Hello everyone,
Just my opinions on the game. I think it's really cute, don't understand why everyone constantly compares it to VV. I played all of them and still don't expect it to be the same. I got triplets the very first time I played. I do get tired of the same questions over and over. On that note I have a question that I pray hasn't been asked, but really tired of weeding through the repeats to see if it has. Why are the fish said to be magic? When I bought them it said it in the store and continues this description through the game. Not a question: I only get turtles. All families & generations. I would love a cat or dog. Store even tries to sell me more turtles. Oh and my answer on the sick people.

Just pick up and drop a few times and they tell you what is wrong.

I'm sure there is more for me to say but I will leave it at that. Thanks everyone for all your help.

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Hi! I'm encountering problem with the workshop wall.
I've done the mixing thing and he started to do the wall, but when I dragged his wife or children, they can't help repair it.
Is it because there's a baby in his wife's hand?
And he stopped to watch TV. When I dragged him back few times, it can't appear to work the wall?
Should I start from the beginning again?

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Ok, so it has been dark for 2 days (real people days). Why is the sun not coming out?

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To SS7878:

The magic fish reference goes back to another game by the same developer called Fish Tycoon. The game has magic fish for you to collect.

To Angel:

About the workshop wall -

Only adults can work on the workshop wall. Mothers with babies won't work on it. So, it's probably just the father who can do it now unless you've got kids over 14. You really have to stay with him while he's doing it. If he walks away for even a second, the compound will dry up and you'll have to start over with buying the compound again. You'll have to keep dropping him several times, but he can finish it alone.

To Kyrie:

Days and nights in the game are tied to your computer clock. If you are only playing at night in real time, it will always be night in the game. You can reverse day and night in the game by going into Options on the menu screen.

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About the comment on seeing solitare on the computer screen
If you watch the TV (easier to see on the flat screen) you can see Wheel of Fortune

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Thank you, good to know it works. I happen to prefer the energy drinks, but those come so randomly, it's nice to know there are other ways.

Not a question, just a sharing comment, all my people had been top health since I started, save for a couple people who suffered just a little from a late treatment, but after reading about the sickness troubles everyone's been having, suddenly a girl from each of my families became extremely weak from illnesses they had for what seemed mere seconds... I'm worried for them, but I think they'll pull through. Weird huh? They weren't even serious illnesses in any way.

Currently working on the last upgrades for the work areas, I'm so excited!

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I'm on my second genertion. Trying to get them to have a baby and when I put them together it says too soon to have another baby....but they haven't had one yet!!...any ideas?

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It says that if you had a baby or tried to have a baby. You must have attempted too soon. You have to give it sometime my guess is an hour real time (someone may know how long) before trying to have a one again

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aosteel23 May 18, 2009 9:05 PM

I cannot find any bugs. I tried looking at night, during the day, while it's raining, while it's sunny, inside and outside. Can anyone help?

I haven't had any trouble finding the artifacts or the plants...

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How do you get the oven to stop burning?

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tiffany May 18, 2009 10:05 PM

How do you get an oven fire out?

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Hi..just for sharing..

My day trader finally hit level 7 and earned $510 while her husband who started his work as soap inventor with $15/day reached master level with $690/day salary!!! the highest salary for my lil ppl so far..go for soap inventor guys!! hehe

Both also have 5 kids now with one triplets.. very adorable girl triplets.. I luv this family so much.. both parents are only 42 yrs old.. the best family so far.. ;)

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Something I learned the hard way about half way through my first generation, is that those little people with a kitchen professions won't prepare a meal unless you drop them on the table instead of the counters.

I saw a question a bit back concerning that, but just now remembered. I think it's good to know, for anyone else who's had that kind of problem.

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To Becky:

It's saying that it's too soon to try again, not that you've already had a baby. I've been able to have them try again in as little as 30 minutes, maybe less.

To Aosteel23:

The bugs are the hardest to find. I've had the most luck when it's raining.

To Kianna and Tiffany:

Please check the walkthrough section located at the top of this page, under the Repairs spoiler.

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grinnyp May 19, 2009 12:54 AM

Brown:

I've got to warn you about the day trader. The level 7 salary of $510 is wonderful, but

level 8 is only $240.

