This is my ultimate Sims 2 recommended mods list.
Although I link to some of the mods I use on my Gameplay Rules Page, I thought it might be nice to have a “master list” of all the mods I use in my game.
I’m always adding to the list as I find new mods and removing the ones that don’t work out for me, so check back frequently for updates.
LAST UPDATE: 04/21/2019
Table of Contents
- Anti-Corruption Mods
- Essential Mods
- Baby & Toddler Mods
- Build & Buy Mode Mods
- Computer Mods
- Education Mods
- Finance Mods
- Fix Mods
- Job Mods
- Memory Mods
- Miscellaneous Mods
- Name Mods
- Neighborhood Mods
- Pet Mods
- Pose Mods
- Pregnancy & Adoption Mods
- Romance & Relationship Mods
- Skill Mods
- Supernatural Mods
- UI Mods
- Retired Mods
- Custom Content
- Custom Lots
- The Sims 2 Tools
These are mods that will help prevent corruption in your ‘hoods. I consider these non-negotiable. Download these first!
- Mootilda’s Hood Checker – This is a tool and not really a mod, but it’s necessary to check your hoods for corruption. Read all documentation on the download page.
- No Corrupt Death – Suppresses the corrupt death memory.
- No Unlink on Delete – Game no longer partially destroys sim file on deletion of tombstone. May resolve potential random tombstone losses when moving tombstones to community
lots resulting from shredded character files produced by unlinkage.
- Unofficial AL Patch – Fixes many critical issues with the game.
These are the mods I consider to be essential to my gameplay and I could not play without them.
- Anti-Redundancy – Eliminates spawning of unnecessary redundant NPCs.
- Bat Box (FFS Lot Debugger) – This has a lot of similar features to the Sim Blender, but also has a lot of helpful debug options. In my early Let’s Play episodes, I used it to give my Sims college degrees.
- Day Setter – Used to set the day of the week when Sims move to a new lot. Necessary to keep their ages in sync with the rest of the ‘hood.
- Gussy Up (Updated for Seasons) – This mod allows you to buy, change, and plan outfits from a pie menu in-game. Allows you to change townie clothing and change appearance of any Sim directly by clicking on them.
- Inge’s Age Group Tweak – I use this to change the number of days for each life stage. Requires messing around in Sim PE, but it’s not too difficult. Click here to see my tutorial on using this hack to create your own custom lifespans.
- No Townie Regen – I put this mod in after I’ve been playing a while and I don’t want any new townies created. I remove it if I want more townies. To download, choose the most recent expansion you have (AL if you have the Ultimate Collection) and scroll through the list until you find the mod.
- No Dormie Regen – Same as above.
- Sim Blender – The ultimate Sim management “God” mod. You’ll see me use this a lot in my Let’s Plays.
Baby & Toddler Mods
These are mods that affect the baby and toddler life stages.
- Baby Bottle Replacement – Replaces the green baby bottles with clear bottles filled with milk.
- Crib Get Out – Allows your toddlers to get out of the crib by themselves.
- Accessible Toddler High Chairs – This global mod allows sims to access any high chair from left and right sides and also access diagonally placed highchairs. Custom chairs work as well.
- Freetime Cribs Animated – Enables the animations on the two cribs that came with Free Time. Finally your Sims wont stick their arms through the railings anymore!
Build & Buy Mode Mods
These are mods that impact build mode and buy mode.
- Maxis Modular Stairs Passage Fix – This mod enables Sims to pass directly through under all Maxis modular stairs, just like base game Holy Smoke stairs. You need this mod if you follow my tutorial on using modular stairs with the Ultimate Collection (or if you use open underneath modular stairs at all).
- Object Rotator – These object rotators will allow you to place objects with steps of 5 degree. Rotated objects are still normally usable.
- OMSPs – One more slot please. Allows you to place more decorative objects in more places. Also useful for posing Sims for screenshots.
- Rug Texture Fix – Fixes the wonky textures that happen to rugs when placed off-grid.
- Stair Wall Fix – Fixes the way the wall under the stairs appears and makes it look better.
- Television Placement Mod – Adds the adjustable height feature to TVs so they can be moved up and down on the walls just like paintings.
- Walk-Through Blocks – Allows Sims to walk around and through objects. Useful for creating small lots.
