The Sims 2 cheats

Sims 2
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Using these The Sims 2 cheats will unlock unlimited simoleons, change the appearance of the game, and do all sorts of extra things to help you and your sims out. It's an old game and if you've run out of all the things you can do naturally in the game, why not go crazy with a few Sims 2 codes and cheats to spice things up a little. 

As you can see on the bar to the side, we've got cheats for the The Sims 2 across PC, PS2, Xbox, Gamecube and more. So whatever you're playing on, you can have a little fun. 

And, if you're looking to play one of the more recent games we've got The Sims 3 cheats and The Sims 4 cheats covered as well. 

The Sims 2 cheats

PC cheats

To open the cheat window in The Sims 2 press CTRL, Shift and 'C'. Once that's open you can type in any of the cheats below to get the effects listed.

  • Kaching: Adds 1,000 Simoleons To Your Bank Account.
  • motherlode: Adds 50,000 Simoleons.
  • AddneighbortoFamilycheat [on/off]: With this cheat activated you can Shift + left click on an NPC to add one to the current household. This won't work on service NPCs engaged in their jobs, like the maid cleaning and what not, but it will work if that same NPC is visiting socially or hanging out after work. You can even add sims in excess of the customary 8 sim limit on families. This cheat doesn't work on NPCs like the Grim Reaper or Mrs. Crumplebottom. 
  • Forcetwins: With a pregnant sim selected, using this cheat transforms the pregnancy into a twin birth. 
  • Plumbobtoggle [on/off]: Makes the overhead plumb bob (the diamond thingy above their heads) invisible.
  • boolProp snapObjectsToGrid [true or false]: Snap objects to the grid in game.
  • boolprop enablepostprocessing true/false: Filmmaking Help - Must be true for all filmic cheats below to function.
  • letterbox (0.0-0.4): Creates a letterbox view of size specified. You must first enter "boolprop enablepostprocessing true."
  • filmgrain (0-1) Film Grain: Creates a film graininess. Must first enter "boolprop enablepostprocessing true" cheat.
  • vignette (centerx centery X): Creates a filmic look in which a focal point is clear but everything around it is blurry. Must first enter "boolprop enablepostprocessing true" cheat.
  • Moveobjects on/off: Move Objects
  • boolprop lotWater [true or false]: Creates lots of  water, plus you can set to false to remove removes water (ponds) from lots.
  • boolprop displayNeighborhoodWater [true or false]: Neighborhood Water. Set to false to remove water from neighborhood.
  • boolprop displayLotImposters [true or false]: Set to false to removes house graphics from neighborhood.
  • boolprop displayNeighborhoodRoads [true or false]: Neighborhood Roads
  • intProp maxNumOfVisitingSims [number]: Use in neighborhood screen to invite more guests with a party
  • help [cheat command]: Display Information About Indicated Cheat
  • deleteAllCharacters: Use in neighborhood view to remove All Sims
  • BlendLimits on/off: Turn Off DNA Blending
  • intprop censorgridsize: 0 Set to 8 to return to normal.
  • bloom (r g b x): Bloom Effect where everything's so bright it blurs together (a la sitcom flashbacks) "r" "g" and "b" are color values (0-255) and "x" is the amount of blooming from 0 to 255.
  • boolprop lotTerrainLighting [true or false]: Lot Lighting. Set to false and lots will not light up when highlighted in neighborhood.
  • boolprop lotTerrainPaints [true or false]: Lot Terrain Paints. Set to false to remove floorpainting on lot.
  • boolprop displayNeighborhoodRoadsWithModel [true or false]: Neighborhood Bridges. Set to false to remove bridges from neighborhood.
  • boolprop displayNeighborhoodFlora [true or false]: Neighborhood Plants. Set to false to removes trees/plants from neighborhood
  • boolprop displayNeighborhoodProps [true or false]: Neighborhood Props. Set to false to remove props like rocks and towers from neighborhood
  • terraintype desert/temperate: Change Terrain. This can only be used in neighborhood view and toggles between 2 terrain types.
  • Slowmotion [0-8]: Slow Motion. 0 is normal speed and 8 is slowest.
  • expand: Expand Console Window
  • StretchSkeleton [number]: Stretch sim size to number. 1.0 is normal size
  • Vsync on/off: Turning it off improves game performance but with graphical errors.
  • help: Show Cheat Help
  • deleteallcharacters: Delete Neighborhood
  • aging on/off: Aging
  • exit: Exit Game
  • Autopatch on/off: This allows the game to automatically look for game patches.

The Sims 2 PS2 Cheats

Pause game to enter the cheats. You must enter the gnome cheat first!

  • L1, R1, Up, X, R2 - Unlock Gnome (enter first)
  • R1, L1, R2, Right, Left - Give Money (9,999)
  • Circle, L2, Left, Circle, Up, Circle - Unlock All Lots
  • Circle, Square, L1, Up, Down - Advance clock 6 hrs
  • Triangle, Circle, Square, R2, Left - Set Skill Level
  • Up, Circle, Up, Right, L2 - Fill All Motives
  • R2, Square, Up, Down, Right, X - Unlock All Recipes
  • Square, R2, Down, Right, Square - Unlock All Clothing
  • L2, Circle, Down, Left, Up - Unlock all objects
  • R1, L1, R1, L1, Triangle - Horn Audio

The Sims 2 Xbox Cheats

The master code must be entered first to make cheat gnome appear. Then go up to the gnome and press A to activate it.

  • Master Cheat - L, R, D-Pad Up, A, Black
  • Max All Motives - D-Pad Up, B, D-Pad Up, D-Pad Right, White
  • Go 6 Hours Forward In Time - B, X, L, D-Pad Up, D-Pad Down
  • Changes Any Sims Skill - Y, B, X, Black, D-Pad Left
  • Gives The Household 10,000 - R, L, Black, D-Pad Right, D-Pad Left
  • Unlock All Story Mode Locations - B, White, D-Pad Left, B, D-Pad Up, B
  • Unlock All Objects - White, B, D-Pad Down, D-Pad Left, D-Pad Up
  • Unlock All Recipes - Black, X, D-Pad Up, D-Pad Down, D-Pad Right, A
  • Unlock All Clothes - X, Black, D-Pad Down, D-Pad Right, X

The Sims 2 Gamecube Cheats

While playing the game, press L, R, UP, A, Z. The cheat trophy will appear and the following cheats may now be enabled.

  • 9,999 Simoleons - Press R, L, Z, Right, Left. Now select the cheat trophy and press give simoleons. 
  • All Objects - Press B, X, Down, Left, Up. Editor's Note: Also recorded as Z, X, Down, Left, Up. 
  • Set Skill Level - Press Y, X, B, Z, Left. Select the cheat trophy and select the skill you want to set.

The Sims 2 PSP Cheats

At any time in the game press select button and go to the perk screen and go to buy perks. you will see a selection of perks that you can buy. hold down the L, R and Square buttons for 3 seconds. A new perk will appear with a picture of a purple heart called cheat.

Iain Wilson
Guides Editor

Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 500 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.