Meanwhile, when it comes to the TV, I've noticed clips from what looks like "Superman" and what is certainly a clip from "The Simpsons". Hee!

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Anonymous May 19, 2009 2:11 AM

my recipe inventor also started at $15 and ended up with $ 690 at master level. I guess the really low jobs pay out the best in the end.

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grinnyp, yes you've mentioned this earlier, hehe. I'm so excited on her husband salary as a soap inventor. Trying my luck with other job now.

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Hi about the gosphers.
I think the children will start playing in the lawn by themselves at the age of 8.
because 1 play 5 families. And their children play in the lawn at the agem of 8.

For collectible things.
at first it was so easy to find the things,my collection almost full.
but oneday there's a message, someone wants to buy the collections from me,the price is 20 for common,30 for uncommon and 50 for rare.
i thought it was good and we can easily find those.
but after i sold them,the collections become rare. they won't easily shown up anymore.
hiks.

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I found a second red ball...

behind the house in the trees somewhere between the two sets of flowers!!!

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Anonymous May 19, 2009 2:03 PM

I have been doing five familys for a couple of days now. Four of my familys have dies at least the parents have. The kids are in college. I thought they would come back by now what is going on.

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All the members of my family are very weak all of a sudden. None of them say that they are ill. I have fed them all, but they don't seem to sleep much. Is this the problem or something else. Please help!

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Most of my families are starting their 2nd generation, but one I haven't changed over yet. Ummm someone needs to call child welfare, because in this family both the parents have died, the 5 oldest children have gone to college... and left the 13year old to live on her own!! She is now 14....

On another note... does anyone know how to get rid of ants? I opened a package and it had ants now the house is full of ants. My little person is trying to stomp them all!!!

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grinnyp May 19, 2009 4:52 PM

I think what I'm enjoying most now that I've got version 1.00.05 is the new behaviors. Some of the fun new things I've witnessed:

Filling in the gopher hole (adult)
Hiding (children)
Talking to the plants (adult)

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I have read through all 7 pages and haven't found a topic about this...When the people "enjoy the patio" What is it that the put on the table? It's driving me nuts trying to figure out what that is! It sorta looks like a wine bottle to me, but it don't think that's it. Anyone figure out what it is?

Also, thank you so much Pam, grinny, and rachel (?) and anyone else I may have missed for helping out in this game so much!

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Oops, I also forgot to mention my other question. I have all my families well stocked with food (900-1100) and I often get an email from them asking for different kinds of groceries. I try to give them something from every food group and almost always the organic. What do they want?

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ftp_hitt May 19, 2009 5:04 PM

To Chapin:

Is the ball in the area of the hose or closer to the shed?

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ftp_hitt May 19, 2009 5:26 PM

To Lacey:

It's either a wine bottle or champagne... Must be a great place for the Parents to relax at. haha

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mbell16 May 19, 2009 5:33 PM

I was just curious how to fix my hose. i bought the tape but it saids something about the water pressure. I dont know how to get any further. And how do you fix the bird bath.

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Its cute Some of the things I find imitate real life so closely
If you click repeatly on the dog or the cat it will run and disappear into the woods . If someone is eating at the table no matter how many time you click on them They will not move!

After a couple has tried to have a baby the woman is not feeling fresh and the man is elated

Sounds about right..

Lacey I have 5 families and I have been playing for a week or so and no matter how much food or how many food groups or if you have organic or regular you buy they still ask for a different
type. I think they ask that randomly and nothing will change it

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To ftp_hitt

The 2nd red ball is behind the house in the trees between the two sets of flowers... behind the hose... I hope that helps

[Edit: Spoiler tags corrected. Please see the instructions for spoilers above the box where you post a comment. -Pam]

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To JIGuest:

Please check the walkthrough section located at the top of this page. Look under the spoiler for General and then the spoiler for starting a new generation.

To Sarah:

To help the ones who are weak -

Vitamins and fruit from the store help quite a lot. Other than that, it just takes good care and time.

To ShhhQ:

The ants will go away on their own.