These mods affect the in-game computers your Sims use. Apparently, I use enough of these to give them their own section.
- Brighter Computer Screens – Brightens the screens of in-game computers so you can see what your Sims are doing.
- Child Computer Chat – Allows children to chat on the computer.
- Default Replacement Computer Screens – Replaces the in-game PC screens with much better looking ones.
- Monique’s Hacked Computer – Allows online shopping, Sims to have bank accounts, and much more. I use it primarily for the banking features and online shopping.
Mods that affect education, university, school, homework, etc.
- Desk Locator AKA Put Your Homework Away Properly – Place the desk locator on a desk or table and have your Sim claim the desk via the menu on the object. They will put their homework on their own desk.
- Edukashun Iz Gud – Limits promotions for uneducated Sims. They can only be promoted to a certain career level based on how much education they have.
- Faster Homework – Finish homework in 15 minutes instead of an hour.
- Later Classes – Moves all morning university classes later in the day so no class starts before noon. Complements the Semester Changes mod.
- No SS Respawn – Eliminates respawning of Secret Society members. If there are not enough SS members, when the game attempts to generate one, it will, instead of generating a new NPC, induct a YA townie instead, and use him.
- Partial Homework Credit – This mod gives kids credit for partially completed homework.
- Semester Changes – Makes University 8 days instead of 24.
- Uni Career Lifetime Wants – Adds the missing lifetime wants for University careers back into the game.
- Uni Aging and YA Move Out of College – Part of the Young Adults can enjoy maternity mods. Allows Sims of any age to live in the University subhoods, and allows Sims to stay at college after graduation and continue aging.
These are mods that address finance, money, or the economy in some way.
- Loan Jar – Allows your Sims to take out loans and you can set the interest rate.
- Lower Wages – Reduces salaries for Uni, Seasons, and Free Times jobs to match the base game jobs.
- Monique’s Child Support – Sims not living on the lot with their children must pay child support. If you don’t have the Ultimate Collection or Apartment Life, you can find older versions of this mod here.
- No 20k Handout – Direct Download – Must Have AL for this version to work. If you don’t have AL or the Ultimate Collection, you’ll have to search for an older version.
- Partial Financial Advice – Sims offering financial advice on the computer will be paid for the partial hour if the command is canceled.
- Professional Blogger – Sims who have maxed out enthusiasm in a hobby will earn money during the time they blog.
- Salary Bonus – Rewards Sims for long service, in addition to pay increases from being promoted. Sims who remain at their current career level (pay grade) will receive pay rises as their days worked at that level increase.
- Social Welfare – Allows poor, unemployed Sims to apply for welfare.
- Taxi Charges Money – Sims are charged to take a taxi to community lots.
- Vehicles Cost Money to Drive – Charges your Sim money to take their own car to a community lot.
These are mods that fix problems with the game or just things I personally find annoying. They aren’t required, but they make gameplay more fun (in my opinion).
- Cyjon’s Sims 2 Mods N Stuff – I have almost ALL the fix mods from Cyjon. It was getting to be too much to list them all here. I recommend perusing his selection and downloading the ones that appeal to you. NOTE: Most of his mods require his Smarter EP Check so make sure you download this first before you go on a download spree on his site.
- Dress Me Correctly – Sims will put on the correct clothing when changing depending on time of day and their schedule.
- Don’t Walk Away While Cooking – Sims will no longer walk away from the stove and burn the house down.
- Eat More, Talk Less While Dining – This hack will completely bypass the conversation if the sims is in desperation for energy, hunger, fun or bladder, or is in a bad mood. Sims with maxed social will talk less.
- Exercise Bike Fix – With this mod, sims stop using the Exerto Super Exercise Bike when they’re in bad mood, hungry, sleepy, feel uncomfortable or need to go to the toilet, as if they were using other skill objects. Originally sims don’t care about their needs at all while using the bike and they can die for that reason.
- Extended Family Treated as Family – Allows the game to recognize second cousins, first cousins once removed, great grandparents, great grandchildren, and great aunts and uncles as family members. No more dating distant relatives!
- No Death Type Loss when Moving Tombstones – Fixes a bug that causes Sims to lose their death type when you move the tombstone to a community lot. Ghosts will now be the correct color based on their death type after moving.
