The Sims 2: FreeTime is the seventh expansion pack in the The Sims 2 video game series.
A flyer included in The Sims 2: Bon Voyage expansion pack and The Sims 2 Teen Style Stuff announced this expansion and read: "Now your Sims can enjoy hobbies! Your Sims will have fun taking up a variety of creative, intellectual, or active leisure-time pursuits. They can even meet Sims that share their interests and expand their social relationships. Develop your Sims' skills while they pursue their true pastime passions. Will your Sims stumble reaching for new goals or find a new sense of fulfillment?"
With this expansion, Sims can pursue employment in five new careers including dance, entertainment, intelligence, oceanography and architecture.
The ten hobbies included in the expansion pack are fitness, cooking, music/dance, sports, nature, science, films/literature, gaming, tinkering, and arts/crafts. Every Sim is created with a predetermined "preferred" hobby which cannot be modified by the player. While the bar is filled, the Sim is "in the zone", shown graphically as a white glow around the Sim; causing their needs to decay more slowly than usual, as to allow extra time on that hobby.
There are ten hobbies in The Sims 2: FreeTime
. Each offers different unlockable benefits or new activities and also a pass to enter into secret lots. Doing an activity which is related to the specific hobby increases enthusiasm to that hobby. Enthusiasm can even briefly be gained as a Sim sleeps and dreams about a hobby activity. As enthusiasm increases for each hobby, there are a number of new actions introduced to the Sim in that arena, this includes reading about the hobby in the paper, jogging, hiking and getting protein shakes from the fridge, blogging about your hobby, teaching about the hobby and more. These rewards and benefits will stay constant for your Sim provided the hobby enthusiasm is kept high enough to warrant them. The highest reward is to be in 'The Zone' (as described above).
Arts & Crafts
The Arts & Crafts hobby centers around activities that are related to creating and discussing artwork, such as painting, and introduces two new Talent Badges: Pottery
. In addition, an activity table is available allowing toddlers and children to paint and play with blocks (playing with blocks supports tinkering hobbies while drawing supports arts and crafts).
Cooking, watching cooking shows and having meals are activities related to culinary. Cuisine hobby allows Sims to unlock new foods: chips
. Moreover, Sims may now enter a food contest by submitting a dish to be judged. Finally, a new nectar table is available in buy mode.
Film & literature
The novel writing system on the computer has been revamped allowing players to choose the cover, title and plot. Players may now choose which book for their Sim to read instead of reading a single generic book. Sims can also discuss books they have read, and a variety of films can now be viewed on the television.
Other than working out, swimming or performing Yoga
, Sims with a high enough interest in Fitness can go jogging
, get protein drinks out of their fridge, and can use an exercise bike. In addition, athletic outfits have been given a greater selection from more than just sweatsuits and children are also given athletic wear.
A variety of digital games can now be purchased and are playable on Sims' computers and consoles. All of these games are actual EA games, namely Spore
, FIFA 08
, The Sims 3
and Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
. Other games such as pool and chess also contribute to the hobby enthusiasm. Sims can also challenge each other in a video game competition in community lots.
Music & Dance
Sims can now play the violin and the synthesizer as well as the piano (and guitar, bass and drums if University
is installed). They can also practice ballet
on the ballet barre, enter dance contests and also teach their toddlers nursery rhymes. A new soundtrack
features the Natasha Bedingfield
song "Pocketful of Sunshine
", and also includes artists They Might Be Giants
, and Datarock
.Finally, players can create custom radio stations for their Sims stereos (though all songs added to custom stations must be in MP3 format).
Nature-loving Sims find gardening, fishing, bug collecting and birdwatching interesting. If your Sim goes hiking
there is a chance they will find an unusual bug which will start a bug collection. This can be hung on a wall or put on a table. When hiking your Sims also run the risk of being followed home by angry swarms of bees. Sims also gain enthusiasm for Nature by studying the cleaning skill.
