The Sims: Vacation




The Sims: Vacation

Developer:Maxis Genre:Simulation Release Date: Download Games Free Now!

About The Game

The next expansion for the popular game The Sims will allow players to send their sims to a brand new island destination with snowy alpine settings, a Riviera- style beach and forest campground. There they will be able to explore the luxuries that each resort has to offer, from snowboarding to fishing. A new selection of social interactions, objects and game characters will also be present.

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The Sims: Vacation

The Sims: Vacation Review

By Monica Bair |

I remember when Myst used to dominate the sales charts. Its initial success was understandable, because its graphics were good for its time and it was one of the first games to ever come out on CD-ROM. But as time went on, as the whole industry shifted to CDs, Myst remained the number one selling computer game month after month, year after year, in defiance of all logic and common sense. This used to make me quite angry, because beneath all its gaudy makeup, it was still just another crappy adventure game with a piss-poor game mechanic and such a monumentally turgid design that it actually expected players to solve combination locks in order to advance to the next pre-rendered screen. What next...I should fill out some tax forms for you too? Thank goodness graphic adventures are nearly dead. In my view, those things weren't even games.

So if any game was going to dethrone Myst as the best-selling PC game of all time, I'm glad it was The Sims, which in many ways is the anti-Myst. Graphic adventures are linear to a fault: about as interactive as watching a videotape and occasionally hitting "pause" and "play" with a couple of crossword puzzles thrown in for good measure. The Sims, on the other hand, is about as open-ended and liberating a game as I've seen since (and I'll date myself here) Stuart Smith's Adventure Construction Set. Myst demanded nothing from the player but masochistic patience. The Sims doesn't demand anything either, but the more you put into it, the more it gives back. It's a tantalizing software tablet, a challenge to your storytelling abilities, a Rorschach test in brightly-colored sprites.

What do you do with Myst after you beat it? Play it again? See if you can twist those knobs a little faster? The Sims never really ends. It's an open-ended experience, with no levels to complete, no missions to accomplish, no artificial notions of "winning" and "losing" imposed by some brain-dead game designer mindlessly recapitulating what he remembers from Super Mario Brothers or Doom. It's a game that nurtures creativity and rewards fact it's more than just a game, it's a hobby, a box full of toys, and even if you never make an object or paint a skin yourself, you can always play with the other toys created for it by its wonderful community.

Myself, I think The Sims is far and away the single most creative game released in many, many years, and it's good to know that so many of you out there agree. That's why the game has become a runaway bestseller, ensuring that we'll be managing our Little Computer People in sequels and online versions and more expansion packs for many years to come.

And now, after that effervescent praise and strident editorial, I'm sure we're all ready for a little vacation...

How do you expand The Sims?

Since The Sims was such a solid, standalone game, you get the feeling its designers were initially stymied when trying to come up with something to put into an expansion pack. So not too surprisingly, the first expansion, Living Large mostly added a bunch of stuff to the existing game. Granted it was really, really good stuff, much better than most user-created graphics and objects, but there really wasn't much in there you couldn't download or design on your own.

The second expansion, House Party actually opened your Sims' houses up a bit so that more than a handful of people could visit at a time. Players were finding more things to do with their Sims than just make them eat, sleep, and pee. Slowly, the game was broadening its horizons.

Then along came Hot Date, and while it was marketed on its "sex appeal" (as if that makes any sense when you're talking about bitmapped sprites), its real strength was letting your Sims actually leave their houses. It's as if some virtual Pied Piper marched through SimCity, shouting, "Freedom!" and leading all of the Sims out of their suburbs and into the downtown...or at least the mini-malls. And there was much rejoicing.

Hot Date also added many new social interactions, custom clothing types, non-neighborhood NPCs, and -- belatedly -- a rudimentary NPC editor of sorts. And while it had its problems, it was easily the most significant and exciting Sims release since the original.

All that brings us to today, and Sims Vacation, the fourth expansion in the series. The good news is that Vacation is as deep and feature-rich as Hot Date. But that's also the bad news -- Vacation never takes any step beyond Hot Date. It's pretty much just more of the same.

Still, that's not a bad thing.

Let's take a vacation.