- Pescado’s Apartment Hack – Fixes a lot of issues with apartments.
- Random Calls Fix – Fixes problems related to the random phone calls your Sims receive.
- Simply Leftovers – Allows you to store leftovers as single plates so Sims don’t have to take out the group-sized plate every time they want leftovers.
- Smart Beds – Forces the bed ownership system in the game to actually work. Sims will autonomously use the bed they have the most ownership of.
- Smarter Lights – The purpose of this mod is to automatically turn the light on and off, depending of the type of the lot, the time of the day, and what the sims are doing.
- Smarter Parent Choice for College Cinematics – Makes the game choose who drops your Sim off at college based on relationship with the parent.
- Social Worker Hack – Direct Download from MATY – Apartment Life version. This hack makes the Social Worker behave more reasonably. If you don’t have AL, you’ll have to search for the version you need.
- Woohoo Count Fix – Fixes a problem with woohoo count. If a Sim has woohooed with the same sim multiple times in different types of woohoo, the game will now consider that as having woohooed with only one sim.
- Woohoo LTW Fix – Stops the woohoo LTW from disappearing after being achieved.
These mods impact jobs and careers in the game.
- Job Options Mod Set – Allows all Sims to choose between part- and full-time jobs, asks you before a Sim gets promoted, allows Sims to have jobs in the University ‘hoods, and unlocks work-related wants and fears for young adults.
- Job Seeking Notice Board – A notice board you can put on community lots that allows your Sims to get a job in any career track. This can also be done with Monique’s hacked computer, but I prefer the realism of having an unemployment office.
- Job Stopinator – When placed in your Sim’s inventory, they cannot be promoted to a higher level in their career.
- Level Numbers Added to Job Titles – Adds the job level next to the job title in menu screens. Very handy for quickly seeing what level your Sim is at in their career.
- No Carpools for Mothers – This mod will prevent the carpool from showing up for all female sims that have their own baby or toddler living in the lot. You can still have them walk to work if you want.
- Work & Bring Home Friend Dialogue – A dialog box (Yes/No) will pop up that will ask you if it’s okay to bring a friend home from work.
- Young Adult Job Panel Revealer – This is a hacked object that allows you to temporarily open student’s job panel that is normally replaced by major/classes panel. Recommended for use with the Job Options Mod Set listed above.
These mods impact Sim memories.
- Engagement Memory Fix – Fixes a very annoying bug that causes some Sims to have a negative memory of getting engaged when it should be positive. (If you get a negative memory before finding this mod, you can change it back to positive in Sim PE.)
- Memory Manipulator – The Memory Manipulator allows you to edit the memories of the currently selected sim. No more messing around in SimPE. Now you can edit memories directly through an in-game menu.
- Met New Great Grandchild Memory – This mod gives the memory of meeting a new great grandchild.
These are mods that aren’t really essential, but they add new features and depth to gameplay.
- Astronomy Mod – Allows Sims to find more stars and planets with the telescope, get random amounts of money from finds instead of always $500, and makes the chance of finds based on the Sim’s logic skill.
- Become an Author Without a Computer – This mod allows you to write a novel without using a computer using a notepad. Great for your historic hoods, or generally poor authors who can’t yet afford to buy a computer.
- Community Time Project – Enables the passing of time on community lots to be spent on the home lot. This mod doesn’t always work 100%. Make sure you read ALL documentation.
- Call NPCs – Allows you to call NPCs on the phone (such as Kaylynn Langerak).
- Default Book Covers & Novel Icons – Replaces the book covers and icons for choosing plots when writing novels. New graphics taken from The Sims 4.
- Elders Sleep Through the Night – self-explanatory.
- For Sale Sign – Automatically keeps kitchen and bathroom built-ins, all light fixtures, and gives you proper value when moving from a lot. Based on the stay things shrub.
- Monique’s Individual Aging – Allows you to turn aging on/off for individual Sims from the pie menu. To download, scroll down to Reply #22 and choose AL UniEnabled MQ Indiividual Aging.
- No Humble – No longer gives your Sims a free computer when you first load a household.
- No Smiling in CAS – Sims no longer constantly smile while you’re trying to edit them in CAS.