To Mbell16:

Please check the walkthrough section located at the top of this page under the spoiler for Repairs to see how to repair the leaky hose. Same for the bird bath (fountain).

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I put the fountain pump in the wrong place and now I can't pick it up. What can I do to pick it up and put it in the right place?

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ok, so i've been playing for about a week now, and reading the comments regularly...lol now I'll have to see about finding the red balls.

At any rate I just tried the energy drink vitamin combo on one of my guys that was dying...it worked...I think? :) He got up from the bed and went outside to exercise...his ghost went to the kitchen and started working on his career. I can select both characters...but not make them do anything. His wife and kid are still depressed though. So I guess we'll see how it pans out.

just thought I'd share. Thanks for all the tips!

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ok, so I went back and found that it was GRINNYP who had the tip about the energy drink - Thanks for that!!

lol just wanted to share again - my original guy I could select but not manipulate...his ghost I could make interact with the rest of the family. At one point they were both working on their career and both earned money! It was so funny, his ghost fades in and out so at one point there was a pan "floating" across the kitchen by itself! :) Sadly this only lasted for a few minutes and then my guy dies again (and I have no more energy drinks)....but his ghost was standing there with the rest of the fam mourning the loss!! My guy finishes dying...his new ghost leaves his body and I get the official death message....but his original ghost is still there. And after leaving the bedroom went back to working on his career!

Sorry so long but I'm totally amused and had to share....will let you know what happens next!

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I know many people have asked how to cure hiccups. I let my little people drink water and it seems they are cured. How come I never get a trophy for that?

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grinnyp May 20, 2009 5:45 AM

kjr:

The exact same thing happened to me the first week I was playing. It was funny as heck to see the poor guy mourning himself when his "ghost" died.

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grinnyp May 20, 2009 6:44 AM

Claire:

To get the hiccups trophy you need to

make them drink from the bathroom sink

.

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Sorry about my spoiler problem Pam!! I figured it out after I posted!!! I promise to do better next time..lol

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Hi,

Tried to see if anyone had asked this question before but couldn't find so here goes: i'm on my 6th generation with one family and he hasn't got a wife yet! he's 46 so we're closing in on the age where kids becomes an issue- is there anyway of 'encouraging' him to get a wife? i haven't even had a kid turn up at the door wanting to be adopted so it'll be end of the road for this family if something doesn't happen soon! Any suggestions?

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I am new to the virtual families an i love the game. I saw a few posts about double dropping them on collectibles for extra money. I keep trying and only one of them gets it so i must be doing it wrong i pause and everything not sure what the problem is. can someone please help me?

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Anonymous May 20, 2009 9:49 AM

Where is the sustainability consultant careers workshop because I can't figure it out.

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Does the baby boost help you have multiples? I havent had twins or triplets yet and I am almost done with my third generation.

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I think I've searched through all the comments so I'm not drastically doubling up a question...Are there certain upgrades that have to be made or do you have to reach a certain generation before some of the collectibles will show up?

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Cazzy15 May 20, 2009 11:25 AM

How do you do the lottery scratch card please?

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grinnyp May 20, 2009 12:54 PM

Jessa:

To double collect an item: When an item shows up hit the space bar to pause the game. Pick up someone and drop them on the collectible. Pick up a second person and hold them (but DO NOT DROP YET). Hit the space bar to unpause. As the first person is reaching down to pick up the collectible then drop the second person. It is a quick motion that requires a little practice. Pause, drop, unpause, drop.

Chapin:

I've used the baby boost several times and it has never resulted in a multiple birth.

Cazzy15:

The lottery scratch card is a random event. You just have to wait for it.

Maria:

The photograph pieces will only show up after you've opened the shed. The insects ususally only show up when it is raining. Otherwise, they are just random and not tied to any upgrade or anything else.

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To Saisy:

Have you rejected marriage proposals or you haven't received any at all? There's no way to make them happen, but if you've gotten none up to this point, it could be a bug.

To Gina:

Where did you put the fountain pump? It shouldn't be able to be dropped anywhere but where it's supposed to go.

To JIGuest:

I don't know what you mean by sustainability consultant careers workshop. Can give you give me more details, please?