As with Hot Date, Vacation adds nine new lots to every neighborhood. And like Hot Date, you send your Sims off by having them pick up a phone and call for a taxi. There are a couple caveats, though. Your entire family has to go on the trip, so no one can be at work or school when you make the call. This makes vacation management something of a chore for large families. Alternately you can select one Sim and have them invite a non-family member on vacation. In that case, the invited Sim will kind of trail around half-heartedly after the Sim you control, randomly complaining about food, hygiene and other personal problems. Still, this can be easier to manage than controlling a huge family, and it plays like Hot Date, in that you control the one Sim, and use that one Sim to try to keep the other one happy.

The Sims: Vacation Cheats

During gameplay, press CTRL+SHIFT+C, and a prompt will appear in the upper left corner of the screen. Enter one of the cheats below to enable the corresponding function.

1000 Simoleons: rosebud

Add family history stat to current family: hist_add

Allow visitors to be controlled using the keyboard: visitor_control

Append route destination list to AllRoutes.txt when new route found: write_destlist

Architecture tools automatically set the level as needed: auto_level

Begin sim logging: sim_log begin

Fix lot objects: prepare_lot

Flush to VM file when running Windows NT: flush

Crash game: crash

Create moat or streams: water_tool

Create shrunk_text_#.bmp files shrink_text (font_size) (text)

Create-a-character mode: edit_char

Disable "draw all animation frames": draw_all_frames off

Disable floorable grid: draw_floorable off

Disable map editor: map_edit off

Disable preview animations: preview_anims off

Disable routing debug balloons: route_balloons off

Draw dots at each Sim's origin: draw_origins

Dump memory to core_dump_[date:time].txt: core_dump

Dump most recent list of scored interactions to a file: dump_happy

Dump motive contribution curve to a file: dump_mc

Enable "draw all animation frames": draw_all_frames on

Enable floorable grid: draw_floorable on

Enable map editor: map_edit on

Enable review animations: preview_anims on

Enable routing debug balloons: route_balloons on

End sim logging: sim_log end

Execute "file.cht" file as a list of cheats: cht (filename)

Force assert: assert

Import and load specified FAM file: import (FAM File)

Invisible objects: genable_objects off

Load house: house (house number)

Log animations in event log window: log_animations

Move any object move_objects on

Prevent browser crashes: browser_failsafe

Programmer stats: tile_info

Quit game: quit

Rebuild control panel/UCP from scratch: rebuild_cp

Refresh character texture: refresh_textures

Restore tutorial: restore_tut

Rotate camera: rotation (0-3)

Save house: save

Save family history: history

Say "plugh": plugh

Say "porntipsguzzardo": porntipsguzzardo

Say "xyzzy": xyzzy

Set event logging mask: log_mask

Set game speed: sim_speed (-1000-1000)

Set grass change: value edit_grass (number)

Set grass growth: grow_grass (0-150)

Set lot size: lot_size (number)

Set menu items to appear for in-use objects: allow_inuse

Show tile information: tile_info on

Show personality and interests: interests

Sim's path displayed: draw_routes on

Sim's path hidden: draw_routes off

Ticks disabled: sweep off

Ticks enabled: sweep on

Toggle assets report: report_assets

Toggle automatic object reset: auto_reset

Toggle camera mode: cam_mode

Toggle music: music

Toggle object compression: obj_comp

Toggle sound log: sound_log

Toggle sounds: sound

Toggle web page creation: html

Total reload: reload_people

Trigger sound event: soundevent

The Sims: Vacation Game Walkthrough

            |          The Sims : Complete NPC Guide            |
            |Written by : AC Chua (       |
            |Last Update : August 26, 2004                      |
            |Version 2.5                                        |