- Non-Townie Outfits – Prevents certain outfits and hairstyles from being selected for townies and newly-aged sims.
- Outdoor Lights All Night – Outdoor lights will stay on until 7 am rather than 2 am.
- Sleepwear by Personality – Changes the logic for sims choosing what to wear when going to bed autonomously.
- Townie Apartment Residents – Apartment neighbors and roommates will be chosen from the townie pool rather than social groups.
- Fewer Hobby Wants – Reduces the number of hobby wants by stopping certain wants from being triggered.
- No Greeting NPCs – Stops the Matchmaker and Garden Club Lady from showing up when you move a Sim into a new lot.
- Select Your Cemetery – Sims dying on apartment lots are no longer sent to a random cemetery. You can now choose the cemetery to send them to.
- Townie Body Diversity – Any spawned townies have a chance of being either fat or fit. Every Sim is no longer thin.
- Visitor Controller – Control which Sims are allowed to visit certain lots. Ban Sim from lots based on gender, aspiration, career, gender preference, and many other characteristics. Also allows you to ban Crumplebottom, Unsavory Charlatan and other annoying NPCs.
- Last Name Copier – Allows you to copy last names between Sims. Good for changing the last name of your children to the father’s last name when unmarried couples procreate.
- Marriage Last Name Chooser – Allows you to choose the last name of two Sims getting married.
- Jordi’s Names – This file changes the default list of names for townies and NPCs. It is mainly based on US Census data.
These are mods and custom content I use to make my neighborhoods look beautiful with today’s graphics. I’ve also made a video tutorial showing how to use and install these mods in your own hoods.
- The Great Sky of Totalitarianism – Beautiful animated skies for your hoods and lots. You’ll need the sky box mesh, sky fix, full archive of lot skies, and full archive of hood skies (all available in this link) to make your skies look like mine in game.
- Realistic Sun and Moon – I use the normal Sun and Real Moon for my hood skies. You can also download the invisible versions if you don’t like the sun, moon, and/or stars showing.
- Seasons-ready Skylines – Gorgeous skylines that work beautifully with the above animated skies. I use Green Hills for Pleasantview but they are all gorgeous.
- Curious B’s Neighborhood Terrain and Road Replacements – Greener grass and better looking dirt/desert terrains, and nicer roads that work with the terrains.
- Criquette’s Linden Trees as Default Replacements – Less blurry, more beautiful trees for your hoods. I also use Criquette’s custom trees in conjunction with the defaults.
- Voeille’s Texture Replacements – Less blurry textures for beaches, cliffs, and snow. NOTE: The links from the tutorial video on Voeille’s Tumblr no longer work. She has also uploaded them on MTS. Get them here.
- Gunmod’s Camera Mod – Necessary to view your skies and skylines. Allows you to view the far edges of your hood and have a top-down view, plus many more camera angles.
These mods are related to Pets and animals in the game.
- Caged Pet Fix – Fixed random bird death bug and other annoyances and bugs related to the birds and womrats.
- No Pet Obsession – Sims will now get wants related to pets only if they are in their family or if they are friends with the animal, and wants are also dependent on a sim’s interest in animals.
- No Stray Respawn – Stray animals no longer respawn. Existing animals unaffected. Animals that exist in play may become strays, but no new random ones will generate.
- Patterns for Puppies and Kittens – This mod unlocks patterns for your puppies and kittens. Now you can see what they’re going to look like before they age up.
- Pets in University – Allows Sims to have pets in the University ‘hoods.
These are mods I use to pose my Sims for screenshots, portraits, and for making thumbnails for my Youtube videos.
- Freezer Clock – Allows you to freeze time when necessary. Be careful with this because it does not freeze pregnancy timers.
- Fourth Wall Options – I use this for the “look at me now” command which makes Sims look directly at the camera.
- Jaydee’s Pose Boxes – The only pose boxes I really use are the ones from Jaydee, and of these I mostly use the Loading Screen poses. It has all the poses from the household loading screens.
- MixedUp’s Screenshot Background – This is a giant rug that creates a solid color background for screenshots. It makes isolating Sims so easy!
- No Red Pause Lines – Removes the red lines around the screen when the game is paused.
Pregnancy & Adoption Mods
These are the pregnancy and adoption-related mods I use in my ‘hoods.