To Jessa:

To pick up two collectibles -

Pause the game using the spacebar. Drop the first person onto the collectible. Tap spacebar twice to unpause and repause. Drop second person onto the collectible. Unpause one last time.

To Chapin:

The baby boost only increases the chances of producing a baby. It doesn't make multiple births.

To Maria:

Collectibles appear randomly. No upgrades or anything are needed. The picture pieces show up after opening the shed and bugs are best found when it's raining.

To Cazzy15:

A random even offers you the chance to buy a lottery scratch off ticket. It doesn't always win.

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Pandasim2 May 20, 2009 2:09 PM

I just found the in-game hints

Just put the hand/cursor over the detail button and slowly move it up until the detail button is no longer highlighted and then click

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If someone is "a bit sick" say, with a stomach ache, can you NOT cure them, and have them advance to "sick", or do they just stay "a bit sick"? I want the trophys for healing worse ailments, but no one ever goes beyond that, or sneezing or coughing. Also haven't seen a case of the hiccups yet...

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my people are weak, what do i do? none of the medicines work....

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grinnyp May 20, 2009 2:51 PM

Has anyone caused their kids to have a giggle party yet? The more kids you have, the funnier it sounds.

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I don't know if anyone posted this yet, but you can personalize your families' names! If you go to the details page and go to their name, you can backspace and delete the existing name and name them whatever you want. I have a family with six kids and the kids are now Greg, Peter, Bobby, Marsha, Jan, and Cindy, and the parents are Carol and Mike. I now have my own Brady Bunch.

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I am very interested in the post made by panda about the in-game hints.
Panda...

can you tell me more about this...I have my hand on the detail button an move it up slowly till its not highlighted when I click the information bar (name age action ect.) goes blank. Can you tell me more about what should happen


Thanks

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Alrighty, well, I was looking, and I may have missed it, but how exactly to you find the ball?

Do you need to use a person? It's somewhere around the shed?

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To: CC
If your people are weak they need to sleep, I always save up and get a hammock right away. Just put them near the hammock and they take a nap in it. I keep putting them back on the hammock two or three times until they get their energy back up. Going to bed will work but you have to put them there and then close the game overnight, or 4 or 5 hours so they get a good sleep.

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I saw a lot of people wrote about their people dying young...my original guy is still going and he's 66. Granted, he is "a bit weak" according to his status, but he's still working and doing stuff around the house. His wife died, but I'm not letting and of the kids take over yet.

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I was scanning around for collectables (MAN they are rare!) when I noticed the kids watching TV. They were watching Seinfeld! It was George & Jerry sitting in the coffee shop!

I also see the LDW logo on the computer screen alot.

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WoW!
When I read my e-mails they are usually about money, getting it or taking it. I have never seen anything more than 50$ (usually less than 20) I have always thought it was useless. Well I just got an e-mail about over paying my taxes and it gave me 880$

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Oh I got it to work Panda
Thanks anyway

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grinnyp May 20, 2009 6:52 PM

Also on the TV you can see a clip from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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To Shauna:

Here's a screenshot with the location of the ingame hints. The hand is sitting at exactly the spot to click.

In-Game Hints

To CC:

About weakness -

Being weak is different than being exhausted. I don't think sleep will help the weakness (which is health). Give them fruit and make sure they are well fed. It will just take time for them to get better.

To Nieka:

About the ball -

I found the ball in the farthest upper left corner. Just use the hand/cursor and pinch in that corner. I've only gotten it in two out of my four games, though.

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grinnyp May 20, 2009 7:13 PM

To Pam:

About the ball -

Once you have it in one of your games, drop it in the kids room in the hoop where the toys are. Once it is there, go to one of your other games and try to pull the ball out of the hoop. You should be able to in all of the other games. When you are done playing with it, leave it in the hoop and it will stay there and not disappear.

I was just observing one of my kids playing office. Her name? Wifi. ::teehee::

I was in another of my games and spotted one of the adults sitting at the kitchen table where the older kids usually sit to do their homework. What was he doing? Writing his memoirs! Who knew he led such an interesting life? :-)

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I am not sure if someone already posted this, but I have a dog I kept on clicking on it. Eventually my dog ran into the top right corner trees. I know how to get it back.