>>>>> Version History <<<<<

Version 1.1  - (May 14, 2002)  First Version.
Version 1.11 - (May 15, 2002)  Fixed up some minor errors in grammar and word
Version 1.2  - (May 16, 2002)  Fixed the format of this FAQ for better viewing.
Version 1.3  - (May 17, 2002)  Added a new Review Section.
Version 1.4  - (May 18, 2002)  Made some minor corrections with character
Version 1.5  - (May 19, 2002)  Added more info for the Headless Ghost,
                               Entertainer, Mime, the Violinist, Janitor Sonya
                               Claire The Bear, Genie, Drew Carey and Servo.
                               Added 2 new NPC's (Space Aliens and Evil Clone)
                               as well as a new section, (Miscellaneous Info).
                               Edited the title's format.
Version 1.6  - (May 23, 2002)  Corrected the description for the Pizza Delivery
Version 1.7  - (May 25, 2002)  Added more new links where my FAQ can be found.
Version 1.8  - (May 27, 2002)  Added more info for the Cashiers/Shopkeepers,
                               Evil Clone, and Police Woman.
                               Added 2 new NPC's, the Clown Catcher, which is
                               available thru the official Sim website,
                               ( and SimGhosts.
Version 1.9  - (June 3, 2002)  Made a correction, removed the Braided Cowgirl
                               from the list since she's not an NPC. My mistake!
                               Added a new NPC, Santa Claus. Edited the
                               description of the fireman to make more sense.
Version 2.0  - (June 4, 2002)  Made corrections on the descriptions of some
Version 2.1  - (June 16, 2002) Added some contributor's tips. Check the credits
                               section for more details.
Version 2.2  - (June 30, 2002) Made some corrections with the Santa Claus. Added
                               more info for the caterer, Drew Carey and
                               Headless Ghost.
Version 2.3 - (Sept. 30, 2002) Added a new NPC, the DJ.
Version 2.4 - (Nov.  16, 2002) Added the NPC's from Unleashed
Version 2.5 - (Aug. 26, 2004)  Added the NPC's from Superstar and Makin' Magic,
                               as well as Unleashed characters who were missing,

>>>>> Table Of Contents <<<<<

1.    Introduction
2.    Contact
3.    Review
4.    NPC's
             a. The Sims
             b. The Sims : Livin' Large
             c. The Sims : House Party
             d. The Sims : Hot Date
             e. The Sims : Vacation
             f. The Sims : Unleashed
             g. The Sims : Superstar
             h. The Sims : Makin' Magic
             i. Extras
5.    Miscellaneous Info
6.    Credits
7.    Copyright Info

>>>>> Intro <<<<<

              Part of the excitement of playing "The Sims" are the several Non-
Playable Characters that appear during certain situations. If you're like me
and had some problems looking for a certain character in the game, then I hope
that this FAQ will be able to guide you into the right way. This FAQ will try
to name all NPC's, and on what expansions they appear in. I don't want to ruin
the excitement for everyone so I'll just give a brief description for each NPC.

>>>>> Contact Me <<<<<

            Corrections, Additions, Clarifications, Comments and Suggestions are
all welcome. I know that there are still many characters and descriptions
lacking from this FAQ. If you know any extra info and would like to contact me
regarding this FAQ, you can email me at Also feel
free to visit my site, - a site which
features interesting links, gaming news and more. You may also contact me
through the message boards I'm administering at

              I will, of course, give you full credit for your contribution. If
you email me, please put Sims in your subject and indicate the version
you read and the site where you found my guide. Do not ask me about serial
numbers or technical problems 'coz most probably, I wouldn't know how to solve

>>>>> Review <<<<<

		Around 2 years ago, I was addicted to this new game everyone was
talking about called "The Sims". I've been a fan of SimCity 2000 and I kept
wondering if the new game was just as good so I decided to try it out.  At
first, I discovered that my computer's specs weren't good enough for "The Sims".
After hearing all the good things about the game, I just couldn't wait anymore.
I was so eager that I bought a new PC right away. And then IT started; many days
and nights were spent with "The Sims". "Mania" was the word to describe my
fixation. I don't know exactly why I was so obsessed with the game. After all,
there's nothing special about being able to control people's bladder and
hygiene. The real world is already full of such problems.

          The obsession didn't stay for long. By the time, "Livin' Large" was
released, I was already sick of the game. Not even a new expansion pack could
renew my interest. But then, 2 years and 3 expansion packs later, I decided to
give it another shot. And so I bought "Vacation" in addition to the "Hot Date
and "House Party" expansions that I borrowed from a friend.

              Now, I don't play "The Sims" as often as I did before. While new
expansion packs like "Vacation", "Superstar" and "Making Magic" couldn't bring
back that "mania", these expansion packs can still be considered as deserving
additions to the best-selling "Sims". The 6.3 million selling game is not just
a game anymore, it has also been embedded into popular culture. And now, two
years later as I update this FAQ, a new Sims will be released, with just less
than a month to go.

            Here's to more NPC's in the new installment!

>>>>> NPC's <<<<<

		This section is divided into 9 parts. I placed each NPC in the
order of which they appear at the 7 different expansions plus the original game.