- Adopt in Poverty – Takes away the requirement to have $3,000 to adopt.
- Adopt Teen Gender Preference – Allows you to adopt teens and choose the gender and skin tone of the adopted baby, toddler, child, or teen.
- Baby Wants Fix – This hack removes the distinction between having or adopting a child as far as wants are concerned. Any sim with a want to adopt that has a baby born will have the adopt want satisfied and vice versa.
- Maternity Outfit Fix for Young Adults – Necessary if you use the YA Maternity mod listed below.
- Pregnancy Relationship Change – For when a sim’s pregnancy first shows and those around her realize she’s pregnant. Allows a Sim to figure out a baby is not “his” if he has high enough logic skill points.
- Quiet Pregnancy – No longer get the pregnancy chimes after try for baby. Pregnancies will be a surprise!
- Same Day Adoption – The social worker will bring your child on the same day you call the adoption agency.
- Young Adults Can Enjoy Maternity – This is a suite of mods that allows your Young Adults to get pregnant and have babies in University, plus a host of other functions.
Romance & Relationship Mods
These are mods related to romance and relationships in the game.
- Adult-Teen Attraction – Allows adults and teens to have romantic attraction. Recommended for use with ACR (see below).
- Autonomous Casual Romance (ACR) – Allows your Sims to autonomously woohoo, try for baby, make booty calls, and perform a whole host of romantic interactions. Gives your Sims more freedom to make their own romantic decisions and creates a lot of drama and fun in your neighborhood. Highly recommended!
- Find a Mate Crystal Ball – Summon the power of the Gypsy’s crystal ball, without having to deal with the old bat. Much better than the gypsy matchmaker and free!
- Just Be Friends Social – Teens and up can ask romantic interests to “just be friends,” and then all crush/love flags between them get cleared.
- More Realistic Relationship Decay – Self-explanatory; relationship decay is now more realistic.
- New Turn-Ons – This mod adds four new turn ons/offs to the game. In addition, it fixes quite a few problems with the attraction/chemistry system.
- Wedding Mat by Chris Hatch – I use this mod in my community lot weddings. Allows Sims to get married on the mat instead of with a wedding arch (useful if you want to use a podium like I do). Also, there are any female sims on the lot that are either a sister or child to one of the happy couple then they will be invited to be a bridesmaid.
Mods that impact skill building in the game.
- Comm Skilling – Direct Download from MATY – Apartment Life version. Controlled sims, NPCs, and townies may gain skills while visiting community lots. Enthusiasm may now be gained on community lots and while visiting. Fixes Physiology Borkedness in AL. Rep may now be gained both on and off community lots.
- Creativity Gained from Diary and Blogging – As the title says, Sims will gain creativity skill from writing in their diaries and blogging on the computer.
- Jump Rope Fitness – Sims will gain fitness from jumping rope.
These are mods that affect the supernatural life states.
- Creature Fixes – Fixes a lot of issues with supernaturals.
- Hereditary Supernaturalism – When babies grow into toddlers they can inherit vampirism and plantsimism from their parents. When toddlers grow into children they can inherit lycanthropy, and when they grow into teens they can inherit witchism.
- Higher Odds of Abduction – Increases the overall odds of being abducted by aliens when stargazing.
- Sim Transformer – Making an alien-zombie-vampire-werewolf-plantsim-witch hybrid has never been this easy. This magical picture can transform (and cure) your sim to any of the creatures.
- Werewolf Personality – Rather than continuously changing personality forever, giving all werewolves the same personality, this changes personality only through the first 20 transformations. Werewolves will experience no more than +5 to playful, active and outgoing and no more than -5 to neat and nice. This gives a final personality that is related to their pre-wolf state.
These are mods that affect the Sims 2 user interface.
- AL UI Font Fix – Fixes tiny text and other UI bugs that happened with AL and MGS.
- More CAS Items for Widescreens – As seen in my livestreams. Adds more rows to the CAS menus so you can see more items at once. Choose the file based on your monitor resolution.
- Widescreen CAS Camera Fix – Prevents the Sim’s face and body from being blocked by the UI in CAS. Read instructions carefully. This is a text file that goes in your camera folder.
