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The Sims 2: FreeTime


A Sim with his granddaughter operating the train table

"Tinker" redirects here. For the family introduced in The Sims 2: Open for Business, see Tinker family.
Tinkering is one of the many hobbies included in the FreeTime expansion pack for The Sims 2. High tinkering enthusiasm allows a Sim access to the Will's Garage secret lot. Having a shy or nice personality will raise the enthusiasm for this hobby faster.
Tinkering with electronics and mechanical items is some Sims' favorite pastime. They love upgrading their electronic items, playing with train tables and even restoring vintage cars. Sims with high mechanical skill will be more into tinkering.

Activities[edit | edit source]

Activities that raise a Sim's enthusiasm for tinkering are:

Available to toddlers and children:

  • Playing with blocks on the activity table[TS2:FT]

Available to toddlers and up:

Available to children and up:

  • Studying mechanical
  • Playing with remote-controlled toys
  • Designing and operating the model train set[TS2:FT]
  • Reading the Technology section in the newspaper or the D-I-Y magazine[TS2:FT]
  • Browsing web about tinkering[TS2:FT]
  • Blogging about tinkering[TS2:FT]
  • Telling stories about mechanics[TS2:AL]
  • Dreaming about tinkering

Available to teens and up

Unlockable Interactions[edit | edit source]

Gaining enthusiasm in this hobby can unlock these interactions:

  • "Talk about Tinkering"
  • "Read Section ... Technology" in newspaper
  • "Browse Web About Tinkering" on the computer
  • "Share Hobby Tips" with a Sim
  • "Blog About Tinkering" on the computer
  • "Instruct in Tinkering"
  • "Be in the Zone"

Titles[edit | edit source]

  • Uninspired Underling
  • Fixer Upper
  • Eager Engineer
  • Talented Tinkerer
  • Master of Machines

Special Effects[edit | edit source]

Sims in the zone will hear the sounds of a muscle car's engine starting, idling and racing past while they work on the One Man's Junk Car. They can also hear a real train sound when they play with the model train set.

Hobby Instructors[edit | edit source]

Befriending a tinkering hobby instructor will decrease the friends requirements by one for Sims who work in the Intelligence and Military careers.

Tinkering hobby instructors wear a mechanic's coverall and cap. If The Sims 2: Open for Business is installed before the NPC is generated, all tinkering hobby instructors will have gold talent badges in robotics.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Unlike upgrading in later games, tinkering does not improve the objects that are being tinkered with. Tinkering carries a small chance of breaking the object.

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