>>>>> The Sims <<<<< (Original Game without expansions)

1. Newspaper Delivery Person - Probably the most common NPC in the game.
                               Appears everyday at around 9am to deliver the

2. The Maid                  - For $10 an hour, the maid will clean up dirty
                               dishes, toilets, wet floors, etc. All it takes
                               is a phone call to avail of her services.

3. The Gardener              - Appears every 3 days to water your plants.
                               Similar with the maid, service costs $10/hr.

4. Postal Woman              - She appears every 3 days to give you your
                               bills. You'll find them inside the mailbox
                               where she placed them.

5. Repairman                 - Fixes everything from broken TV's to overused
                               computers. The charge is a bit high ($50/hr). I
                               suggest you let your sims handle the
                               repair provided that they have mechanical
                               points or else they might get electrocuted.

6. Fireman                   - When your house is on fire, you can always call
                               the trusty fireman for help. If you have the fire
                               alarm installed in the room that is burning,
                               he'll come automatically. If not, you can call
                               him by phone but it takes more time for him to
                               come that way.

7. Police Woman              - In charge of the neighborhood's welfare, there
                               are a few "rules" you must remember.
                               Be careful having your parties late at night.
                               The policewoman will come and charge you $$$
                               for parties 11:00PM and beyond. But she'll
                               warn you first. Also, having a burglar alarm
                               around the house is an advantage since it
                               automatically calls the police whenever a
                               burglar robs your house. If your burglar is
                               caught, you'll be given $$$$$ to compensate
                               for the stolen items. For Livin' Large : the
                               police will come if you use the chemistry set
                               while having 2 or less logic points and she'll
                               complain about the stench of the chemicals.
                               Again, she'll fine you ($500 this time).

8. Pizza Delivery Guy        - Tired of having to cook the same meal all the
                               time? You can call your nearest pizza place
                               for a delivery right at your doorstep. Pizza
                               costs $40 each.

9. Burglar                   - (See Police Woman) Creeps into your sims'
                               house in the middle of the night.

10. Repo Man                 - Looks like someone from Pest Control. His
                               reporizing gun will absorb your house objects
                               if you don't have the money to pay your bills.

11. Social Worker            - Take good care of your SimBabies or they just
                               might be taken away by the Social Worker. Pay
                               attention to their warning, 'coz it is the last
                               and only one.

12. SimGhosts                - Ever wonder what happens to your sims when they
                               die? Well, they're not OVER yet! They still come
                               back from the dead once in a while to haunt the
                               living. Done in random, the dead sims do their
                               haunting at around midnight. You must have the
                               dead sim's urn or tombstone in order to have them
                               appear as ghosts.

>>>>> The Sims : Livin' Large <<<<<

1. Servo                     - The robot maid costs a whopping $15,000. Servo's
                               an all-in-one maid, repairman, gardener and cook.
                               Works anytime (24 hours) as long as there's
                               something that needs to be done. Click on his pod
                               to get him going.

2. Grim Reaper               - The Grim Reaper is a cool addition to the Sims
                               game. This time, you're allowed to plead and
                               play a Rock, Papers, Scissors game to decide
                               the fate of your dying Sims. If you win, your
                               Sims will live but if you lose, he might turn
                               them into zombies. Then again, he might just let
                               them die if he feels like it.

3. Genie                     - Comes with the Antique Lamp. Just clean the
                               lamp and he'll appear. Be careful! For every
                               two good wishes there are 3 bad ones. The Genie
                               can be used only once a day.

4. Tragic Clown              - He'll appear if you have the Tragic Clown
                               Painting. As the name says, the clown will
                               bring nothing but misery to your Sims and
                               lower their overall mood. (Read Miscellaneous

5. Male and Female Monster   - Your Sims may turn into monsters through the
                               chemistry set. You have to make a chemical of
                               purple color to do the trick. Your sim will
                               remain that way for a few hours during which
                               he/she will throw a fit and destroy whatever
                               object crosses its path. Everything except the
                               art easel! Yes, the monster loves to paint!
                               What's more, the painting can be sold for a
                               LOT of money!

6. Space Aliens              - They are the only NPCs that can't be seen. They
                               appear through a purple light to abduct your
                               Sim. This happens only if your sim is using
                               the telescope. After a short time, the abducted
                               Sim reappears, albeit with a small difference.
                               His/her personality has been changed.