You click on the spot your pet ran into and it will reappear.

[edit: spoiler corrected. -eileen]

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anyone have any idea if i need to do anything with the moles that are diggin holes in my garden thanks :)

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To Grinnyp

Yes, this was what I did to cure hiccup.
I think that may be a bug in the game.
The father of my second family had hiccups last night. He was cured by drinking of water, and I got the trophy. I don't know what's wrong with my first family.

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To Shell:

They are gopher holes and lead to one of the trophies. Check the FAQ at the top of the page for help if you need it. :)

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Thank you. I'll try that.

Also, my dog just did the cutest thing! it was running in circles in the yard, and I can only assume that it was chasing it's tail. All the cat seems to do is scratch the furniture... >.

It's easy to make the cat knock it off though. Just click on it.

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I was wondering if the kids that got into college, will they still be coming back?

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leiko - college kids

As far as I know: Only the one you choose later, when your couple is dead, will come back to start a new family

Greetings, Kayleigh

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Some people have been saying that when you hear the chimes that you have a collectible. I don't think there is any truth in it because I have heard chimes and there is nothing. It was also talked a lot about when I was playing VV. I would like to know what you think (especially Pam)

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To Leiko:

Kayleigh is right. You choose the one to continue the family, and that is the child who comes back. Check the FAQ section located at the top of this page for more help. :)

To Shauna:

About the chimes -

I can't say with 100% certainty that chimes means a collectible is on the grounds. However, I really do believe that's the case, especially when the chimes are a bit louder. For example, just a few minutes ago, I heard a chime and started looking in the yard. I found two collectible coins immediately. It's not a guarantee, but I think there's a connection between chimes and collectibles.

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I am having so much trouble getting the trophy "perfect match" After I started a new generation I decided to go for that trophy. Well she is turning 65 and has rejected multiple marriage proposals. Has anyone had any luck with that? Or is it an impossible trophy (I'm getting very discouraged and just need to hear its possible)

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To Shauna:
It IS possible to get the Perfect Match. My 2nd generation did it. It's just pure luck I think.

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I'm sorry, but does anyone have a screen shot of that, finding the ball?

I remember past games being quite particular, and I just don't think I'm hitting it right.

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To Shauna:

Does your 65 year old have any children? I agree with Maria that getting the perfect match is pure luck. Also, marriage proposals come less often as your person gets older. I'd say it's best to marry early and take your chances, then keep trying with new generations.

To Nieka:

I can't get a screenshot of it because all of my families already have the ball. Sorry. :(

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Yes she adopted 2 children. I was wondering why her proposal were slowing down Thanks I'll keep trying

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Mickayla May 21, 2009 3:02 PM

How do I work on my career if im a soap inventor?

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Does anyone have a screenshot of the location of the second red ball I can't find it for the life of me

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Stacy Kidd May 21, 2009 3:22 PM

Soap Inventor is in the Workshop...

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When I reached my 2nd generation, I tried to get trophies with the marriage proposals.. so I had to reject a few before I found one that worked. One of my families got a perfect match. I was about to give up when one of mine reached 35 without being married, but the next proposal worked! I wouldn't go past that.

Also, one of my little ones was having problems having offspring. I was freaking out because she was already 40 and no children! I used the baby boost.. no help! Finally, she had a surprise baby... and then another. If she hadn't would the game end or would I be able to bring in one of her siblings? (probably not, just had to ask)

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To ShhhQ:

If there are no children, the game is over.

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Stacyann81 May 21, 2009 3:50 PM

Having babies....

I just had a couple go through Fertility issues that even the Baby boost could not help! I thought I would share some time line info...

Once you try to make a baby, you have to wait one hour (real Time) to try again, if you had a baby then it is 4 hours untill it is out of Mom's arms and another 2 hours after that until you can try to have another one....

Does anyone know if you can give the baby boost to both parents? I have only given it to one or the other (since it has a diminishing effect) but can I give it once to each person? I had to try for a Baby 16 times before they had one!

Also... Just for Laughs....