Science hobby items gained with Freetime include an ant farm
and new telescope interactions. Sims can now choose to search for planets, constellations and UFOs. Sims can also choose to summon aliens. When they use this interaction as an adult, they get abducted and impregnated with an alien baby, regardless of their gender (though some information seems to suggest that only a male Sim will be impregnated). Your Sim will also gain Science enthusiasm by watching the Weather Channel on television.
Sims can play one-on-one penalty shoot-outs and shoot hoops on the basketball
hoop. Sims can also toss football
or play catch to each other to increase their interest in sports. However, Sims can not play full soccer
, football or basketball games. They can also gain Sports enthusiasm by playing 'Kicky Bag' with another Sim and watching the Simstation Sports channel.
Tinkering allows Sims to tinker various electronic devices in the house and also restoring a car to sell it for profit. The restored car can also be used as the family car with the ability to paint it a different colour daily. There is also a new train set which your Sim can decorate and design to enhance their tinkering hobby skill.
This expansion pack features a new neighborhood named Desiderata
Valley. The expansion also adds new secret lots and adds a special character, a Genie
. A gypsy will come to your Sims house if your Sim is enthusiastic
over a hobby or has high Lifetime Aspiration and will drop off the lamp on your property. The Genie will grant the Sim three wishes though the wishes have a chance of backfiring
. Once the Sim uses the three wishes, the Genie disappears.
FreeTime includes several new computer games the Sims can purchase and play on a gaming station or computer, including the upcoming sequel to the game itself, The Sims 3. The televisions now also feature movies that Sims can watch, which are movie clips featured in "How Do You Play?" ad campaign.
This game includes SecuROM software.
When your Sims grow up, you can choose three friends to grow up with the Sim. Sims cannot however age friends, in the same way, if they are going to University. This option would have to be selected from the neighbourhood menu by 'moving to college', as is used with earlier expansion packs.
Five new Career Tracks and their Reward Objects are added with FreeTime
. They are Oceanographers, Entertainers, Architects, Dancers, and Intelligence Agents. Oceanographers can earn a koi
pond, Entertainers can get their own star of fame, Architects can use their own drafting table, Dancers can receive an improved ballet barre and Intelligence Agents can use a listening device.
Lifetime Aspiration Meter
The Lifetime Aspiration feature has been enhanced by this expansion. It is now displayed on the GUI as a segmented bar, next to the standard Aspiration meter, and for every segment filled the player is awarded a Lifetime Aspiration Point, which they can redeem on various new abilities.
New with FreeTime is the ability to assign a Secondary Aspiration to your Sim and to avail of rewards/upgrades for fulfilment of primary wants filling the Lifetime Aspiration Meter. These upgrades may be passive (the Sim is more likely to bring home friends from work), context-sensitive (the ability to plead for one's job within 24 hours of being fired), and reduce the speed at which the Sim depletes mood motives. There are four upgrades in each of four categories: Life (which are exclusively the slower-mood-depletion upgrades), Work, the Sim's current Aspiration, and Secondary Aspiration, which lets the Sim choose a secondary Aspiration, and then unlocks access to that Aspiration's first three upgrades. Sims with a secondary Aspiration will begin to exhibit Wants and Fears related to it. Sims can choose the previously hidden 'Grilled Cheese' aspiration for their secondary Aspiration which includes the bottomless stomach reward.
Objects & outfits
introduces new items, including a basketball hoop (previously in The Sims
), pottery wheel, toddler activity table, modular synthesizer, hobby train table and others including new furniture for the nursery. The game also has outfits related to their hobby, for instance a Cuisine Sim can buy a dress with an apron. The sewing machine can be used by your Sim to make curtains for your home in colours which you cannot purchase in Buy Mode and once a high enough level is reached, it can be used to create any item of clothing in the Wardrobe range, wall quilts and other items which your Sim can sell for profit, use in their home or give to other Sims as gifts.