7. Evil Clone                - You have to make a Dark Green chemical through
                               the chemistry set to create a clone. Since it is
                               an NPC, you cannot control it. The clone is an
                               exact opposite of your Sim (personality-wise).
                               They fade away in a matter of hours.

>>>>> The Sims : House Party <<<<<

* This expansion features a lot of NEW NPC's (for your party needs)

1. Headless Ghost            - During the party, have a Sim with six or more
                               charisma & creativity points "tell a story" while
                               gathered around the bonfire. There's no telling
                               when a headless ghost might just appear......

2. Drew Carey                - Throw an especially good party and he might
                               just drop by along w/ his limo. Like all party
                               guests, he will mingle and have fun, especially
                               with female guests.

3. Male and Female Strippers - Err...I mean "Entertainers". Buy the large
                               cake under Miscellaneous and click on the
                               command, "Hire Male/Female Entertainer",
                               depending on what you choose. Be careful though
                               'coz the entertainer might stir some jealousy
                               with the other people in the party.

4. The Mime                  - Bore your guests to death and the Mime will
                               surely come. While he will try to raise the
                               mood by a bit, the mime is also known to steal
                               objects in the house! So keep a close eye. He'll
                               leave only if the party mood gets better.

5. Pink Gorilla              - Sometimes, the Pink Gorilla appears as
                               replacement for the Female Entertainer. The
                               gorilla will entertain the kids, too. (Read
                               Miscellaneous Section).

6. Caterer                   - Call him when you're throwing a party. For an
                               all-you-can-eat fee, he'll replenish your buffet
                               table & punch bowl whenever they run out. But be
                               careful, he's known to forget his work during
                               the party. He likes to stroll around & chat with
                               guests and his bad social skills will ruin their
                               social ratings. He will also rummage through the
                               costume trunk so keep a watchful eye.

7. Party Crasher             - These rowdy crashers come during mediocre to
   (Guy w/ bandanas)           fairly good parties. They tend to destroy

8. Party Crasher             - Can be easily spotted from the crowd by their
   (Euro Punk)                 outrageous outfits and dyed hair. You can't
                               find them in your neighborhood and they appear
                               only during parties.

9. Boxers                    - When you hire a male entertainer through the
                               large cake, there is a small chance that a fit,
                               nerdy or tragic clown (if you have Livin'
                               Large) boxer will appear instead of the usual
                               male stripper. He will do the same things the
                               stripper does. (Read Miscellaneous section)

10. Santa Claus              - Yes, there is a Santa Claus in The Sims! Buy the
                               plate of cookies just a little before midnight
                               & place it on a table beside the fireplace.
                               Make sure you have a Christmas Tree nearby and
                               he'll appear while your sims are asleep. He'll
                               leave a gift for each of your sims plus an extra
                               special present! The "present" is randomly chosen
                               but I got a stereo once.

>>>>> The Sims : Hot Date <<<<<

1. Mrs. Crumplebottom        - Perhaps the most interesting NPC in Hot Date,
                               Mrs. Crumplebottom guards Downtown from any
                               "improper acts". Just don't have her in the
                               same room while your sims kiss, hug and make-out.
                               As the Old Prude would say, "Why don't you get
                               a room?"

2. Rental Shack Person       - He comes as Jack if you have Gimme Gamble's
                               rental shack or Zack if you have the Rental Shed
                               au Naturel instead. Your sims will need to
                               approach him if they need to rent anything
                               Downtown or in Vacation Island (Note: for the
                               latter, Sims : Vacation is required)

3. Waiters/Busboys/Cooks     - They are required if you want a smooth-running
                               restaurant. Podiums automatically hire
                               waiters, Dishwashers = Busboys, Stove = Cooks.

4. Janitor Sonya             - Responsible for keeping the Downtown area
                               clean and working, you can often see her mumbling
                               to herself or dancing with her mop.

5. Cashiers/Shopkeepers      - Each type of cash register hires corresponding
   Bartenders/Barmaids         sets of shopkeepers. Required when building
                               shops. The Ice Cream and Hot Dog stands
                               automatically hire store clerks as well. The same
                               trend follows for future expansions, where new
                               shops (such as Sushi Bar, Coffee Shop) are

6. Pianist                   - Just place a piano in Downtown and she'll
                               appear during play mode.

