you started with. The only person remaining will be the robot, and you can do everything that you could do with a Sim normally, even buying businesses and operating them.

  • Better business

    To get a little edge over your competition, make sure to impress the Reporters whenever they come around to your shop. If you are able to raise their customer loyalty enough, they will write you a good review in the local papers. This boosts customer inflow and willingness to buy. Just watch for visitors taking copious notes.

  • Twins

    To increase the chance of having twins, eat a slice of Cheesecake before you "Try For Baby".

  • Saving leftovers

    To keep leftovers from spoiling, buy a food display case. When your Sim is finished eating his food, and there is still food remaining on the plate, go into Buy mode. Pick up the plate and put it in the display case. The food will never go bad and you can still pick it up in Buy mode and put it on a counter, table, etc. later for your Sim to eat more of it.

  • Debug mode

    Go to the "Create A Family" screen and create an adult female. Then, type "Enter Fitrs N" as her name. A popup will appear on the top right stating "Create A Sim is now in Debugging Mode". Enter it without assigning your Sim a last name. This gives you new clothing options (such as Fig Leaf Clothing), the ability for your Sims' body to be invisible, and many other options.

  • Reset Sim or object

    If a Sim or object is not working correctly, try doing the following to reset what they are doing with no harm done. First, enable the "boolProp testingCheatsEnabled true" code, then Shift click on the Sim or object that is not working. Keep selecting the "More..." option until you find the "Force Error" selection. A box will appear. Select "Reset". This will cancel anything they are doing.

  • Testing cheats mode

    While playing the game, press [Ctrl] + [Shift] + C to display the console window. Enter "boolProp TestingCheatsEnabled true" to activate testing cheats mode. This is a very powerful cheat that enables many new things. In Create A Sim, after enabling this code, go into debugmode by pressing [Shift] + N before making a Sim. You now have the following new things in Create A Sim: skin tones, clothing, and some other options such as viewing the skinfilenames. In the game itself, after enabling this code, hold [Shift] and left click on a Sim to have lots of options, such as changing clothes, make your Sim fat or thin, set their aspiration level, etc. This code also can spawn some interesting items, such as the tombstone of L(ife) and D(eath), and family members.

    Enable the "boolProp testingCheatsEnabled true" code, then go onto a different family. A strange code will appear at the top right hand corner. If you go onto the Sims' needs, you can click on each one and drag it up or down, whichever desired. You can also increase the skill points of your Sims in the same way. This is useful if you want a promotion, if your Sim is depressed, if you are teaching a toddler to walk, etc. You can also hold [Shift] and click on a Sim. Click on "More", then "Spawn" and create the Tombstone of L and D. You can click on this, then "More" then "Make everyone here friends with me", which helps if you need friends to get promoted, or to complete an aspiration task.

    Enable the "boolProp testingCheatsEnabled true" code, then hold [Shift] and click on a mailbox. You will now have new options, such as forcing a burglar to rob, know all Sims in the neighborhood (including NPCs and special Sims), force everyone you know to be friends, force pregnancy relations, invite all neighbors over, and more.

  • Cheat Codes

    While playing the game, press [Ctrl] + [Shift] + C to display the console window. Then, type one of the following case-sensitive codes and press [Enter] to activate the corresponding cheat function:

    Result Cheat Code
    List most cheat codeshelp
    Display information about indicated cheathelp [cheat command]
    1,000 more SimoleonsKaching
    50,000 more Simoleonsmotherlode
    No censor; set to 8 to return to normalintprop censorgridsize 0
    Have twins when baby is borntwinzr2cute, twinsr2cute, or ForceTwins
    Remove all Sims; use in neighborhood viewdeleteAllCharacters
    Toggle terrain types; use in neighborhood viewTerrainType [desert or temperate]
    Objects can be placed anywhere in buy and
    build modes; hand tool can move any object
    moveObjects [on or off]
    Make Sims larger or smaller; 1.0 is normalStretchSkeleton [number]
    Prevent Sims from agingaging [on or off]
    Slow motion; 0 is normal, 8 is slowestslowMotion [0-8]
    Increase game performance with some
    graphics glitches
    Vsync [on or off]
    Turn off facial DNA blending in Create A SimfaceBlendLimits [on or off]
    Use in neighborhood screen to invite more
    guests to a party
    intProp maxNumOfVisitingSims [number]
    Enable postprocessing cheats; requires
    video card that supports pixel shaders
    boolProp enablePostProcessing [true or false]
    Set to false to place objects out of gridboolProp snapObjectsToGrid [true or false]
    Toggle automatic game updatesautoPatch [on or off]
    Set to false to remove props like rocks and
    towers from neighborhood
    boolprop displayNeighborhoodProps [true or false]
    Set to false to remove roads from
    boolprop displayNeighborhoodRoads [true or false]
    Set to false to removes trees/plants from
    boolprop displayNeighborhoodFlora [true or false]
    Set to false to remove water from
    boolprop displayNeighborhoodWater [true or false]
    Set to false to removes house graphics
    from neighborhood
    boolprop displayLotImposters [true or false]
    Set to false to remove bridges from
    boolprop displayNeighborhoodRoadsWithModel
    [true or false]
    Set to false and lots will not light up when
    highlighted in neighborhood
    boolprop lotTerrainLighting [true or false]
    Set to false to remove removes water
    (ponds) from lots
    boolprop lotWater [true or false]
    Set to false to remove floorpainting on lotboolprop lotTerrainPaints [true or false]
    Set to true and cars will have more detail in
    boolprop carsCompact [true or false]
    Set to trueto show lot informationboolprop lotInfoAdvancedMode [true or false]
    Set to false to remove removes shadows
    on objects outside house
    boolprop objectShadows [true or false]
    Set to false to remove shadows on objects
    inside house
    boolProp guob [true or false]
    Set to true and walls will no longer cut
    away from selected Sim
    boolprop renderSelectedSimLevel [true or false]
    Set to true to see the path where the
    selected Sim walks to
    boolProp displayPaths [true or false]
    Set to true and blocks appear on Sims
    faces and on parts where Sims look at
    boolprop displayLookAtBoxes [true or false]
    Set to false to place floor tiles outside lotboolprop locktiles [true or false]
    Set to false to raise and lower floor even
    when covered with objects
    boolprop constrainFloorElevation [true or false]
    Set to true to light up objects continuously
    instead of only when used
    boolprop allObjectLightsOn [true or false]
    Toggle grid in build or buy modeboolprop showFloorGrid [true or false]
    Toggle shadows for SimsboolProp simShadows [true or false]
    In neighborhood, shows filename of house
    when lot is highlighted
    boolprop ShowLotPackageFilename [true or false]
    Create a new lighting file with specific lot lighting valuessetLotLightingFile [filename]
    After typing "expand", will you see the game
    version in the cheat box
    Clear console windowclear
    Expand or contract console windowexpand
    Close console windowexit
    Unknownboolprop lotTerrainCanvas [true or false]

  • Postprocessing cheats

    Use the following case-sensitive codes after enabling the Postprocessing cheats with the "boolProp enablePostProcessing true". Note: Do not enable or use the Postprocessing cheats unless your video card supports pixel shaders.

    Result Cheat Code
    Blur effect; red, green, blue value must be between
    0 and 255, and x (bloom) between 0.0 and 1.0
    bloom [r g b x]
    Centered blur effect; centerX and centerY are screen
    coordinates; x (vignette) must be between 0.0 and 1.0
    vignette [centerX centerY x]
    Grainy screen effectfilmGrain [0.0-1.0]
    Letterbox screen effectletterBox [0.0-0.4]

  • Command lines

    Start the game with one of the following command line parameters to activate the corresponding cheat function:

    Result Command Line Parameter
    Full screen-f
    Set screen resolution-r[width]x[height]
    Windowed screen-w
    Disable sound-nosound

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