I had a Family with 6 Kids, Mom and Dad both had Black hair and 5 Kids had Black hair then the last one popped up Blonde and Blue eyed.... I think the Mom in my family had an affair!

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I'm sorry if posted before but I'm not able to find it....tropical rain....what do you do with that? Also everytime it rains I've looked for bug to add to collection and am not able to find any on all 3 of my games

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To Becky:

About tropical rain -

Give it to one of your people and he/she will take it outside. It will start raining shortly. You also get a trophy for using weather items twice.

The bugs are just really hard to get. They don't show up very often at all. Just keep looking for them. :)

To Stacyann81:

I've had it vary as to when the parents can try again for a baby. They have done it as early as when the baby is two years old and as late as four years old. I agree that one year seems to be two hours in real time. I've also been able to try to make a baby again as quickly as 30 minutes when they fail the first time. Basically, I believe that the times for having babies just varies from parent to parent.

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What's the deal w/ the champagne bottle that randomly appears on the patio table?

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Something screwy is going on. When I pick my next generation kid, the ones that were youngest, are oldest in the selection, and visa versa....

Weird! Any thoughts on this?

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hi.. just curious..

I've 5 families and during day time, 2 families are in "night" time while the other 3 families is in "day" time.. was it (the time) supposed to follow our computer clock?

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It's night time and I keep putting the mom back in bed, because she's exhausted. She keeps waking up exhausted, and her energy bar keeps going down.

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To Amy:

That bottle is normally part of "enjoying the patio" for your people. I haven't seen it appear for no reason. However, I've seen a young child enjoying the patio with that same bottle of wine/champagne! :O

To Nieka:

When it's time to start a new generation, the ages of the kids change randomly. I don't think there's a particular pattern or reason.

To Brown:

The default setting for the game is set to your computer clock and time zone. You can change the setting in Options from the menu screen. I don't know why yours would be different, but you can set it to whichever way you prefer.

To Faith:

Energy levels should rise and fall with the cycle of the day (high early in the day and low at bedtime). There was a problem with energy levels being too low in the first releases of the game. Look in the lower left corner of your menu screen to see which version you have. The most current version is 1.00.05. If you have a version prior to that, I would suggest that you go back to the site where you originally purchased the game and download it again. All of the game sites have been given the current version by the developer.

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My people are 67 and 65 and my 4 kids are long gone, will they come back when the parents die? I thought that they would have died by now from what I've read. Thanks.

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To Vicky:

When the parents die, you'll get to choose which of the kids will take over. Yours are living a long time. At least you got the trophy for having one live to 65! :)

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grinnyp May 22, 2009 8:24 AM

I staggered into my office this morning half asleep, and figured I'd check on my peeps and feed them breakfast. When I opened the game a little orphan came to the door and as per usual I adopted her (I can never seem to turn away the orphans). A few minutes later I checked on her status when I was a little more awake. Her name? Rubella! I adopted a kid named German Measles? :-)

Hey Pam, 86 trophies!

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Thanks Pam. I do have the most up to date version. I finally turned it off for the night, and now they seem to be much better. THanks for the help.

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What does the the waterproof tape in the store look like? Its not listed on the Varied Items in the Store spoiler and I have not seen anything I think I would mistake as tape. -- thanks

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Rachel - the waterproof tape looks like a roll of duct tape.

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is it possible to have multiple families going on at once? so as i wait for one family to develop, i can check in on the other ones?

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grinnyp May 22, 2009 4:34 PM

Kaoru - you can run up to 5 families at once. Under the menu options click on the current player name to change player and start a new family.

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VirtualVillagerLover May 22, 2009 10:02 PM

How do you get a cat on Virtual Famillies?

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VirtualVillageLover - Pets appear in the store periodically and you can have one a time. I've seen a dog, a cat and a turtle appear.

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VirtualVillagerLover May 22, 2009 11:29 PM

Thanks elleen, One more question, How long does it take for a family member to age a year in virtual famillies? An hour? A day? A real year? I dont know, please respond.

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VVLover - I haven't determined exactly how long a year is in the game, but it seems to be a couple hours? A generation typically last lasted a few days for me.

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