These are mods I no longer use, but may have mentioned in previous Let’s Play videos. I am leaving them here in case anyone comes looking for them.
- Inteenimater – Allows teen pregnancies and a has a host of other cool features. Conflicted with too many of my other mods, so I removed it. Make sure you read all documentation well before installing this if you decide to use it.
- College Tuition and Student Loans – I made college free for all my Sims, so I didn’t need a tuition mod any longer. I never could quite get this one to work correctly, but I understand that it’s’ been updated.
- Pregnancy Span 8 Hours – Makes Sim pregnancies last only a single day. I took this out because my Sims were procreating too fast.
- Risky Woohoo – Normal woohoo has a 20% chance of resulting in pregnancy. I no longer use this mod since ACR handles risky woohoo in my game. This is a great mod if you don’t use ACR.
I have gigs and gigs of custom content, so there’s no way I can post it all here. However, I will post a few essentials that I couldn’t live without.
Also, see this page for many of my favorite CC creators/sites. I play with a Maxis-Match style, so all my links are for MM CC.
- Correlated Skins – genetic set of Maxis Match skins with body hair and baby hair. For the baby hair, you need to visit the comment section here and get the bu_hair files.
- Mina’s 27 Face Templates – to replace the ugly Maxis templates.
- Bruno’s Behind These Eyes Maxified – prettier, more realistic eyes that are still Maxis-match.
- Default Makeup Replacement – Replaces the fugly basegame and OFB makeup.
- Default Replacements – I have replaced most of the hideous Maxis Clothing using replacements from here. You can browse through multiple selections for each clothing item and choose the replacement you want. Highly recommended site.
I don’t use a lot of custom lots because I like to use the Maxis lots in the premade ‘hoods. But there are a few things missing from Pleasantview. Here are the lots I use:
- Slappy’s Flop House – The creator’s site (simwardrobe.com) is down, so I am providing this for download. I use this apartment lot for my poor Sims to live in while they’re saving up for something better. Very cheap rooms – around $120 per week with a shared living space and kitchen with cafeteria worker. You will need Shiny Time NPC Everywhere Patch for the cook to show up and work properly.
- Pleasantview Workforce Center – Sims can find a job in any career track and unemployed Sims can apply for welfare benefits.
- Pleasantview Cemetery – I created this lot as a final resting place for my Pleasantview Sims.
- Pleasantview Public Library – Beautiful lot that I use for my poor Sim’s to use the hacked computers. I replace all the computers with hacked versions.
- Pleasantview Retirement Home – I created this lot to send my elder townies. Includes a cemetery they can be killed off to make room for new townies in your ‘hood.
The Sims 2 Tools
These are external tools I use outside of the game itself. Sim PE is essential to my gampeplay. All others are optional, but I find them quite handy.
- SIM PE – This is a tool that I could not play without. It’s necessary for using Inge’s Age Hack and for changing Sim household names, extracting portraits, editing memories, sharing sims, fixing first born syndrome, etc. You can do a lot more with it, but I mostly use it for simple edits.
- Any Game Starter – The AnyGameStarter allows to create a temporary test-game including or excluding any Expansion Pack, Stuff Pack and Add-on Packs (among the ones that you own, of course). Good for building lots to share, playing challenges outside your main game, creating themed games (medieval, etc). If you have the disc game, you’ll need to use this version.
- Collection Creator – Easily create collection files for downloaded custom content. Scroll down and it’s the last download on the page.
- Flashnote – An awesome tool for keeping notes about your Sims and hood as you play.
- Greenshot – This is the tool I use for taking Screenshots in Sims 2. It’s completely free and easy to use.
- Sim Randomizer – Stand-alone program that creates random Sims (single or families) including all traits, appearance, personality, etc. You can choose the settings you want. Useful for challenges.
- Sims2Pack Clean Installer – Sims2Pack Clean Installer is a tool for Sims 2™ and all people who download a lot of custom content. Categorize, catalog, and remove content, as well as preview files before installing.
- Sims 2 Tracking Spreadsheets – These are the templates I use for tracking my Sims in large hoods. Regular and extended versions available.
If any of the links above don’t work, please leave a comment and let me know. Some of these links are to old sites and they might not be around forever. If a site goes down or a mod is no longer available, I will gladly upload it directly to this blog.
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