7. Violinist (Carlo)         - Not sure how you get him to appear but my guess
                               is that you need to build a posh restaurant,
                               meaning the most expensive amenities. Your sims
                               can interact with him by requesting a song or by
                               tipping him with $20. Don't tip him and you might
                               just end up with a cheesy mini-puppet show.

8. Claire the Bear           - Often seen in the front yard digging for
                               scraps in the garbage can. If you have a teddy
                               outside, she will talk to it. She also appears in
                               Downtown to disrupt picnics by raiding the picnic
                               baskets. With Sims Unleashed, Claire the Bear
                               will be able to enter your house and do much

9. DJ                        - The DJ will only appear if you have the turntable
                               from House Party. He'll make sure the audience
                               gets into the groove. You can interact with him
                               by requesting a song and he'll put the record on
                               for you.

>>>>> The Sims : Vacation <<<<<

1. Vacation Director         - A familiar sight during family excursions, she's
                               in charge of coordinating with the Vacation
                               Island Staff in order to make your sims enjoy
                               their stay. Ask her all that you need to know
                               about Vacation Island.

2. The Beach Shark           - Found in the Beach Portion of Vacation Island.
                               These wandering entertainers help keep kids
                               (and their parents) in a good mood.

3. Archie Archer             - Found in the Forest Portion of Vacation
                               Island. These wandering entertainers help keep
                               kids (and their parents) in a good mood.

4. The Yeti                  - Found in the Snow Covered Portion of Vacation
                               Island. These wandering entertainers help keep
                               kids (and their parents) in a good mood.

5. Hotel Staff               - They range from the Front Desk Clerks where
                               your Sims check-in to the Janitors that keep
                               watch for any mess 24 hours a day.

>>>>> The Sims : Unleashed <<<<<

1. Miss Lucille              - Found in the old town, she can read the palm of
                               your sims and turn any zombie sims back to human.

2. Pet Judges                - The name says it all. They give out first, second
                               and third prizes to deserving pets. They also
                               give out special awards if your pet is not
                               yet exactly in the show quality range.

3. Animal Control            - Had enough of those skunks and raccoons? You can
                               call animal control to get rid of your pests.
                               It'll cost you however, a mere $20.

4. El Bandito                - Creeps into your sims' lots in the middle of the
                               night to scavenge for scraps. They can sometimes
                               cause a considerable amount of noise to wake your
                               sims up.

5. Skunk                     - Another midnight visitor, courtesy of Unleashed.
                               Aside from decreasing the room bar, they don't
                               Possess any harmful effect except when you try to
                               pet them, thus decreasing your sim's hygiene bar
                               to zero.

6. Pet Trainer               - Are you sick of having your pets peeing all over
                               the place? Think they need some training? Then
                               don't fret! For a small fee, all you need to do
                               is to engage the services of the Pet Trainers in
                               Old Town. Just go to the nearest pet shop and
                               you'll be sure of finding them there.

7. Sax Player                - His function is similar to the Violinist, if
                               you have Hot Date. The only interaction allowed
                               however, is "Listen."

8. Gardeners                 - They sell their produce over at the Old Town.
                               Ask them all you need to know about growing
                               your own vegetable garden.

>>>>> The Sims : Superstar <<<<<

1. The Superstars            - With the Superstar expansion pack, your sims get
                               to have that chance to rub elbows with big names
                               like Marilyn Monroe and Avril Lavigne. The only
                               interaction available is "Ask for Autograph."

2. Obsessed Fan              - With 3 stars and up, your sims get to have their
                               very own stalker hounding them! They'll follow
                               you everywhere! At work or at home, they also
                               leave 'special presents' (black roses) to your
                               superstar sims. Having them in the same room as
                               your sims can also decrease overall mood.

3. Butler                    - For $500 a day, the butler can perform all the
                               tedious work such as making phone calls to the
                               maid or gardener and repelling stalkers. They
                               even take care of your sims' babies! The best
                               part is that they stay until night, thus saving
                               your sims a lot of precious time.

4. Paparazzo                 - Monitor your sims' actions well for there are
                               paparazzi wandering about Studio Town. They tend
                               to be picky so it's best to use them for your own
                               advantage with controversy stunts and photo ops.

5. Directors/Photographers   - These are the people whom your sims have to turn
   Fashion Designers           to in order to land jobs in Studio Town. Whether
                               it's a modeling career you choose or a tiny bit
                               for a soap, it's best to choose your combinations
                               wisely, else your sims might have their stars

6. Masseuse                  - Her services are open to anyone who visits
                               Studio Town. Your sims don't need to be
                               celebrities to enjoy her massage, which comes in
                               three different intensities.

7. Lana                      - New in Studio Town? Haven't got a clue about
                               stardom? There's no reason to worry at all for
                               Lana will be glad to help! Ask her anything you
                               need to know about Tinseltown's ins-and-outs.

>>>>> The Sims : Makin' Magic <<<<<

1. Apothecaries/ Vampires   - These beings have their own world in Magic Town,
   Gypsy Clerks               where they reside. Your sims may opt to barter
                              or sell products to them. They're not exactly
                              willing to make small talk since they believe it's
                              bad for business.

2. Mystery Man              - Who exactly is the man in the pink suit? His
                              origins remains a mystery but his purpose is
                              obvious - to market the products of Magic Co.
                              to the residents to Sim City. He'll present you
                              with a sample of Magic Co.'s product upon your
                              move to a lot. You can also choose to inquire
                              about Magic Co. products from him in Magic Town.

3. Snake Charmer            - The name says it all. He also barters products on
                              the side.


>>>>> Extras <<<<<

* This section features NPC's that are not applicable for any of the other
sections above but are nonetheless, official NPC's of The Sims. There are many
websites that feature new NPC's or NPC replacements. Those user-created
NPC's/alternatives shall not be included. Only official Maxis/The Sims releases
will be included here.

1. Clown Catcher             - When all else fails, these experts can take care
                               of your little "clown problem" in a friendly,
                               professional manner. This NPC is available for
                               download from the official The Sims website,
                      It is included in this FAQ
                               since it is an official NPC of Maxis, creator of
                               The Sims. Livin' Large is required.

This FAQ currently covers 62 NPC's. There could be more. Again, if you know any
additional info or if you wish to make corrections, please see the Contact
section for more details.

>>>>> Miscellaneous Info <<<<<

Killing your NPC's
I tried to burn, drown and confine my NPC's but none of these strategies seem to
work. Thus, I have come to the conclusion that you cannot kill NPC's. They may
disappear after a long time of "solitary confinement" and they might get stuck
during a fire but they will not die.

Get rid of that Clown !
The Tragic Clown can be a nuisance to your sims. Here are some ways to get rid
of that pest.

1. Don't buy the Tragic Clown Painting.
2. Put the painting on top of the fireplace and let the painting burn. The
   clown will burn as well.
3. Keep your Sims happy and he will leave.
4. Download the Clown Catchers from

Surprise Cake Dancers ! (by Joseph Grabko)
Buy two cake dancing cakes. Then, hire a male cake dancer. Then, try to hire
another male dancer with the other cake. The message "You've already hired that
cake dancer!" will appear. Ignore this, and click "OK". Keep trying to hire
another male cake dancer, and sooner or later you will either get the Tragic
Clown or Elvis. The same can be done with hiring two females, but you will get
someone in a pink gorilla suit.

Submissions of other strategies/miscellaneous info dealing with NPC's are

>>>>> Credits <<<<<

Maxis : Creator of The Sims and all expansions.
Chris Edric Tan : For lending me "House Party" and "Hot Date".
Christopher Manson ( : For pointing out that Claire the Bear
                   appears in Hot Date.
Glynnys Chua ( : For pointing out that each order of Pizza
              costs $40 instead of the $30 that was previously stated.
Alyssa ( : For pointing out an NPC I missed, Santa Claus.
Si ( : For supplying info regarding the Boxer.
Catania Tami ( : Made some corrections regarding the Grim
             Reaper, Monster, Boxer, Pink Gorilla, Mrs. Crumplebottom and Rental
             Shack Person.
Joseph Grabko ( : For pointing out corrections
              regarding the party crashers and extra info about the monsters,
              pink gorilla, caterer, headless ghost, Drew Carey and boxers.
              Contributed one tip under Miscellaneous info section.
Anders Aughy ( : For pointing out that the Santa Claus
             appears in House Party instead of Livin' Large.
Ryan Seney ( : DJ NPC contribution.


Copyright 2002 A.C. Chua ( Albino C. Chua )

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